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New Recycling and Waste Guide coming soon!

Arriving at your house in early August is the new edition of the Recycling and Waste Guide.

Filled with information, it includes details on using your kerbside bins correctly and how to book your Hard Waste collections Keep an eye out for it arriving with the City News newsletter.

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Green Events

Green events in Casey

Don’t forget to check out the great green events scheduled for Casey in the coming months. There are many activities and things to do including the How to on a Vertical Gardening for small spaces and How to set up a Veggie Garden.  While indoors there is a Raising Green Kids event and Declutter your life information sessions.

To find out about all the events visit the Green Events webpage.

School Holiday Activities

Wonderland at the Old Cheese Factory - Energy is Everywhere.

As part of Winter Arts Festival, Bricks For Kids will be on hand to share the “Energy is Everywhere”  message around waste and energy. With energy essential to almost everything we do the exhibition will introduce children to the world of energy in all its forms, including wind and solar.

Tuesday July 11 until Thursday 13 July, 10.00 am - 3.00 pm at the old Chees Factory.

Free event. Visit the Winter Arts Festival webpage for more activities and events.

Kids Craft Activities

Kids can enjoy using recycled materials to create fun pieces to take home; while learning about reusing and recycling. Find out which items go in which bin when you are finished with them and what happens to your bins when you put them out on the kerb.

Suitable for children 4 - 10 years old, children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book the number of tickets required for all attendees.

  • Wednesday July 5th 10am – 12pm
    Hampton Park Library
    Stuart Avenue, Hampton Park, Vic 3976
    To book visit the Trybooking website
  • Monday July 10th 1pm – 3pm
    Lynbrook Community Centre
    Corner Lynbrook Blvd and Harris Street, Lynbrook, Vic 3975
    To book visit the Trybooking website

Environmental Grants

The following environmental grants are currently available:

Sustainability

Solar panel install at City of Casey Works Centre.

The City of Casey’s City Presentation , Sustainable Cities and City Planning teams recently worked together to oversee the installation of solar panels at the Casey Works Centre.

It took approximately six weeks to complete the installation of a 80kw solar PV system.

This is an exciting project for the Works Centre as this will be the largest solar power generation system on any Casey owned building.  The next largest solar system is located at Casey Arc and includes a 44kw system.

The benefits of this system will be:

  • Reduction of Works Centre energy costs by approximately $15,000 per year.
  • Reduction of Works Centre greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 150 tonnes per year, contributing to Council meeting its adopted emissions reduction target by the end of this Financial Year.
  • Together with other energy efficiency works including the installation of LED lighting energy use at the Works Centre will be reduced by 75-80% (based on FY15/16 consumption levels) .
  • Will allow both leased electric vehicles to be charged with 100% renewable energy generated onsite.
  • This renewable energy will be free of cost once the system is paid off after six years.

This installation is a great opportunity to showcase Casey’s support and investment in renewable energy.

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$1M for the Dandenong Creek Living Link

Carving its way through the densely urbanised landscape between Kilsyth South and Dandenong, the Dandenong Creek corridor is a vital green haven for plants and animals, and an important place for people to connect with nature. The City of Casey, Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority and other project partners involved in the Living Links program recently secured $1 million to enhance and connect green spaces along the Dandenong Creek, and to help the local community to better understand and care for the local environment.

The City of Casey along with community groups Melbourne Water and other partners, have already undertaken a lot of work to enhance and protect this important corridor, but there is more work to do.

Over the next three and a half years, the project will deliver range of activities including revegetation, weed control, litter removal and monitoring of animal species living along the corridor. Wherever possible, the community will be invited to get involved to learn more about the local area and help make a difference. Keep an eye out for upcoming events!

This project is being funded by the Victorian Government’s Our Catchments Our Communities initiative and coordinated through the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment management Authority’s Living Links program. Living Links is a large-scale environmental and social project involving 10 councils plus government agencies and community groups working together to create a web of high quality, interconnected green spaces in Melbourne’s south-east.

For more information visit www.livinglinks.com.au.

Waste and Recycling

New Recycling and Waste Guide coming soon!

Arriving at your house in early August is the new edition of the Recycling and Waste Guide.

Filled with information, it includes details on using your kerbside bins correctly  and , how to book your Hard Waste collections Keep an eye out for it arriving with the City News newsletter.

Hard Waste Collection

Casey residents can book up to two collections per property each calendar year. When making your booking, you can choose the week your rubbish will be collected, and you will receive an SMS reminder the Friday before your collection week to remind you to place your rubbish out for collection.

Remember; do not place your hard waste out early to avoid people dumping on your pile. If someone does add to your pile, please notify Council straight away.

 Up to three cubic metres of hard waste will be collected from a household, which is equal to three metres long, by one metre high and one metre wide (3 x 1 x 1).

