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Green Events Calendar 2018

A new Green Events Calendar is here for 2018. Featured activities and sessions are Free or at a low cost, and being held right across the municipality, including theatre productions, events at the Cranbourne Gardens, green films being showed, Backyard chooks and composting sessions, a Frog info night, Op Shop and Follow Your Waste Tours and many kid’s events. The full-size calendar features images taken throughout the City of Casey showcasing our natural environment and community members.

You can pick up your copy at City of Casey Customer Service Centres and community locations (17kb) for a short time.

Otherwise, check it out online and get booking.


Catch a ride to the Sustainable Living Festival

The Sustainable Living Festival happens every year during February, and the jewel in the crown is a three-day festival at Federation Square, with guest speakers, presentations, workshops, kid’s activities, and a bustling marketplace filled with stalls from environmental and sustainability charities, fair trade products, sustainable living ideas and items, and tasty food was well!

City of Casey is taking a bus to the event on Saturday 10 February for Casey residents to catch a sustainable ride to the event. You’ll be able to see festival for yourself, and come back full of green ideas! The bus will be leaving from Bunjil Place at 9am, returning around 5pm. Bookings are essential.

More details at the event webpage.

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Clean Up Australia Day 2018

We can all do our bit for Australia on March 4 by choosing a local site to clean up in the annual Clean Up Australia Day. Whether it is with family, a Community or School group you can join a clean-up site or organise your own by visiting the Clean up Australia Day website. Contact with the City of Casey Waste and Recycling Team is also required so we can pick up your bags of rubbish and recycling.

To help motivate your crew, the City of Casey will help feed your team on the day too. We will reimburse morning tea or lunch up to the value of $50, valid to the site supervisor who registers their team.  Simply email your details, a photo of your receipt, the registered site location of where  you cleaned up and how many people to adminwaste@casey.vic.gov.au.

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Take a little care this Christmas

Want some ideas on how to green up your Christmas? The Planet Ark website has shared some tips on their 12 Do’s of Christmas for you to consider introducing to your house.

With easy examples on how you can green up your Christmas and ensure you are recycling as much as possible, rather than sending everything to landfill. From what can and cannot be recycled to how to minimise food waste, check out their website and ideas.

Plant Ark have also compiled lists for work and home on products made from recycled materials. From fashion and accessories, home and garden, work and study, construction and infrastructure and packaging… You may even find the perfect Christmas gift for someone, just visit the Recycling Near You website.


Summer Veggies

Growing your own fruit and vegetables can be very rewarding, not to mention the health benefits.

Within Casey, Spring to Autumn is the main growing season with a great range of productive crops including; tomato, corn, capsicum, beans, cucumbers and pumpkins to mention but a few. Whether you’re growing in a pot, the ground or raised bed the growing technique is much the same.

Best results can be achieved by focusing on four simple steps.

  1. Get your soil rich in organic matter. In larger beds, add compost or composted manure each year. In pots use a good quality potting mix specific for vegetables.
  2. Over the warmer months of summer ensure you have a thin layer of mulch to conserve water and help with soil temperature. Sugar cane, pea straw and Lucerne are all great choices.
  3. Water regularly. Inconsistent watering can cause some plants to stress or worse produce no crop at all
  4. Keep an eye out for pests and diseases. It’s much easier to control issues in the early stages.

Consider the types of fruit and vegetables you generally consume; can they be grown at your place? Why not give a few a go?

For more information to get you started, reference material can be found at Casey Cardinia Libraries or by visiting the Sustainable Gardening webpage.

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Hot weather Worm Farm and compost care

Worms don’t like the weather extremes, they like it pleasant – not too hot, not too cold. Remember that a worm farm is sealed – you want those worms to stay put doing their good work, but if it’s too hot, they’ll die. So how to keep them cool in the hot weather?

Some simple tips:

  • Keep the worm farm in the shade, either under a tree or the shade of the house. Inside the house can also be a good option, maybe in a laundry? Remember that small spaces in full sun (eg bathrooms or laundries that are shut off from the rest of the house) and places like garages and sheds can get very hot.
  • Freeze the scraps before putting them into the worm farm. Not only will the thawing scraps cool the worm farm down, but the scraps will break down faster as well.
  • Put some ice blocks into the worm farm on a hot day.
  • Worms in your compost bin won’t be an issue on a hot day provided your compost bin is open at the bottom to the soil underneath – they’ll just head down underground where it’s cooler, and come back when the temperature has dropped again.

