Thinking Green 2021 Workshop Program - www.swan.wa.gov.au - City of Swan

 
Thinking Green 2021 Workshop Program - www.swan.wa.gov.au - City of Swan
Thinking
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2021 Workshop Program

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Thinking Green 2021 Workshop Program - www.swan.wa.gov.au - City of Swan
Thinking Green is a series of free
community sustainable living
workshops presented by the City of Swan.
The series aims to inspire participants to change their lifestyle to improve their
wellbeing and be kinder to the environment.
Most of our workshops are suitable for adults and young people aged 14 years and
older but we also cater for kids and families. Check event descriptions for more details.
If you need to cancel, we ask for 48 hours warning to allow those on the waiting
list the opportunity to attend. Please do not attend if you are unwell.
To receive emails listing upcoming sustainability and environmental events
in the City of Swan, including but not limited to the Thinking Green workshops,
subscribe to the monthly Sustainable Environment Events e-newsletter at
www.swan.wa.gov.au/subscribe

2021 Workshop Timetable
EVENT               VENUE                       DATE                    TIME
Coiled baskets      Midland Public Library      Saturday, January 16    10am - 12pm

                    Bullsbrook Public Library   Saturday, February 6    10.30am - 12.30pm

Solar, batteries    Bullsbrook Public Library   Thursday, January 21    5.30 - 6.30pm
and what’s new
                    Caversham Community         Wednesday, February 24 5.30 - 6.30pm
                    Centre

Fauna habitat       Guildford Town Hall         Saturday, January 30    10 - 11.30am
creations
                    Midland Public Library      Wednesday, February 17 5 - 6.30pm

Get energy smart    Ballajura Public Library    Thursday, February 4    5.30 - 6.30pm
at home

Low cost            Ballajura Public Library    Saturday, February 13   10.30am - 1pm
gardening
                    Ellenbrook Community        Saturday, March 27      10.30am - 1pm
                    Library

The Great           Ellenbrook Community        Monday, February 15     5 - 6.45pm
Cocky Count         Library

Paper beads         Beechboro Public Library    Saturday, February 20   10am - 12pm
and rolled paper
jewellery           Bullsbrook Public Library   Saturday, March 6       10.30am - 12.30pm
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EVENT                VENUE                       DATE                    TIME
Bike maintenance Ellenbrook Community            Saturday, February 27   10.30am - 12.30pm
                 Library

                     Bullsbrook Public Library   Saturday, March 13      10.30am - 12.30pm

                     Midland Public Library      Saturday, March 20      10am - 12pm

Sustainable native Baskerville Memorial Hall     Saturday, March 6       10am - 12.30pm
gardens
                   Beechboro Public Library      Saturday, March 13      10am - 12.30pm

Improving soils for Ballajura Public Library     Thursday, April 1       5.30 - 6.30pm
home gardeners

Introduction to      Guildford Town Hall         Saturday, April 10      10am - 1.30pm
permaculture
                     Baskerville Memorial Hall   Saturday, May 8         9am - 12.30pm

Recycled             Ellenbrook Community        Saturday, April 17      10am - 12pm
handmade paper       Library
and plastic
bangles              Ballajura Public Library    Saturday, April 24      10.30am - 12.30pm

Worm farming         Guildford Town Hall         Saturday, May 8         10am - 12pm

                     Gidgegannup Hall            Saturday, May 22        11am - 1pm

                     Bullsbrook Public Library   Saturday, June 12       10.30am - 12.30pm

Frog friendly        Midland Public Library      Wednesday, May 12       5.30 - 6.30pm
gardens
                     Dayton Community Centre     Saturday, June 5        10 - 11am

DIY personal         Beechboro Public Library    Thursday, May 20        5.30 - 6.30pm
products:
deodorant and        Midland Public Library      Wednesday, June 9       5.30 - 6.30pm
toothpaste

DIY skincare         Ellenbrook Community        Monday, May 24          5.30 - 6.30pm
                     Library

                     Midland Public Library      Wednesday, May 26       5.30 - 6.30pm

                     Ballajura Public Library    Thursday, June 10       5.30 - 6.30pm

                     Beechboro Public Library    Thursday, June 17       5.30 - 6.30pm

Gardening with       Ellenbrook Community        Saturday, June 19       10am - 12pm
microbes and         Library
microscopes

        Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
        before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online

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April 2021 School
Holiday Workshops
Free workshops for kids and families!
Please check the workshop description for age suitability and to see if adult
supervision is required.

