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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 Evening with David Holmgren.

Land Management Rate Program
Saturday 25 August, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Get more from your land through Council’s Land Management Rate (LMR) program. Learn about local experiences and challenges with managing land responsibly, including productive farming techniques. The LMR program aims to support and encourage responsible land management that improves the condition of the natural environment on privately owned land across the shire. Presented by Jarrod Coote. Wear sturdy boots and appropriate clothing including a raincoat. BYO water bottle.
Location: Harcourt. Address to be provided to registered attendees closer to the date.

RetroSuburbia | An evening with David Holmgren
Thursday 6 September, 7.00pm – 9.00pm (doors will open from 6.00pm, with supper and drinks available for sale, and an information display by local community and environment groups)
Join an insightful evening with leading Australian environmental thinker David Holmgren. David who is best known as one of the co-originators of the permaculture concept will present his highly engaging multi-media talk ‘Aussie Street’ which highlights the importance of incorporating household food growing and neighbourhood activity into everyday life. David will also participate in a panel discussion and Q&A with local thought leaders and sustainability advocates. Presented in partnership with Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG).
Location: Phee Broadway Theatre, 212 Barker Street, Castlemaine
Registration essential: http://stks.be/retrosuburbia

Recycling Right
Saturday 22 September, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Confused about what goes in which bin? Want to know more about what can and can’t be recycled? It’s not rocket science but it’s not always straightforward. Learn about the importance of recycling, what materials are recyclable via our kerbside bin collection service and what other recycling services exist. The workshop will also debunk some of the common myths about recycling and help you to become a recycling expert. Presented by Michael Scott, Council’s Waste and Recycling Coordinator. Child friendly.
Location: Senior Citizens Centre, Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine.

Water Smart Gardening
Saturday 27 October, 10.30am – 12.30pm
As the climate changes, we need to take even more care with how we capture and use water. Learn about the practical measures you can take to conserve water whilst maintaining healthy and productive trees and gardens. You can also find out more about how to take advantage of the latest water smart technologies. Presented by Richard Rowe from Sustainable Gardening Australia.
Location: Senior Citizens Centre, Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine.

Collecting Native Plant Seed

Saturday 24 November, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Want to learn about collecting native plant seed and help out a local Landcare group along the way? If so, this workshop is for you. This hands-on session will cover the very basics of collecting native plant seed, including the importance of knowing your plants. You will have the opportunity to try out a couple of different collecting techniques and gather some seed that will be used in local revegetation projects. Presented by Ian Higgins from the Friends of Campbells Creek. Wear sturdy boots and appropriate clothing. BYO water bottle. Event to be cancelled in the event of bad weather. Child friendly.
Location: Meet at Honeycomb Reserve, Honeycomb Road, Campbells Creek.

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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