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July 2020

Call to Writers – RD Walshe Memorial Writing for the Environment Prize 2020

July 3, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

In honour of its former patron, Bob Walshe, who passed away in March 2018, Sutherland Shire Environment Centre holds an annual Writing for the Environment prize. Writing was a passion and a skill of Bob’s. He taught and inspired many people to write and write and write!  And the origins of the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre was in a writing course in the Sutherland Shire. Through the R D Walshe Memorial Writing for the Environment Prize, SSEC continues to value...

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August 2020

Sutherland Shire Local Business Sustainability Award

August 13, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

If you're a business owner who cares about the environment, and actively has strategies in place to reduce your impact on the environment, we invite you to enter the Sustainability Award, sponsored by Sutherland Shire Environment Centre, in the Local Business Awards.
You can see some of the sustainable initiatives of previous winners and runner-ups on our webpage...

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Art, Culture and Botanical Science

August 19, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

One for the diary... Wednesday 19 August - art meets science - the aesthetics of botanical cellular patterns... The Australian Plants Society Sutherland Group is holding on online event via zoom with Rosanne Quinnell from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at Sydney University, who will discuss her recent botanically inspired projects in a time of coronavirus. This is an online event, the zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82788734027?pwd=T081MzlnVXVDRU9CTHRtUUpWekZ0dz09 For more information contact Leonie Hogue – 0416 286 083

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Bill Ryan Activism Award

August 31, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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.

This award has been established in Bill Ryan’s name as a tribute to a much loved and remarkable man and to honour those who share his spirit of non-violent direct action for the benefit of the environment.

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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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