Sustainable Living Event Series. January – June 2019. 

The City of Cockburn is proud to present its Sustainable Living Events series for the first half of 2019, which is packed full of fun community events suitable for young and old. 

Click on an event for details and to register. Library hosted events are highlighted.
CHECKING OUT CHICKENS - Saturday 12 January | 2.30–4pm | $5

The Wetlands Centre Cockburn, 184 Hope Road, Bibra Lake

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Do you remember holding the warm egg you collected from under a chicken or the excitement of cooking that egg for breakfast, and the reassuring “book book” sound in the chookpen?

Whether you have been keeping chooks for years, have only just started, or unsure if chooks are for you, come along and share at this chook presentation.

Shani Graham from Ecoburbia will cover many aspects of keeping chooks, including local laws, chook housing needs and feeding requirements. They will also cover hatching chicks naturally, common ailments, and the best breed to get.

MONEY WELLNESS - SATURDAY 19 JANUARY | 1–4PM | $5

Cockburn Health and Community Facility (Level 1), 11 Wentworth Parade, Success
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A workshop to help you better manage your money and feel in control of your financial future.

Topics covered include:

  • Exploring different money perspectives — what does wealth mean to you?
  • “I wish I knew where it all went!” How to solve a leaky purse
  • The ancient 3 Buckets system — Spending, Saving and Investing
  • Laying the foundations for a secure future — reduce your debts, cover your
    assets and protect your family
  • How to super-charge your retirement — explore why Einstein said compounding
    is the 8th wonder of the world!
  • Ethical investments — aligning your principles with your profits
  • Create a 12 month Money Action Plan — your road map to prosperity and
    financial freedom.
REDISCOVERING THE ANCIENT ART OF THRIFT - Sunday 20 January | 2–4pm | $5

Harvest Lakes Community Centre, 62 Aurora Drive, Atwell
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Being thrifty is about thriving by making the most of your resources — your money, time and possessions. Join Dr Jane Genovese of Learning Fundamentals to learn how to flex your thrift muscle by finding creative alternatives to everyday purchases and paid experiences. If you think being thrifty is about living off 2-minute noodles and saving soap ends, think again!

ABORIGINAL BASKET WEAVING - Saturday 9 February | 9am–midday | $10

The Hub 6163, 1 Starling Street, Hamilton Hill
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Join local Aboriginal weaver/artist Lea Taylor of the Wadandi, Minang and Koreng nations from the South West of WA. You will learn the ancient craft of coil basket weaving using natural and hand-dyed raffia during this 3-hour workshop.

Suitable for children aged 8 years and above.

NOONGAR LANGUAGE 5-WEEK WORKSHOP - Tuesdays 12 February–12 March | 6–7pm | Free *Library Event*

Spearwood Library
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Do you want to learn about the local language and culture? If so, join Sharon Gregory and get to know the Noongar culture by learning the language. The classes are also suitable for those who have a basic understanding of Noongar language and wish to extend their skills.

BAT BOX BUILDING WORKSHOP - Saturday 16 February | 9.30am–1pm | Free

Bibra Lake Community Centre, 132 Parkway Road Bibra Lake
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Build it and they will come! Bats are an amazing part of our local environment but often go unnoticed. Join bat man (aka Joe Tonga), and help increase the bat population by attending this unique workshop. Learn about the type of bats we commonly have in our local areas and then construct boxes for them to live in. These boxes will be installed into the Roe 8 corridor and monitored into the future. Boxes will be named after participants.

This workshop will involve using small battery drills. Suitable for children aged 10 years and above.

MACRAME WALL HANGING WORKSHOP - Sunday 17 February | $10.

Workshop One: 10.30am–midday | Workshop Two: 1–2.30pm. 
Beeliar Community Centre, 33 Lakefront Ave, Beeliar
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Learn how to make your own striking macramé wall hanging with local artist Sam Pace from The Threaded Wall. Using sustainable, recycled t-shirt yarn you will be guided through the skill of knot tying to complete your own piece of art on a wooden
hanger, ready to show off in your home. No need to bring a thing, but if you prefer the rustic look, you can bring along a stick/branch to use as a hanger. Suitable for all skill levels.

COOGEE MARITIME TRAIL GUIDED FAMILY SNORKEL TOUR - Sunday 17 February | 7.30–10am | $5

Coogee Maritime Trail, Omeo Park, Socrates Boulevard, North Coogee
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Dive in and enjoy a slow-paced guided snorkel along the trail. Learn about the history of the Omeo wreck, the creation of the trail and discover the marine biodiversity just off our doorstep at Perth’s most accessible wreck and artificial reef.

