Autumn 2011

Sustainable Landscapes in Cooper Park
Four lucky residents get their backyards blitzed

After a careful selection process, four lucky households in the Cooper Park catchment have been chosen to take part in the Cooper Park Sustainable Landscapes project.

With thanks to funding from the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust, each of these households will receive a backyard sustainability blitz, including the installation of a rainwater tank, organic vegetable garden and compost or worm farm facility.

In return, each household will monitor its waste, water, energy and purchasing habits for one year, and host a series of hands-on workshops to allow other residents to learn from their garden makeover.

“It’s fantastic to see the willingness of residents to be involved with this project” said Chris Munro, Team Leader, Environment and Sustainability. “We hope that by working with these households, not only will we empower them to reduce their impact on Cooper Creek, but we will also connect with many other residents through the workshops to show the simple steps you can take to make your garden and home more sustainable”.

To be notified of the workshop dates , sign up to become a Friend of Cooper Park.

Earth Hour 2011
Residents encouraged to dine by candlelight on March 26

From its debut in Sydney in 2007 – when 2.2 million individuals turned their lights off to take a stand against climate change, Earth Hour has become a truly global movement, embracing 128 countries and territories in 2010. In four short years, Earth Hour has grown into the largest environmental campaign in history.

Show your commitment in 2011 by signing up to turn off all your non-essential power at home between 8:30pm and 9:30pm. Why not make the most of the hour by having dinner by candlelight at one of the local, participating restaurants and cafes?

If you own a local restaurant or café, register with us for Earth Hour and offer your patrons the chance to dine by candlelight for the evening. Participating restaurants and cafes will be listed free of change on the Reduce Your Footprint website within 48 hours of registering.

"WSUD" in Woollahra
Making our urban design, water sensitive

Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) is the integration of water cycle management into urban planning and design. WSUD projects tend to include principles of storm water harvesting and re-use, sand filters, permeable paving and bioretention ‘rain gardens’.

These water-sensitive approaches help improve the quality of the storm water that makes its way into our creeks and harbour, and capture and store water that might otherwise be wasted.

A number of these "WSUD" projects have been carried out across the municipality, with more on the way. Next time you’re out and about, see if you can spot them in your neighbourhood:

  • Rose Bay Promenade – porous paving and underground tanks installed
  • The Crescent, Vaucluse – two bio-retention tanks installed
  • Bellevue Hill Shops – permeable paving and rain gardens installed
  • O’Sullivan Road, Rose Bay – rain gardens installed along road side

To find out more about WSUD principles, visit the WSUD website

Rain garden in Bellevue Hill 

Rain garden on Riddell Street, off Bellevue Road, Bellevue Hill

Fridge Buyback
One hundred residents benefit from fridge recycling program

One hundred Woollahra residents have worked out that on average, an old second fridge adds $225 per year to power bills and consumes up to three times the energy of a new fridge, and have taken part in the Fridge Buyback program.

Fridge Buyback provides a $35 rebate for residents to get rid of their old energy-guzzling second fridges with free removal by professional removalists (conditions apply) - that’s over $3,500 paid out in rebates to Woollahra residents.

Fridge Buyback is an energy efficiency program supported by the NSW Government’s Climate Change Fund as part of its Home Saver Rebates. To participate in the program fridges must be working second fridges that are in regular use, are 250 litres or more in size and at least 10 years old.

Fridge Buyback provides residents with free collection by professional removalists and a $35 rebate if the removal of the fridge involves 6 steps or less.  The fridge is collected for free if there are between 7 or 20 steps but no rebate is available.  A fee will apply only if the property has more than 20 steps

For more information call Fridge Buyback on 1800 708 401 or visit the Fridge Buyback website

Storm water in Cooper Park
Council secures funding to capture and store waste water

Woollahra Council has been successful in securing a grant of $75,000 from the NSW Office of Water to irrigate lower Cooper Park and Lough Playing Fields with treated storm water from Cooper Creek – saving precious local bore and drinking water resources.

As part of the grant, an above ground 40 kilolitre tank will be installed on the eastern side of the park to store collected storm water from an inlet in Cooper Creek. The water will be pumped to the tank, stored and then used to irrigate the sports field of lower Cooper Park. This will provide up to 88% of the irrigation demand during an average rainfall year and save approximately 4.5 mega litres of drinking water each year.

“This is a great project to be undertaking” said Chris Munro, Team Leader, Environment and Sustainability. “Not only will we save precious drinking water and improve our local amenities for residents, this project will complement the overall works we are undertaking as part of the Cooper Park Sustainable Water Project.”

The system will improve the quality of the grounds (allowing the area to be utilised by sporting and other passive recreational users) and will allow the parks to be watered during dry periods, improving the ability of the area to host visitors and sporting teams.

To stay up to date on this project , sign up to become a Friend of Cooper Park.

What's On in 2011
For Woollahra schools

Woollahra Council is committed to providing support to our local schools as they embed sustainability into their community.

In 2011, a number of great programs and awards will be on offer once again to support schools on this journey. Below are some of the key dates for terms 1 and 2. A full environmental calendar for the year is also available.

Schools within the Woollahra local government area are encouraged to contact Council’s Environmental Education Officer on 9391 7095 should they require assistance with programs, or like to arrange a time for a Council educator to come and speak to their teachers or students about sustainability issues.

16 March – School and Community Environmental Grants applications open
21 March - Environmental Schools Sculpture Prize entries open
11 May - Free Visual Arts lesson plans available
11 May – RSVP’s open for free Sculpture Skills workshops (years 3 – 10)
19 May - Sustainable Schools Network meeting, 3:45pm, Kincoppal Rose Bay
30 May – Schools Native Garden competition, entries open

Environmental Dates

Double Bay Organic Food & Farmers Market
Every Thursday
8am – 2pm
Guilfoyle Park, Knox Street, Double Bay.
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Sustainable Demonstration House
Thursday 3 March
9:30am to 12:30pm.
Barrett House, 6 Barrett Place, Randwick
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Clean Up Australia Day
Sunday 6 March
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Sustainable Spending and Saving workshop
Wednesday 9 March
Barrett House, 6 Barrett Place, Randwick.
Contact City East Community College or call 9387 7400.

ESORA Bush Tucker Walk
Saturday 12 March
Meet at the gates of Greycliffe House, Nielsen Park, Vaucluse.
Contact Community Development Team, 9391 7166.

National Ride to School Day
Wednesday 16 March
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Second Hand Sunday
Sunday 20 March
Various households in Paddington & Edgecliff.
Contact Council on 9391 7000

Earth Hour 2011
Saturday 26 March
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Neighbour Day
Sunday 27 March
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Garage Sale Trail
Sunday 10 April
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ESSSN Term 2 Meeting
Thursday 19 May
3.45 - 5.15pm
Kincoppal Rose Bay
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Walk Safely to School Day
Friday 20 May
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