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Whitehorse Sustainable Living Week

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by Sue Stevenson (subscribe)
I write essays, short stories and political commentary and believe the colour orange is unfairly discriminated against.
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'Cause there ain't another Mother Earth waiting in the wings
Beginning this Saturday, 16 March 2013, the City of Whitehorse in Melbourne's east will play host to a variety of workshops and programs around the issue of sustainability. You can see the entire program here, but here's a snapshot of a few of the events going on (bookings are essential for each):

Growing Fruit Trees at Home Workshop
Sustainable Gardening Australia will show you what you need to do to plant and keep fruit trees in your very own backyard.

When: Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Where: Horticultural Centre,
72 Jolimont Road, Forest Hill
Bookings: Whitehorse Centre - 9262 6555 or email

[ADVERT]Keeping Chooks for Beginners Workshop
Being a fan of backyard chookery, I highly recommend a workshop that will gain you understanding about what keeping chooks entails. Run by the folks at Very Edible Gardens, the workshop will cover the basics of keeping chooks, such as understanding the chooky mind, and knowing how to keep them safe, healthy and well-fed.

When: Monday, 18 March 2013
Where: Box Hill Town Hall,
1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
Bookings: Whitehorse Centre - 9262 6555 or email

Permaculture Blitz
The people from Very Edible Gardens will be running a Permaculture Blitz, where they and you will spend a day designing and implementing a kitchen garden for an as-yet undisclosed community space in the City of Whitehorse (such as a school). You will gain some hands-on experience in building a veggie garden from scratch and help the community at the same time.

Spaces are limited.

When: Sunday, 17 March 2013
Where: Venue TBA
Bookings: Whitehorse Centre - 9262 6555 or email

Sustainable Building Materials and Renovations Workshop
Join Sven Maxa of Maxa Design to get some tips about designing your house to make it most sustainable, and tips on using sustainable materials and fittings. Find out how to retrofit your current house for sustainable renovation - bring your plans and ideas.

When: Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Where: Whitehorse Centre, 397
Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
Bookings: Whitehorse Centre - 9262 6555 or email

Plasticized: An Ocean Catastrophe Movie Screening & Q&A
The 5 Gyres Institute is intent on finding solutions to plastic pollution. This documentary follows their expedition to the South Atlantic and will show how our oceans are faring with the massive amount of plastic they are carrying.

Following the screening of the movie will be a Q&A with Director, Michael J. Lutman.

When: Thursday 21 March 2013
Where: Box Hill Community Arts Centre,
470 Station Street, Box Hill
Bookings: BHCAC - 9895 8888 or email

There are plenty of other events going on during the Whitehorse Sustainable Living Week, including workshops about composting, and the basics of solar, a business lunch where the Director of the Melbourne Zoo discusses integrating sustainable business practices, storytelling for kids events, and more.
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Why? Because looking after Mother Earth is looking after ourselves.
When: Saturday, 16 March to Thursday, 21 March, 2013
Phone: 9262 6363
Where: Various locations around the City of Whitehorse
Cost: Free (although some items on the program have a cost)
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