Living sustainably has never been easier thanks to Council’s Green Living Workshops

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

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Central Coast Council is playing their part to help residents wage their own war on waste with more of the popular Green Living Workshops on offer to reduce, reuse and recycle around the home.

The workshops provide participants with practical and hands-on advice for sustainable living by helping to repurpose food waste, live chemical free and move towards a no waste household.

Mayor Jane Smith said these workshops were a key outcome of the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) Green theme to provide ongoing education opportunities for the community.

“Education is a crucial component of our focus area to protect our environmental resources for the future,” Mayor Smith said.

“Many of the ways residents can help care for our natural environment starts at home, and these Green Living Workshops provide an excellent first step in the right direction.

“With food waste still accounting for over forty percent of general household waste and adding substantially to our carbon emissions, we all have a role to play in reducing the amount of household food waste sent to landfill.”

Each household that attends a composting and worm farming workshops will receive a free worm farm or compost bin so they can get started straight away.

Council Unit Manager Learning and Education, Beth Burgess, said with the impacts of single use plastic becoming more prevalent, increasing numbers of residents were looking to reduce the amount of waste they are generating.

“With the abundance of information at our fingertips, challenging yourself to lead a more sustainable lifestyle can at times be confusing,” Mrs Burgess said.

“If you have ever wondered about the suitability and benefits of attending a workshop, the results speak for themselves, with the average attendee’s knowledge on the subject more than doubling, and satisfaction of the workshops at over 90 percent.

“There are only a handful of events scheduled for the remainder of the year, so I would encourage anyone interested to reserve their seats as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

“Our special events for children aged five to 15 will be on offer as part of the Spring school holidays program, providing a fun and accessible way to educate children on the importance of sustainability around the home.

“The information helps instil habits from an early age to reduce and recycle food waste by turning it into a great resource for the garden as well as educating those around them.”

As spaces are limited bookings are essential and can be made online via centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/events or call 4350 8175 to reserve your spot.

Workshop schedule

  • Tuesday 25 September at Green Point Community Centre
    • No Dig Garden, 9.30am-12pm
    • Beeswax Wrap Making and Sustainable Food Workshop, 12.30-3pm
  • Wednesday 26 September at Tuggerah Library
    • Composting and Worm Farming, 9.30am-12pm
    • No Waste Household, 12.30-3pm
  • Saturday 20 October at Point Clare Community School
    • Composting and Worm Farming, 9.30am-12pm
    • Organic Gardening Workshop, 12-2.30pm
  • Tuesday 23 October at Erina Library
    • Keeping Backyard Chickens, 9-11.30am
    • Beeswax Wrap Making and Sustainable Food Workshop, 12-2.30pm
  • Wednesday 24 October at Buttonderry Waste Management Facility
    • Composting and Worm Farming, 9-11.30am
    • No Waste Household, 12-2.30pm

Information on school holiday events can be found at centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/schoolholidays

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Last updated : Tue 18 Sep 2018