EVENT             VENUE                        DATE                   TIME

Caring for        Bullsbrook Public Library    Wednesday, April 7     10.30am - 12pm
wildlife
                  Ellenbrook Community         Friday, April 9        10.30am - 12pm
                  Library

                  Ballajura Public Library     Monday, April 12       10.30am - 12pm

                  Beechboro Public Library     Monday, April 12       1.30 - 3pm

                  Midland Public Library       Friday, April 16       10.30am - 12pm

Sustainability    Ballajura Public Library     Thursday, April 8      10.30am - 12pm
warriors
                  Midland Public Library       Tuesday, April 13      10.30am - 12pm

                  Ellenbrook Community         Thursday, April 15     10.30am - 12pm
                  Library

Minibeasts        Midland Public Library       Friday, April 9        10.30am - 12pm

                  Bullsbrook Public Library    Wednesday, April 14    10.30am - 12pm

                  Bullsbrook Public Library    Thursday, April 15     1.30 - 3pm

      Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
2     before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online
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                                                                                              Photo: Miriam Gardiner
Coiled baskets
Create something practical and chic out of old cloth and grasses.
In this hands-on workshop, Miriam Gardiner will teach participants to make a coiled
basket using materials that can be salvaged from linen cupboards, leftover craft
projects and overgrown garden corners. Grasses, willow and vines will form the
base of the basket and strips of fabric wrapped around the base will form the basket.
All materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring in fabric and cloth you
would like to upcycle.
Participants will start their own basket and leave with the skills to finish it at home
and make more. You will also receive a small gift.
This workshop is suitable for adults and young people aged 14 and over.

Midland Public Library                        Bullsbrook Public Library
45 Helena Street, Midland                     Ethel Warren Bullsbrook Community Centre
Saturday, January 16, 10am - 12pm             Maroubra Avenue, Bullsbrook
                                              Saturday, February 6, 10.30am - 12.30pm

   Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
   before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online               3
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    Solar, batteries
             ,
    and what s new
    Are you interested in getting solar panels and/or battery storage,
    or do you already have a solar system and want to know how to
    get the most of out of it?
    Join solar energy experts, Clean NRG Solar, to learn about what to look for when
    considering a solar PV system, if home batteries are a smart option for you and how
    changes to the feed-in tariff will affect you.
    This workshop is suitable for adults and young people aged 14 and over.
    Participants will receive a small gift or go into the draw to win a door prize.

    Bullsbrook Public Library                        Caversham Community Centre
    Ethel Warren Bullsbrook Community Centre         135 Suffolk Street, Caversham
    Maroubra Avenue, Bullsbrook                      Wednesday, February 24, 5.30 - 6.30pm
    Thursday, January 21, 5.30 - 6.30pm

    This workshop is presented by

        Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
4       before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online
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                                                                                                Photo: Mandy Bamford
Fauna habitat
creations
Would you like to encourage native wildlife into your garden by
providing them with safe shelter?
Come along to this hands-on workshop, chock full of ideas to help wildlife set up
house in your backyard. Ecologists Mike and Mandy Bamford will provide you with lots
of practical tips for creating fauna shelters in your backyard; lizard lounges, bandicoot
bungalows, insect hotels, frog bogs and more. Then you’ll work in a group to construct
a creature creation.
Each participant will take home a fauna shelter and a small native seedling to help
attract wildlife to their place.
This workshop is suitable for adults and young people aged 14 and over.

Guildford Town Hall                          Midland Public Library
97 - 99 James Street, Guildford              45 Helena Street, Midland
Saturday, January 30, 10 - 11.30am           Wednesday, February 17, 5 - 6.30pm

  Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
  before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online                  5
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switch your thinking
The City of Swan has partnered with Switch your thinking, a local
government sustainability initiative that inspires sustainable action
to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions.
Switch your thinking runs community events, delivers projects, provides up to date and
locally relevant information and negotiates discounts on sustainable products.
Rewards for residents provides discounts through selected suppliers on products and
services such as solar panels and batteries, rainwater tanks, pool blankets, energy and
water audits, compost bins and more.
Businesses can get discounts through the Rewards for business program and can also
nominate to be a part of Switched on business which celebrates sustainability initiatives
in local business.
To find out more and to check out other great projects, visit switchyourthinking.com
or call 9397 3209.

      Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
      before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online
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Get energy
smart at home
Save money on household bills and reduce your
environmental footprint!
Explore tips to help you cut your energy use and save you money. Understand your
electricity and water usage better and learn some simple changes that can make a big
difference. Find out how to identify what’s using the most energy and water in your
home. Presented by Switch your thinking.
This workshop is suitable for adults and young people aged 14 and over.
Participants will also receive a small gift.

Ballajura Public Library
Cnr Kingfisher Avenue and
Illawarra Crescent, Ballajura
Thursday, February 4, 5.30 - 6.30pm

This workshop is presented by

   Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
   before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online            7
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    Low cost
    gardening
    On a budget, renting or not sure where to start with gardening
    without having to spend a heap of money?
    Presented by Fiona Blackham, this workshop shares practical ways to garden on a
    budget, including seed saving, cuttings, turning green-waste into garden beds, and
    using recycled materials to build with or grow in. Understand the basic tools to use
    and where to get them from.
    There will also be a demonstration on how to make a great compost tea for your
    garden, how to plant for your needs so you can avoid waste, and where to go to
    trade your extra produce.
    Please bring along a clean glass jar with a lid (up to 500ml), to swap for a jar of
    compost tea. Also bring along any seeds you want to swap!
    Attendees will receive a small take home seed starter kit.
    This workshop is suitable for adults and young people aged 14 and over.

    Ballajura Public Library                      Ellenbrook Community Library
    Cnr Kingfisher Avenue and                     90 Main Street, Ellenbrook
    Illawarra Crescent, Ballajura                 Saturday, March 27, 10.30am - 1pm
    Saturday, February 13, 10.30am - 1pm

        Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
8       before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online
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                                                                                         Photo: Keith Lightbody
The Great
Cocky Count
Learn about the Great Cocky Count and how you can get involved.
The Great Cocky Count is a long-term citizen science survey and the biggest single
survey for black-cockatoos in Western Australia. During one night in autumn,
volunteers monitor and count black-cockatoos as they arrive at dusk to roost
at known sites.
Records submitted from across the southwest provide a snapshot of threatened
black-cockatoo populations, and over time this has helped us quantify the changes
in their numbers.
During this workshop, participants will learn about the three species of black-
cockatoos in southwest WA, their identification, biology, ecology, behaviour,
threats and how to get involved with the survey. Presented by BirdLife WA.

Ellenbrook Community Library
90 Main Street, Ellenbrook
Monday, February 15, 5 - 6.45pm

  Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
  before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online           9
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Photo: Miriam Gardiner

                          Paper beads and
                          rolled paper jewellery
                          Repurpose old paper into paper beads and turn them into
                          beautiful pieces of jewellery.
                          Rolled paper jewellery is simple to make, uses materials that can be sourced from
                          around the home and doesn’t require any fancy tools - making it a great low waste
                          and low cost project that yields beautiful results. Join Miriam Gardiner to learn how.
                          All materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring in paper (old books,
                          magazines, music sheets, newspaper, craft paper or homemade paper) to use.
                          Participants will create their own pieces during the workshop and also receive a
                          small gift to take home.
                          This workshop is suitable for adults and young people aged 14 and over.

                          Beechboro Public Library                     Bullsbrook Public Library
                          332 Benara Road, Beechboro                   Ethel Warren Bullsbrook Community Centre
                          Saturday, February 20, 10am - 12pm           Maroubra Avenue, Bullsbrook
                                                                       Saturday, March 6, 10.30am - 12.30pm

                              Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
                         10   before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online
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Bike maintenance
Learn the basics of bike maintenance during this two hour
hands-on workshop.
Bike Dr will take attendees through the basics of bike parts, servicing,
puncture repair and how to clean and maintain your chain. Bring your
own bike to work on under the guidance of a mechanic and gain practical
mechanical knowledge the fun way!
These workshops are suitable for adults and children aged 14 and over;
children as young as 8 may attend if accompanied by an adult.
BYO bicycle – essential! All equipment, tools and consumables provided.
Attendees will receive a puncture repair kit to take home.

