Council is hosting a series of Sustainable Living workshops this Autumn. The workshops include:
Vertical Gardening - Saturday 6 May 2017 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
Be inspired and find out all about repurposing things like drains, pipes, bamboo, pots and cans and turning them into vertical gardens.
Sustainable Eating - Saturday 13 May 2017 - 10am to 12pm
Learn how to plan meals by using sustainable, seasonable and local produce and take home practical strategies for avoiding overbuying and waste.
Worm Farming - Saturday 3 June 2017 - 10 am to 12pm
Discover the joys of worm farming. You will learn how to do it, why to do it, the important steps and troubleshooting.
Composting - Saturday 3 June 2017 - 12.30 pm to 2pm
Learn how to make your own compost so that you can provide your garden with one of the best natural free fertilisers around.
RSVPs are essential as spaces are limited. Book online or phone 4493 4245.
Past Sustainable Living Workshop Factsheets and Links
Factsheets and links from previous workshops can be found below.
Keeping and Caring for Bees
- Begining in Bees 2 day course at Tocal
- Hunter Valley Amateur Beekeepers Association
- Bee Agskills Book (print or ebook available)
- Healthy Bees AgGuide (print or ebook available)
- Backyard Beekeeping Primefact
- Beekeeper Registration
Grow Food in your Garden or in a Box
Living with Less Chemicals - Detox you, your home & the kids
Sustainability Snapshots Program
Sustainability Snapshots was a unique community project providing the general public with simple ideas and information on how we can reduce our impact on the environment, live more sustainably, and save money
A series of leaflets were developed to complement the Snapshot poster sets and are intended to provide interested people with more detailed information and hints on the four themes:
The Snapshots project was an initiative of the Hunter Waste Educators Group with funding support from Department Environment and Conservation (Sustainable Programs). In addition to the Lower Hunter councils of Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle, and Port Stephens, Snapshots was also supported by Hunter Resource Recovery, Energy Australia and Hunter Water Corporation.
Have you purchased or built a new home during the 2015/2016 financial year? Did you know you can get up to eight free plants for your property from Cessnock City Council?
There is a range of trees and shrubs available from ground covers like Creeping Boobalia through to shrubs including Murraya, Bottlebrush and Grevillea, which can reach three metres in height.
Application forms are available here.
Love Food Hate Waste
Did you know more than 800,000 tonnes of food is thrown away by NSW household each year. And by wasting food the average NSW household throws away $1,036 a year. How does your household measure up? Research shows we waste food in our homes because:
- we cook too much food.
- food passes the use-by/best-before date.
- we forget about leftovers in the fridge/ freezer.
- we don’t know how to use leftovers.
- we buy too much because we don’t stick to a shopping list.
- we don’t check the cupboard or fridge before going shopping.
- we’re not planning our meals and menus as much as we could.
- family members changing plans.
- not following the recipe correctly.
- buying takeaways at the last minute.
Love Food Hate Waste is about providing you with practical tips and tools you can use every day like planning your meals, preparing a shopping list, and learning how to best store your food. Join the Love Food Hate Waste program
Council supports this national program and has 14 registered Tidy Town committees across the LGA. Over the years numerous projects from various groups have received awards at state level. Council also supports representation at the annual awards hosted by the overall winner from the previous year.