Suitable for families with children aged 8 years and above (need to be able to swim confidently and wear snorkel). Bring your own snorkel and flippers (some available for loan on the day). Adults must swim with children. Qualified guides in attendance.

Meet in the shade shelter near the trail access stairs. Breakfast provided.

BUSH FLOWER ESSENTIALS - Saturday 23 February | 9–11.30am | $10

The Wetlands Centre Cockburn, 184 Hope Road, Bibra Lake
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Join this fun workshop on traditional and modern use of native plants and essences. Learn from trained indigenous educators on how to collect, create and use native plants and their essences for a range of purposes in your life. Suitable for ages 18 years and above.

WORM FARMING WORKSHOPS - 27 February to 9 June | $5 each
  1. Wednesday 27 February | 6–8pm | $5.  Bibra Lake Community Centre, 132 Parkway Road, Bibra Lake
  2. Saturday 23 March | 2–4pm | $5. Harvest Lakes Community Centre, 62 Aurora Drive, Atwell
  3. Monday 20 May | 6–8pm | $5. Aubin Grove Community Centre, 71 Camden Blvd, Aubin Grove
  4. Sunday 9 June | 11am–1pm | $5.  Aubin Grove Community Centre, 71 Camden Blvd, Aubin Grove

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Worms are a great way to convert your kitchen food waste into fertiliser. They convert the waste into both liquid fertiliser and castings that are great for plants. You will learn all about the art of worm farming with a hands-on demonstration.

These workshops are part of the Organic Cockburn resident subsidy program. You can purchase a subsidised worm farm for $85 at any of the workshops or simply join us to learn more about recycling organic waste at home.

CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY! - Sunday 3 March | 9–11am | Free

Bibra Lake, Progress Drive

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Join in our community clean up of Bibra Lake to remove litter from our environment.

Henderson Waste Recovery Park Tour - Friday 15 March 9.30am–midday | Free

Meet at the bottom of the stairs at the Administration Centre car park, 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood and jump on our community bus.

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Do you know what happens to your waste? Why not come and see! Visit the Henderson Waste Recovery Park and discover how waste can be minimised and avoided, reused and recycled into new products and how we convert waste gas into electricity.

Visit the popular Reuse Shop to pick up a few bargains (remember to bring cash!)

GARDENING IN SMALL SPACES & WICKING BEDS - Saturday 16 March | 10–11.30am | Free *Library Event*

Coolbellup Library
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Learn about techniques to grow in wicking beds, containers and vertical gardens, including soil control, placement and watering needs.

WORLD OF WATER BUS TOUR - Wednesday 20 March | 9.20am–midday | $5

Meet at the bottom of the stairs at the Administration Centre car park, 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood and jump on our community bus.

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Join us for an exciting water cycle journey through interpretive walkways, multimedia experiences and on-site viewing station at Perth’s Groundwater Replenishment Visitor Centre. Learn about wastewater treatment, water recycling processes and how groundwater replenishment can play a role in sustaining Perth’s water supplies. All participants must wear fully enclosed shoes.

OWL DATE NIGHT - Thursday 21 March | 6–8pm | $5

The Wetlands Centre Cockburn, 184 Hope Road, Bibra Lake

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Are you overdue for date night? Join Yvonne from WA Birds of Prey and discover the secret lives of owls. Learn which owls and other birds of prey live locally and in WA. You will then take a walk to look for the owls that call Bibra Lake home.

Adults only event. Suitable for couples or singles who love birds.

INSECT INSIGHTS - Saturday 23 March | 10am–1pm | Free

The Wetlands Centre Cockburn, 184 Hope Road, Bibra Lake

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Join Professor Jonathan Majer on an exploration of the wonderful world of insects and how they contribute to the running of our big world.

This event will feature a presentation followed by a walk through the Roe 8 corridor to see how insects can be used as bio-indicators and provide valuable insights into ecological restoration.

Please wear enclosed footwear and a hat. BYO water Bottle. Suitable for children aged 5 years and above.

BUILD A STREET LIBRARY - Saturday 23 March | 1–5pm

Cockburn Community Men’s Shed, 2 Sullivan St, Cockburn Central

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Street Libraries invite neighbours to share the joy of reading and create connections in your community. Come along and build your own with the help of the Men’s Shed crew.

WASTELESS PANTRY WORKSHOP - Wednesday 27 March | 6.30–8pm | $5

Jandakot Hall, 770 North Lake Road, South Lake
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It’s time to get the rubbish out of your kitchen! Come along to an interactive workshop with the experts from Wasteless Pantry on reducing your food waste.

Discover better ways to shop, time saving tips that will also cut your environmental footprint, hints on making the most of what’s in your pantry and fridge, as well as how to store your food to keep it at its freshest.

