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Sustainable Living Workshop Series

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Upcoming workshops


The Sustainable Living Workshop Series was developed to assist residents to live and work sustainably as part of Council’s plan to foster the development of environmentally responsible and liveable communities across the shire.

The free events are held on the fourth Saturday of the month from 10.30am – 12.30pm, except the event in June. The 2018 Sustainable Living Workshop Series brochure outlines all the workshops planned for the year.

Make your own reusable bags
10.30am – 12.30pm, Saturday 24 March
Australians use an estimated 5 billion plastic shopping bags a year, that’s just over 13 million new bags being used every day. Whilst some are recycled, the majority end up in landfill or are littered in the environment. In this hands-on workshop, you will be guided through how to make your own reusable shopping bags so you can ditch the plastic at the checkout. Presented by the Castlemaine Country Women’s Association. Child friendly.
Location: Castlemaine Botanical Gardens Tea Rooms, central carpark off Downes Road, Castlemaine.

Caring for large old native trees
10.30am – 12.30pm, Saturday 28 April
Grab your walking shoes and head outdoors to discover the large old native trees growing at the Guildford Saddle Club. Learn about their natural environment values and the habitat they provide to native wildlife. Importantly, you’ll also learn how to care for large old native trees and the wildlife that lives in them. Presented by Tanya Loos from Connecting Country. Wear sturdy boots and appropriate clothing. BYO water bottle. Event to be cancelled in the event of bad weather. Child friendly.
Location: Guildford Saddle Club, Reserve Street, Guildford.

Fermenting foods
10.30am – 12.30pm, Saturday 26 May
Fermentation has long been known to have many health benefits. Join local food extraordinaire Nikki Valentini as she guides you through how to make the most of the season’s abundance through fermentation. Participants will get to take home a jar of fermented goodies in this hands-on workshop. Presented by Nikki Valentini.
Location: Senior Citizens Centre, Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine.

Waste film night
7.00pm – 9.00pm, Thursday 21 June
Come along to this free movie screening and hear how you can reduce your waste footprint and assist Council to achieve its goal of working towards zero waste. The film will be followed by a brief discussion and drawing of door prizes. Light refreshments will be provided. Presented by Mount Alexander Shire Council. Child friendly.
Location: Phee Broadway Theatre, Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine.


Take a look at other workshops planned for 2018.

Book your place

Email us with your name and the session you'd like to book. We'll reply and confirm your attendance. If you have any questions you can also contact us on 5471 1700 and ask to speak with the Healthy Environments Team.


Participation conditions

While all reasonably practicable measures have been taken by Mount Alexander Shire Council to ensure the health and safety of participants, participation in the activity is undertaken at the participant's own risk. Mount Alexander Shire Council has no liability to the participants for injury or damage arising from the activity except to the extent caused by Council’s negligence.

Participants also have a responsibility during the activity to take reasonable care for their own health and safety and that of anyone else who may be affected by their acts or omissions.

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