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.

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.

Giving Back – Service & Action

Boomerang Bag making with just a few days notice, a rainy day and yet … we had a hugely productive day. Especially thanks to the younger generation “doin’ time with Nan”. That’s Community Service time, an idea we’re keen to see replicated all over the Shire. Will these Facebook pics do as proof for Helena College, or do we need to sign your logs. Bonus …. there were yummy cookies as well! What are you waiting for? Organise a sewing group soon. We can help you. Contact transition@mt.org.au

Ban the Bag in the Shire

Here’s your chance to register your concerns about single use plastic bags. Councillor Trish Cook will be presenting a motion (see below) to the next Council Meeting on TUES 13 JUNE. If you come at 6.30pm you can make a short 3min deputation (or listen to ours) She needs our support!! Send a nice, short email to the President (and your local representative too if you wish) saying you support the motion. You can find all your elected members email addresses HERE .

Don’t forget to let the President and your elected member know you support this motion. Cr. Cook needs help with this!

No waste, no worries … make cider

Thanks to our wonderful MiT volunteer apple pickers, a large proportion of the 700kg we sourced for our Community Apple Cider Making Day were windfalls. Saved from the waste pile, but perfectly fine for cider.
A whole bunch of Hills locals gathered at Jodie & Mark Hutton’s characterful home on the rural outskirts of Mundaring to be part of the hectic, hands-on buzz of transforming a huge trailer load of fruit into wonderful cider juice. Peter Lewis-Affleck did a fabulous job of explaining the history & the processes of cider making, and coordinated all the energetic activity. An impromtu (and incredibly generous) donation of organic pears by Rob of POP – Parkerville Organic Produce was wildly popular, adding to the great community spirit of the day. Still plenty of time for sharing stories, making new contacts, swapping food ideas, drinking good coffee and best of all: having hosts who just kept the woodfired pizzas coming for hours! Legends.

Our Fruit Squad bring an Olive Harvest in

A whole bunch of people from our Fruit Squad rocked up to Karin’s beautiful olive orchard in Stoneville to help pick 500kgs of olives! It definitely wasn’t all hard work though. The food breaks were pretty good .. there’ll be a queue if we ever get invited back here again
Haven’t heard about our Fruit Squad mob? Check it out here https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fruit-squad-alerts-tickets-31627838717

Making change happen

These bags are taking off! We’re ready to help take it to the next level and help YOU initiate some bagmaking. We’re happy to help with volunteers and advice to get you started. Get your resources together. Get your kids helping during the holidays.
Can’t spare the time, but love to contribute? Consider a small donation.
Lots of ways to get involved.

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