We heard from three public libraries across the state who partnered with local and national organisations to raise environmental awareness in their local areas. Check out their stories below.
Not a load of rubbish
Victoria Bateman, Hawkesbury Library Service
For the past eighteen months, and in partnership with Hawkesbury City Council, our library has been waging war on waste through monthly War on Waste workshops. The project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy, and obtained through a grant application. Workshops have included: Beginner's Worm Farming & Composting, Backyard Chickens for Beginners, Sustainable Eating, and Green Cleaning. Hawkesbury Central Library also hosted a Plastic Free July event day, to support the Council's ongoing campaign 'Plastic Bag Free Hawkesbury'. We held a documentary screening of Bag It and a 'boomerang bag' making workshop presented by Hawkesbury Boomerang Bag collective. Workshops are usually fully booked with up to 80 attendees or 30 for smaller hands-on activities, with our recent customer survey recording positive community feedback for the project.
Randwick’s teenagers plan the cities of tomorrow
Christine Brennan, Randwick City Library
Randwick City Library’s forward-thinking youth had a great time earlier in 2019 when they were asked to envision a sustainable smart city. They created models using recycled goods that featured key city architecture. The aim was to consider how we can minimise our impact on the environment and live more sustainably. After our fantastic participants finished their models, artist and event facilitator Andrew Christie produced 3D scans of the models using the library’s very own 3D printer. These were then 3D printed into some awesome miniatures. The results were proudly displayed at Lionel Bowen Library’s exhibition gallery as an example of how everyone can play a part with living sustainably. Randwick City Council is passionate about its commitment to caring for the environment. That passion is shared at the library, and we hope to host more great events like this one that gets people thinking about important topics like sustainability.
Bega Valley Science Festival and BioBlitz
Sugita Wahl, Bega Valley Shire Library
Over 200 school children from six schools across the Shire took part in science-based activities and field surveys at the Bega Valley Science Festival and BioBlitz in August. The festival also attracted nature and science-loving community members of all ages. Highlights of the weekend were the informative talks and demonstrations by renowned scientists who came from as far as Sydney and Canberra. A total of 38 surveys were conducted along the Bega River and further afield as part of the Atlas of Life BioBlitz, providing valuable information about the ecological diversity in our area. The event made for a fascinating weekend, and we can’t wait to do it all again next year! Bega Valley Science Festival and BioBlitz was made possible by a collaboration between the Bega Valley Shire Library, the Atlas of Life and Bournda Environment Education Centre.
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