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The Final Week Not Waste Festival

The Final Week Not Waste Festival

The Friday night of the festival with the Denmark Up-cycle Collectives  “Up-cycled Fashion Parade”, “Possible Futures – Waste Reduction in Denmark – public Discussion Panel” Tipmass Carols sing-along with Eclectica and ” The Tip Shop Dj”. What a night!

Come Down and be there to discuss the future of waste reduction in the town. I know you all have a lot of questions! Now is is your chance!

Gertrude WellEase of the Chamber of Blessings with her amazing eye for fashion detail will lead you through the incredible range of up-cycled fashion being created and worn in this town. The clothing from a diverse range of talented local up-cyclers including Ruth Maddren, Shannon Hawks, Kamali and a selection of work from the up-cycled fashion workshops leading up to this festival and more. Based on last years parade its bound to impress. Some of the clothing will be for sale through the weekend at the Not Waste Bizarre. Last year the models loved the clothes so much many of them bought pieces. To top that off local original vintage 80’s Gamboy music for an all round funky up-cycled fashion parade. Huh what does that mean? ‘One Game Boy’ James Gentle’s electro act with all music written and performed on Gameboy, nothing but dirty old school beats.

The Tip Shop DJ has collected an eclectic collection of records to spin to keep you dancing. The Tip Shop DJ a former long term member of the 78’s records team knows what he is looking for as he trawls the second hand shops for those rare gems.

And that’s just the start of the weekend Saturday and Sunday morning we have workshops 9 till 12 that will help you rethink waste! The two arvo’s 1230 – 430pm the Not Waste Bizarre info stalls, activities, performances, food drinks, clothing, art and more………


Not Waste Festival 2019 applications open now!

Not Waste Festival 2019 applications open now!

Art Not waste has been a wonderful project with such awesome community support and amazing art works. So we decided why stop there! We are putting on a three day festival with workshops , performances and exhibitions. We dropped the word art to broaden the scope to all forms of waste diversion and reduction. We know there are so many great lateral thinkers out there and we want you to be a part of this festival. Junk musicians, tinkerers, up-cyclers, clothing rescuers, re-cyclers basically anyone who is passionate about the reduction and diversion of landfill. We want to here from you. get in early as places will fill up.

Dot matrix sand printer by John Davey Art Not Waste 2016 (photo by Hazel Blake)


Junk Musicians

Crafty Artist Upcyclers

Workshop Facilitators


Green Skills Denmark consultancy team completes the review of the Torbay Catchment Restoration Plan for the Torbay Catchment Group – July 2018

Green Skills Denmark consultancy team completes the review of the Torbay Catchment Restoration Plan for the Torbay Catchment Group – July 2018

The Green Skills Denmark consultant team has recently completed the community engagement process and document creation for the review of the 2006 Watershed Torbay – Torbay Catchment Restoration Plan.  The community engagement process involved numerous community workshops, an online survey and a number of meetings with the Torbay Catchment Group Committee and other key stakeholders and management agency staff.  The 2018 Draft Torbay Catchment Restoration Plan was presented to community at a workshop at the Torbay Community Hall in June 2018.  All the community and agency input received over the 18-month period of writing the new draft plan has now been collated into three final documents:  The Torbay Catchment Restoration Plan 2018-2028; The Torbay Catchment Summary Action Plan 2018-2028 and the Community Engagement Report.  For further information please contact Green Skills Denmark office on 98483310 or the Torbay Catchment Group.

Report from the WA Landcare Network Form

Report from WA Landcare Network  Forum

By Basil Schur

On Friday 20th July he WA Landcare Network held a members and Stake-holders forum at the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre. Around 90 people attended the event.  The Welcome to Country by Marie Taylor, a Whadjuk Noongar Elder, included some special story telling – and this complemented a latter presentation by Oral McGuire about Noongar enterprise and Caring for Country at Avondale Park, near York.

Marie Taylor, a Whadjuk Noongar Elder, giving the Welcome to Country. at the Forum

While Alannah MacTiernan, Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food, did  indicate at at the forum her support for the work of landcare, it was perhaps a missed opportunity to challenge her for the paltry $7m a year the WA Government is allocating to State NRM  programs.

Two  presentations from Katanning  Landcare and Blackwood Basin Group related to  landcare groups setting up enterprises ( a nursery in the case of Katanning, and the Perup  Nature’s Guest House in the case of the Boyup Brook based Blackwood Basin Group.) Green Skills, with its long history of running community based enterprises (ie Eco Jobs, Denmark Tip Shop), has something to offer other community groups keen to embark on income generation through running enterprises.

I gave a presentation on Bailjup Sanctuary Citizen Science program ( pdf attached), which complemented Dr Nic Dunlop’s presentation on Citizen Science in relation to NRM outcomes.

A rewarding presentation  covering social entrepreneurship, and integrated agricultural/biodiversity programs was given by  Lachy Ritchie of Odonata  (

Lots of valuable ideas, and it would be great for Green Skills to potentially be part of an emerging partnership between Odonata and Gondwana Link.

Another useful presentation was by Dr Guy Boggs of the WA Biodiversity Science Institute ( – a possible opportunity to get more university students and researchers to link with Green Skiils’projects and programs

At the networking level, I found it useful to connect with folk from the Warren catchments Council, the Conservation Council of WA, the Cockburn Wetland Centre, and reps from a wide range of other groups.

Basil Schur, Projects Manager, Green Skills

A selection of slides from the Balijup presentation…