Boomerang Bagmaking @ Hilltop Grove

Thanks to Cheryl & the folks at Hilltop Grove in Mundaring, we’ll be able to get back to bag making. Unfortunately, because of school commitments, we can’t access Helena House Hall till Tue Oct 24. But we need more bags! We have a venue, so please come & join our small band of makers. Sewing, cutting, ironing … having a great time.
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Mundaring Divests!

Wonderful news !!! (and MiT & our mates at 350.org helped make it happen). There’s been lots to celebrate this week and this one is just the icing on the cake. Changes to the Investment Policy (that will facilitate fossil fuel divestment) were approved at the Council Meeting last night. Here’s the media statement:

“A change to the Investment Policy, including fossil fuel divestment, is on the agenda at an ordinary council meeting at Shire of Mundaring on Tuesday 12 September.
Eleven councils in WA have already divested, including the Cities of Bayswater and Swan. WA’s biggest council, City of Stirling, formally endorsed divestment in May 2016 after a decade of successfully investing 70% of its funds in fossil fuel free banks.
Community group Mundaring in Transition, in conjunction with 350.org, has been working with councillors and staff to achieve this change at the shire.
Local resident and member Jenny Currell said fossil fuel divestment takes the fossil fuel industry to task for its role in the climate crisis. “Divestment sends a strong message that councils are committed to the health and security of current and future ratepayers and residents,” she said.
If Shire of Mundaring passes the new Investment Policy – by divesting – it will be among more than 500 institutions globally, representing funds of US$5.2 trillion, who are committed to making sure money is not invested in fossil fuels.
Jenny said the matter was also about environmental and financial sustainability. “Not only will it cost the council nothing, we hope that the fossil fuel divestment movement can help break the hold that the fossil fuel industry has on our economy and government.”
Last year was the hottest year on record globally. Prior to that, the hottest year was 2015. The bushfire season has increased by 20% in the last 35 years.
Michael Fabiankovits, a 350.org volunteer, said securing a safe climate means that 80% of all existing fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground, yet many institutions continue to invest in these reserves.
“Although there are major environmental impacts it is also an ethical issue due the lasting effects of a warming climate on future generations, people in other parts of the world and other species,” Michael said.
For more information, contact Jenny Currell at Mundaring in Transition on 0418 899 391 or Michael Fabiankovits (350.org volunteer) 0414 802 998.”

“Where’s Wailitj?” SUCCESSFUL!!! Research Crowdfunding

CROWDFUNDING UPDATE … Simon made his target !!!
Thanks to everyone who contributed

We are really happy to support a great local (& our great mate) Simon Cherriman with this crowdfunding campaign to assist with his eagle research.  There’s only two weeks to go to reach the target and your donation will make all the difference. Click on the baby eagle chicks for the link to his Pozible page to see how it works.

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.

Connecting with Nature

We love opportunities for people to get connected with Nature … it helps us put our lives in a proper context. Don’t you love it that we live in an area where waterways & reserves have their own guardians! This local one is coming up soon, all free.

Ban the Bag Petition

BREAKING NEWS!!
We’re taking the WA Local Govt. advice to heart and have just started circulating a PETITION TO BAN SINGLE USE PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS in The Shire of Mundaring. The issue will be brought to a Council meeting in mid-August so please sign to show our Councillors that there is widespread support for this within the Shire. Find them currently at Kinfolk Cafe & Leaf & Bean Cafe opp. Woollies. If you want a petition for your business or can help collecting signatures in your area, just message us here at transition@mt.org.au

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

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