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Informal catch up drinks – Tradies Caringbah – 25 March

Tradies Caringbah 28-30 Banksia Road, Caringbah, NSW

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.

Birding walk, Royal National Park

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.

Free

The Koala Corridor film preview Sunday 16 May

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre 782 Kingsway, Gymea, NSW

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. Film makers Georgia Wallace-Crabbe and Gregory Miller will speak prior to the screening, about their work, and what is at stake.

Free

Towra Point Nature Reserve clean up

The Towra Point Nature Reserve clean up has now been rescheduled if anyone is keen and able to assist. From 18, 19 & 20 May. This is a restricted and protected area, not normally open to the public, and access is via boat only. Boat transport will be provided, and volunteers will need to meet at the Bonna Point Boat Ramp. All Volunteers will need to pre-register.

Free

Sutherland Shire Local Business Award – Sustainability Award 2021

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.

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

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.

The Koala Corridor film preview Tuesday 1 June @ Bundeena

Bundeena Community and Services Club 69 Loftus Street, Bundeena, NSW

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.

Free

Film screening – The Story of Plastic, & Sanctuary

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre 782 Kingsway, Gymea, NSW

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.

Free

Bill Ryan Activism Award

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.

Plastic Free July Picnic with SO SHIRE – July 25

Cricket Pitch Park, Kurnell Cricket Pitch Park, Kurnell, NSW

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.

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

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.

Fire Management in the Royal National Park

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.

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre AGM 2021

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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