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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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Can you believe spring is here? Now that those frosty mornings are (just about) over and the garden is slowly starting to wake up, it's time to get busy in your patch

It's best to reduce pest levels in your garden before planting fragile seedlings. Set oil or newspaper traps for earwigs, beer traps for slugs and snails, and make cloches to protect your seedlings (and warm them up).

Doing some spring cleaning? We have lots of initiatives to help you declutter your home responsibly, including our spring clothes swap, hard waste collections, recycling stations, a toy library and the Stonnington Waste Transfer Station.     

And the award goes to... 

Stonnington Council and Friends of Gardiners Creek Valley!  

Keep Victoria Beautiful have announced this year’s winners for the Sustainable Cities Awards 2018.

We won in two categories:

Community Government Partnership for Friends of Gardiners Creek event partnerships – Clean Up Australia Day and National Tree Day

Protection of the Environment for Engaging our community and improving wildlife corridors – Yarra Biodiversity Project.
Sustainable House Day

Open the doors to sustainable living and tour some of Australia’s most environmentally progressive homes on show at Sustainable House Day, Sunday 16 September.

Cameron, an Armadale home owner, will be opening his energy efficient home to inspire Stonnington residents to explore ways to reduce their energy use and save on bills.

Cameron’s top tip: “use lots of insulation, seal all the gaps and use triple glazed windows - it's always wonderfully quiet and tranquil in our home. It's our oasis from the bustling activity of our neighbourhood.” 

Spring hard waste collection 

The spring 2018 hard waste collection service starts this month. The collection will run for six weeks throughout September and October.

Check your property’s collection details through:

  • the brochure that will arrive in your letterbox two weeks before your collection day
  • the online interactive ‘Services Near Me’ tool found on Council’s website
  • contacting Council on 8290 1333.

Reminder: only leave hard waste out within the timeframe specified for your property.

Happy biodiversity month 

Let’s all celebrate our plants and animals by protecting local wildlife and increasing biodiversity this September for National Biodiversity Month.

Biodiversity refers to the incredible variety of life, from large to small, from common to rare. Whether you have a small balcony or a large backyard, there’s lots you can do to create habitat for local wildlife.

One option is to join Friends of Gardiners Creek Valley, a group of local residents working to re-establish indigenous plants and habitat along our waterways.

Workshop: sustainable apartments  

Tuesday 25 September, 6.30-8.30pm, Functions on Chapel, Prahran

The first step towards improving the sustainability of your apartment building is to understand how the building is managed. What is strata? How does an Owners Corporation work?
Hear from professionals in the strata and energy efficiency fields as they share their extensive knowledge and insights using real-world case studies and examples.

Discover the first steps you can take to implement change in your building; including understanding the different groups and roles within the management of your apartment building.  

Register online

Watch and learn: recycle right 

Do you know what can and can’t go in your recycling bin?

Watch this short video to find out all the answers and how the 'scrunch test' can be used to confirm what plastic can and can't go into your recycling bin. 

For more information visit our website.   

Armagh Sustainability Fair

Saturday 8 September, 11am - 3pm
226 Kooyong Road, Toorak

Initiatives of Change will be opening its beautiful centre and gardens to the public for their first annual Sustainability Fair.

This event will feature live music, food trucks, sustainability stalls, cooking classes for kids, vegetable planting activities and workshops and tours.

Entry will be by gold coin donation at the door.

Find out more about the Sustainability Fair. 

Keeping toys out of landfill

Toy Library members can borrow toys, puzzles and games appropriate for their child’s age and stage of development, without having to buy and store them, or find a good home for them after use.

"The Stonnington Toy Library is a fantastic community resource. It facilitates our child's learning and development, vastly decreases expenses on outright toy purchases and reduces our plastics and packaging waste. I wholeheartedly recommend the toy library for locals with kids up to age eight years"  Toy Library Members, Antony and Caroline. 
Find out more

Feeling good from my head tomatoes  

Nothing says Melbourne summer more than the smell of tomato leaves

Here’s our top tips for growing tomatoes:

  • plant tomato seedlings around AFL Grand Final weekend (very late September or early October)
  • avoid using nitrogen-rich compost when preparing your soil 
  • plant your seedling deep into the soil so only the top few leaves are visible above the soil surface - this enables the plant to develop more roots along the stem
  • stake your tomato plants to increase airflow, reduce pests and disease and maximise space, and
  • prune your tomatoes to create stronger and taller plants that produce more fruit. Watch this short video to learn how.   

Read Leaf, Root and Fruit's how to grow great tomatoes in Melbourne 

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