RETROSURBURBIA RETROFITTING THE SUBURBS FOR A POST OIL FUTURE - Saturday 30 March | 2.30–4.30pm | $5

The Wetlands Centre Cockburn, 184 Hope Rd, Bibra Lake

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David Holmgren is the co-founder of permaculture. In his latest book – ‘Retrosurburbia’ he turns his attention to how we can transform our suburbs to prepare ourselves for a future with cheaper energy, less impact on the environment and more nourishment for our families and communities.

Hear Ecoburbia’s take on this wonderful book and hear how it has shaped their lives. During this session, Shani will share some of the main themes from the book and suggest how we can incorporate those into our lives.

MUDDY GULLY! - Wednesday 3 April | 9.30–11.30am | $5 child, parents free

Manning Park (Meet at car park on southern side of Manning Lake)

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Encourage your child to engage their senses, express their creativity and connect with the earth. Muddy Gully is a hands-on,  tactile play opportunity bringing four different experiences, including:

  • Artistic clay exploration with natural materials
  • ‘Mud pit’ for sensory experiences (including a clean-up station)
  • Face painting with natural clay and minerals (ochre)
  • Water play with goblets, bowls, jugs and tools to mix ‘potions’

Morning tea provided.

Please wear closed in walking shoes, bring hat, spare pair of clothes, water bottle plus any other child requirements. Suitable for children aged 18 months – 4 years, but children aged 1–5 years are most welcome to attend.

MUMS ‘N’ BUBS NATURE HIKE - Wednesday 10 April | 9–10.30am | $5 for mum and bub

Manning Park (Meet next Azelia Ley Museum)

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Strap on your baby carrier or get the pram ready to explore Manning Park with new mums. Enjoy a guided trek learning about the natural beauty of Manning Park and the Davilak uplands, while connecting with your baby and other mums. An adventurous hike with barrier in carrier, plus pram-friendly hike options available.

Morning tea provided.

Please wear closed in walking shoes, bring hat,  water bottle plus any other child requirements. 

Native Garden Design Workshop - Saturday 13 April | 10.30am–midday | Free *Library Event*

Spearwood Library
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Learn things such as what species work best where, waterwise design elements and much more.

Rehabilitating Roe 8 Community day - Sunday 14 April | 10am-2pm | Free

North Lake Reserve, Hope Rd Bibra Lake

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Join the Rehabilitating Roe 8 Advisory Committee, community groups and locals to celebrate the rehabilitation efforts within the Roe 8 corridor.

Parking at The Wetlands Centre Cockburn, then follow the signs to the entry gate in North Lake Reserve opposite Native ARC.

Regional Resource Recovery Centre Tour - Wednesday 17 April 9.30am–midday | Free

Meet at the bottom of the stairs at the Administration Centre car park, 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood and jump on our community bus.

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Visit the Regional Resource Recovery Centre to see firsthand how recycling works and how the contents of your general waste bin are converted into compost.

Please wear enclosed shoes. Minimum age for attendees is 5 years.

Native Waterwise Verge Retrofit Workshop - Saturday 27 April | 9–11am | $5

Local Cockburn Verge! See booking link for location details.
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Learn things such as what species work best where, waterwise design elements and much more.

GUIDED INDIGENOUS WALK - Saturday 11 May | 9–10.30am | $5

Banksia Eucalypt Woodland, Aubin Grove Link, opposite Nornalup Close, Aubin Grove

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Djerin, the growing season. It is a transitional time of the year, the weather got cooler and people travelled down the river. Shelters were built in Djerin and skin cloaks were sewn. At this time of year, root vegetables were plentiful and various root tubers and bulbs were collected.

Join an experienced guide exploring the Nyungar use of land, six seasons and culture. A morning tea using bush tucker foods will be provided. All ages welcome.

Please wear long pants, enclosed footwear and a hat. BYO water bottle.

Henderson Waste Recovery Park Tour - Saturday 11 May 9.30am–midday | Free

Meet at the bottom of the stairs at the Administration Centre car park, 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood and jump on our community bus.

Book online

Do you know what happens to your waste? Why not come and see! Visit the Henderson Waste Recovery Park and discover how waste can be minimised and avoided, reused and recycled into new products and how we convert waste gas into electricity.

Visit the popular Reuse Shop to pick up a few bargains (remember to bring cash!)

HERB PRESERVATION WORKSHOP - Saturday 18 May | 1–3pm | Free *Library Event*

Success Library (upstairs in Community Rooms)
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Do you know where herbs at the shops come from? Then come along and find the answers.

Discover how to grow your own herbs, as well as store and preserve them for use in cooking, herbal teas or as a pest control measure.

