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Brimbank environment events update - June 2022
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World Environment Day - 5 June

To celebrate World Environment Day in 2022, we invite the community to help Brimbank City Council in partnership with the Friends of Kororoit Creek, to extend habitat for local wildlife along the Kororoit Creek at The Stepping Stones in Sunshine West.

Join us for a morning of indigenous shrub, grass and wildflower planting, clay heart making with artist Ursula Dutkiewicz, native animal face painting, and a free Vegetarian BBQ.

The event will take place at The Stepping Stones, along the Kororoit Creek Trail on Sunday 5th of June from 10am - 1pm. Entry from 60-62 Warmington Street, Sunshine West.

Registrations are essential.

Changes to Green Waste Bin Service

From 1 July this year, residents who use Council’s optional kerbside green waste bin service (light green lid bin) will be able to add food scraps to this bin along with their garden clippings. This bin will now be a ‘food and garden’ bin. Both raw and cooked food is accepted, including bones. We have introduced this service as part of our commitment to improve waste and recycling services and reduce the amount of waste going in to landfill.

Visit brimbank.vic.gov.au/greenwaste to learn more about Councils food and garden organics service and the items that can and can’t go in your green bin.

Events

Providing a COVID Safe Environment at our Events

As we return to in-person activities, scheduled Brimbank City Council events will be managed in alignment with the current COVIDSafe settings in Victoria and all attendees will be required to follow the present guidelines. For up-to-date health information visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

To help us manage our events safely, we continue to require all attendees to register beforehand on the Brimbank events page.
 

Exhibition: The Brimbank Tempestry Project


The Tempestry Project is a global climate data visualisation project using fibre art to capture the changing climate of places over time.

As part of the Community Climate Solutions project, Kororoit Creek Neighbourhood House volunteers produced a local version which will be exhibited at Brimbank Libraries in April and May during library opening hours.

Where: Sunshine Library, 301 Hampshire Rd, Sunshine
When: Wednesday 1st - Monday 27th June, 2022
No cost and no bookings required.

Community Planting Day with Friends of Maribyrnong Valley
 

To compliment some ongoing woody weed removal at Caroline Chisholm Park, we invite the community to help restore indigenous vegetation at this community planting day.  

Re-vegetation will assist in restoring the original landscape of the site, whilst providing new habitat for lots of birds, insects, lizards and reptiles.

Please remember to bring along your own gloves, water bottle, closed-toe shoes, long pants, long sleeve top, a hat and a rain jacket.

Bookings are essential.

Where: Caroline Chisholm Park, Keilor
When: Wednesday 8 June, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Cost: No charge
Register here

Winter Gardening


Learn how to prepare veggie beds and choose the right crops for the cooler months to improve your garden over the winter!

Where: Online workshop
When: Saturday 11 June, 10.00am - 12:00pm
Cost: No charge
Register here

Reusable Goods Drop Off Day
 

Come along and donate your unwanted household items (in good condition) for reuse at this no charge event on Saturday June 18, 2022 at 9:00am to 2:00pm opposite the Brimbank Operations Centre, on Stadium Drive in Keilor Park.
 
Items will be donated to local charities West Welcome Wagon and Australian Red Cross. Textile recycler BlockTexx will take clean linen not suitable for donation and turn it into new products.
 
Register now as places are limited.
 
When: Saturday 18 June, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Where: Brimbank Operations Centre, Stadium Drive, Keilor Park
Cost: No Charge
Register here
2022 Digital Brimbank Environmental Events Calendar

Don't forget, you can always plan ahead and book into a future environment event planned for this year.

View the 2022 event calendar here.

My Smart Garden Workshops
 

My Smart Garden hosts a range of events and workshops to encourage sustainable gardening. Please see the links below to book your ticket:

Designing and Planting Your Home Orchard
Where:
Online workshop
When: Friday 10 June, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Register here

Growing and Enjoying Your Own Herbal Tea
Where:
Toorak/South Yarra Library, 340 Toorak Road South Yarra
When: Saturday 11 June,  10:30am - 12:00pm
Register here

Organic Pest & Disease Management
Where:
Online workshop
When: Wednesday 15 June, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Register here

Cooling our Patch - Gardeners Role in Urban Greening & Cooling
Where:
Online workshop
When: Wednesday 22 June, 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Register here
Coming up next month

Brimbank Community Solar & Finance for Business

See how you can save with rooftop solar for your business and find out more about financing options available!

