May Biodiversity Talks
Nature Play: Caring for our kids and their future
5:30-6:45pm Thursday 3 May at Cessnock Library
Worldwide children are being encouraged to get outdoors and explore natures, to help reduce screen and inside time, as well as explore and build skills like resilience, assessing risk, and much more out in nature. This talk will be an introduction to Nature Play talk for parents and carers with international expert Niki Buchan of Natural Learning Early Childhood Consultancy, with ideas and examples of how families and groups can help to encourage nature play at home, in schools and in centres.
Exploring and learning through nature photography
5:30-6:45pm Tuesday 8 May at Cessnock Library
Nature and wildlife photography is a great way to connect, record and appreciate all the variety of flora and fauna in Cessnock's amazing and biodiverse local government area, and is for locals and visitors alike. This talk will be presented by Matt Streatfield, local award winning Hunter Valley based nature photographer, Travel & Wedding on his experiences in nature and wildlife photography, plus some tips for budding photographers through the use of smart phones, digital SLRs, and some editing options.
Past Sustainable Living Workshop Factsheets and Links
Factsheets and links from previous workshops can be found below.
Biodiversity Month Talks:
Maree McCarthy's list of useful local native plants including attracting birds, bees and butterflies; drought, frost and/or salt resistant; and bush tucker.
- Niki Buchan's Nature Play workshop notes and more information on her website.
Keeping and Caring for Bees
- Beginning 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 2017/2018 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.
Applications close 5pm 2 March 2018. No late application forms will be accepted.
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.