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May 2021

RD Walshe Memorial Writing for the Environment Prize 2021 – a call to writers and those who want to write!

May 22 @ 5:00 pm
Free

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre holds an annual, national writing competition in honour of our founder, Bob Walshe, who passed away in 2018. With the RD Walshe Memorial Writing for the Environment Prize, we continue to celebrate the role and place of writing that values our environment and helps to shape a sustainable world.

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Sutherland Shire Local Business Award – Sustainability Award 2021

May 24 @ 9:00 am - July 14 @ 5:00 pm
An image of two women in the window of Bella Cibo cafe with sustainable practices certificates

Do you have a business in the Sutherland Shire that strives to operate sustainably? Which has incorporated practices into its everyday operations that neither deplete nor damage the environment with the goal of preserving and protecting our environment for future generations? Or do you know one that does?
You are invited to nominate a Sustainable Business for our 2021 Sutherland Shire Local Business Awards. Nominations close at 5pm, Wednesday, 14 July, 2021.

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A walk among the Dead: Plants and history of Woronora cemetery

May 26 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom

Hosted by the National Parks Association Southern Sydney this presentation by Australian Plants Society member Ralph Cartwright will be a mixture of historical information, with images and information about some of the native and non-native plants found in this very accessible location. A lovely chance to discover more about Woronora Cemetery at Sutherland.

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June 2021

The Koala Corridor film preview Tuesday 1 June @ Bundeena

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bundeena Community and Services Club, 69 Loftus Street
Bundeena, NSW 2230 Australia
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Free

Sydney’s last Koala colony is being pushed to the brink by massive development and other human factors. Can it survive? Join us for this film preview about the movement of koalas from Campbelltown toward Sutherland Shire and the Royal National Park, and the obstacles koalas face on the way. Speakers at this preview screening include Gary Schoer from National Parks Association Southern Sydney, Inspector Scott Dellar, and film makers Georgia Wallace-Crabbe and Gregory Miller.

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Film screening – The Story of Plastic, & Sanctuary

June 12 @ 1:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, 782 Kingsway
Gymea, NSW 2227 Australia
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Free

Join us at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Art Centre for a screening of two important films - the Story of Plastic and SANCTUARY - a celebration of World Ocean Day! THE STORY OF PLASTIC presents a cohesive timeline of how we got to our current global plastic pollution crisis and how the oil and gas industry has successfully manipulated the narrative around it. SANCTUARY documents the importance of marine sanctuaries, how important they are to the community, the environment, and the people fighting to save them.

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July 2021

Bill Ryan Activism Award

July 12 @ 8:00 am - August 23 @ 5:00 pm
Late Sutherland based environmental activist, Bill Ryan, protests for climate action with young boy

In honour of Bill Ryan who passed away in December 2019, Sutherland Shire Environment Centre has created an Activism Award in order to recognise peaceful environmental activism. Bill Ryan’s civility, spirit, and determination have been an inspiration to so many. His long history of engaging in non-violent, direct action was centred in his conviction that civil disobedience and the freedom to protest should be an essential feature of democratic society.

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Plastic Free July Picnic with SO SHIRE – July 25

July 25 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cricket Pitch Park, Kurnell, Cricket Pitch Park
Kurnell, NSW 2231 Australia
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Join us at Kurnell for a Plastic Free Picnic and community conversation around plastic-free solutions!
We will have an informal Q+A with the SO Shire team, including marine scientist and founder, Sarah-Jo Lobwein. We are organising raffle tickets in collaboration with local sustainable businesses too!
Bring your family, friends or colleagues along because together we can make a real difference in the fight to reduce single-use plastic and plastic pollution.

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Ask Optus to Commit to 100% Renewable Electricity by 2020: Online Event

July 26 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

26 July - Join us online via Zoom. Emails can quickly be forgotten, deleted or go to the junk folder, but imagine how much impact and power a BIG pile of personalised handwritten letters will have sitting on the Optus CEO's desk. Let’s put more pressure on Optus to join the likes of Telstra, Coles and Aldi and publicly commit to powering 100% of their business operations with renewable electricity by 2030.

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Fire Management in the Royal National Park

July 28 @ 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

28 July - free online zoom presentation. All welcome. We're so lucky to be surrounded by beautiful bushland in the Shire, but care is needed to manage it. This online zoom presentation hosted by the National Parks Association Southern Sydney branch will feature two speakers: Inspector Scott Deller, the Operational Response Co-ordinator for the NSW Rural Fire Service; and a representative from the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The presentation will cover the importance of environmental assessments and management of endangered flora and fauna when doing controlled burns.

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September 2021

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre AGM 2021

September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dean Kelly

Our guest speaker this year is Dean Kelly, proud Aboriginal man and a passionate voice for nature. He’s a Cultural Leader of the La Perouse community and works across Sydney with the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage and NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service as an Indigenous Community Liaison Officer. Dean believes nature is the greatest teacher and that there are many things we can learn from our environment. We're honoured to have Dean speaking at this year’s AGM, and you are welcome to join us via zoom on 9 September.

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