Events at Randwick Sustainability Hub
Find us at the Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda Street Randwick.
Eco-living Fair — Sunday 3 September 2017
Held at the Randwick Community Centre, the Eco-living Fair will be celebrating its twelfth year on Sunday 3 September 2017 and will continue to provide a range of new and popular activities for local residents and their families.
There will be:
- Sustainability experts and designers on hand. Book your Speed Date a Sustainability Expert NOW!
- Market stalls promoting and showcasing environmental friendly homewares, gifts and products from across the Eastern suburbs and wider Sydney
- Live music
- Children's entertainment including eco-stage shows, gardening workshops, recycled arts and crafts, native wildlife exhibits, climbing tree 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 include Council's Garden Awards, 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 Fair Facebook event.
Take a look at the highlights from the 2016 Eco-Living Fair!
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.
Our Energy Future information sessions
Randwick City Council has teamed up with Our Energy Future to provide residents and businesses with a free energy advice service designed to help reduce power bills without compromising on comfort. Through this initiative, residents can:
- Access free, independent energy advice by visiting www.ourenergyfuture.org.au or calling the Energy Helpline on 1300 339 915
- Obtain obligation-free quotes for products or services
- Purchase energy saving and renewable energy products from a carefully vetted list of suppliers
- And, attend free information nights!
Each information night will explore the many ways of lowering your energy bills and reducing your environmental footprint. Some of the topics covered throughout the session include:
- Heating and cooling your homes
- Solar PV and batteries
- Solar hot water systems
- Efficient lighting and appliances
There will also be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and speak with experts in the field.
Book now to save your place!
Information session dates and times:
Bowen Library, Vonnie Young Auditorium
669 Anzac Parade, Maroubra 2035
If you can’t make it to the session you can still call Our Energy Future for advice on 1300 339 915 or visit the website www.ourenergyfuture.org.au, otherwise look forward to see you there!
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.
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!
Free mulch for Randwick residents - November
Free Mulch for
Randwick residents only
OVER 3 SATURDAYS, 4 UNTIL 18 November 2017
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 every Saturday from 4 until 18 November 2017 at the Council Works Depot Top Yard. Limits and conditions apply.* Please call 1300 722 542 to find out more.
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?
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.
Earth Hour - March
Saturday 25 March 2017
We’re celebrating 10 years of making every hour Earth Hour in Randwick City!
You can ‘WIN an Earth Hour Dinner on Us’ and dine by candlelight at your favourite local restaurant; find out the latest on solar + battery systems with our expert solar information talk & speed date sessions; join in the celebrations at our Earth Hour Twilight Picnic with food stalls or BYO picnic, live music, lantern making, star-gazing, ‘I Made it Local’ market and fun activities for the kids.
Is moving to a solar + battery system right for you? information talk
2.30 – 3.30pm
Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda St Randwick
Speed Date a Solar Expert sessions
3:30 – 5pm
Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda St Randwick
Twilight Picnic & Market
Randwick Community Centre Village Green, 27 Munda St Randwick
TAKE ACTION! Here's our energy saving tips.
International Permaculture Day — May
Sunday 1 May 2016
IT'S INTERNATIONAL PERMACULTURE DAY again at Randwick Sustainability Hub and this year we’re crafting with children, buzzing with native and honey bees, fermenting and pickling and taking a look at the energy, water and materials retrofit of the community centre. And, when darkness falls, we have the Regrarians new film, Polyfaces.
CHILDREN are in for an afternoon of creating with craft when they join community artist Karen Weiss to make clay medallions to decorate the entry to the Permaculture Interpretive Garden.
COOKS and HOME FOOD PRESERVERS can upgrade their skills with demonstrations by professional food preservers. There’s no need to miss either the pickling demo by the Cornersmith crew nor the fermenting demonstration by Cultured Artisans as both preserving demonstrations will be run twice through the afternoon.
BEES will be the focus of workshops by landscape architect and native bee expert, Elke Haege, and 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. And there’s the recently-completed classroom-on-the-green that makes extensive use of recycled building materials to check out.
HOME FOOD GARDENERS, TEACHERS and COMMUNITY EDUCATORS will gain inspiration on the tour of the Permaculture Interpretive Garden and its balcony-scale aquaponic and vertical garden system with landscape architect and permaculture educator Steve Batley from Sydney Organic Gardens. Steve will also include in his tour the new habitat trail to be 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 2016 at Randwick Sustainability Hub, the name given to the community resiliency education program at Randwick Community Centre.
Why not join us there to celebrate International Permaculture Day and the International Year of the Pulses.
WHEN: Sunday 1 May 2016
WHERE: Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda Street, Randwick.
