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We run a number of fun and free events throughout the year to help you on your journey to live more sustainably in Stonnington.

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Are you still getting through your Easter eggs? Did you know you can recycle the aluminium foil wrapped around them? Collect it all together, scrunch up into a tight ball and put it in your recycling bin. Recycled Easter egg foil can end up being the aluminium to make a can of soft drink or become more aluminium foil.    

With the weather cooling, it's the season to enjoy a hot cup of tea but how sustainable is your cuppa? Growing your own tea can reduce environmental impacts of transporting the leaves from overseas and avoid added chemicals. You can also avoid the plastic sometimes found in teabags. Check out Sustainable Gardening Australia's tips on how to grow your own tea. 

Keep up the good work reducing single-use plastic and celebrate Earth Day on Sunday 22 April with a commitment to end plastic pollution. Find out what you can do to end plastic pollution for yourself and your community. 

Autumn tree colours

Autumn is a prime time to tour our tree lined streets. 

Council arborists have recommended some of our most spectacular streets to wander through and colourful trees to look out for: 
  • Fountaine Avenue, Malvern East – Sweet Gum (Liquidamber styraciflua)
  • Bruce Street, Malvern East – Pin Oaks (Quercus palustris)
  • Charles Street, Prahran – Japanese Elm (Zelkova serrata)
  • Caroline Street, South Yarra – London Plane (Platanus x acerifolia)
  • Hopetoun Road, Toorak (Sweet Gum (Liquidamber styraciflua

Malvern Tennis Centre Solar 

The City of Stonnington and Malvern Tennis Centre were recently successful in their application for funding through the Australian Government’s Solar Communities program. Funding enabled a 7.9kW system to be installed.

The system will help Malvern Tennis Club reduce energy use by 9,880kwh annually and save approx. $1,467 in electricity costs.
Council has installed solar on 13 Council buildings including service centres, libraries, aquatic centres and childcare centres and is planning to install an additional 281kW of solar over the next year. This will result in a total of 630kW of solar, producing enough energy to power 148 Malvern homes per year.

Film screening: The Clean Bin Project

Tuesday 5 June, 6.15 – 8.30pm
Palace Cinema Como, South Yarra 

Join us to watch the award-winning documentary, The Clean Bin Project, to celebrate World Environment Day.

The film shows one couple’s humorous journey to answer the question ‘is it possible to live completely waste free?’

A panel of inspiring zero-waste experts will follow the film, sharing their thoughts and ideas on living a zero waste life.

Bookings open Tuesday 24 April. Tickets are $10 each.


Visit Armadale's most sustainable home 

Sunday 22 April 2018
Session One: 1pm 
 3.30pm fully booked
Session Two: 4pm 
5.30pm spaces available
Due to high interest we have now opened a second session (session two is a repeat of session one). 

Hear from an Armadale home owner about their journey to retrofit their home alongside energy experts, Positive Charge, talking about changes you can make to maximise energy efficiency and shrink your energy bills.


Paddle against plastic

Sunday 22 April, 9am - 1pm 
164 Alexandra Avenue, South Yarra

The Yarra River Blitz 'Paddle Against Plastic' event is your chance to enjoy our wonderful waterway, whilst helping to clean it up.

Hosted by Yarra Riverkeeper Association, Ocean Crusaders and Cleanwater Group, this event is for everyone. Bring down your paddle craft of any type, be it a canoe, kayak or row boat. Or if you don't have one, contact the Yarra River Keepers to organise one for you on the day. 

The clean-up will be followed by a presentation and BBQ at 11.30am.


Stay mobile and connected 

Wednesday 4, 11 and 18 April, 10.30am - 12.30pm

'Stay mobile and connected' in our community is a weekly two-hour course that provides public transport and support service tips for seniors. You'll learn about ways to remain mobile, travel confidently and safely and stay connected within the community.

At the end of the three week course you'll go on an expedition using the public transport system within Stonnington!

Venue: Stonnington Depot, 293 Tooronga Road, Glen Iris

To register email or call 8290 1057. 

Strata Governance 101 
Tuesday 24 April, 6.30-8pm
506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne  

At this free workshop you will learn about the basics of strata ownership and ways to improve the energy efficiency of your apartment building.You'll explore ways to improve common areas, lights and waste management and reduce energy bills and owners corporation levies.    

To implement change in your strata community, you first need to understand your role within the strata building. Learn about the role of the body corporate, facilities managers and strata management.


April in your patch

Still waiting for tomatoes to ripen before you prepare your garden for the winter crop? If you hang whole tomato plants upside down under cover, most will continue to ripen or make green tomato pickles.  

Do you love coriander but find it hard to grow? Autumn is the best time to plant this tasty herb, as it grows best in cooler conditions. Find out more top tips to growing coriander

Don’t forget to take a few minutes to reflect on your summer patch... What worked and what didn't? What varieties were the tastiest? Start a garden journal to help you prepare for next year's summer crop. 
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