Ellenbrook Community Library                   Midland Public Library
90 Main Street, Ellenbrook                     45 Helena Street, Midland
Saturday, February 27, 10.30am - 12.30pm       Saturday, March 20, 10am - 12pm
Bullsbrook Public Library
Ethel Warren Bullsbrook
Community Centre
Maroubra Avenue, Bullsbrook
Saturday, March 13, 10.30am - 12.30pm

  Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
  before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online          11
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Photo: Fiona Blackham

                         Sustainable
                         native gardens
                         Do you want to create a beautiful, unique and water-wise
                         native garden?
                         Fiona Blackham from Gaia Permaculture will talk about why native plants are
                         important to our Perth landscape for fauna, soil biology and climate; understanding
                         Perth soils; how to create a water-wise bush landscape; where to find a list of plants
                         to suit your soil type; how to place plants to save time and money; and the best spots
                         to purchase native plants (from tubestock to 100 litre bags).
                         Fiona will demonstrate how to test soil pH along with a mason jar test.
                         Participants can bring in soil samples if they wish.
                         Attendees will receive a seedling to take home and get their native garden started.
                         This workshop is suitable for adults and young people aged 14 and over.

                         Baskerville Memorial Hall                   Beechboro Public Library
                         129 Memorial Avenue, Baskerville            332 Benara Road, Beechboro
                         Saturday, March 6, 10am - 12.30pm           Saturday, March 13, 10am - 12.30pm

                             Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
                        12   before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online
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Improving soils
for home gardeners
Healthy soils sustain healthy plants and healthy people.
Robyn Brown will unlock the mystery of what supports strong plant growth by looking
at topics such as microbiology, organic matter and soil structure, composting, PH levels
and hydrophobic soils.
This workshop is suitable for adults and young people aged 14 and over.
Participants will also receive a small gift or go into the draw to win a door prize.

Ballajura Public Library
Cnr Kingfisher Avenue and
Illawarra Crescent, Ballajura
Thursday, April 1, 5.30 - 6.30pm

   Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
   before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online                13
April 2021 School Holiday workshops

  Caring for wildlife
Meet some of the many native local birds, mammals, reptiles and
amphibians found in our backyards and local bushland.
Join Native Animal Rescue, a not-for-profit organisation located in the City of Swan,
to learn about native animals and what we can do to care for them. Learn why we
shouldn’t feed native animals human food, how to attract wildlife into your backyard
and what to do if you find an injured or sick native animal.
Attendees will go into the draw to win a door prize which includes a wildlife rescue kit.
Suitable for all ages. Space is limited, so please book a ticket for parents/guardians
as well as children.

Bullsbrook Public Library                        Beechboro Public Library
Ethel Warren Bullsbrook                          332 Benara Road, Beechboro
Community Centre                                 Monday, April 12, 1.30 - 3pm
Maroubra Avenue, Bullsbrook
Wednesday, April 7, 10.30am - 12pm               Midland Public Library
                                                 45 Helena Street, Midland
Ellenbrook Community Library                     Friday, April 16, 10.30am - 12pm
90 Main Street, Ellenbrook
Friday, April 9, 10.30am - 12pm
Ballajura Public Library
Cnr Kingfisher Avenue and
Illawarra Crescent, Ballajura
Monday, April 12, 10.30am - 12pm

      Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
14    before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online
FREE WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES

  Sustainability                                 minibeasts
  warriors                                     Join Kids Nature Club to learn
                                               about minibeasts (arachnids and
Explore the topic of sustainability:           invertebrates).
what is sustainability, what are
                                               After the interactive presentation on
natural resources, how can we use
                                               minibeast megastars and bewildering bugs,
them and what can we do to reduce,             kids will have the chance to see or hold
reuse and recycle?                             a live invertebrate such as stick and leaf
Activities include colouring, an interactive   insects.
sorting game and decorating an                 There will also be a discovery table complete
eco-bag. Each child will take home their       with magnifiers, bugs in resin and life cycle
own decorated bag and a colouring              figurine sets. The workshop ends with a
book about nature’s recyclers. Presented       build-a-bug activity.
by Kids Nature Club.
                                               Children will receive a small take-home gift.
Suitable for children aged 6 to 13.
Direct parent/guardian supervision is          Suitable for children aged 6 to 13.
not required; adults may choose to browse      Direct parent/guardian supervision is
the library or participate as they please.     not required; adults may choose to browse
Space is limited - if parents/guardians        the library or participate as they please.
do plan on participating, please book          Space is limited - if parents/guardians
additional tickets.                            do plan on participating, please book
                                               additional tickets.
Ballajura Public Library
Cnr Kingfisher Avenue and                      Midland Public Library
Illawarra Crescent, Ballajura                  45 Helena Street, Midland
Thursday, April 8, 10.30am - 12pm              Friday, April 9, 10.30am - 12pm

Midland Public Library                         Bullsbrook Public Library
45 Helena Street, Midland                      Ethel Warren Bullsbrook
Tuesday, April 13, 10.30am - 12pm              Community Centre
                                               Maroubra Avenue, Bullsbrook
Ellenbrook Community Library                   Wednesday, April 14, 10.30am - 12pm
90 Main Street, Ellenbrook
Thursday, April 15, 10.30am - 12pm             Beechboro Public Library
                                               332 Benara Road, Beechboro
                                               Thursday, April 15, 1.30 - 3pm

     Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
     before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online            15
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 Introduction
 to permaculture
 Are you new to gardening or have you been gardening for
 decades? Do you grow your own veggies? Have you heard about
 permaculture?
 Permaculture design was created in Australia (Tasmania, actually) over 40 years ago
 and is a design process drawing from nature to provide a practical, energy efficient
 and close to self-sufficient landscape. It is closed loop, holistic and much more than
 growing food.
 This introductory workshop, presented by permaculturalist and educator Fiona
 Blackham brings us back to the basics of permaculture design (not gardening!). You
 will leave with a head full of ideas and skills on how to look through ‘permaculture
 design goggles’.
 This workshop is suitable for adults and young people aged 14 and over.
 Attendees will get an ‘Essence of permaculture’ booklet to take home.

 Guildford Town Hall                          Baskerville Memorial Hall
 97 - 99 James Street, Guildford              129 Memorial Avenue, Baskerville
 Saturday, April 10, 10am - 1.30pm            Saturday, May 8, 9am - 12.30pm

     Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
16   before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online
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Recycled
Recycled
handmade paper
and plastic bangles
Learn how to transform empty ice-cream containers and plastic
bottles into beautiful pieces of wearable art.
Miriam Gardiner will teach participants how to create a bangle using plastic ice-cream
containers, bottles and stitching fabric.
All materials will be provided, but we encourage you to bring a used soft drink bottle
or ice cream container and any pretty or interesting fabric if you want.
Participants will create their own pieces and also receive a small take home gift.
This workshop is suitable for adults and young people aged 14 and over.

Ellenbrook Community Library                 Ballajura Public Library
90 Main Street, Ellenbrook                   Cnr Kingfisher Avenue and
Saturday, April 17, 10am - 12pm              Illawarra Crescent, Ballajura
                                             Saturday, April 24, 10.30am - 12.30pm

   Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
   before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online              17
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 Worm farming
 Learn how to use a worm farm to transform household food
 scraps into useful products for your garden.
 Kevin Smith from The Worm Shed presents on all aspects of worm farming and
 the role worms play in recycling and waste management. This is followed by a
 demonstration of setting up and maintaining a worm farm.
 Residents and ratepayers of the City are entitled to a $115 subsidy on an advanced
 worm farm set-up or a $50 subsidy on 1kg of worms, both of which will be available
 for purchase on the day.
 This workshop is suitable for adults and young people aged 14 and over.

