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June 2021

Film screening – The Story of Plastic, & Sanctuary

June 12, 2021 @ 1:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, 782 Kingsway
Gymea, NSW 2227 Australia
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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, 2021 @ 8:00 am - August 23, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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National Parks Association Southern Sydney AGM 2021

September 29, 2021 @ 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

The guest speaker for this year's National Parks Association Southern Sydney AGM on 29 September is Harry Burkitt, General Manager of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. Harry was awarded "Young Environmentalist of the Year" in 2018 by the Bob Brown Foundation, and he leads the Give A Dam campaign against the Warragamba Dam wall raising. In this free zoom presentation Harry will speak about the need to protect the ecological integrity of the Blue Mountains World Heritage area, and current threats it is facing: from coal mining, to issues relating to fire, and what will be lost if the dam is raised.

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October 2021

Shorebirds of Southern Sydney

October 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday 13 October, 7pm - Join us for an evening webinar to learn about the migratory shorebirds of Southern Sydney. At this time of year migratory shorebirds can be seen in Southern Sydney at the Towra Point Nature Reserve Ramsar site, as well as in areas along the Georges River and Port Hacking. These birds have travelled thousands of kilometres, across multiple continents, over many days to reach our local shores. They are incredible birds with astounding stories of survival against the odds. These birds are currently feeding and resting in our beautiful local estuaries.

Migratory shorebird experts Debbie Andrew and Julie Keating will talk to us about the shorebird journeys and how we can all help protect them.

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November 2021

Port Hacking Shorebirds

November 24, 2021 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Wednesday 24 November, 7:15pm, another shorebirds presentation, an opportunity to learn more about their habits and behaviour.
The speakers are Elisabeth Dark and Cathy Goswell from Birdlife Southern NSW, and the presentation is hosted by the National Parks Association Southern Sydney Branch.
Cathy will draw on her extensive experience to talk about Port Hacking bird species and their behaviours, and Elisabeth will talk about the habits, challenges and benefit to the ecosystem of migratory birds such as the Eastern Curlew. Join the zoom meeting at 7:15pm for a 7:30pm start.

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December 2021

End of year picnic!

December 5, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

It’s the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre catch up picnic, 30 year anniversary, and end of year celebration! Sunday 5 December from 11am to around 3pm

UPDATE: with the wet weather we’ll be meeting in the undercover area next to Audley cafe

There are bbq's, picnic tables, and toilets.
Please save the date!  We'd love all our friends and supporters to join us!

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