Annual eco events

World Environment Day — 1 June 2019

World Environment Day

World Environment Day, 1 June 2019

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....

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.

COMMUNITY FORUMS & COURSES

  • Community Trivia RSVP

UPCOMING EVENTS...

National Tree Day — 28 July 2019

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 28 July and Schools Tree Day on Friday 26 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.

For future event updates, check this and What's On page and be sure follow us on facebook and twitter for more useful tips.

Sustainable House Day — 15 September 2019

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.

For future event updates, check this page and be sure follow us on facebook and twitter for more useful tips.

Eco Living Expo —  22 September 2019

Held at the Randwick Community Centre, the next Eco Living Expo will be held on Sunday 22 September 2019 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!

Gararge Sale Trail — October

Garage Sale Trail is one BIG WEEKEND of garage sales that's happening right across Australia on October 20 and 21. It’s an idea to help encourage reuse, reduce waste and minimise our impact on mother nature. Register here.

We believe small actions drive BIG change. So while one garage sale on its own won’t make much difference, when hundreds of thousands of Australians get together in streets, community centres and schools to buy, sell and reuse at garage sales over a weekend… well, that’s a whole lotta difference.

Garage Sale Trail happens with the support of 146 Council partners and more than 400,000 bargain hunting, reuse loving Australians -who this year will shop and sell at more than 15,000 garage sales Australia-wide

Every garage sale has a unique name and its own sale page that provides clues to who's involved, what’s on offer and anything else that’s going down. Likewise, shoppers can search for sales, items of interest and make your own Trail of favourite sales to checkout.

National Recycling Week — November

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?

Find our more...

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Big Aussie Swap Party — November

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.

  • Bring up to 3 good quality, clean items to swap — CDs, books, clothes, toys and homewares...
    whatever you can carry. No electrical or large items please
  • Leave your items for swapping at the registration table in exchange for a token.
  • Take a look around at what other people have brought to swap and then, at 4.00, the swap happens and off you go with an armful of pre-loved, incredibly useful—even beautiful—things.
  • Want to know how the swap works? Watch Planet Ark's swap party video at http://youtube/Hqo8Zwku1C8

Find our more...

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PAST EVENTS...

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!

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Celebrating Biodiversity — March 

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).

Make the Switch on Plastics — March

2-3 March — take part in this year’s Clean Up Australia weekend and Make The Switch on Plastics campaign

SEASIDE SCAVENGE — Saturday, 2 March 2019

When: March 2, 2019
TIME: 9:00am–1:00pm
WHERE: Maroubra Beach

Join the Seaside Scavenge and receive a token for every 10 pieces of litter picked up.  Then trade in your tokens for books, second-hand clothes or drinks. Contact Maroubra Seaside Scavenge for more information or to donate your pre-loved items for a good cause.

CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY — Sunday, 3 March 2019

When: March 3, 2019
WHERE
: visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au to get involved.

Coogee Beach

OCEAN ACTION POD — Sunday, 3 March 2019

When: March 3, 2019
TIME
: 10:00AM – 3:00PM
WHERE: Coogee Beach

Head down to Coogee Beach to see the Total Environmental Centre’s pop-up educational experience on all things plastic pollution.

SCREENING OF THE MOVIE — BLUE... and Q&A — Sunday, 3 March 2019

When: March 3, 2019
TIME
: 6:00PM
WHERE: Ritz Cinema, Randwick
COST: $5  — find us on Eventbrite.

See the award-winning documentary Blue, followed by a Q&A panel with the movie's directors and Tim Silverwood, founder of Take 3 for the Sea.

Local Schools Forum — March

WHEN: Thursday 14 March 2019
TIME: 7:15-8: 45 am
WHERE: Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda Street, Randwick

Please come along and enjoy a free breakfast with the Mayor and our friendly Council staff and discover the range of support programs the Council provides to our local schools.

Our Mayor will also take questions or ideas on potential programs during our open forum. You can send your questions or ideas prior to the event. Just send an email to Natalya via, sustainability@randwick.nsw.gov.au

Following items on the agenda:

  • Ask the Mayor
  • ‘Big’ data available to schools
  • Library programs including Schools for Tomorrow and 50th anniversary Christo history exhibition
  • Learn about grants, services, and support programs Council has to offer (environmental grants up to $5,000 e.g. Solar My Schools, “Dr Rip’s”- Rob Brander educational program, Ocean Action Pod workshop, Zoo mobile, Skype session with Dr Karl and on-line resources)
  • Solar and Energy saving prizes for your school fundraising, (value up to $10,000) (STC) … and much more.

RSVP by Monday 11 March 2019
Contact: Natalya Mendelevich
sustainability@randwick.nsw.gov.au | 9093 6222

Earth Hour 2019 — March

Saturday 30 March - 8:30PM

SWITCH OFF  AND  #CONNECT2EARTH

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Join the hundreds of millions of people across the globe this Saturday by turning off your lights in unity to protect our wildlife and the natural places we love.

Nature provides us with all the things we need to live; from the air we breathe to the water we drink, and from the shelter we need to the economy we rely on. We don’t want to lose them.

This Earth Hour, stand up for the planet Earth with hundreds and millions of individuals, businesses and governments across the globe and celebrate the actions you are taking to protect our natural world.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. In 2019, Earth Hour has grown into a global sustainability movement with more than 7,000 cities in over 180 countries take part.

