Another call to preserve our heritage trees

by Anne Wharton on behalf of Save Unley Trees Campaign

Many residents in the Unley Council area are most concerned about the number of regulated and significant trees being removed from our suburbs, especially on private land. Indeed this seems to be happening throughout suburban Adelaide.

In Fairford Street, Unley there are 2 huge River Red Gums, possibly 100+ years old. The owners have recently submitted another application to Council to remove the western tree (their third application to cut down one or both of the trees).

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Photo taken 2 years ago before new house was built. The tree under application is the right hand tree (western), the bigger of the two, that is listed on the Unley Council’s Significant Tree List.

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Sustainable House, Sustainable Garden

Sustainable House, Sustainable Garden, presented by John Boland and Chris Bryant on 22 April 2017, was the 2nd in this year’s free Grow Grow Grow Your Own workshop series. These workshops are provided by Sustainable  Communities SA’s Unley Community Groups with funding support from the City of Unley.

This was a really successful session attended by over 120 people. Anne Wilson opened with advice on what to plant in the garden right now. Then Chris Bryant took us through their garden at Felixstow – the swales (no water leaves the property), the techniques for watering trees (partial drying of the root area) and the enormous variety of trees and vegetables they grow on 1000 square metres. John Boland outlined the changes they had made to the house – some forced by necessity (white ants meant that most of the cladding and some of the inner walls had to be replaced – hence an opportunity to put in large amounts of insulation), their use of gully breezes and verandahs with gaps to allow air flow plus solar systems etc.

The next workshop, 3pm Sunday 28 May 2017, on Raised Verge Gardens is now open for registrations – see our Facebook page for details.

Make Your Own Fermented Foods & Drinks

Make Your Own Fermented Foods & Drinks is the first of a series of 4 free workshops organised by Sustainable Communities SA Inc., supported by funding from the City of Marion Community Grants Program.

Come and learn how to transform simple seasonal ingredients into delicious, nutrients-rich fermented foods and drinks. We will discuss the difference between wild and controlled fermentation, the basic tools and methods, and how to incorporate fermented foods into your daily diet. By the end of the workshop, you will be set up to brew your own water kefir and confident to make home-made vinegar and sauerkraut.

The presenter will be Silvia Volontà. Light refreshments provided.

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Please register online to secure your place.

Workshops are currently open to residents of the City of Marion. If you need to cancel please contact the organiser as soon as possible. Participants who no-show and do not cancel within 24 hours may be ineligible to attend other workshops. If you have any questions please contact Dani Austin dani.a.austin@gmail.com, 0484 853 431.

Other workshops in the series are:

Thursday 1 June 2017 – Make Your Own Beeswax Wraps & Produce Bags
Friday 23 June 2017Make Your Own Bread
Thursday 29 June 2017 – Make Your Own Soap

 

 

Reshaping our economy: the doughnut perspective

The current economic system with its focus on money and GDP is highly destructive to our well-being and the entire the planet. It is hard to envision how we can move beyond this way of managing our activities and meeting our needs. There have been in recent decades a number of  alternative economics concepts developed. The conceptualisation by Kate Raworth of a Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries that can be used to guide our economic activities is one of the more recent, and I think exciting, approaches to challenge the dominant paradigm.

The following clip is a good introduction to the concept:

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