 Guildford Town Hall                        Bullsbrook Public Library
 97 - 99 James Street, Guildford            Ethel Warren Bullsbrook
 Saturday, May 8, 10am – 12pm               Community Centre
                                            Maroubra Avenue, Bullsbrook
 Gidgegannup Hall                           Saturday, June 12, 10.30am - 12.30pm
 Next to Gidgegannup Showgrounds
 2171 Old Toodyay Road, Gidgegannup
 Saturday, May 22, 11am - 1pm

     Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
18   before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online
Worm
Farm
Subsidy
The City of Swan is offering residents and ratepayers a $115 subsidy
on the purchase of an advanced worm farm set-up or a $50 subsidy
on 1kg of worms.
Worm farming is a simple way of converting food scraps and other organic materials into
nutrient rich products for the garden. A worm farm produces worm castings and ‘worm
wiz’ which are natural, non-toxic and full of beneficial nutrients for your plants. As well as
contributing to a thriving garden, worm farms also help to reduce waste, improve soil and
protect water quality.
Worm farms and worms will be available to purchase at the free worm farm workshops
provided by the City of Swan in partnership with The Worm Shed.

Advanced setup                                    To claim the subsidy
• A ‘Worm Café’ worm farm, 1kg of worms           1.   Pre-order your worm farm when
  (approximately 4,000 worms), 20 litres               you RSVP for the workshop.
  of castings for ‘bedding, 500g dolomite,        2.   Attend the workshop with proof of
  a worm blanket and a comprehensive                   your address or a rates notice.
  instruction booklet.                            3.   Pay in cash.
• Unit cost is $235, subsidy is $115 and your     4.   Collect your worm farm to take
  price to pay is $120.                                home, set up and enjoy.
Worms only
• 1kg of worms.                                 For more information on the subsidy, visit
• Unit cost is $110, subsidy is $50 and your    www.swan.wa.gov.au/wormfarmsubsidy
  price to pay is $60.
• You may purchase a larger quantity of
  worms if desired, but the maximum
  subsidy for worms only is $50.
    Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
    before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online            19
Your City of Swan Recycling
Centre and Refund Point
Located together between the Ellenbrook and
Bullsbrook town centres.
Your local Containers for Change refund point is now open at the Recycling Centre
- Bullsbrook! You can earn money, keep rubbish off our streets and help keep our
City beautiful by returning eligible containers.
Before you drop off your containers, make sure you register for a Scheme ID.
This is your account with Containers for Change, allowing you to receive your
10c eligible container refund by EFT (please note there are no cash refunds at
the Bullsbrook site).
Each time you make a drop off, please remove your container lids ahead of time
so that we can process faster and get your money to you sooner.

Visit containersforchange.com.au to find out more and create your scheme ID.
If you’re dropping off your eligible containers for a refund, why not make it worth
the trip. Here’s what else we have on offer:
•    Take your used globes, batteries, aerosol cans and computers for
     recycling and lots more. For more details of items we accept,
     visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/recyclingcentrebullsbrook
•    Check out our Tip Shop – you can nab a real bargain!
•    Residents can collect up to half a cubic metre of free mulch, subject
     to availability.
Containers for Change refund point           Recycling Centre –Bullsbrook
operating hours are:                         (Containers for Change drop off
Monday		            8.30 - 11.30am           point)
Tuesday		           Closed                   121 Stock West Road, Bullsbrook
Wednesday           Closed                   Open Thursday to Sunday,
Thursday		          8.30am - 4.30pm          8.30am - 4.30pm
Friday		            8.30am - 4.30pm          Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day
Saturday		          8.30am - 4.30pm          and New Year’s Day.
Sunday		            8.30am - 4.30pm

    Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
    before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online
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Frog friendly

                                                                                   Photo: Mandy Bamford
gardens
Frogs are great to have in the garden. Not only are they
indicators of a healthy environment, they also help to control
pest insects.
Ecologists Mike and Mandy Bamford will introduce you to the native frogs which
inhabit our city and give you the skills to create a frog haven in your garden.
Each participant will receive a pond or bog plant to take home.
This workshop is suitable for adults and young people aged 14 and over.

