Annual eco events

Upcoming Events at the Sustainability Hub

Find us at the Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda Street Randwick.

Best Gift Market - 25 & 26 November 2017

The inaugural Best Gift Market will run on 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”)
  • Music
  • Food trucks
  • Activities for children
  • Workshops

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.

Stallholder Information

Calling all gifted artisans and creatives in the East! 

Randwick City Council invites all our local, talented artisans, creatives, home-crafters and designers to establish the ‘Best Gift’ Christmas markets in the Eastern Suburbs, focusing on locally made, original, high quality and environmentally responsible gifts for Christmas.

Applications are now open for individuals, businesses and organisations who have an ecologically sustainable product, message or practice that meets the criteria for the Best Gift Market. 

Please complete the application form PDF, 465.78 KB and return it to team.eco@randwick.nsw.gov.au by Monday 23 October 2017.

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Our Energy Future workshops - Sept/Oct/Nov

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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:

Thursday 21 September 2017 - 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm 
Thursday 26 October 2017 - 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm 
Thursday 23 November 2017 - 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm 

Location:

Bowen Library, Vonnie Young Auditorium
669 Anzac Parade, Maroubra 2035

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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.

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National Garage Sale Trail - October

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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!

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Free mulch for Randwick residents - November

Free mulch

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.

Terms and conditions* 

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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?

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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.

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Other Eco Events

Earth Hour - March 

Saturday 25 March 2017

We’re celebrating 10 years of making every hour Earth Hour in Randwick City!

FREE EVENT

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.

Participating restaurants and cafes PDF, 118.29 KB

Is moving to a solar + battery system right for you? information talk
2.30 – 3.30pm
Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda St Randwick
Bookings required 

Speed Date a Solar Expert sessions
3:30 – 5pm
Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda St Randwick
Bookings required

Twilight Picnic & Market
5-9pm
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
TIME: 2:30pm-5:00pm
WHERE: Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda Street, Randwick.
CONTACT: fiona.campbell@randwick.nsw.gov.au

Program

Kids activities

  • creating clay medallions for our entry area into the Permaculture garden with community artist, Karen Weiss
  • creating insect motels with horticulturalist, Emma Daniel
  • music

Workshops

  • 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!

Eventbrite - International Permaculture Day 2016 workshops

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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

Eventbrite - Polyfaces — the movie

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World Environment Day - June  

World Environment Day

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.

RECYCLING 

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 11 RESCHEDULED 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

ENERGY SAVINGS

  • 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. 

COMPETITIONS

  • Best GRIN or 'Give us your best green innovation' ideas competition. Enter your best GRIN by Sunday 16 July 2017 for your chance to become our GRINnovator!

Best GRIN idea - July

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!

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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.  

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Eco-living Fair - September 

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 2017 Eco-Living Fair!

For further information about becoming a stallholder in 2018 visit our Eco Living Page

Sustainable House Day - September 

Sunday 17 September 2017

Sustainable House 

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.

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