Regional Resource Recovery Centre Tour - Saturday 29 June 9.30am–midday | Free

Meet at the bottom of the stairs at the Administration Centre car park, 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood and jump on our community bus.

Book online

Visit the Regional Resource Recovery Centre to see firsthand how recycling works and how the contents of your general waste bin are converted into compost.

Please wear enclosed shoes. Minimum age for attendees is 5 years.

START A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE - Saturday 25 May | 1–4pm | $5

Cockburn Health and Community Facility – Level 1. (upstairs form Success Library)

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Find out how to earn extra income from making a positive impact in your community

COMMUNITY PLANTING EVENT - Rehabilitating Roe 8 - Saturday 8 June | 9am–1pm | Free

Meet at entry gate on the corner of Progress Drive and Hope Road, Bibra Lake

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Come and get your hands dirty! Join us for a fun morning planting in the Roe 8 corridor. All tools, equipment and plants supplied as well as a BBQ lunch. Please wear long pants, enclosed shoes and a hat. BYO water bottle.

Parking is at Bibra Lake Adventure Playground — follow the signs for a short walk down to the site..

MAKE YOUR OWN BEESWAX WRAPS - Saturday 8 June | 2.30–4pm | $10

The Wetlands Centre Cockburn, 184 Hope Rd, Bibra Lake

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Learn how to make beautiful, reusable and natural food wraps in this workshop by Aline from Green Skills. (Vegan option available).

Beeswax wraps are a fun, natural, compostable and a safe alternative to plastic cling wrap. Each participant will come away with two beeswax wraps and the skills to make plenty more. This crafty workshop is suitable for teens and adults.

BYO 100% cotton fabric (0.5m) to use on the day. Everything else will be provided.

GOOD SAMMY’S BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR - Thursday 13 June | 10am–2pm | Free

Meet at the bottom of the stairs at the Administration Centre car park, 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood, and jump on our community bus.

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Come on this behind-the-scenes tour of the Good Sammy’s operation in Canning Vale. Learn about their recycling strategy, see the processing plant in operation and go shopping in the mega barn. 

REDUCING PLASTIC IN EVERYDAY LIVING - Thursday 13 June | 6.30–8pm | $5

Bibra Lake Community Centre, 132 Parkway Road, Bibra Lake

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Lindsay Miles, who has been living plastic-free since 2012, presents this workshop on how you can reduce plastic in your life.

The workshop is for anyone keen to learn more about the issues with plastic — and what we as individuals can do about it. You’ll learn how and why plastic has become a huge environmental problem, and bust some myths about plastic recycling.

We will discuss how to reduce plastic in two key areas of the home — the kitchen and the bathroom, as well as while out and about. There’s also a demo on how to make homemade skincare products in your home.

DADS ‘N’ TODS BUSH TREK - Saturday 15 June | 9–10.30am | $5 for Dad and toddler

Banksia Eucalypt Woodland Park, Blue Mountain Circuit, Aubin Grove

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What fantastic critters can we discover in our local bushland? Explore the senses with your little one and listen, look and touch your way through a guided bush adventure.

Please wear closed in walking shoes, bring hat, water bottle plus any other child requirements. Morning tea provided.

Meet on Blue Mountain Circuit near bushland entrance gate. Parking limited onsite, but plenty of street parking in adjacent streets. Suitable for children aged 2–5 years.

COMMUNITY PLANTING EVENT - Saturday 15 June | 9am–1pm

C Y O’Connor Reserve, McTaggart Road, North Coogee

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Help enhance biodiversity. Join us for a fun-filled morning improving habitat values in conservation reserves. Morning tea and lunch provided. Please wear long pants, enclosed footwear and a hat. BYO water bottle.

KOKEDAMA WORKSHOP - Saturday 15 June | 9.30–11.30am | $10

The Hub 6163, 1 Starling Street, Hamilton Hill

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Originating from Japan, kokedama’s are hanging moss balls which are a stylish and beautiful way to ‘bring the outside in’. The workshop will be hands-on with all materials provided, allowing you to create your very own kokedama for your home.

COMMUNITY PLANTING EVENT - Sunday 23 June | 9am–1pm

Bibra Lake South Bank, Corner of Progress and Bibra Drive

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Help enhance biodiversity. Join us for a fun-filled morning improving habitat values in conservation reserves. Morning tea and lunch provided. Please wear long pants, enclosed footwear and a hat. BYO water bottle.

For all event inquiries contact City of Cockburn customer service:
T: 08 9411 3444
E: customer@cockburn.wa.gov.au

View the full program PDF – Sustainable Living Events January to June 2019

 

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