Midland Public Library                      Dayton Community Centre
45 Helena Street, Midland                   211 Arthur Street, Dayton
Wednesday, May 12, 5.30 - 6.30pm            Saturday, June 5, 10 - 11am

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Nature Know-how
     The City of Swan is pleased to announce a new series of
     workshops for spring and early summer 2021.
     The Nature Know-how workshops are designed for Friends Group volunteers,
     environmental enthusiasts and anyone wanting to increase their knowledge and skills!
     Come along to learn how to manage and improve bushland and conserve biodiversity.
     The series will include hands-on skills-based workshops and informative presentations
     and will be hosted across the City’s libraries and bushland reserves.
     The 2021 program is still under development but is likely to include workshops such as:
     •      Native plant propagation
     •      Bushland walk with Indigenous guide
     •      Dieback treatment
     •      Fire safety and biodiversity
     •      Bird identification
     •      Grant writing
     To find out about upcoming workshops, please subscribe to the Sustainable
     Environment Events eNewsletter at www.swan.wa.gov.au/subscribe
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DIY personal products:
deodorant and
toothpaste
Want to make your own natural, simple and cheap deodorant
and toothpaste to take home?
Modern deodorants contain antiperspirant chemicals like aluminium to reduce the
amount of sweat released by temporarily plugging the skin pores that lead to the
sweat glands. Learn how to make a simple and very cheap deodorant that works on
absorbing sweat and reducing smell, without the chemicals.
Research shows that fluoride helps re-mineralise teeth but there is some concern that
fluoride can also be toxic over a period of time. Learn to make a simple toothpaste
that replaces fluoride with CHOCOLATE. Believe it or not!
Presented by Robyn Brown from Waste is My Resource, on behalf of Switch
your thinking.
Participants will also receive a small gift or go into the draw to win a door prize.
This workshop is suitable for adults and young people aged 14 and over.

Beechboro Public Library                      Midland Public Library
332 Benara Road, Beechboro                    45 Helena Street, Midland
Thursday, May 20, 5.30 - 6.30pm               Wednesday, June 9, 5.30 - 6.30pm

This workshop is presented by

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 DIY skincare
 This hands-on workshop introduces homemade skincare products
 as a natural, ecofriendly and cost effective alternative to buying
 store-bought products.
 There will be a short presentation before participants make two of their own products:
 deodorant and body scrub, with a demo of making a simple cold cream and samples
 available. Includes all materials and recipes. Presented by Lindsay Miles from Treading
 My Own Path.
 Participants will get to take home the DIY products they make.
 This workshop is suitable for adults and young people aged 14 and over.

 Ellenbrook Community Library                Ballajura Public Library
 90 Main Street, Ellenbrook                  Cnr Kingfisher Avenue and
 Monday, May 24, 5.30 - 6.30pm               Illawarra Crescent, Ballajura
                                             Thursday, June 10, 5.30 - 6.30pm
 Midland Public Library
 45 Helena Street, Midland                   Beechboro Public Library
 Wednesday, May 26, 5.30 - 6.30pm            332 Benara Road, Beechboro
                                             Thursday, June 17, 5.30 - 6.30pm

     Places are limited, so bookings are essential. Registrations open one month
24   before workshop date. Visit www.swan.wa.gov.au/thinkgreen to book online
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Gardening
with microbes

                                                                                               Photo:Earthwhile
and microscopes
Learn about what makes a healthy soil and the importance
of soil microbes.
Want to cut your water use, carbon emissions and grow more food at the same
time? Having healthy soil microbes is the answer. Learn about the soil food web, soil
succession and look at soil samples through a microscope to find out how to have a
happier, healthier garden.
Presented by Ellen Walker, co-founder of Earthwhile, on behalf of Switch your thinking.
This workshop is suitable for adults and young people aged 14 and over.

Ellenbrook Community Library
90 Main Street, Ellenbrook
Saturday, June 19, 10am - 12pm
This workshop is presented by

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City of Swan Libraries
Ballajura Public Library
9207 8686
ballajura.library@swan.wa.gov.au
Corner Kingfisher Avenue and Illawarra Crescent, Ballajura
Beechboro Public Library
9207 8585
beechboro.library@swan.wa.gov.au
332 Benara Road, Beechboro
Bullsbrook Public Library
9207 8989
bullsbrook.library@swan.wa.gov.au
Maroubra Ave, Bullsbrook
Ellenbrook Community Library
9207 8787
ellenbrook.library@swan.wa.gov.au
90 Main Street, Ellenbrook
Guildford Public Library
9207 8880
guildford.library@swan.wa.gov.au
97 James Street, Guildford
Midland Public Library
9267 9020
midland.library@swan.wa.gov.au
45 Helena Street, Midland

For workshops not held at City
Libraries, contact 9267 9267

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             City of Swan
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