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Learn about the birds and the bees

THE popular 2016 Thinking Green workshops, which focus on a range of interesting topics such as edible weeds and worm farms, will continue this month.

City of Swan mayor Mick Wainwright said the workshops had been a big hit amongst residents.

Cr Wainwright said there had been 22 workshops attended by 525 people.

“The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with enthusiastic comments received about the presenters, the content of the workshops and how inspired people felt,’’ he said.

The next cab off the rank is an Introduction to Beekeeping workshop, followed by Bird Watching Talk and Walk Sessions with several run throughout the month.

Cr Wainwright said the free workshops were a great opportunity to offer something inspiring and engaging to the residents.

“Not only are we encouraging sustainable living, we’re arming our community with useful ways to save money while helping the environment.

“Worm farming, for example, is an easy way to recycle food and organic waste into natural fertiliser products. It is also an activity that can involve the whole family”.

The workshops have proven so popular that the city has taken it one step further by offering residents a $100 subsidy on a worm farm, complete with worms and worm castings.

Almost 200 people have already participated in the six worm farming workshops held this year.

Ballajura ward councillor John McNamara said the workshop about edible weeds was also a favourite.

“Who’s ever considered the nutritional benefit of what grows wild in your garden?” he said.

“It’s surprising what we can learn through the Thinking Green series.

“Workshops are always presented by knowledgeable speakers so attendees leave armed with accurate and up-to-date information.”

This year the Thinking Green program also included free Eco Home Audits for City of Swan residents, with more than 80 audits completed.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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