Term 4 Newsletter - 2019

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In this edition

What's News

Sustainability Champions in the EASL Region

Upcoming Events

Council Updates

Days of Significance

2020 Learning for Sustainability Conference

Our Learning for Sustainability (LfS) Conference is back and planned for the middle of Term 1 so that you can get inspired for all of your sustainability initiatives for the coming year. You can watch a snapshot of the 2019 conference here

The Conference provides a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded people, hear from experts in the field, gain contacts and ideas to take back to your classroom, all while enjoying local food in a beautiful setting. 

Some of the planned workshop topics at the 2020 conference include:

  • Eco-Anxiety
  • Building Student Leadership
  • Climate Futures
  • Getting the Whole Community on Board
  • Grant Writing
  • Littering, Recycling and Waste
We will also have dedicated sessions for Early Years Educators, Primary-Age Educators and Secondary-Age Educators focusing on embedding sustainability into the classroom. Stay tuned for more session topics and further conference details as they are announced. 

Date: Friday 28th February
Time: 8:30pm to 3:00pm
Venue: Box Hill Institute, Lilydale Lakeside Campus 
Cost: Early Bird $40 for Local Tickets | $80 for External Tickets

This event has been heavily subsidised by EASL's member councils to ensure this remains an accessible event for all educators within the region. 

Early Bird Tickets, On Sale Now!

All attendees will receive access to presentation resources after the conference. 

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Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Join the Bird Count

21st to 27th October

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is an activity for all-ages that involves observing and counting the birds that live near you – whether that’s in your garden, the local park, your school or early learning centre. By telling us about the birds you’ve seen within a 20 minute period, you will help BirdLife Australia develop an understanding of local birds, whilst getting to know the wildlife on your doorstep!

The 2019 count will be held from 21-27 October 2019.  

To complete the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, spend 20 minutes standing or sitting in one spot and noting down the birds that you see. You will need to count the number of each species you spot within the 20 minute period. 

Once you have completed your count, you can submit it in two different ways: 

  1. You can submit your bird count through the online web form (this form won’t be made live until the 14 October) 


  1. You can submit your counts through the free Aussie Bird Count app. 
For more information, go to the Aussie Backyard Bird Count website

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Join the cause: turn lights off for the Mountain Pygmy Possum and Bogong Moths

From 1 September to 31 October, Zoos Victoria is calling for unnecessary lights to be turned off after dark to help Victoria’s Mountain Pygmy-possums.

Each spring, Mountain pygmy-possums wake from their annual hibernation, hungry for nutritious Bogong Moths. Unfortunately, light pollution from urban centres obscures the moths' visual cues on the horizon for navigation. These incredible sources of protein have failed to make it to the alpine areas for the last two years, impacting on the health of the already endangered Pygmy-possum.

What can you do?

  • Turn off the lights and register your participation in projectmoth@zoo.org.au
  • Download the APP Moth Tracker (available from 15 September) to record a sighting. This citizen science project will collect valuable information about where these moths are and may trigger emergency interventions for the possum.
You can read more information and access resources through the Zoos Victoria website

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Congratulations to Sherbrooke Family and Children's Centre

The Sherbrooke Family and Children’s Centre, located in Upwey, is our champion for Term 4. They have a number of Sustainability Initiatives that they undertake as part of their day to day. These include:

  • Battery Recycling
  • Bread tags for wheelchairs
  • Clothing Swaps
  • A community exchange pantry
  • Composting
  • Free breakfast at the breakfast bar
  • Mobile phone recycling
  • Soft Plastic recycling with Redcycle
  • Terracycle recycling programs
  • The Sustainability Giving Tree
  • Wet/dry bags for soiled and wet clothing
  • Worm Farming

A particular highlight of their achievements for Term 4 is their donations to the Sustainability Giving Tree. This program encourages children to take part in the process of choosing a toy that is in good working condition that they wish to donate to another child, which may not receive a present on Christmas day. It is a great learning opportunity for children to participate in and they can demonstrate their natural kindness in thinking about others.

The Sustainability Giving Tree has proven to touch many lives in the community, not just those who receive the donations, but those who work for The Monbulk Community Care Network (where the toys are donated) and even more so for the children and families who have participated in this experience to its full potential.