Where: Online workshop
When: Thursday 14 July, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Cost: No charge
Register here

Community Working Bee

We'll be resuming community working bees at our wildflower garden at the Davitt Drive playground in Deer park again this year. Community working bees are open to all, and you can join for as long or little as you like.

We'll be hand weeding and planting during the working bees. You don't need to register and can just join in on the day.

Where: Kororoit Creek wildflower garden, 30 Davitt Drive, Deer Park
Next session: Thursday 14 July, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Upcoming sessions: Thursday 11 August, Thursday 8 September, Thursday 13 October (all 10:00am - 12:00pm)
Cost: No charge

Community Planting Day in Deer Park

Get to know your neighbours and improve your local environment by planting groundcovers and shrubs to extend habitat along the banks of Kororoit Creek.

Please remember to bring along your own gloves, water bottle, closed-toe shoes, long pants, long sleeve top, a hat and a rain jacket.

Bookings are essential.

Where: Millbank Drive, meet at the Playground opposite 66 Millbank Drive, Deer Park
When: Saturday 16 July, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: No charge
Register here

Small Waste Changes – Big Impacts

To celebrate Plastic Free July, Brimbank is delivering an online workshop on to help inspire. This interactive workshop will be delivered online by Anna Gibbons, founder of The Urban Nanna.

Come along and learn how to transition from single use plastics to reusable alternatives.

Where: Online workshop
When: Saturday 23 July, 9.30 - 11.00am
Cost: No charge
Register here

National Tree Day Celebration & Planting Day

Give back to Victoria's natural environment, with tree planting and nature-based activities for all ages.

Please remember to bring along your own gloves, water bottle, closed-toe shoes, long pants, long sleeve top, a hat and a rain jacket.

Bookings are essential.

Where: Taylors Valley Parklands
When: Sunday 31 July, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Cost: No charge
Register here
Get involved

Wildflowers in schools program

The wildflowers in schools program will continue in 2022 and we are now looking for schools who would like to participate. This program is provided at no-charge and is supported by the Dame Phyllis Frost Women's Centre nursery in Ravenhall, who have kindly offered to grow seedlings for us again this year.
 
As a part of the program, we are offering 50 wildflower seedlings per school to 10 schools in Brimbank. As places are limited, we encourage you to get in contact ASAP if you would like to participate.
 
To be eligible, schools must:

  • have a minimum area of 4m2 allocated within the school – sunny position preferred
  • have the capacity to plant the seedlings shortly after receiving them (around 50 tubestock plants in Aug/Sept)

 These important plants attract beneficial insects that assist with pollination – a perfect addition for schools with food or habitat gardens.
 
Primary and high schools can register their interest by sending an email with Subject “Wildflowers in schools program” to environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au including the school name, contact person and phone number.

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July is recognised globally as an annual month where residents, businesses and governments come together to take action to reduce plastic waste, creating a social change movement. During July, challenge yourself to:

a)    avoid single-use plastic

b)    target takeaway items (bags, bottles, straws and coffee cups)

c)    go completely plastic-free

Register for the official Plastic Free July Challenge to receive weekly emails with the latest plastic-free ideas to keep you motivated.

Programs to help you save

Updates to the Solar Homes Program

Solar Victoria’s Solar Homes program has updated their eligibility criteria, expanding the program to help even more Victorians.
 
Victorians who have not previously claimed a solar rebate, will still be eligible for up to $2,400 in rebates for the installation of bill busting solar products. Households are also eligible for a $1,400 interest free loan, cutting up to $3,800 from upfront installation costs.
 
The changes now also mean the nearly 190,000 Victorians who have previously accessed a rebate to install solar panels will be able to access up to an additional $1,000 to install solar hot water or a highly efficient heat pump system!
 
The Solar Homes program will cut Victoria’s carbon emissions by almost four million tonnes – the equivalent of taking one million cars off the road. Household solar is expected to generate 12.5 per cent of Victoria’s 40 per cent target for renewable energy by 2025.
 
To find out more visit- www.solar.vic.gov.au
 
Or to see how Brimbank City Council can help with support and rebates, visit the 100% Renewable Brimbank website.

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Want to advertise a local online community event here? Send your July events to environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au by 20th of June, 2022. 

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