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Green Events

National Recycling Week Event

Talking Trash and Boomerang Bags, Living Plastic Free

Guest speaker Tammy Logan from Gippsland Unwrapped came to Bunjil Place to talk to residents about how she limits the amount of waste produced in her household, sharing tips and hints on how people can produce less waste in their lifestyles too.

The second part of the evening was news about Boomerang Bags program coming to Casey. The programs aim is to reduce the use of single use plastic by supplying reusable bags in participating supermarkets that shoppers can borrow and return on their next visit. Council is looking for volunteers to help source materials (eg. old bed linen and manufactured off cuts) and sew the reusable bags.

Some waste minimising tips that came from the evening included:

  1. Take your own bags to the shops.
  2. Don’t bring unneeded materials home, eg packaging – a plastic bag for your bananas.
  3. Compost and recycle as much as possible.
  4. Buy recycled and green where you can.

2018 Green Event Calendar

A new Green Events Calendar is in the works for 2018.

Keep an eye out on the Green Events webpage for the events that will available in 2018 as there will be activities and sessions being held right across the municipality.

To join our mailing list for this information, please email eduwaste@casey.vic.gov.au

Environmental Grants

The following environmental grants are currently available:

  • Climate Change Challenge Innovation Grants
    The Climate Change Innovation Grants support Victorian organisations to be local leaders in the development of innovative solutions to the challenges of climate change. The grants program is designed to:
    • foster action, innovation and collaboration between businesses, industry, researchers and government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
    • drive greater investment into high impact innovations that will enable our communities, environment and businesses to be prosperous in the face of climate change.
    Applications close 30 November 2017.

Sustainability

Community tips to help meet Target 155

Target155_wide.png Local state government water utility, South East Water, is encouraging the community to help meet Target 155. It’s a voluntary water efficiency program that encourages Melbourne households to use water responsibly and aim to use no more than 155 litres of water per person per day.

Climate change, population growth and increasing demand for water all put pressure on the security of our water supplies – and T155 is just one of the water efficiency measures that is helping secure water for Victorians. South East Water is doing its bit to relieve the pressures on our water supplies at the Aquarevo estate in Lyndhurst where future homes will be plumbed with drinking, recycled and rainwater so the best water source is used for the right purpose.

For water efficient tips and tricks to help you meet the target, South East Water has produced a range of videos asking customers how they use water responsibly when gardening, entertaining and managing their households. View them on YouTube.

Adopting water efficient habits can also help to keep your water bill on track – especially during summer which is a time of traditionally higher water use. Over-watering the garden, leaking pools and faulty evaporative air conditioners are all top culprits in adding to your water bill, so now is a great time to review your watering habits and check for leaks at the South East Water website.

Are you building a new home?

The South-Eastern Councils Climate Change Alliance (SECCCA) has introduced a Free Home Energy Advisory Service for those who are building a new home.

The 1-1.5 hour free consultation to review your building plans and discuss all the available options for you to improve the energy efficiency is available to residents.  This will also help you keep ongoing costs down.

To find out more and to book a consultation visit the Secca website.

Waste and Recycling

On the road… again

The City of Casey, is embracing the use of Crumb Rubber Asphalt (CRA) for its road surfacing projects and in the process ridding itself of one of its biggest waste headaches.

The City of Casey started using CRA because of the significant environmental benefits.

We collect 3,500 tyres per year just in our kerbside hard waste collections alone but there are other added bonuses of using the product, such as being impervious to water, less road noise and being stronger as it wears better than normal asphalt.

Casey Council had laid 8,500 tonnes as at the end of August 2017, across a variety of road surfaces, including roundabouts, heavy-vehicle driveways and patching.  13,600 tyres were used in the making of the 8,500 tonnes of CRA.

Millions of end-of-life tyres are generated each year. By the end of 2017, Australia will have generated 56 million in 12 months. Many of them end up in landfill, are illegally dumped or are exported overseas.

In 2013-14 only 5 percent of end of life tyres were recycled in Australia. The Tyre Stewardship Scheme, administered by the Tyre Stewardship Authority (TSA), has an immediate aim to increase the recycling rate to 50 percent over five years.

Some of the roads Casey has treated using the unique CRA technique include:

  • Craig Road – (from Browns Road to Baxter Tooradin Road)
  • Oroya Grove and Valetta Street in Clyde
  • North Road, Devon Meadows - South Gippsland Hwy to Fisheries Road
  • Sections of Brundrett Road, Narre Warren North
  • Bewley Way, Berwick

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Natural Resources

Eastlink initiative around Mullum Mullum tunnel.

A recent landscape initiative involved introducing a goat herd to manage woody weeds and non-native varieties of plants in steep and rocky terrain near the Mullum Mullum tunnel.  The goats cleared the weeds in a safe and environmentally friendly way, which can now provide a better habitat for fauna and wildlife.

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A great time to be out and about.

This is a great time of year to be out and about in our Natural Reserves with each having their own characteristics and specialities. If you feel like exploring a little further afield than your local reserve then maybe one of the following reserves could be a good option.