Congratulations to Sherbrooke on all your work and in your sustainability efforts within the local community. Becoming a community drop-off point for several recycling programs is a great way of reducing plastic and other damaging materials in the environment and fostering children to become stewards for their community. We will look forward to hearing about your future endeavours.

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CERES ResourceSmart Schools | Eastern Progress Workshop

Term 4 Eastern Progress Workshop

CERES Programs

Join us for a day of facilitated support to help you progress towards certification of your next module and/or Star! Come along to share ideas with other teachers and strengthen local sustainability education networks. 

Free for up to 2 staff/parents per school.
Lunch, tea/coffee and refreshments provided.

Date: Wednesday 13th November
Time: 9am to 4pm (arrive at 8:45am)
Venue: Brentwood Secondary College
Cost: Free!
Bookings: RSVP here

For more information please contact:
Kate Checkley
ResourceSmart Schools Coordinator, Eastern Metropolitan Region
(03) 9389 0133 | kate.checkley@ceres.org.au 

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Learning for Sustainability Conference

The Learning for Sustainability Conference aims to bring together a diverse range of people from the Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges community as they explore ways to embed sustainability into education. This conference will inspire, inform and support!

EASL's 'Learning for Sustainability Conference' is a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people, hear from experts in the field, gain contacts and ideas to take back to your classroom, all while enjoying local food in a beautiful setting. There will be learning opportunities for both early learning and school age educators on a range of sustainability topics.

Date: Friday 28th February
Time: 8:30pm to 3:00pm
Venue: Box Hill Institute, Lilydale Lakeside Campus 
Cost: Early Bird $40 for Local Tickets | $80 for External Tickets

This event has been heavily subsidised by EASL's member councils to ensure this remains an accessible event for all educators within the region. 

Early Bird Tickets, On Sale Now!

All attendees will receive access to presentation resources after the conference.

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2020 - Schools National Tree Day - Knox City council

Following on from the successful One Tree per Child program, in 2020 Knox City Council will be hosting a Schools National Tree Day event on Friday 31st July.
National Tree Day, sponsored by Toyota Australia, was co-founded in 1996 by Planet Ark and Olivia Newton-John. It has now grown in to Australia's largest community tree planting and nature protection event. Planet Ark is asking Australians to help us plant one million new native trees and shrubs across the country.
So please put this event into your calendar for 2020. Further details will be follow early next year regarding the site location and other requirements.
If you have any queries please contact us at: Biodiversity@knox.vic.gov.au;

Stringybark Festival is a free community event exploring everything local, home-made, creative, sustainable and adventurous in Knox. 

They have a jam packed schedule with lots of activities for the whole family. 

Date: Sunday 20th October
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Venue: Rowville Community Centre, 40 Fulham Rd, Rowville
Cost: Free!

Find out more information on the website here


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Follow Your Recyclables Tour

Have you ever wondered what happens to all the items in your recycling bin? 
To celebrate and acknowledge National Recycling Week, Manningham residents are invited to take part in a special tour of Visy’s Recycling Sorting Facility in Heidelberg.

The tour will provide you with the unique opportunity to learn more about the recycling sorting process of each type of material before they are taken to be reprocessed into new products.

Dates: Monday 18 November, 6.00pm - 8.30pm and Wednesday 20 November, 9.30am - 12.30pm
Meeting Point: Manningham Civic Centre, 699 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster 
Cost: Free
Bookings: Eventbrite
Transportation will be provided to and from the facility.

For further information please call Council’s Waste Management Team on 9210 2660.  Book in early as there are a limited number of seats available. Please note this tour is not appropriate for children.

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Recycle Right in Maroondah

Learn how to recycle correctly in Maroondah

To celebrate National Recycling Week, Maroondah Council is offering two Recycling workshops.

In November 1996, Planet Ark founded National Recycling Week to bring a national focus to the environmental benefits of recycling. Now in its 24th year, this established and highly regarded annual campaign continues to educate and stimulate behaviour change, by:

  • Promoting kerbside, industrial and community recycling initiatives
  • Giving people the tools to minimise waste and manage material resources responsibly at home, work and school.

