Sustainable Watsonia provides opportunity for local community join together to build a more sustainable and resilient community. We are a diverse, inclusive, welcoming and safe place for everyone. Initiatives include food swaps, repair cafe, sustainable living workshops, transition streets and zero waste community lunches. Things are happening throughout the year so check this page or our Facebook Group page for regular updates.

Sustainable Watsonia is sponsored by Watsonia Neighbourhood House and Banyule City Council under their Transition Towns initiative.  More information is available on the Sustainable Watsonia Facebook group page (Facebook login required) and on the Transition Towns Facebook page.

Greener-Houses-Logo-1As part of the Greener Houses Growing Greener Houses Project, which ran mainly from 2009 - 2011, Watsonia Neighbourhood House was chosen as one of five Neighbourhood Houses to be retrofitted as a demonstration centre to showcase the principles and operation of low energy and low water use design features, technologies and appliances in family homes.

The House has continued to be committed to environmentally sustainable practices and in promoting awareness of these practices within our community. For more information see our Environmental Sustainability page.

Recent Activities

Sustainable Watsonia Open Day - March 2019

Zero Waste Community Lunch - February 2019

Also see the Sustainable Watsonia Facebook Group page.

Upcoming Events

Zero Waste Community Lunch & Food Swap

zero waste lunch 19May19 croppedWednesday, 29 May, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Zero waste lunch & paper bin liner demonstration. Bring along a shared lunch ideally with no single use plastic and discuss the challenges of living without single use plastic. We can also share the options we have to redcycle, recycle and reuse.

Gretchen plans to join us again to show us a method she has discovered to make a sturdy paper bin liner from newspapers. A great alternative to plastic.

We will also have a food swap in the kitchen, so you are welcome to bring excess produce from home.

 

SUSTAINABLE WATSONIA OPEN DAY June 16th 11-3pm

See our flyer

Timetable

  • 11am Welcome to Country
  • 11.20 -3pm knitted garment repair and skill sharing
  • 11.20 am Household energy & house tour (see our Environmantal Sustainability Page)
  • 11.20- 2pm Roving Refills
  • 11.20 -3pm Repair Café – bring items for fixing.
  • 12pm Public Transport & disability
  • 1pm Yarning (conversation) Circle
  • 2pm “It’s not always easy being green” – Inner Transition
  • Sharing table

 

For more upcoming events see Sustainable Watsonia Events on Facebook.

Current Activities

  • boomarang bags small3Boomerang Bags tackles the problem of single use plastic pollution at a community level. We make reusable bags out of recycled materials and circulate them through our local community. Come along and join our friendly social group. No previous sewing skills required.

    When: Wednesdays  10:00am - 2:00pm (with a break for a social lunch)
    Cost: None

  • green house 7Join us for a monthly community lunch. Bring something to share ideally without any single use plastic. Have a chat with others about the challenges and successes of zero waste living. We will also have a food swap on the day, so you are welcome to bring excess produce from your garden or kitchen.

    When: Wednesday 27 February, 27 March, 24 April, 29 May, 26 June
    Time: 12:30am - 1:30pm

  • food sharing hub 2Food share connects local community members with excess produce to share from their garden or kitchen. Items may include fruit, vegies, herbs, eggs, seeds, seedlings, worm juice, jams or baked goods. If you have something to share drop it in anytime and feel free to come and check the Food Sharing Hub for items you can use.

  • community garden 2Comprised of open space, raised vegetable beds, rose garden, native beds, composting bay and a shade house, our community garden is open for local community to access and enjoy. Volunteers are always welcome to assist in the garden. Produce from the garden will be placed in the Food Sharing Hub