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September 2020

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre AGM 2020

September 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our guest speaker this year is Su Morley, aka Steel City Sue, from Climate Action Newcastle. Newcastle is a famous coal town - exporting more coal than any other port in the world. Su Morley has been involved in some brilliant community-led initiatives to transition away from coal, including persuading traditional Newcastle bowling clubs to save money by switching to solar.

In March, Sutherland Shire Council unanimously passed a motion for Council to go carbon neutral by 2030, and to encourage the local business community to adopt cleaner climate strategies. We're looking forward to hearing about Su’s experience at Newcastle and considering how similar action by Sutherland Shire Environment Centre members might support the positive initiative of our local Council.

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October 2020

Turtle Rescues talk – Kane Durrant

October 26, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Oatley Flora and Fauna Conservation Society has a fantastic online talk coming up on 26 October with Turtle Rescues NSW supporter and snake catcher, reptile expert, and passionate wildlife conservationist Kane Durrant. Kane will be discussing the impact of development on wildlife and the crucial work this group carries out saving animals from encroaching urbanisation.

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POWA & Lock The Gate – Green Steel for the Illawarra webinar

October 29, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Could a hydrogen based green steel project be built in the Illawarra? How many jobs would it create? What are the challenges and opportunities? And if the future of steel-making in the Illawarra is coal-free, how do we create new opportunities for people currently employed to mine coal under our drinking water catchment?
This would be such a positive move to save our water catchments... we need to make this shift.
Join the conversation with POWA - Protect our Water Alliance & Lock The Gate's Green Steel for the Illawarra webinar.

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November 2020

The magic world of orchids

November 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

On 25 November the National Parks Association Southern Sydney Branch will be hosting a talk on bush orchids. There's been so many beautiful varieties flowering in the Royal and surrounding parks this year.
Join the zoom meeting from 7pm to hear Greg Steenbeeke, an ecologist with expertise in NSW vegetation and threatened species, discuss orchids and their role in our ecosystem...

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December 2020

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre end of year party

December 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We're meeting from 12 noon at Reid's Flat, in the Royal National Park, a beautiful, quiet spot near Audley.
There are bbq's, picnic tables, toilets, and a sandy entry into the river if you fancy a swim. All welcome!

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February 2021

Our Fragile High Country

February 24 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

A free online talk hosted by National Parks Association South Sydney. Anthony Sharwood is the guest speaker, author of From Snow to Ash.

Anthony is a Walkley Award-winning journalist. From Snow to Ash documents his solo trek of the Australian Alps Walking Track, a beautiful, gruelling, and fragile mainland hiking trail.

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March 2021

A photographic journey – from the headwaters of the Hacking River catchment to the sea

March 12 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Gary Dunnett has spent 25 years working in national parks in Tasmania, the Commonwealth and NSW.
This free online talk weaves together the story of the establishment of the Royal National Park with the richness that comes from a relatively intact catchment - a photographic journey with exquisite images from the headwaters of the Hacking River catchment, to the sea.

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Australia’s Native bees

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

If you are curious about Australian native bees, this free online zoom presentation hosted by National Parks Association Southern Sydney will be of interest. Dr Tim Heard is an expert entomologist and science communicator. He'll be discussing the beauty and diversity of Australia’s native bees, from solitary bees to stingless bees that can be kept in hives and produce honey. He will also outline what you can do to support bee habitat.

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Informal catch up drinks – Tradies Caringbah – 25 March

March 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tradies Caringbah, 28-30 Banksia Road
Caringbah, NSW 2229 Australia
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If you're in the area we'd love to have your company! Please drop by, and catch up with others who care about the environment and where we live.
If you're keen to find out more about Sutherland Shire Environment Centre this will be a good opportunity.
We’ll be meeting at Tradies Caringbah in the Nor East Bistro. Tradies support some fantastic environmentally friendly initiatives. We're glad to support them.

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Birding walk, Royal National Park

March 29 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

This walk is hosted by Friends of the Royal National Park, but numbers are limited. This may book out quickly. If they receive more than 12 registrations they might organise a second birdwalk.
The walk will go south along the iconic coast track, from Wattamolla, perhaps as far as Curracurrong (Eagle Rock) ….around 8km return. Extraordinary scenery and a terrific birding walk.

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