- creating clay medallions for our entry area into the Permaculture garden with community artist, Karen Weiss
- creating insect motels with horticulturalist, Emma Daniel
- Pickling demonstration with Cornersmith
- Fermenting demonstration with Cultured Artisans
- Native Bee workshop with Elke Haege
- Honey Bee workshop with Doug Purdie
- Tour of centres innovative design to help you with ideas on how you can renovate using permaculture with permaculture architect, Terry Bail
- Tour of balcony garden display area with its vertical gardens and aquaponic system, the habitat trail and the vegie and food forest area with permaculture landscape architect, Steve Batley
- or just hang around and chat with your permie friends and enjoy the space!
Polyfaces - the movie screening
It's International Permaculture Day and we would like to invite you to join us at the Randwick Sustainability Hub for a screening of POLYFACES — A WORLD OF MANY CHOICES — the movie.
'Polyfaces' is an exciting upcoming documentary that features one of the world's best farms in action.
It reveals how the Salatin family and their team are healing the land, regenerating the local economy, inspiring people all around the world, and feeding 5,000 families ethically produced, nutrient dense foods.
If you Eat, Buy, or Grow food then this is a film you must see!
WHEN: Sunday 1 May 2016
TIME: 6:00pm-8:30pm, join us for nibbles at 6:00 for 6:30pm start of the film followed by discussion
WHERE: Randwick Community Centre
World Environment Day — June
World Environment Day, June 2017
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....
GARDENING AND TREE PLANTING
- Community Nursery Open Day, Saturday June 3
- Free mulch for Randwick residents, Saturday June 3
- Tree planting with staff and students from Emanuel School Council staff and students from Emanuel School will be supporting this year’s World Environment Day theme,“Connecting People to Nature”,with a major planting of native trees and grasses at Randwick Environment Park. Randwick’s Bushcare staff have been preparing for the planting of hundreds of native trees and grasses on Tuesday,June 6.
- 'Green Gym' with Conservation Volunteers Australia A new program for healthy aging being piloted at Randwick Environment park and one other location in Randwick. For more information see the Conservation Volunteers Association website to register your interest.
COMMUNITY FORUMS & COURSES
- Environmental and Social Sustainability Community Forum, Wednesday June 7 RSVP
- Sourdough bread making with Rhubarb Foods,Saturday June 10 Bookings essential
- Who Cares bout the Environment survey out soon! Provides an important opportunity to benchmark our communities progress on environmental issues and assists in re-aligning Council's Sustaining our City initiatives that are funded through the environmental levy.
BUSHCARE, NATURE WALKS and WILDLIFE RESCUE COURSES
- Bushcare - There's plenty of opportunities to connect to nature in support of World Environment Day through Council's Bushcare volunteers program. See our Bushcare calendar for times and locations.
- Wetlands walk - Randwick Environment Park,
Sunday June 11RESCHEDULED due to wet weather. July date to be confirmed. Please contact Conservation Volunteers Australia on 9331 1610 or email JKielniacz@cva.org.au for more information.
- Wildlife Rescue Course, Saturday June 17 For bookings and payment contact WIRES
- 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.
Environmental & Social Sustainability Forum - June
Clovelly Community Bank Branch, Bendigo Bank and Randwick City Council
invite you to a dynamic event
focused on giving you the tools to contribute to a sustainable future. Come and learn from the experts:
- Compost Revolution
- Ethical, Philanthropic Investments & Finance
- Affordable Housing Solutions
- Sustainable Architecture
- Community Gardens & Permaculture
- Enviroment Protection
- Clean & Solar Energy
Time: 6pm Registration 6:30 Start
When: Wednesday 7 June
Where: Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda St | Randwick
Quality Refreshments | Ample Parking
RSVP: 29th May firstname.lastname@example.org
Courses and workshops
Randwick Sustainability Hub is based at Randwick Community Centre, is the Eastern Suburb's venue for community skilling-up.
Here in the energy-and-water-efficient-retrofitted community centre building, The Classroom on the Village Green, the Reedbed Toilet and the Permaculture Interpretive Garden, we offer a range of courses, workshops, events and seminars. These have been designed to assist Eastern suburbs citizens live more effective lives and exercise more control over the way they live, to take advantage of positive opportunity and to make living the Eastern Suburbs a better and convivial place.
The courses and workshops in this series educates us in ways to make out homes cities places of opportunity through making personal changes and working with others in our communities to improve those places.
Topics vary from composting and worm farming,organic gardening, bringing birds and bees back to your yard, aquaponics, bike maintenance, creating a permaculture orchard and sustainable living and leadership. Look for more information and dates on Council's website. Bookings are made through the City East Community College website.
Other Eco Events
Discover your coast program
Randwick's Marine and Coastal discovery program
Council regularly holds activities and events throughout the year that help us all become more aware of our unique coastal environment. Coastal activities include a range of free and affordable activities aimed at helping families and children of all ages discover for themselves our unique marine and coastal environment.