Free mulch for Randwick residents only

Free mulch

10.00AM – 1.00PM

RANDWICK CITY COUNCIL WORKS DEPOT, TOP YARD (entrance near corner Storey Street and Flower Street) 192 STOREY STREET, MAROUBRA

Terms and conditions*  PDF, 671.02 KB

For future event updates, check this and What's On page and be sure follow us on facebook and twitter for more useful tips.

Best Gift Market - November

9am - 3pm

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”)
  • DJ entertainment
  • Food trucks
  • Fresh native Christmas trees
  • Green Santa at Best Gift Market

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.

Take a look at the highlights from the 2017 Best Gift Market!

For future event updates, check this and What's On page and be sure follow us on facebook and twitter for more useful tips.

5 Ways to have a Sustainable Christmas

Christmas recycling

The festive season is right around the corner and Randwick City locals are preparing to celebrate Christmas with their loved ones.

But amongst all of this Christmas cheer it’s easy to forget about the impact this time of year can have on our earth.

Did you know, of the $50 billion that is spent by Australians around Christmas, approximately $700 million is expected to go to landfill by the following February?

Randwick Council is working to help communities reduce our impact on the environment. So we’ve thought up some not-so-silly tips to help you and your loved ones celebrate the silly season sustainably. (Say that five times fast!)

1. Get creative with gift wrap

Australians use a whopping 8,000 tons of wrapping paper every year and often it’s the plastic kind that takes years to break down. This Christmas, think outside the box and get creative with how you wrap your gifts. If you’ve got small kids, it’s likely your home is filled with their artistic creations. Use their lovely artwork as wrapping paper and tie them up with twine. No children in the house? ‘Furoshiki’ is the Japanese art of wrapping gifts in fabric. The receiver also gets to keep the fabric, so choose something that’s part of the gift, such as a scarf, table cloth, t-shirt or beach towel.

2. Give experiences, not things

You’ve probably heard it before, but filling someone’s stockings with experiences is not only a great way to reduce what goes into landfill, but it also creates memories that last. If tickets to an event aren’t possible, make your own voucher that can be cashed in on throughout the year. It might be for brunch at a local café or meeting for a drink after work. For kids, the voucher might be to ‘build the best-ever cushion fort’ or ‘a family games night’.

3. Shop locally

Christmas is a wonderful time to get a little closer to your community and support small businesses in your area. Randwick City is bursting with independent businesses, producers and artisans that would love to help you make this Christmas one to remember. Pick up your Christmas ham from your local butcher or buy a thoughtful gift at the markets. Shopping your Christmas feast at the local markets means you’re cutting down on the food miles your food has travelled, which is great for the environment. Plus, buying local is a sure-fire way to get on Santa’s ‘nice’ list – just don’t forget your own shopping bags!

4. Get real

There is always a debate around whether to have a fake or real tree, and there are pros and cons to both. However, in terms of our environment, a real tree is the better choice. Fake trees are usually made of plastic and they’re not recyclable. Eventually they end up in the landfill and they don’t break down. A real tree on the other hand, can be discarded with your organic garden matter. And as a cherry-on-top, Randwick City Council will pick up your real trees for you – just leave them on your kerb on the first green waste collection day of 2019. If you're not sure when that is, check our waste and pickup dates map where you can type in your address and easily find your zone.

5. Dispose of your garbage properly!

On Christmas morning, you’re bound to be left with wrapping paper, boxes and plenty of rubbish. Take the time to dispose of it properly – recycle what you’re able to and put the rest in your red bin. If your wrapping paper is paper – and not foil or plastic, it can go in your recycle bin. We know this time of year can mean extra garbage, so if you’re overflowing you can drop off recyclables at our recycling centre in Matraville. Just check the opening hours. At the centre, we’re also able to accept a number of other recyclable items that we can’t collect through the yellow bins, such a polystyrene and soft plastics.

International Permaculture Day — 4 May

IT'S INTERNATIONAL PERMACULTURE DAY again at Randwick Sustainability Hub and this year we're buzzing with bees with apiarist, Doug Purdie, and learning to save seeds with horticulturalist, Jon Kingston.

We'll take a look at energy and water-efficient renovation and building materials with solar-specialist architect, Terry Bail, and, after you renovate or build, how to creatively declutter your home and your life with domestic-life-design specialist, Cecilia Macaulay.

When it comes to the surplus from our garden or those possessions you no longer use, Annette Loudon will show us how to run a community swap party to exchange what we no longer need for those things we really could use and prevent them adding to our landfills.

Join us for International Permaculture Day...

... of workshops and tours of the Permaculture Interpretive garden and the community centre's energy and water efficiency retrofits, the classroom, made largely of reused and recycled building materials, the reedbed toilet, balcony garden display area as well as the honey bee trail and the wild food and habitat trails.

WHEN: Saturday 4 May 2019
TIME: 1:30pm-5:00pm
WHERE: Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda Street, Randwick.
CONTACT: julian.lee@randwick.nsw.gov.au

Program

Arrive at 1:20pm for a 1:30pm start to workshops

1:30pm - 3:00pm — workshops

  • Energy and water trail tour with architect, Terry Bail.
  • Seed Saving with horticulturalist, Jon Kingston
  • Honey bee trail workshop/tour with Doug Purdie
  • Declutter your life using Permaculture Principles with Cecilia Macaulay
  • The Sharing Economy using Permaculture Principles with Annette Loudon

3:00pm — Join us for a cuppa and a chat in our timber classroom made mostly of repurposed materials

3:30 - 5:00pm...

  • Repeat of workshops.

Bookings essential

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