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.
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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.

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National Op Shop Week 2014

Op shop week

24 – 31 August, 2014

Up to 83% of Australian women have clothes in their wardrobe that they have only worn once or twice, but luckily nearly 9 out of 10 women have purchased something from a charity op shop. However, charity op shops still need good quality donations. Making a donation can help op shops from running short of stock. Boosting donations to charity op shops is the aim of the third 'National Op Shop Week'. An initiative of the Do Something charity in partnership with the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO).

For National Op Shop Week Salvos Stores are bringing the store to you through the creation of their ‘Pop Up Op Shop’. A converted van, powered by eco-friendly solar panels, transforms into a funky fashion store which will be popping up at Martin Place on Monday 25 August from 7.30am to 3.30pm. And as shopping is such hungry work, Salvos Stores will be providing free breakfast baps for everyone between 7.30am – 8.30am. A fashion show will also be staged at lunch time to showcase the vintage and current recycled fashion trends found at local Salvos Stores, perfect for the fashion savvy, budget conscious consumer

Where: All around Australia (or anywhere in the world, really).
When: Sunday 24 August – Sunday 31 August, 2014.
Special 'Pop Up Op Shop' on Monday 25 August until 3:30pm in Martin Place, Sydney, NSW.
Cost: Free! Plus, you'll score yourself a few bargains...
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Open Days and Info Evenings - Southern School of Natural Therapies


2014 Open Days & Information Evenings
If you live in Melbourne and are interested in learning about courses in complementary medicines, the Southern School of Natural Therapies have a number of Open Day's and Information Evenings coming up. The school has taught professional-level courses in Chinese medicine, naturopathy, Western herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, clinical myotherapy, massage and health science for over 50 years.Check out the dates for their Open Days. There are also more Open Days and Information Evenings scheduled for early 2014.

Where: Victoria Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic.
When: Open Days, 11am-4pm: 15 January; 3 May; 23 August; 15 November.
Information Evenings, 6pm – 7:30pm: 20 January, 12 May, 8 December.
Click here to contact the school for more information.

Taste Orange, Sydney

20 - 22 August, 2014

Sample delicious delights from Orange and embark on a whirlwind tour of the food and wine the region has to offer. Pop along for a spot of lunch between 11.30 and 2pm Monday to Friday or swing by the pop-up bar between 5-8pm on Wednesday and Thursday evening. Over 20 of the region's finest wineries, including Rose Hill Wines, Small Acres CIder and Orange Mountain Wines, will be on hand to offer up a taste their most spectacular products. And to ease that rumbling tummy, there'll be plenty of the warming pumpkin and chickpea curry, mini venison steaks and lamb tagine among a whole host of other tasty dishes. You can also take home a taste of Orange with gourmet jams, cheese and relishes on offer. What better way to sample the country charm of this gourmet region?

Where: Martin Place, Sydney.
When: Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd August, 2014.
Cost: Sample food from as little as $5.00 and wine from $8.00.
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Guided Walk of The Coal Loader

Guided Walk of The Coal Loader

16 August, 2014

With inspiring harbour views and a rich history, a tour of the Coal Loader site is a beautiful location to learn about sustainable living. The Coal Loader features a sustainability cottage, wetlands, community garden, native bushland nursery, historical tunnels, Aboriginal engravings, parklands and a beautiful bushland reserve next door. Experience this on a free guided tour as well as learn about the Coal Loader platform, Sustainability Centre and history of the Waverton peninsula. It is recommended that you book ahead.

Where: Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, Waverton.
When: Saturday 16 August, 2pm – 3:30pm
Cost: Free.
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Performance Space: SCORE Season 2014

Performance Space: SCORE Season 2014

16 – 30 August, 2014

Prove your eco credentials this August by catching a matinee performance at this year’s Performance Space: Score season. As a civic-minded, green organisation, Performance Space’s initiative this year is to donate half the price of each ticket for a matinee performance to Climate Council. The Climate Council is an independent not-for-profit organisation funded by the public whose mission is to provide independent, authoritative climate change information to the Australian public. There will be four matinees across three Saturdays in August so book now and know that you’re doing a little bit extra to support action on climate change. In 2012, 50 per cent of matinee seats were awarded free to those who could prove they had arrived by environmentally sustainable means, be that cycling, walking or taking public transport.

Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW 2015.
When: Performances are: 16 August 2pm - Keep Everything; 23 August 12:30pm - One Thing Follows Another, 2pm - Hiding in Plain Sight; 30 August 2pm - Maximum.
Cost: $35/$25 with 50% of ticket price donated to Climate Council.
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Harbour Hike 2014

Harbour Hike 2014

7 September, 2014

Take in the stunning views of the Harbour foreshore this Father’s Day while raising funds for the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS). Stroll along 12km of lower north shore pathways past majestic federation homes, glorious bays, bobbing boats and with spectacular vistas of the city. You’ll be able to appreciate Sydney’s unique envirnment and help SIMS with their five-year Sydney Harbour Research Programme which aims to discover ‘what lies beneath’ the harbour and the threats posed to this marine habitat. Hikers can enter competitions to win great prizes and all are rewarded with a 20% discount on Fantasea Adventure Cruising’s Bondi Beach Whale Watching Cruise or Sydney Seven Wonders Coastal Adventure. So get your registration in!

Where: The hike will begin under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bradfield Plaza, Kirribilli.
When: Sunday 7 September, 2014
Cost: Adults $35, children and concessions $25.
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The Animal Holocaust Exhibition 2014

The Animal Holocaust Exhibition 2014

19 – 26 September, 2014

Demonstrating her love of animals and conviction that animals deserve better treatment, artist Jo Frederiks will be displaying her latest work in an exhibition titled ‘The Animal Holocaust’. Frederiks wants to expose the plight of animals, she says, “the definition of holocaust is ‘great or total destruction of life’. That’s what is going on everyday to animals in Australia and around the world. In this modern day and age of technology and freedom of information, ignorance is no longer an excuse for abuse or suffering”. It may be challenging and confronting viewing, but it is something the animal rights advocate feels the world needs to see.

Where: Royal Queensland Art Society Art Gallery, Broadbeach, Queensland.
When: The exhibition runs from 19 to 26 September and will be opened on 19 September by Australian philanthropist and Victorian of the Year (2007), Philip Wollen, OAM.
Cost: Entry to the Art Gallery is free.
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Compassionate Voices


9 August – 7 September, 2014
This unique exhibition celebrates animals, art and creativity. Curated by Liane Rossler, and part of Sydney Design, a cutting-edge design festival produced and managed by the Powerhouse Museum, the exhibition features a range of artworks: all available for purchase. The opening night of this exhibition on Thursday 14 August will be a special evening of art, advocacy and creativity in support of Voiceless. The gala evening will feature Dr Charlie Teo AM as master of ceremonies, special guest auctioneer Ronan Sulich, a live performance from breakout stars James Draper and Jordan Brady of the band Winterbourne, a children’s craft workshop, and delicious vegan food by Kitchen by Mike. Complementing the gala event, children (6-15yrs) will be entertained with a fun crafting workshop that focuses on animal forms and takes inspiration from the Compassionate Voices exhibition. Voiceless would be delighted if you could join this celebration of animals, art and creativity and attend the opening night.

Where: Koskela, 1/85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery, Sydney, NSW.
When: Gala evening: 6:30 – 9pm, Thursday, 14 August 2014.
Cost: Adult $150, Children's workshop $50.
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