Environment news and events

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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Now that Spring has finally sprung, and the warmer weather and sunshine has arrived, there's no better time to get busy in your patch! 

Whether you're looking to spruce up a tiny balcony garden, a sprawling backyard jungle, or you just dig all things green, Spring into Gardening is the perfect place for inspiration and tips on gardening and sustainable living. Get along to Victoria Gardens on Sunday 14 October to join in the fun with a clothes swap, free workshops, gardening demonstrations, hands-on kids activities, market stalls and the famous Plant Giveaway.

The landmark Yarra River Biodiversity Project will soon be coming to a close. To continue this good work Council is extending its regeneration program along Gardiners Creek, protecting and enhancing biodiversity within the city and supporting community connection to this area. This project will begin soon - keep an eye out for more information on our website.

Spring Clothes Swap

Sunday 14 October, 11am2pm
Victoria Gardens, Prahran

Do you have clothes you don't wear? If this sounds like you, come along to our Spring into Gardening Clothes Swap to swap out the old with some fresh new pre-loved threads for yourself.

The rules are simple. Drop-off up to five of your (quality) unwanted items between 11am-12.30pm, then start swapping from 1pm-2pm.

It's the perfect fit for October's Buy Nothing New month, when you get to re-think your purchasing habits and commit to swapping, borrowing, renting and mending.

Local Bird Discovery

Sunday 21 October, 2pm-4pm
Glen Iris Wetlands, Glen Iris

Join the experts from Birdlife Australia for a guided tour of the Glen Iris wetlands and learn how to identify the urban birds in your backyard.
Find out how birds can help your backyard thrive and how to attract our feathery friends to your garden.

Register online.

Aussie Backyard Bird Count 

Monday 22 to Sunday 28 October

Connect with the birds in your neighbourhood by taking part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count.
Get involved by counting birds in your backyard no matter where your backyard happens to be  a suburban backyard, a local park, a patch of forest, down by the beach or the main street of town.
Count data helps BirdLife Australia understand more about the birds that live where people live. 

Watch this short video to learn how to use the Aussie Backyard Bird Count app. 

Happy cyclists 

We're celebrating spring with some free events to help you get back on your bike.    

We're offering a free bike maintenance workshop to get your bike in tip top condition and if you want to brush up on your cycling skills sign up to our free cycle skills course. 

If you're cycling to work on Wednesday 17 October, don't forget to detour past the Prahran Town Hall between 6.30 and 9am to enjoy a free breakfast to celebrate National Ride2Work Day  

Haven't ridden a bike for a while or don't feel safe when you do? Watch this short video by Melburnian, Julia Earley, as she shares her top seven tips for safe and happy cycling. 

New Sustainable Environment Strategy   

Council’s new Sustainable Environment Strategy outlines our commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – including a target to reduce Council’s own emissions by 60 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

We're also committed to growing our urban forest by setting a goal to plant 250,000 plants and trees throughout the city over the next five years. 

Visit our website to find out what else we're doing to prepare for a sustainable future.  

Environmental Film Festival

Thursday 11 October to Friday 19 October 
A cinema near you 

The Environmental Film Festival will be kicking off with a special Opening Night: Into The Okavango on Thursday 11 October.

To help you choose what to see, Programming Manager, Nathan has shared his top five picks for this year's festival.

See full program.

Solar panel rebate

The Victorian Government is making solar panels more affordable than ever before. 

The rebates are available for systems installed from 19 August 2018 to 30 June 2019, eligible households will only have to pay 50 per cent of the cost of a solar panel system.

Contact Positive Charge on 9385 8555 or visit the website to get reliable and independent advice on the suitability of solar for you. 

They can also source you an obligation-free quote from a reliable and reputable solar supplier, approved through the Clean Energy Council.

Find out more

Spring in your patch 

October is a good time to plant your favourite summer vegetables. 

Our top summer crop planting tips: 

  • grow cucumbers up a trellis or tepee to make better use of space.
  • plant leafy greens such as lettuce, rocket and spinach in a semi-shady spot so they don't go to seed early.
  • transplant your tomato seedlings early October - for more tips, check out this guide to growing great tomatoes.
  • plant carrots from seed, not seedling to avoid damaging the taproot. 

Did you know watermelons grow surprisingly well in Melbourne? Read Leaf, Root, Fruit's guide to growing watermelons for details. 

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