See What's On for details and times of the activities, and booking details.
Sustainable school grants and funding
Our local schools Food and Native Garden grants provide support for Randwick school communities with grant funding up to a maximum of $3,000 to establish food gardens and native gardens in local school grounds.
The program aims to enhance students learning experiences in the area of food growing, healthy food options, native plant identification and 'green corridor' planting. Support is available for new or existing school food gardens or native gardens, encouraging a learning focus beyond the classroom and hands-on learning that can extend across the school curriculum. Funding has been made available for this program through Randwick's environment levy program.
Randwick City Council also supports installation of rainwater tanks in local schools through its Schools Rainwater tank program. A maximum of $2,000 is available per school on the basis of equal funding from other sources.
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!
Walk it Off — 2016
Walk it Off promotes patronage of local restaurants and cafes, starting initially in the Kingsford / Kensington Town Centres by encouraging the uptake of these more active modes of transport. Walk it Off also contributes to associated health benefits for participants as well as reduced local traffic and congestion and their resultant greenhouse gas emissions.
Earth Hour — March 2015
Dine in at home on Earth Hour night.Go into the prize draw to WIN one of 10 gourmet dining packs worth $200. Gourmet dining packs include: Mimosa Valley Lamb pack, organic mixed fruit and vegetable box, PSD poppy seed dressing. Closed 24 March.
- Anne Thompson
- Christine Gardener
- Clare Campbell
- Cyril Chereau
- Elizabeth Eldred
- Heidi Hereth
- Judy Carter
- Lesley Wall-Miller
- Priscilla Allen
- Ziyan Ma
DINE OUT + WIN
... at one of the following participating restaurants and cafes on Earth Hour night and go into the prize draw to WIN a Temora Farm Stay for the whole family! WINNER! Amanda Atlee - Congratulations!
Supplementary Winners of Planet to Plate Earth Hour Cookbook
Courtney Jones, Emilie da Silva, Sarah Demech, Simone Marshall and Marisa Nicolsi.
Thank you for your Earth Hour Dine Out + Win entries. Our winners were chosen by random selection.
See below for a list of restaurants participating in Earth hour or use our interactive map. You can use the search, or click and drag the map to see different areas and zoom in. Click on the map markers to see details about your chosen restaurant.
Participating cafe's and restaurants in Randwick City
- Daniella's Gelato Café - 9664 8604
- Darley Street Bistro - 8068 2182
- Deviate Cafe Restaurant - 9664 7888
- Pizzavelly Italian Kitchen - 9664 3333
- Barzura - 9665 5546
- Beach Burrito - 9665 6932
- Bluesalt Restaurant, Crowne Plaza - 9315 9138
- Coogee Bowling Club - 9665 5782
- Coogee Legion Club - 9665 5163
- Coogee Yeros Café - 9665 6363
- Damien Kelly Fitness Studio - 8086 2483
- Farinha Pizzas e Massas Restaurant - 9664 3462
- La Spiaggia Italian Restaurant - 9665 4660
- Little Jack Horner - 9665 5160
- MOO Gourmet Burgers - 9664 4300
- The Little Kitchen - 8021 3424
- Vivo Mexican Tapas - 9665 4796
- X74 Cafe Restaurant - 9665 2222
- Chong Hing Chinese Restaurant - 9663 1761
- Coco's Bar & Grill - 9314 4299
- Niji Sushi Bar - 8068 4849
- Pinang Bistro - 9314 3881
- Sedap Rasa - 0488 873 327
- The Juniors - Sundeck Brasserie - 9314 4273
- The Claypot Taverna - 9697 0721
- Bare Grill & Café - 9661 1414
- Driftwood On The Bay - 0497 077 936
- La Perouse Thai - 9661 1008
- The Coast Restaurant @ Coast Golf Club - 9311 7422
- Nostimo - 9661 1399
- Bazara Beach Cafe - 8347 2062
- Golden Unicorn - 9344 9278
- Queens Park Pizza at Maroubra - 9314 1477
- Matraville RSL Chinese & Australian Bistro - 9311 1993
- Bistro Avoca - 9399 9667
- Corner 75 Hungarian Restaurant - 9399 5712
- I Briganti Italian Restaurant - 9398 2244
- Isabella's Italian & Seafood Restaurant - 9314 7399
- Jimbaran Restaurant - 9398 8555
- Lebanon and Beyond - 9326 5347
- Moroccan Feast - 9399 9882
- Prima Luna Italian Restaurant - 9314 5570
- SumBar - 9399 6669
- Truly Malaysian Restaurant - 9399 9068
- Tum's Thai - 9326 3261
- Zellini's - 9399 8771
- Arthur's Pizza - 9326 6700
- Bombay Tandoori - 9398 9883
- Blue Monkey Thai - 8021 2160
- Cafe Randwick - 7901 6225
- Cubby House - 9398 7994
- Four Frogs Creperie - 9398 3818
- KinJo Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar - 9326 3855
- Mammas & Papas Ristorante - 9399 3662
- Pinocchios Restaurant - 9326 7775
- Seahorse Seafood & Italian Restaurant - 9398 4444
- Skara Bar & Restaurant - 9399 3086
- Thai Riffic - 9326 5544
- The Sweet Spot Patisserie - 9399 3344
- Mina's Cantina @ South Coogee Bowling - 0414 510 610
Earth Hour — March 2014 video
Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held annually to encourage individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the last Saturday in March, and to take broader action to protect and conserve the resources of our Planet.
