A community seed bank at the Library … now we need your seeds

Photo courtesy of Bruce Hunt, Community News. Read more here http://bit.ly/2G4srtL

Don’t compost all of those vegies and herbs going to seed in your gardens right now …. we need your seeds! We’re collecting now to generate the borrowing stock for the new seed bank which will appear soon at the Albert Facey Library in Mundaring. How exciting is that!

Obviously, we need some information about the seeds too. What type and variety of plant, as well as where and when it was grown. You can record all that on the paper bags (in two sizes) the Library has kindly made available at the front desk. You can use those (or ones from home), with one type of seed per bag. We prefer paper over plastic because it’s important that the seeds don’t sweat or get moist. Don’t forget to fill out as much info about the seeds as you can. Here’s a link to the donation form if you’d like to print them off at home, just click on the picture below.


Blue Sky Festival in Mundaring Sat 17 March

Help us spread the word far and wide about this showcase of sustainability & environmentally friendly stuff you can access up here in the Hills. Then come and join the fun on the day. It will be AWESOME!

MiT are just one of the groups deeply involved in organising this Festival. It’s a local, minimal waste event based on a variety of environmental themes. Plenty of food vans with healthy food using GO2CUPS re-usable crockery & real cutlery (our own little War on Waste solution).
There will be talks, stalls, music, food & fun for everyone. Heaps of totally FREE activities for kids as well.


Local Solar Power Plan Proposal


If you feel, like we do, that more needs to be done at a local level to increase the uptake of renewables … then you might be interested in this. A group of enthusiasts from MiT have come up with this proposal to form a working group of community members, Councillors and Shire staff to look at a model that has worked successfully in Victoria. As well as alternative sources of funding. Let us know if you’d like to support this initiative.

Festival Time

It’s festival time in our part of the Hills. Last weekend was Gidgie Show on Saturday and the Whim Festival on Sunday. Darlington Arts Festival next weekend. Shocking weather on Sat. didn’t deter a huge crowd from soaking up all the atmosphere of one of the last semi-urban ag. shows. Still has the chooks & livestock & homestead-y feel. Lots of familiar names with prize tags in the produce areas AND the homebrews (our cidermakers joined in the spirit of the show & entered). Sunday we were at the wonderful, wee Whim to spread the Transition message and be part of the cruise-y, warm atmosphere. Lots of visitors to say Hi! and check out our free organic seedling giveaways & check out the Boomerang Bags.

We’re in the news!

Woohooooo!! Our little DIVESTMENT success – nearly 2yrs liaising to get the wording changed in the Shire’s Investment policy with the help of the awesome team at 350.org But totally worth it. The photographer didn’t want us to include the signs, but we insisted. After all, lots of people don’t understand what “divestment” means. So we spelled it out. And the really good news: we have an amazing non-fossil fuel- funding bank right here in Mundaring. Mundaring Community Bank Branch has a board of VOLUNTEER Directors, has an ACTUAL OFFICE in town, provides local employment and gives a very significant percentage of its profits back to the community. How many other banks can claim that? Think about it … putting YOUR MONEY where it ALIGNS with YOUR VALUES.

CLICK ON THE PHOTO to link to Sarah Brookes’ great article

Banking on leaving fossil fuel lenders

Candidates Q&A

Did you know that less than 30% of the electorate is likely to vote in the upcoming Local Government Elections on Saturday 21 October?

It’s not too late to engage with the process. To try and help, and in line with MiT’s sustainability remit, we created a small poll on our Facebook page and invited people to submit questions. The five we ran with are fairly representative of the types of issues lots of us are concerned about. They were sent to all the candidates for the Shire of Mundaring as listed on the WA Electoral Commission website.

These are the responses so far (in the order listed on WAEC site). Updated , as more arrive.




Bag It! (in style)

Our next Sewing Day back in the lovely surroundings of Helena House Hall at Helena College Darlington Campus. First Tuesday of the month. Please check in at the Admin. Building first before coming to the Hall on the Lower Ground Level entrance from the rear is best.

TUES Sept. 5
10AM – 2PM
Helena College Darlington Campus, Helena House Hall
145 Ryecroft Road, Darlington, WA 6070

We need lots of these alternative bags to help our community transition to the plastic-free shopping habit of bringing their own bags. Come and join in some creative fun (with a social purpose). There are plenty of non-sewing jobs, but these things are always needed:

  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • overlocker
  • material (to donate)
  • cotton

These community-created Boomerang Bags are placed at participating local shops and are available free to Borrow & Bring Back. They encourage a habit of re-use amongst local shoppers and are part of a transitional strategy to encourage the use of natural alternatives AND Ban Single-use Plastic Bags in our Shire (and the world)!

This is a joint campaign by the Wasteless Pantry and Mundaring in Transition.
Hope we see you soon, so sign up for Workshop Reminders.

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