Eco-Living Expo — September
Held at the Randwick Community Centre, the next Eco-Living Expo will be held on Sunday 16 September 2018 and will continue to provide a range of new and popular activities for local residents and their families.
- Sustainability experts and designers
- Market stalls promoting and showcasing environmental friendly homewares and products from across the Eastern suburbs and wider Sydney
- Children's entertainment including eco-stage shows, gardening workshops, recycled arts and crafts, native wildlife and birdlife exhibits and much more
- Workshops and demonstrations with an environmental focus.
Many local partner organisations attend to provide information and conduct formal and informal talks and workshops based on the environmental issues that affect our community in their homes, at school and in the workplace.
Other popular events on the day have included free bicycle maintenance workshops and experts on hand helping out with keeping bees, chickens and sustainable food production.
Receive updates and stay up to date by joining the Eco-Living Expo Facebook event.
Take a look at the highlights from the 2017 Eco-Living Expo!
Free mulch for Randwick residents only
SATURDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2018
SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 2018
10.00AM – 1.00PM
RANDWICK CITY COUNCIL WORKS DEPOT, TOP YARD (entrance near corner Storey Street and Flower Street) 192 STOREY STREET, MAROUBRA
Reduce weeds, save water and promote a healthy organically cultivated garden. Randwick Council is offering residents free mulch on following Saturdays: 2 June, 1 September and 1 December 2018 at the Council Works Depot Top Yard. Limits and conditions apply.* Please call 1300 722 542 to find out more.
Fair Food Week — October
14-22 October 2017
Food is the focus of national Fair Food Week, a week of events around the nation that celebrates the community-led, small business and social enterprise innovation that is creating a fairer food system for all Australians.
An initiative of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, Fair Food Week coincides with the UN's World Food Day on 16 October every year that celebrates the founding of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.
At the Randwick Sustainabilty Hub (27 Munda Street, Randwick) we celebrate Fair Food Week with local Eastern Suburbs organisations working for a better, more equitable food system, and a range of activities for children and their adults including a community cook-up and an early evening movie and discussion.
Big Aussie Swap Party — November
19 November 2017
The Big Aussie Swap Party continues the great Australian tradition of sharing, making do and creatively reusing those things that we no longer have a use for instead of tossing them in the landfill bin. People love rummaging in other's discards and this is exactly what the Big Aussie Swap Party encourages.
It's our way of celebrating National Recycling Week and encouraging creative reuse rather than uncreative discarding.
The swap takes place in the afternoon, after which there's the customary Randwick Sustainability Hub tradition of a community cook-up and an early evening movie.
Best Gift Market — November
The inaugural Best Gift Market ran from Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 of November 2017.
The Best Gift Market is a new Christmas event showcasing local, handmade, sustainable and ethical products. There will be market stalls with artisans and designers showcasing environmental friendly homewares, gifts and products from across the Eastern suburbs and wider Sydney.
- Handmade gifts by local artists and designers
- Old fashioned quality car-boot sale (“they don’t make it like they used to”)
- Food trucks
- Activities for children
Find out more at the best-gift
Shop local: The Best Gift Market aims to stimulate Randwick’s creative industry and encourage residents to buy from local makers, whether they are home-crafters, backyard builders or apartment artists.
Reduce waste: Of the $50 billion spent by Australians around Christmas, approximately $700 million is expected to go to landfill by the following February. Be mindful during the frenzied time around Christmas instead of being caught up in the hype of buying and spending.
The Best Gift Market provides an alternative option to consider choosing gifts that celebrate the earth.
Other Eco Events
Celebrating Biodiversity in Randwick City
Saturday 24 March 2018
9:00AM - 1:00PM
RANDWICK COUNCIL COMMUNITY NURSERY, 2B BARKER STREET KINGSFORD
- native and exotic plant sale
- bee and insect-friendly garden advice
- Aboriginal food and medicine plants
- potting compost, mulch and vegie seeds
- urban beekeeping workshop 10am – 11.30am Book Now!
What if there were no plants, trees, birds, insects, water, air or soil? In our busy daily lives we sometimes forget the many essential services provided by our natural world and how these services protect our health, provide endless enjoyment and are our planets first line of defence against climate change.
On Saturday 24 March join your community in celebrating and appreciating the important things that keep us alive. From 9am – 1pm at Randwick Community Nursery you’ll find out which local plants attract bees and other small critters to keep your garden healthy and easy to maintain, purchase native plants best suited to the climate of the Eastern Suburbs, and learn how to keep bees with our urban beekeeping workshop (bookings essential).
Saturday 24 March 2018
THIS EARTH HOUR #CONNECT2EARTH
This Earth Hour be part of a global movement protecting our planet and its incredible nature.
Inspiring individuals, communities, businesses and organizations in more than 180 countries and territories to take action for our shared home, Earth Hour 2018 will shine a light on the impact of biodiversity in Australia as a result of climate change.
By 2020, at the current rate of biodiversity loss, the world could have witnessed a two-thirds decline in global wildlife populations in only half a century. People currently need the equivalent of 1.6 Earths to produce the goods and services we use each year, threatening the natural resources base and ecosystem services that humanity depends upon.
How can I get involved?
- join in Celebrating Biodiversity in Randwick City from 9am - 1pm on Saturday 24 March
- switch off your lights at 8:30pm to show your solidarity in protecting our planet and its biodiversity
- find an event near you or register your own
- read the Earth Hour blog on how you can #Connect2Earth
- sign up and Win a Trip to the Great Barrier Reef
- learn about Council's energy saving incentives here.
