Sustainable Living Festival: Sun 27 Oct 2019

Sun 27 Oct – hold the date – Gawler Environment Centre is proud to present the Sustainable Living Festival again in 2019!

The Festival will feature exciting guest presenters, including foodie Simon Bryant from Dirty Depot and the Cook and the Chef, Almost zero eco-blogger Niki Wallace, beekeeper extraordinaire Mademoiselle Bee, plus a range of workshops, kids activities and live entertainment.

As we get closer to the event we will be releasing further details so please watch this space!

Join Terry Langham from the Friends of Waite Arboretum at 1.30pm in the Workshop Tent for a demonstration re all things bee hotel! Learn all about native bees, the different types of bee hotels, and the materials, tools and techniques for making them.

‘Australian native bees need food, they will love you forever by: 1. Growing flowers, 2. Growing more flowers 3. Creating flower smorgasbords and flower restaurants and 4. Creating a native bee hotel’. 

Sustainable Living Festival Performer profile: Meryl Schiller. Meryl has been playing on and off gigs around Australia at pubs, family dos and campfires for the last 17 odd years, mostly covers with occasional originals thrown in. Meryl’s influences are The Waifs, Regina Spektor, First Aid Kit, Yuna, Fiona Apple and Brooke Fraser and she tends to play acoustic folky rootsy bluesy tunes. Meryl loves to play the 7th, 8th and 9th songs from albums so you might know the artist, but perhaps not the song! Check her out at 12.30pm.

Stroll over to the Rotunda from 11.30am to hear some sweet tunes from local song bird Cloudy Davey. A genuinely diverse diva of rich talent, Cloudy Davey’s refreshingly individual sound is a wonderful mix of musical temperaments that draws from both traditional and contemporary roots.

Join Vanessa Hoo (Mademoiselle Bee) in the Workshop Tent at 11.30am to glean some top tips for bee-keeping and bee-care. 

Vanessa Hoo is a 2nd generation beekeeper, Horticultural Therapist, Mother, Environmental Philanthropist. Vanessa is a fervid advocate for bees. She rescues our pollinators, by offering a diverse range of services around South Australia. From mentoring, to education sessions, to live bee removal, and adoption/sponsorship programs, and public talks. 

Vanessa’s Vision is;
“I see myself developing a better future for the bee population, as well as scientifically improving our knowledge in the world of Bees. Creating a better environment and greener Australia“

Wanna find out how two people and two dogs created only one jar of rubbish in one year? Niki Wallace from sustainability consultancy Almost Zero will share her top tips for a low waste lifestyle in the Speaker’s Tent at 11am. 

Niki Wallace is a designer and researcher whose work focuses on design for transitions. She founded Almost Zero in 2017 in response to questions from family and friends about how to reduce their waste and improve their carbon footprints. Niki is an experienced lecturer, coach and facilitator whose expertise in sustainability and zero waste lifestyles spanning homes, workplaces and schools, helps others to transition towards more sustainable futures. 

Recycling aluminium foil

Aluminium Foil

Single sheets/pieces of al foil are too small to be recycled on their own.

To recycle al foil:

  1. Collect al foil and scrunch it into a ball the size of your fist
  2. When the ball is large enough, place it in the yellow lid recycling bin

Recycling small metal items

Small metal (eg. bottle tops, can lids)

If small pieces of metal (eg. bottle tops) go into the recycling bin loose they will end up in landfill as they are too small to be sorted.

To recycle small pieces of metal:

  1. Place small metal into a milo/coffee tin
  2. Keep the container in a convenient place and fill it up with your small metal pieces
  3. When the tin is full put the lid on and chuck it into your recycling bin

OR put small pieces of metal into a smaller can (eg. baked bean) and squash the top of the can to ensure they can’t fall out.

Recycling small hard plastics

Small hard plastic (eg. straws, bottle tops, bread tags, plastic cutlery)

If small pieces of plastic are put loosely into your recycling bin they will fall through the cracks at the materials recovery facility and end up in landfill.

To recycle small hard plastic items:

  1. Place small hard plastics into a milk or juice bottle (use a container that is plastic and semi see-through)
  2. Keep the container in a convenient place (eg. under your sink) and fill it up with all your small plastics
  3. When the bottle is full, screw the lid on and chuck it into your recycling bin

Recycling @ NAWMA

The Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority (NAWMA) accept many waste items at their waste transfer station located at Gate 3 Bellchambers Road, Edinburgh North.

Some recyclable items are also accepted free of charge, including:

  • Polystyrene
  • Soft plastics
  • Cardboard
  • Steel/metal
  • Paint tins (still containing paint- empty tins go into your recycling bin at home)
  • Waste oil (including car and cooking oil)
  • Car batteries


E-waste, including:

  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Electrical leads/cords
  • Scanners
  • Keyboards
  • Mice
  • TV, DVD and CD players
  • Stereo and sound systems
  • Photocopiers
  • Faxes
  • Digital cameras
  • Game consoles

Click here for the price list for dumping green waste, general waste and clean fill

Women’s Road-Ready Cycling Program

Are you a woman who wants to get into cycling?

The Women’s Road-Ready Cycling Program is offering a free program to give you the skills and confidence to get back on your bike.

Who: Women who want to get back on their bike
When: 2 hours/week for 4 weeks; 23rd and 30th March and 6th and 13th April
Time: 10am – 12pm
Where: Gawler Recreation Centre, Nixon Terrace, Gawler

For details and to book visit Ride a Bike Right

Women's Road-Ready Cycling Program