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Perth Ecojobs Manager Kevin Toovey celebrates his 60th Birthday

Perth Ecojobs Manager Kevin Toovey celebrates his 60th Birthday

Kevin started work for Green Skills in the Murdoch office in January 2008 and in the 10+ years he has been with us – except for a year’s stint as a volunteer in Namibia between in 2011-2012 – he has worked to make our social enterprise Ecojobs Environmental Personnel a huge success.

Kevin has worked with hundreds of young Ecojobs casuals over the years to provide them with paid work and help them to develop their skills and networks and increase their chances of getting permanent work in the environmental industry.

He has developed a client base of local government authorities, state government agencies, friends groups and environmental consulting firms across the metropolitan region.  Ecojobs metro income has tripled in the ten years he has worked with us to total nearly $2,000,000 in 2017.

In these days of increasingly stingy project funding that makes it hard to cover organisational operating costs, Ecojobs ensures that Green Skills can fulfil its vision of being a driver of change towards a more sustainable community.

In the early years when Green Skills was a Registered Training Organisation, Kevin also provided accredited training in Conservation and Land Management, Occupational Health & Safety and Home Sustainability Assessment. 

Kevin’s work with Green Skills has been enormously beneficial during the past decade and we acknowledge the very positive contribution he continues to make to Green Skills and wish him a very happy birthday.



Sustainable Christmas Expo – Sewing with Scraps

Sustainable Christmas Expo – Sewing with Scraps

The countdown to Christmas is on!

Come see us at the City of Cockburn’s Sustainable Christmas Expo on November 25th. We will be holding our ‘Sewing with Scraps’ workshop with sewing recycler extraordinaire, Jude Ludlam.

Learn how to create beautiful one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts and decorations using fabric scraps and old clothes.

This workshop is being held at 2pm, at the Cockburn Wetlands Centre.

Interested? Tix are $5 and going fast. Register here

Meet the Team: Steven Spragg

Meet the Team: Steven Spragg

Behind the hipster beard and high vis, is an Ornithologist, amateur Photographer and valued Ecojobs Team Leader!

Steven’s had some interesting jobs over the past 3 years with Ecojobs – stem injections to fight Phytophthora dieback in Kalamunda, removal of the aquatic weed Hydrocotyle along the Canning River, dune restoration for the City of Nedlands and planting along the fringes of Lake McLarty and Birchmont for DBCA.

From outside of Ecojobs he brings experience in – the handling and trapping of reptiles from Bold Park, the restoration of natural areas in North Eastern Thailand through Khon Kaen University AND he’s currently enrolled in a Master of Science.

A quote that defines Steven? “If everyone gave that extra 1% in their job, I believe we can make a real difference”

Wildlife brings smiles to People with a Disability in Gosnells

Wildlife brings smiles to People with a Disability in Gosnells

September saw the second Wildlife Event in our program for people with disabilities in the City of Gosnells .. and as always, the smiles were out in full force!

This session featured Karen and her Radical Reptiles: frogs,  bearded dragons, geckos and bobtails. And the most famous reptiles of all – the “friendly snakes, who helped some of us overcome misconceptions and fears. Quite a number of us held a snake for the first time!” Sarah Campbell, SMP lifeskills2work. This was an event full of excitement!

Thank you to the City of Gosnells for sponsoring this series of Wildlife Experiences for People living with a Disability. If you would like to sponsor a series of events, or request one for your organisation, please contact [email protected] or call 9360 6667.

Perth hospital takes the lead in Cloth Nappy education

Perth hospital takes the lead in Cloth Nappy education

St John of God Hospital (SJOG) in Subiaco is the first to take delivery of the Cloth Nappy Antenatal Demo Kit, in a collaborative project between Green Skills and Perth hospitals.

Parents have told us they want this information in antenatal classes, so they can be prepared before baby is born – and Judith, SJOG midwife and parent educator, agrees.

With 10 kits to be delivered over the next 6 months, these new and up-to-date kits will be key to educating expecting parents. What do modern cloth nappies look like? How do they work? How do you wash them? Times have changed from terry squares, pins and soaking in bleach! We give midwives a full introduction when we deliver the Cloth Nappy kit.

Do you work in antenatal Parent Education? If you would like more information on this program or to apply for a free kit, contact Aline on 9360 6667 or [email protected]

This project, “Educating Antenatal Educators about Modern Cloth Nappies”, is funded by the State Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, and administered by the Waste Authority.