To book or for information on what items are acceptable for collection please visit www.casey.vic.gov.au/environment-waste/waste-recycling/hard-rubbish

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Natural Resources

National Tree Planting Day

Sunday 30 July 2017

The City of Casey is planning huge “Plant your roots” event at 299 Hessell Road, Harkaway. With 10 000 trees to be planted, come and celebrate diversity the environmental way.  There will be food trucks and exciting to take part in on the day. Any questions or RSVP’s to mmunro@casey.vic.gov.au.

Be a part of Casey and plant a tree at the plant your roots.

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Gardening Master Classes

The City of Casey have partnered with Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) to bring residents a series of Master Classes, one entitled Habitat Gardening was held recently in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria at the Cranbourne Gardens.

Our indigenous animals are struggling with the effects of urbanisation and the removal of habitat from the natural environment.  You can be a ‘Champion for Wildlife’ by incorporating additional food, water, shelter and nesting places in your garden for our indigenous animals.

Richard Rowe, SGA’s Training and Learning Coordinator led the Master Class with Richard’s Recipe for a Habitat Garden provides a wealth of tips to get started.

See the 2017 Green Events Calendar for the upcoming SGA Master Classes in August on Vertical Gardening in Small Spaces and Setting up a Vegetable Garden.

Article and image supplied by Richard Rowe.

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Heritage

There are many topics that are covered under the word ‘Heritage’. From Aboriginal Heritage, the first Settlers and through to building, homesteads and houses, Melbourne has many places to visit and things on offer.

Find out more at the Visit Melbourne website.

Casey and Cardinia Heritage Tour

The Bunurong (Boonerwrung) are the Indigenous people to the Western Port area, and recently the Westernport Biosphere teamed with the Bunurong Land Council for a unique cultural heritage bus tour. The tour took the group to a wide range of culturally significant sites in Casey and Cardinia. The group were shown Scar Trees, which the Bunurong removed bark from to make canoes, containers, shields and shelters . Also visited on the tour were Aboriginal Sacred Sites and land that contained Aboriginal Artefacts with the Land Council sharing their Stories of Aboriginal culture. We also discovered a magnificent Moreton Bay Fig Tree that was planted around 1850.

An unexpected contribution by Pat Macwhirter, owner of Harewood Estate and Author of Stardust to Us, with Pat contributing to the session with interesting, informative and added insightful perspective.

A reminder that came out of the day was that every generation that occupies this land are custodians of our heritage, the built, the natural and the cultural.

Contributed by Ruth Crofts (OAM).

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Hallam Hotel before the 1930’s remodelling

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Courtesy of Casey Cardinia Heritage – links to our past.

Community Groups and Schools

Lynbrook Community Centre

Lynbrook Community Centres have put together a number of activities and events for residents to attend.

Make your own Hanging Herb Garden
Tuesday 11 July, 7.00-8.30pm. Lynbrook Community Centre. Cost: $15 per person.
Make a fabulous herb garden you can hang in your kitchen or garden! All materials included. BYO gloves.
Booking essential – Lynbrook Community Centre lynbrookcc@casey.vic.gov.au or phone 9792 7370.

Planning a Vegetable Garden
Saturday 12 August, 10.30-12.00pm. Lynbrook Community Centre.  Cost: $10 per person.
Want to know what to plant and when? How do I prepare my soil for the best results? Should I plant seeds or plants? All these questions and more answered!
Bookings essential – Lynbrook Community Centre lynbrookcc@casey.vic.gov.au or phone 9792 7370.

Seniors! Reduce Your Energy Bills!
Monday 10 July, 2.00-3.00pm. Free event.
Learn to read your energy bills, compare fees and learn about your energy use patterns to keep costs down. Bring along your bill for impartial advice.
Bookings essential – Lynbrook Community Centre lynbrookcc@casey.vic.gov.au or phone 9792 7370.

Primary School Art Competition

To celebrate National Recycling Week, 13 - 19 November 2017, the City of Casey is providing an opportunity for Casey primary school students to become exhibited artists.

Create a piece of art using reused/recycled materials and you could have it displayed at our Casey Kids Recycled Art Exhibition.

Who can enter? Primary Schools in the City of Casey

Theme: Reducing Waste to Landfill

How should we create the artwork? All art must be made from reused/recycled materials. It can take any form you like e.g. hanging art work, sculpture, puppets, mobiles etc. the more creative the better!

Enter as a whole class or as small teams. Entries will be categorised into age groups:

  • Prep - Grade 2,
  • Grades 3 & 4 and
  • Grades 5 & 6.

Please complete the online entry form and include the required photos.

Please ensure your photos are clear as these are what we’ll be initially judging on.

Entries close: Wednesday 20th September 2017 (last week of Term 3)

The top 20 pieces of art will be displayed at a ‘Casey Kids Recycled Art Exhibition’ during our Recycling Celebration Night on the Evening of Wednesday the 15th November 2017.

If your groups’ piece is chosen to be exhibited you will receive notification prior and will need to arrange to have the artwork dropped off to our Waste Education Team. You will also receive an invitation for students, educators and parents to attend the exhibition and celebration night on the 15th of November.

The best entries will be awarded prizes on the night.

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