Earth Hour a started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide. Today, Earth Hour engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues.
School's briefing on Council resources — April 2015
Principals / Head Teachers briefing on Council support and resources available
Randwick City Council has a number of initiatives and opportunities for schools, including funding and learning opportunities to support our local schools.
We would like to invite your school to a special meeting where your school can learn of the various Council activities, grant funding, calendar events, programs and resources available to support your school.
DATE: Wednesday 29 April 2015
TIME: 4pm, registration for 4:15pm start (close 5:15pm)
WHERE: Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda Street Randwick
RSVP by Thursday, 23 April 2015
Contact: Helen Morrison email@example.com | 9314 4867
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.
Local Government Week — August
Community RESPECT forum
3 August – Sunday 9 August 2015
Every year, local councils across NSW participate in Local Government Week, to raise the profile of local government working to support their local community. This is achieved by highlighting the range of activities, programs and services at Council Chambers and at other Civic venues.
The theme of Local Government Week 2015: Active All Areas is both a reflection of the need for Councils to interact and converse with their varied communities, to differing age groups, cultures and races, and to create conversations bringing their local communities together.
Community RESPECT forum - Interfaith and cultural celebration of sustainability
Almost 2 years ago, together with Columban Mission Institute Council supported the Community RESPECT Forum, an event aimed at supporting Religions, Ethnicity, Self, People, Ecology, Trust and Community principles.
In conjunction with the Peace, Ecology and Justice Centre of the Columban Mission Institute, the community RESPECT forum aims to bring together the diverse representatives of our community to celebrate and highlight the common characteristics of our humanity.
Presenters and performers will draw on their cultural experiences to dispel the myths and perceptions of divisiveness and difference and demonstrate the goals and values we all share, regardless of religious, cultural or spiritual backgrounds.
Date: 5 August 2015
Venue: Randwick Community Centre
Please find link to youtube video from the night. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4utkt2PPdMY
Calling all year 4-6 Randwick students — August 2015
Be a leader...
Monday 31 August 2015
Are you a year 4-6 primary school student living or studying in Randwick and passionate about our environment?
Then we want you to be part of our 'Kids Conversations for the Future’ panel at Council's Eco-living Fair, 13 September 2015.
We are looking for young environmental leaders, for your ideas and insights into what you think our environmental future might look like? You can speak or perform your ideas. You may want to write a poem and read it, or do a drawing or put words to music or simply just tell us what you think.
If you'd like to be part of this important conversation and present your ideas on the main stage at this year's Eco-living Fair, then please contact us.
For more information about the submission criteria and application contact Natalya Mendelevich at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9314 4862.
Some environmental ‘hot topics’ to consider:
- Biodiversity (ecosystems and habitats)
- Energy saving and renewable energy
- Water saving and reuse
- Coastal protection
- Waste (zero waste and recycling)
- Sustainable transport
- Our community and much more...
Ride to Work Day — October
Ride2Work Day 2015 will be held on Wednesday 14th October.
Ride2Work Day is the largest celebration of commuter riding in Australia. Held annually in October, registration is free and each registration is a vote for making it easier for people to ride to work. The day celebrates the benefits of riding to work and the community that supports it.
Walk to Work Day — November
Walk to Work Day – 13 November 2015
Staff / community walking event
Walk to Work Day is an annual, national event in Australia encouraging people to walk to work. The event is an initiative of the Pedestrian Council of Australia, and supported by the Australian Government.
Best Gift campaign — December
The Best Gift in the World
To help you on your way to a Green Christmas, The Best Gift in the World is a website that provides a range of green gift ideas - gifts that won't cost the Earth - including a free composting workshop and compost bin, a free cycling and bike maintenance workshop and organic food hampers provided by local food suppliers.
To be different this year, give long-lasting presents that will be remembered and used in the future, and most importantly, visit The Best Gift in the World website today.
Wishing you a safe and happy festive season from our Council project team.