National Swap Day

9 October, 2014

National Swap Day is coming up around the country! There are plenty of surprises in store and it's always a great event for introducing your friends to the concept. Bring up to six items that are seasonally appropriate, clean, and free from noticeable faults to swap on the night. If you haven't been to a swap before or need a reminder about how things work, check out these tips for swap events.

Where: Events around Australia!
When: Between 6pm - 8pm, Thursday 9 October, 2014.
Cost: Various.
Click here for more info about a swap in your area!

Blue Mountains Festival of Walking 2014

Blue Mountains Festival of Walking 2014

20 September – 19 October, 2014

Strap on your boots, take a deep breath of fresh air and step into the month-long Festival of Walking in the Greater Blue Mountains, NSW. Ranging from self-guided street walks to fully-supported wilderness hikes, the series of events caters to nature-lovers of all ages and fitness levels. Explore the one-million-hectare World Heritage Area on an Eco Walk to the Three Sisters, a hike through the Glow Worm Tunnel or a trip to Katoomba to experience the Slow Food movement. You can also learn about the stunning local flora and fauna and the importance of protecting this remarkably pristine wilderness. It’s the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and experience a generous dose of the rugged Australian outdoors. The Festival of Walking is a celebration of the beauty of nature, the health and wellbeing benefits of getting outside and walking, an acknowledgement of Aboriginal culture and homage to the heritage and conservation of this special region.

Click through for more details and to see a gorgeous gallery of photos of walking in the area.


September 26, 2014

NICOLE FOSS of The Automatic Earth will share her practical views on how to prepare for the twin threats of Peak Oil and Climate Change. Nicole is solution-oriented, not fear oriented. She will give us an in-depth analysis on why we are facing the limits to growth and provide useful strategies for local communities and households on how to prepare for fossil fuel shortage and economic collapse. In her talk, Nicole will cover: Energy Return on Investment ("EROI") - The Elephant in the Room!, why localised action is worth the effort, how to prioritize local investment in the real economy, barter networks, time-banking, tool and seed libraries and gifting, Permaculture and food security and examples of how existing communities around the world are succeeding with similar strategies.

Where: 107 Projects, 107 Redfern St, Redfern, Sydney, NSW.
When: 5.30pm, 26th September, 2014.
Cost: $39
Click here for more info.

The Bower's 15th Anniversary


20 September, 2014
Come along to the 15th Birthday of the Bower Reuse and Repair Centre! Celebration includes the auction of the Tiny House, vintage cash register, and other collectable vintage items, live jazz music, demonstration work shops, recycled art for kids and a sausage sizzle (vegetarian).

Where: The Bower, 34/142 Addison Road, Marrickville, Sydney, NSW.
When: 12pm – 4pm, Saturday 20th September, 2014.
Cost: Free
Click here for more info.

Banksia Sustainability Awards 2014

Banksia Sustainability Awards 2014

Entries open until 19 September, 2014.

Nominations for the 2014 Banksia Sustainability Awards - which recognise outstanding eco contributions and achievements - are now open! The awards cover a range of areas, from sustainability leadership and environmental education to the use of clean technology. Winners will be announced in November – click here to nominate.

When: Entries close 19 September, Finalists announced 16 October, & Winners announced November, 2014.
Cost: Entry fees start at $70 for community groups. For more insight into putting together a great entry for the Banksia Awards, view this video clip on How to win a 2014 Banksia Award.
Click here for more info.

All Energy Australia Conference

The All-Energy Australia Conference is rapidly gaining a reputation for being the very best place to hear the latest on developments in the clean and renewable energy industry. The Conference is a multi-track, two-day event focused on renewable and clean energy project development, technology, and policy and finance issues.

Where: Melbourne Convention Centre: 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf, Melbourne, VIC.
When: 15-16 October, 2014.
Click here for more info.

Sustainable House Day 2014

Sustainable House Day 2014

7 & 14 September, 2014

Snoop around other people's homes as they throw open their front doors for Sustainable House Day. Owners of environmentally healthy homes will be showcasing the hard work they have put into designing, building and managing their houses to help educate and inspire others to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. Learn about sustainable activities that can be put into practice in your own home and everyday lifestyle and get tips on how to reduce the environmental impact of your home. Perhaps you'll be inspired to open your own doors at the next Sustainable House Day!

Where: Locations across Australia.
When: Between 10am - 4pm, Sunday 7 September and Sunday 14 September, 2014.
Cost: Entry to the houses is free.
Click here for more info.

2014 Australian Garden Show Sydney

Suspended by Brendan Moar

4 – 7 September, 2014

A stylish event celebrating Australia's love of gardens and outdoor spaces, the Australian Garden Show Sydney will be held over four days in spring. Explore new ideas in techniques and design, and see spectacular showcases of garden displays, as well as a wide variety of lifestyle products. This year, there's involvement from President of the Horticulture Media Association Angus Stewart, an icon in the gardening industry Don Burke, edible garden ambassador Indira Naidoo, UK Garden Designer of the Year Andrew Fisher Tomlin, and gardening innovator Myles Baldwin.

Green Lifestyle readers are lucky enough to receive a $10 discount on each adult ticket bought online, bringing the price to just $25 for you! Just use the promo code "Floral" here. Hurry - offer expires 3 September at midnight.

Where: Brazilian Fields, Parkes Drive, Centennial Park, Sydney, NSW.
When: Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 September, 2014.
Cost: Prices range from $15 for children 15-18yrs, to $25 (online) or $35 (gate) for senior concessions, a season pass for four-days for $120 on the gate/online. Children under 15 years are free,
Click here for more info.

National Landcare Week 2014


1 – 7 September, 2014

Landcare groups across the country are celebrating 25 years of Landcare as Australia's biggest volunteer environmental movement. Get your hands dirty and host or attend one of the many events in your local community:

– Throw your support behind your local Landcare initiative by voting in the National Landcare People’s Choice Award;
– Nominate a Landcare veteran for the Landcare Hero Honour Roll;
– Sign up for the National Landcare Conference before registrations close on 10 September;
– Find a Landcare Grow Grant, Bushcare’s Major Day Out, or other event near you, or submit your own, by visiting the Landcare events calendar;
– Share your Landcare story on the L.I.F.E website;
– Help show others what a difference Landcare can make, by sending your before and after Landcare photos to

To see this year's' National Landcare award winners, click here.
Click here for more info.

National Science Week 2014 - Green Events

National Science Week 2014 - Green Events

With National Science week about to get underway, now is the time to start planning a week full of exciting events, talks and hands-on discovery sessions.

Click through for more details.

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