Upcoming event: Taste of Thomo Presents David Holmgren, Permaculture Guru

Join us for a local multi-media event, ‘Aussie Street’ featuring permaculture co-originator, David Holmgren at City of Whittlesea’s Taste of Thomo Food Festival on Saturday 4th August, 2018 at Thomastown Neighbourhood House.

David Holmgren’s new book, RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future (Melliodora Publishing, 2018) elevates the importance of household food growing and related neighbourhood activity into an empowering vision for the future of Australian suburbs. Retrosuburbia uses permaculture thinking to create home-based solutions by applying the retrofitting paradigm to our homes, gardens and most fundamentally our behaviours.

‘Aussie Street’ cleverly elevates the importance of household food growing and neighbourhood activity into our everyday lives, using 100+ photos and water coloured illustrations and practical concepts from his exciting new book.

David is globally recognised as a leading ecological thinker, teacher, respected writer and thought-provoking speaker promoting permaculture lifestyle, a philosophy that is scalable across households of all sizes.  

Come along to be part of Holmgren’s remarkably insightful, thought-provoking vision for a resilient and life enhancing sustainable future.

 Bookings are essential. To book click here.

Taste of Thomo Flyer

Register Now: Whittlesea Farm Chemical Users Course

The City of Whittlesea’s Green Connected Active and Landcare programs are bringing you a two-day, accredited Farm Chemical Users Course. The course is heavily subsidised at just $30 for both days (fully catered), usually costing around $250.

Don’t miss this opportunity to refresh or learn new skills in Integrated Pest Management, including safe and effective herbicide application. Topics covered include:

  • Pest plant and animal identification and control methods
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • label interpretation, chemical modes of action
  • animal health and welfare
  • chemical preparation, storage, transport, disposal and spill clean-up
  • Effective application including nozzle selection and calibration of spray equipment
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Legislation, regulations and industry standards
  • 1080 endorsement (optional at no extra charge)

 

For full details and to register, open the course flier HERE

You’re Invited: Presentation on the Ecology of the Southern Toadlet

Nillumbik Landcare Network invites you to attend a presentation on the Southern Toadlet presented by frog expert Craig Cleeland where you will learn about the ecology and habitat requirements of this rare species. This will be followed by an engaging workshop presented by James Frazer of Melbourne Water where you will learn some great tips and tricks for monitoring frogs using the Frog Census app.

Date: Saturday 24th February 2018

Time: Arrive 5:30pm for a cuppa and a bite to eat. Presentations start at 6pm, followed by a visit to Hurstbridge wetland about 7pm.

Venue: Hurstbridge Community Hub (50 Graysharps Rd, Hurstbridge)

Cost: Free

Food: A light supper will be provided

Please RSVP: colin.broughton@nillumbik.vic.gov.au or phone 9433 3372 by Tuesday 20th Feb

 

All welcome!

See flyer HERE for full details.

Don’t Miss Out: Get your Tickets today

This Saturday 25 November: Weed Control Networking Day

Hosted by the cities of Hume and Whittlesea and Mitchell Shire Council, the line-up includes presentations from:

  • Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party
  • Victorian Gorse Taskforce
  • Dabyminga Blackberry Taskforce
  • Tim Bloomfield: Pest Plant and Pest Animal Interactions
  • Pat Connor: Weed Seed Spread and Precautions (including a vehicle hygiene demonstration over lunch)
  • Whittlesea and Surrounds Blackberry Action Group
  • Melbourne Water on Landholder Assistance Programs

The event will be facilitated by Terry Hubbard of the Strath Creek Landcare Group, Upper Goulburn, Victorian and National Landcare Networks and 2017 recipient of the Joan Kirner Landcare Award.

There’ll be a FREE sausage sizzle of gourmet Aroona sausages (100% grass-fed, preservative free beef) cooked by the Wandong Heathcote Junction Community Group.

So don’t miss out! Grab your ticket today using the following link:

www.weedday.eventbrite.com.au