Come along to Council's free recycling workshop and have all your recycling questions answered! Find out more about what materials are accepted in your blue-lidded recycling bin at home and what happens to your recycling once it leaves the kerbside. 

To secure your spot at one of these events, please contact Council's Waste Education provider, EnviroCom, on 9703 5288.

Date: Monday 11 November 2019
Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Venue: Realm, Eastland Shopping Centre, 179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood
Cost: Free!
Bookings Through EnviroCom: 9703 5288

Date: Thursday 14th November
Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm
Venue: North Ringwood community House, 35-39 Tortice Drive, Ringwood North 
Cost: Free!
Bookings Through EnviroCom: 9703 5288

Beginner Compost, Worm Farming and Bokashi Workshop

Come along to one of our beginner workshops and learn how to turn your waste into a valuable resource for your garden!

By starting one of these organic recycling systems at home, you can reduce the amount of waste in your household garbage bin by 50%. This free workshop will provide you with all the information you need to set up and maintain each of these systems at home.

Learn the basics on how to set-up and maintain a compost bin, worm farm or Bokashi bin at home, along with a few troubleshooting tips. This workshop is perfect for beginners or those who want to get started, but are unsure which system will suit them. 

Aspects of this workshops will be held outdoors, please dress for the weather. 

Date: Wednesday 22nd January
Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Venue: Central Ringwood Community Centre, Rosewarne Lane, Ringwood
Cost: Free!
Bookings Through EnviroCom: 9703 5288

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Schools Water Efficiency Program



The Schools Water Efficiency Program provides data loggers to all Victorian schools to continue the education and demonstration of water efficiency in practice. They are online resources including live feeds of your water usage. It's a great way to detect leaks too! 3 year access to the program is only $300, and Whitehorse Council will pay half! More information is available HERE

The Litter Trackers: Reducing littering by education
RMIT are releasing GPS tracked bottles into waterways across Melbourne and are tracking how fast and how far they flow.  They are planning to do a launch at Blackburn Lake and will then track the bottles as the flow from Blackburn Lake and into Gardiners Creek.
You can follow the route and find out more information about the project HERE

Cash for Composting
Council's Composting Incentive Program offers a $50 rebate to schools to make it easier and cheaper to convert organics and garden prunings into compost. Schools have 12 months to apply for the rebate when they spend $50 or more on composting products from local suppliers. Click HERE for the claim form.

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Yarra Ranges

Livable Homes in a Changing Climate

Learn how to save power and reduce bills:

  • Understand the benefits of solar
  • Launch of Council-backed solar scheme
  • Pensioner discounts

All this and supper for free while you have a few laughs with legendary stand-up comedian, Rod Quantock. 

Date: Wednesday 4th December
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Mooroolbark Community Centre, 125 Brice Ave, Mooroolbark
Cost: Free!

Follow Your Waste Tours

Each year, Yarra Ranges Council offers a limited number of free ‘Follow Your Waste’ tours to school groups (Grade 3 upwards) to visit a landfill site and recycling centre in the Dandenong area. The excursion is free of charge – the school is only required to cover the cost of mini-bus transport. A maximum of two classes of per school may attend. If your class is studying waste and recycling, and would like to learn more about what happens to the waste that is collected through our household bins, please contact our Sustainability Officer, Lisa Loulier, on l.loulier@yarraranges.vic.gov.au.

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Are these in your calendar?

For the full month by month list of sustainability linked days please look at the EASL website. These can be great to link to topics happening over the year.

October - Buy Nothing New Month | Nude Food Month

1st – 31st October – Nude Food Month

1st – 31st October – Buy Nothing New Month

2nd October - World Habitat Day

4th October – World Animal Day

5th October – World Teachers Day

14th – 20th October – National Water Week

16th October – World Food Day

16th October - National Ride 2 Work Day

21st – 27th October – Australian Backyard Bird Count

24th October – United Nations Day

19th – 20th October – Garage Sale Trail


10th November - World Science Day for Peace and Development

10th – 17th November – Pollinator Week

11th – 19th November – National Recycling Week


3rd December – International Day of People with a Disability

5th December – International Volunteer Day

5th December – World Soil Day

10th December – Human Rights Day

11th December – International Mountain Day

25th Christmas - The 12 Do's of Christmas

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