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Plastic Free July has come around again and now is the time to take the challenge - choose to refuse single-use plastic!

Plastic Free July is about replacing single use items such as plastic bottles, bags and takeaway containers with reusable solutions. By going plastic free this July, you'll be joining over a million people from 130 countries in making a difference to

  • Avoid landfill waste
  • Reduce the eco footprint
  • Protect the ocean

To get you started on your Plastic Free July challenge, download the Action Picker. The Action Picker will tell you what to avoid, how to avoid it and measure your impact on the environment, whether your actions help the ocean, landfill and/or global warming. Pick an action and commit to it!

Click here to choose what you will refuse

Click here for more information on Plastic Free July

What actions have you taken towards a Plastic Free July? Share your actions here

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30 June 2017

On Tuesday, 18 April 2017 the City of Melville Council unanimously resolved to support and fund a trial of a three-Bin Food Organics Garden Organics or FOGO system.

The project is a collaboration between the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council and its member councils including the City of Melville, City of Fremantle and the Town of East Fremantle. It forms part of the Regional Strategic Waste Management Plan and aims to produce a high quality clean compost, send less waste to landfill and reduce costs.

On the topic of waste and actions on reducing waste, ABC iView will be running the 3-part series War on Waste, that looks into what we throw away as a nation, and if we are able to reduce how much waste we produce.

The series will screen from Tuesday 16 May on ABC iView and you can find out more about the steps we can take to reduce waste here :

For more information on the three bin food organic garden organic trial visit or visit

What are some of the ways in which you might be able to reduce waste in your household?

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5 May 2017

community garden

The Department of Local Government and Communities has announced that new round of funding through the Community Gardens Grants Program is now open.

Community gardens provide the opportunity to develop greater understanding between neighbours, parents and young people from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds. This program encourages community members to:

  • participate in community life more actively
  • connect with the environment and other people
  • use their skills
  • give back to the community.

Existing community gardens may apply for funding of up to $10,000 and new community gardens may apply for funding of up to $20,000.

Prior to submitting an application, please contact Ms Gemma Turner, Senior Grants Officer, at the Department of Local Government and Communities on (08) 6552 1643 or at, to discuss the project proposal.

Please refer to the Department’s website for further information about this Program and application details at

Applications for this program close at 4pm, Thursday, 20 October 2016.

1 September 2016

A new American study has found that adults who experience high levels of exposure to natural environments have a greater level of body appreciation and a willingness to reject unrealistic ideals than those who have low level exposure.

"Spending time in a natural environment may help us develop a sense of ownership over our physical selves, give us a greater respect for our bodies, and a better understanding of what our bodies can do rather than what our bodies look like," said Professor Viren Swami, lead author of the study.

Have you connected with nature today?

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11 August 2016

Nature Play WA’s inaugural Children and Nature Conference comes to Fremantle this August 28.

Join some of the world’s pre-eminent speakers on the positive impact of nature on children’s health, wellbeing and education during this packed-program one-day event, MCed by comedian Peter Rowsthorn. Hear from two world-leaders on the health impacts of nature, the CEO of one of the world’s best environmental education centres, one of America’s most effective campaigners for the getting kids outdoors, and WA’s own former chief-scientist and Western Australian of The Year Lyn Beazley. Find out more about the Conference Speakers here.

Attendees will gain new insights into the connection between nature and positive childhood outcomes, learn practical ways to engage the corporate and political sectors in the global movement to reconnect children to the natural world, and network with peers who are interested connecting new generations to nature.

The conference is the first event of its kind held in Western Australia and follows from the pioneering work done by Nature Play WA that has been embraced nationally and internationally.

See more at:

Do you think children are spending enough time interacting with nature nowadays?

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26 July 2016


As our population grows, societies around the world will need to consider alternative energy sources. Which of these 'bizarre' alternative sources interest you the most?

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19 July 2016