Bugs in your kitchen bucket/compost bin/worm farm

The warmer weather means the scraps break down faster, and if they’re not being consumed by the bacteria quickly enough, the vinegar flies may move in to do the job. This is probably most noticeable when they are flying around your benchtop scraps bucket. Some ways to reduce this happening:

  • Empty your benchtop bucket daily, and rinse the bucket out before re-using (put the rinse water into your compost bin to keep it damp in the hot weather)
  • Freeze your scraps in a container and then empty as often as you usually would – this means the food is not decomposing on your counter-top and smelling attractive to those flies, and will break down faster in your compost bin/worm farm
  • Fruit flies can also arrive due to overripe fruit and vegetables, so best you keep on top of the bucket emptying, and turn in the scraps when you’ve put them into the compost bin.

Compost bins/piles can get very hot and dry out in the warmer weather. Combat this by:

  • Keeping the pile damp – use the rinse water from your kitchen bucket, spray with a hose or keep the pile covered in warmer weather.
  • Turning the pile while adding water to ensure the whole pile is damp, not just the outside.

The City of Casey will be holding Composting sessions in 2018, to find out when visit the Green Events webpage.


Waste and Recycling

Rapid response to tackling dumped rubbish

The City of Casey continues to rapidly respond to reports of illegal rubbish dumping. In recent months, the Litter Prevention team has expanded to enable more proactive investigations throughout the municipality.

Online reports can be captured on the Litter webpage.

Within five working days of receiving a report, the rubbish will be either removed or a litter investigation commenced by the Litter Prevention team.

Litter investigations include unbooked hard waste outside residential properties, rubbish dumping on roadsides, reserves and building sites. Your reports help to identify the persons responsible, with monetary penalties exceeding $6000.


Detox Your Home

Our neighbours at Frankston City Council will be having a mobile chemical collection available to surrounding Councils, including Casey. The FREE service gives people an easy disposal points for household chemicals without harming your health or the environment.

  • Frankston
    Saturday 3 February 2018
    8.00pm -4.00pm

For information on accepted material or to book your drop off time visit the Sustainability Victoria website.


Natural Resources

The views Casey’s Bushland Crew got to enjoy while working at Woodlot Lane, Tooradin - Courtesy of Rebecca, Bushland Crew

‘Sculpture’ a different take on interpretative signage!

 Keep an eye out for the new life size bronze cast sculptures created by renowned Australian artist Silvio Apponyi which have been installed in two of Casey’s nature reserves. 

 On entry of Jessie Trail in Harkaway you are greeted by a well-rounded wombat on one side and a platypus and her babies nestled on rocks on the other. And walking along the trail at Cardinia Street Reserve, Berwick; you will come across an adult platypus mounted on granite rocks ready to swim down-stream.  These beautiful sculptures are part of the interpretative signage program for the City of Casey’s nature reserves.

The nature reserves provide an array of exciting and varying environmental experiences. Home to a large number of flora and fauna, each reserve plays a critical role in ensuring the environmental connectivity of the municipality. The series of signage and sculpture has been designed and installed with the aim of increasing environmental and habitat awareness.  The importance of these sites as a rich natural resource is being communicated through the use of art, narrative, visuals and information. 

For additional information on the City of Casey Nature Reserves visit the Nature Reserves webpage.


Saving Casey’s History

The City of Casey has been working on a Local History Project since March this year which involves some of Casey’s historical records that are currently hard copy.  A large number of documents have been scanned including information on the City of Casey Heritage Study, Heritage of the City of Berwick, Biodiversity reports and some 1300 aerial photographs.  The current documents form part of the Local History Archive Series, in particular Narre Warren, Berwick and local areas.  Some of these documents will be available to view digitally in the near future Working through documents in the Local History Archives Series.

Other finds include:

Did you  know?

There are different interpretations of the name Narre Warren

  • Little Hills
  • No Good (as the water was brackish and no good for drinking)
  • Red Ochre

Did you know?  The name Narre Warren has had many different spellings, some of which are; Narre Worren,  Narree Worran,  Narrenarre Worren, Nerre Nerre Waren and Narreworren, which makes it interesting when researching local history.

Did you know?  The usual resident population of Narre Warren according to the Census in 2016 was 27,371 living in 9,697 dwellings with an average household size of 2.94.


Conservation Advisory Committee

In April 1998 Council established the Conservation Strategy Implementation and Review Committee. Consisting of four community representatives, the Committee provided advice and support on the implementation of Council’s Conservation Strategy and assisted in the delivery of various environmental programs and activities.

Today, that same Committee is called the Conservation Advisory Committee and has grown to twelve representatives, with the support of three Councillors and two Council officers. In addition to representing the community, they assist in the creation of ‘Australia’s most liveable city’ – Council’s current vision – by providing strategic advice and support on matters related to natural resource management, sustainability, waste and recycling and heritage through four specialist sub-committees.