Best GRIN idea
Enter our GReen Innovation ideas competition. It's not really a competition but we are interested in hearing from you with your best Green Innovation idea. Where possible we'll even see if we can implement or pass on the winning ideas. Let's be creative about the solutions for our Planet!
International Permaculture Day
Saturday 21 April 2018 — 1:00pm to 5:30pm
Workshops, tours, puppet show and the opening of the final stage of the Randwick Sustainability Hub project
IT'S INTERNATIONAL PERMACULTURE DAY again at Randwick Sustainability Hub and this year we've a puppet show for children, we're buzzing with native and honey bees, learning how to live off the fat of the land, taking a look at the energy, water and materials retrofit of the community centre and touring the range of garden trails.
JOIN US FOR OPENING THE FINAL STAGE of the Randwick Sustainability Hub project with Mayor Cr Lindsay Shurey and after we'll be planting out our new garden with ABC TV's host of Gardening Australia, Costa Georgiadis.
CHILDREN are in for a treat with the Amazing Drumming Monkeys puppet show.
JOIN OLIVER TO LEARN ABOUT OUR URBAN WILD HARVEST. The wilder ‘zone five’ that is usually the location of reforestation and wildlife habitat in rural permaculture systems also apply in urban permaculture, though here in the cities we harvest it: seaweed from the oceanic wilderness; the common ‘weeds’ of unused spaces and gardens; the passing snacks of street tree fruit to meaningful harvests of staple foods. When approached ethically, the wild food of our urban areas are bounteous places for urban foraging if you know where to look. This talk is intended to be a guide to the wild harvest where we live.
BEES are our focus in workshops by landscape architect and native bee expert, Elke Haege; honey bees will be the buzz with Doug Purdie from The Urban Beehive. The Sydney Bee Club has installed honey and native bee hives at the Sustainability Hub and these will be on view.
RENOVATORS will find a lot to learn by joining the tour of the community centre’s energy and water retrofit with permaculture architect, Terry Bail. There’s ideas on materials selection, water harvesting and storage and energy management to take home. Then there’s the recently-completed classroom-on-the-commons that makes extensive use of recycled building materials.
HOME FOOD GARDENERS, TEACHERS and COMMUNITY EDUCATORS — there's inspiration for you when you join the tour of the Permaculture Interpretive Garden and its balcony-scale aquaponic and vertical garden system; our guide is landscape architect and permaculture educator Steve Batley from Sydney Organic Gardens. Steve will also take us along the wild food and habitat trails that are used as part of the Hub’s pre-and-primary schools science education program.
So… there’e lots to do and see at International Permaculture Day 2018 at Randwick Sustainability Hub, the name given to the community resiliency education program at Randwick Community Centre.
WHEN: Saturday 21 April 2018
WHERE: Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda Street, Randwick.
Book through Eventbrite booking system.
World Environment Day — June
World Environment Day, June 2018
Each year, nations around the globe coordinate their efforts to celebrate and recognise the important job done by the natural environment for all living creatures!
The celebration of World Environment Day (WED) occurs on June 5 each year under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Program. Randwick Council is doing its part for World Environment Day by coordinating and supporting an eclectic mix of events and activities in support of and/ or with a diverse mix of community partners.
Here's how you can get involved....
- Our Energy Future comes to Randwick! Tailored information sessions are being held for residents on 'Our Energy Future' at Bowen Library. Visit the Our Energy Future website for more information and look out for the Our Energy Future app, a free energy audit app to audit your household energy use and gain specialist advice on ways to save on energy and cut your energy costs.
COMMUNITY FORUMS & COURSES
- Community Trivia RSVP
National Tree Day - July
Tree plantings at Council sites (includes Schools Tree Day)
Planet Ark is celebrating 20 years of planting trees and urging Australians to volunteer for National Tree Day on Sunday 26 July and Schools Tree Day on Friday 24 July.
By taking part in National Tree Day, you will be contributing to Australia's largest community tree planting and nature-care event and joining thousands of individuals in making a difference, connecting people with nature, beautifying neighbourhoods and inspiring positive environmental change.
Sustainable House Day - September
Sunday 17 September 2017
Tap into Local knowledge on Sustainable living — venue to be determined soon.
Open the door to sustainable living by touring our little house of sustainability, Barrett House, in Frenchmans Road Randwick and the Randwick Sustainability Hub at Randwick Community Centre.
A tour Barrett House may be arranged with some of our sustainability experts, tap into local knowledge and learn how to successfully integrate renewable energy, recycling, and other sustainable practices into your home and lifestyle.
This unique event is a valuable resource for anyone looking for inspiration, ideas and the key to sustainable living.
National Garage Sale Trail - October
It's an annual and awesome day of garage sales supported by Councils across Australia.
The fifth annual Garage Sale Trail is happening again on Saturday 21 & 22 October, 2017. In just over four years it has grown from an event held in one suburb in Sydney to a truly massive national program powered by over 133 councils representing over half of Australia's population. In 2016, over 350,000 people got involved and almost 3 million items were up for grabs. It's massive!
National Recycling Week — November
13-19 November 2017
Australians are willing recyclers with 91% of us agreeing that it is the right thing to do. However, as the recycling sector keeps developing there is still some confusion about what can and can't be recycled. More than one in two Australians wrongly think aerosol cans can't go in their kerbside recycling bin and 24% sometimes put their recycling in a plastic bag.
Last year's theme Seven Secrets of Successful Recyclers was designed to lift the lid on the actions and habits that make a successful recycler. National Recycling Week 2014 looked at some of the key questions that cause confusion: what can go in the home recycling bin; what should be left out; how to recycle effectively at work; what to do if there's no public place recycling bin; and, what's the problem with plastic bags?