  • Casuarina Forest Nature Reserve, Endeavour Hills.
    Casuarina Forest is a relatively small reserve accessible off William Hovell Drive in Endeavour Hills. This site appears to be a typical Grassy Woodland Landscape however it has been registered by the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning as a biosite due to its diverse flora and the rarity of she-oak (Allocasuarina) dominated grassy woodland within Victoria. Spring highlights include:
    Austral Indigo, Indigofera australis
    Hedge wattle, Acacia paradoxa
    Kangaroo grass, Themeda triandra
    Black She-oak, Allocasuarina littoralis
    Keep your eye out for the Yellow Tail Blacks Cockatoos and Lorikeets feeding among the sheoaks.
  • Colley Street Nature Reserve, Pearcedale.
    Located in the heart of Pearcedale (Colley street and Nathaniel Street), this 3.2 hectare reserve is a refuge for wildlife within a developing urban landscape. Spring highlights include:
    Blackwood, Acacia melanoxylon
    Wedding Bush, Ricinocarpus pinifolius
    Common Heath, Epacris impressa
    Showy bossiaea,Bossiaea cinerea
    Nodding Greenhood, Pterostylis nutans
    Saw Sedge, Gahnia sieberiana and Gahnia radula
    Hedge Wattle,  Acacia paradoxa
    Scented paperbark, Melaleuca squarrosa
    Keep your eye out for eastern rosellas, lorikeets, snakes, and maybe even some tawny frogmouths.
  • Granduer Nature Reserve, Cranbourne.
    This small one acre reserve at the end of Granduer court (between Granduer Court and Cemetry Road) is a good example of what the area was like pre European settlement. Some of the species out in flower in spring are:
    Bundled Guinea-flower, Hibbertia fasciculata var prostrata
    Pink beard heath, Leucopogon ericoides
    Common Beard Heath,  Leucopogon virgatus var virgatus
    Common Apple-berry, Billardiera scandens
    Spike Wattle, Acacia oxycedrus
    Wedding Bush, Ricinocarpus pinifolius
    Common Heath,  Epacris impressa
    Keep your eye out for the elusive Southern Brown Bandicoot or a maybe a Koala, both of which are known to sporadically visit the reserve.
  • Jessie Traill Nature Reserve, Harkaway.
    Located on the edge of town (Cnr King and Harkaway Roads) this 2.4 hectare reserve is home to more than 110 species of plants, making it one of Casey’s most diverse reserves. Spring highlights include:
    Blackwood, Acacia melanoxylon
    Golden wattle, Acacia pycnantha
    Prickly moses, Acacia verticillata
    Golden tip, Goodia lotifolia
    Make sure to keep your eye out for the friendly platypus and wombat nestled on the rocks welcoming you to the reserve.

No matter the reserve you visit please keep to the tracks, put your rubbish in a bin, or take it home, and keep your eye out for the little surprises that abound in our orchids and wild flowers.

For a list of Casey reserves please go to the Nature Reserves webpage.

Draft Western Port Green Wedge Management Plan

We are seeking feedback on our Draft Casey Western Port Green Wedge Management Plan. What should be protected? What should be the Council's priorities?

Let us know by Friday 22 December 2017 by visiting the Draft Western Port Green Wedge Management Plan webpage.

Heritage

City of Casey Heritage Database and updated Strategy

The Casey Heritage Database is a searchable online database containing information about Casey post-contact heritage places.  Included are statements of significance, physical descriptions, historical information, photographs where available and heritage overlay number. The database can be viewed at the Heritage Database webpage.

The Council strategy was also recently updated and released which details an action plan to identify, protect and maintain heritage places in the municipality, support and assist owners of heritage sites.

To view the document visit the Heritage Strategy webpage.

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Community Groups and Schools

Casey Primary Schools Recycled Art Competition

The City of Casey recently invited Primary Schools to submit artwork made from recycled materials. Some great pieces were entered from Schools and classes from across the municipality.

We are excited to announce that Haileybury prep-grade 3’s class came in first with their artwork of The Tree.

Second went to Brentwood Park Primary Schools Grade 3 and 4, with The House. While third went to St Thereses Primary School prep-Grade 2 class, with Heart of Goodness.

Thank you for the fantastic entries, we love taking bringing this to our Schools.

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Nossal High School 2017 Sustainability Summit

By Hasna Kazi - Year 9 Environment Leader at Nossal High School.

Nossal High School held an environment summit recently. It was co-ordinated largely by the students of the Nossal Environment Sustainability Team (NEST) and our teacher, Mrs Ball. We invited nine other schools, including the selective schools Suzanne Cory and Melbourne High School, and local schools in the area including St. Francis Xavier College, Cranbourne East Secondary College, Gleneagles Secondary College, Officer Secondary College, Scoresby Secondary College, St Peter’s College and Kambrya College. We did this because we believe everyone should have access to information about climate change.

Each person was assigned to either Water, Earth, Air or Fire, and they attended activities in these groups. First, we introduced ourselves to our group and shyly said our names, then played a game.

At recess we were offered strawberries, apples and mandarins that were generously donated by a local supermarket, and fresh cookies the NEST team had baked from scratch the day before. The cookies and fruit were a hit, with people going back for seconds.

Our guest speakers were Josh and Marie from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), who explained to us the importance of taking action against climate change. They showed us those who are being directly affected by climate change, those on low lying lands and who have done the least to fuel climate change. The injustice of those who are affected first and worst by climate change while they have done the least to cause it is often known as climate injustice, as Josh and Marie explained. Examples of these places include Samoa, Bangladesh and, five of the Solomon Islands who were recently completely submerged.  We then split off into our groups and attended either a workshop run by the student leaders of NEST or a workshop run by AYCC. The AYCC workshop, which I helped facilitate, began with a small discussion of whether we cared about climate change because of the potential impact to people or to the environment, and whether the government or individuals have the most responsibility in caring for the environment. 

We explored case studies where students just like us saw something they wanted to take action and campaign against. They created groups of like-minded people, educated members of the public and got them to sign petitions, and raised funds for their respective issues.

We were very proud to have been able to provide a fully catered event for 115 students and 15 staff.  I think we were all able to walk away from the summit feeling that we could make a difference, and that we were one step on the long road to achieve a fairer, cleaner world.

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