Recently the Committee has been involved in the relocation of the Heritage School building in Hampton park, the ongoing review and implementation of Council’s Sustainability Plan and development of the Draft Biodiversity Strategy, which will be seeking feedback from the community in February 2018.

Council is fortunate to have the ongoing support of the Committee who volunteer their time every month. From the founding members to those who joined more recently, each member brings a strong understanding and appreciation of the built and natural environment.

For more information on the role of the Conservation Advisory Committee contact Team Leader Environment and Heritage on 9705 5200.

Community Groups and Schools

Pearcedale Primary School

Recently the Pearcedale Primary School Sustainability Committee, led by Enviro Angels, conducted a Waste Audit at the school.  This smelly endeavour was undertaken to see just how much, and what type of rubbish the school is generating in an average week.

Of the 6,000 litres of waste produced each week, it was found that approximately 2,700 litres are soft plastic, such as chip packets, biscuit & bar wrappers and resealable plastic bags. We discussed how we can all make a huge difference to this large amount of waste by supporting NUDE FOOD everyday. By using reusable containers, wax or silicone food wraps to replace cling wrap or even aluminium foil which can be recycled instead of disposable single-use packaging.  We have organised for every classroom will have a basket by the door for students to return their containers to.

The next largest portion of the rubbish (1,800 litres) was made up of recyclable materials - plastic bottles, cans and the like. To ensure we are sending it all to recycling the City of Casey have sent additional recycling bins for our outside areas, so we can divert this rubbish from landfill to recycling

We also found a huge number of uneaten sandwiches and crusts in the bins which accounts for 1,200 litres of rubbish a week!! Uneaten food is a waste of time, money and mean children with empty tummies having difficulty maintaining concentrating.  In the future we will consider a Bokashi composting system to handle this waste, but of course, ideally, we would like to reduce the amount of it!

Lastly, we had a small amount of compostable rubbish mainly made up of fruit scraps. To ensure this does not end up in the bin, all classrooms will get small buckets to collect this waste which will be composted in the school’s compost bays for use on the veggie gardens.

Although the amount of waste being produced is significant, we are confident that the work with the Sustainability Committee will reduce this in the future, with an aim to conduct the audit again in 6 months to measure the changes.

Thank you to our helpers, the students & teachers that dropped by & all the great questions raised. 

DID YOU KNOW: you can recycle soft plastics at Coles and Woolworths?  The recycled material is used to make things like furniture, bollards and play equipment. Check out our Buddy Bench outside the art room for a great example!

Submitted by - Pearcedale Primary School and Enviro Angels.

Adopt a Road Project

We would like to thank Cranbourne Lions for working hard to keep Cranbourne/Narre Road clean. The Club has been a part of the ‘Adopt a road project’ and like to get out there when they can to do their bit for our municipality. Many bags of rubbish and other random items were collected, which Council then picks up to dispose of.

Love your work Cranbourne Lion’s Club.


Schools Litter Legend Grants

Keep Australia Beautiful is excited to announce that the Litter Legends Campaign will be back in 2018!

The Litter Legends Campaign is an exciting global schools project to reduce litter and improve recycling in the school and community, with Eco-Schools in the driver’s seat.

The first 20 Australian Eco-Schools to apply can receive $500 towards completing the project, achieving the Bronze Award and more!

For more information on grants visit the Eco Schools Grants webpage.

Or to register visit the Eco Schools website.

Get involved in the Boomerang Bag movement

In an effort to reduce the use of single use plastic bags and to reduce landfill by saving scrap and unwanted fabric from being dumped, we have started up a Boomerang Bag community in the City of Casey.

Boomerang Bags are hand made by members of our community out of the recycled fabric and thread and turned into very functional and fashionable reusable bags.

Boomerang bags is now a global movement that began in 2013 in Burleigh Heads QLD by Tania Pots and Jordyn de Boer. So far Boomerang Bags has diverted over 42,138g of waste from landfill, with over 140,460 Boomerang Bags made from over 439 communities

We had our very 1st sewing bee on 14th December at Brentwood Park Neighbourhood House.

If you want to find out more information please visit the Boomerang Bags website or to join log into our Facebook group.

If you want to be a part of Boomerang Bags you do not need to know how to sew, but there could be a great opportunity to learn if you are interested. Some tasks include cutting, ironing, pining, screen printing, promotion and logistics just to name a few.

We are calling out for any donations of thread, fabric, clean pillow cases, general linen or unused fabric that you think may be suitable for bag making.

We look forward to seeing these bags distributed and used in Casey and hope to have many new faces join in.

If you need any further information, please contact Jennifer Lewis at  jlewis@casey.vic.gov.au.

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