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Community Leaders in Sustainability is returning in 2016-17 in Banyule and Darebin
Lots of great action coming up in the rest of 2016 and 2017.

Community Leaders in Sustainability is running in Darebin from October 2016 and in Banyule from February 2017. Weekly training workshops and field trips will run for 10 weeks. Then you'll work with like-minded people from the course to deliver a community environmental project.

Banyule applications are NOW OPEN. Go to the Community Leaders is Sustainability 2016/17 page to find out more and fill in an online application.

Congratulations to the 25 people who were accepted into the Darebin course, which started on October 13.

The 2016 Sustainability Awards Night is happening on November 24 at Preston City Hall, from 6.30 to 8.45pm hosted again by Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis. Nominate someone now! Maybe yourself. Click to the Awards page for a nomination form.

We’ll also be running more community workshops and activities on a range of environmental topics in Banyule and Darebin through 2016 and 2017. Topics will include more Gardening for Habitat and Biodiversity at La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary, Ethical Investment and Divestment, and Sustainable Transport.

Remember, all our events are free of charge, so keep an eye out here and on the Workshops and Events tab to find out what's coming up.

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Free Organic Matter for your compost and garden

Darebin Council, with the help of local businesses Mocopan and Charles Sandford Woodturning and Joinery, is giving away free coffee husks and wood shavings, which improve the quality of compost and your garden. Coffee husks are the bi-product of the coffee roasting process and an ideal additive to compost. They can also be used as a garden mulch when mixed with the soil directly or mixed with other mulch materials like straw, pea straw, wood shavings or wood/bark mulches. Wood shavings are an excellent source of carbon when added to composts. They can be used alone or mixed with coffee husks to form a garden mulch. Coffee husks and wood shavings can be collected from outside the Bundoora Park Visitor Centre, 1069 Plenty Road. For more information call 8470 8170.

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