Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Our flagship “not waste” project is the Denmark Tip Shop
Operating since 2001 it has diverted thousands of tonnes of waste from landfill. It provides employment and a range of volunteering and skill development opportunities. Green Skills demonstrates a commitment to a zero waste future across all areas of the organisation from our office management to our programs and events.
Learning is Fun at the Denmark Community Garden At the Denmark Community Garden workshop on Saturday 20th July, local garden expert, Neal Collins, shared his knowledge on how to grow fruit bearing trees and bushes. Twelve people attended the event, held at the newly...
Monday 22nd July 2019 Volunteer University Students help plant out landcare sites A team from Trinity Residential College at the UWA joined in a two day program of tree planting for habitat restoration on a farm near Cranbrook on the 18th and 19th July 2019. The team...
Green Skills held a Slow Fashion Festival in June 2019 at Fossicker's Tip Shed in Albany to showcase sustainable fashion around the Great Southern region. What is Slow Fashion? Slow fashion, as opposed to fast fashion, is fashion that causes less harm to people and...
Join Ruth and Von for Sew Cool! and the Denmark Upcycle Collective creative sewing workshops using upcycled denim, run at the Denmark CRC on Saturday & Sunday 12-13th July, and Sat 20th and 27th July. Call the Green Skills Denmark office 98483310 for more...
Sewing with Scraps workshop takes a seaside theme, with shells, driftwood and of course, fabric scraps. Adding to Jude's box of recycled supplies - part-balls of wool, op shop ribbons, wire hangers - participants choose to make either a dreamcatcher or a mobile. This...
Now that the dust has settled were starting to plan the next not waste festival and we want to know what you thought about it. Please CLICK THIS LINK to fill out our festival survey. Were very excited to be planning the next one who knows what is in store. To be a...
Thanks to a grant from the Waste Authority, Green Skills has been training local Parent Educators how to use modern cloth nappies, and provided nearly all Perth's maternity hospitals with an Antenatal Cloth Nappy Demo kit. The kits contain a range of cloth...
A recent purchase has our Ecojobs staff excited. The new Hino truck arrived in March and the staff have been making the most of a quiet April to get the truck ready to go for the busy months ahead. Complete with new tool box in the tray, it has also been fitted with a...
What an amazing weekend. Thanks to everyone who was involved in making it happen. All that hard work payed off it was spectacular. Friday night we had our "Possible Futures, Waste reduction Discussion Panel" which was the start of many more discussions and the fashion...
Get your free Plastic Free July starter kit from Green Skills Albany during July, 2020! This little paper bag is full of information, vouchers, samples and freebies to get you started on your waste reduction journey. Drop into the office at 38 Graham Street, Centennial Park, Albany during 9-3 weekdays to pick up yours this month.
Plastic Free July is a challenge to refuse single use plastic for the month of July. Get tips, inspiration and sign up for the challenge here. You can also find resources here on the Green Skills website under our Resources tab. There is heaps you can do, even during these challenging pandemic conditions, to reduce single use plastic in your life.
Thanks to the Waste Authority of WA for supporting this project.
Green Skills is very happy to open up our Denmark Tip Shop to customers again after 9 weeks of closure due to the Covid19 crisis. The Tip Shop is back to its normal 7 days per week operating hours of 12 – 4 pm Monday to Saturday, and 9am – 1pm on Sunday.
Lots of work by our Tip Shop staff and volunteers has been done during this time of closure to revamp and tidy the shed spaces and install new flooring in sheds. Big Thanks to all who have done such a great contribution to making this happen. The Tip Shop is looking fantastic and is ready and welcoming for you to come and donate goods and re-usable household/garden/building items, or browse for that special something at an excellent bargain.
Please remember that we do have to continue to respect physical distancing and stay at home if you are sick messages to stop the spread of contagious illness and please be considerate and understanding of staff who will need to ensure that relevant maximum customer number regulations are adhered to.
The Denmark Tip Shop, which began in 2001 as a single shed, has grown into a thriving community centre with 8 sheds, and continues to provide one of the best in West Australia for community waste reduction, recycling and sustainable re-use of goods. The Tip Shop is a flag-ship enterprise of Green Skills Inc. Green Skills is proud to announce that we were recently selected as the winner of the 2020 WA AIM RAC Pinnacle Award for Green Business Excellence.
We look forward to seeing you having a browse for that “special” item, turning trash into treasure at the Tip Shop.
Dear Denmark Tip Shop customers and valued visitors – We greatly regret having to close the Tip Shop during this COVID-19 epidemic period. Green Skills assures you that we will reopen as soon as the Federal Government lifts the current restrictions placed on non-essential business trading. Our staff and customer’s safety is our primary concern and because we can’t ensure social distancing protocols as required under government regulations, we have decided that it is the right thing to do to close the Tip Shop. PLEASE do not throw away those items that you would otherwise donate to the Tip Shop but keep them in storage to donate to us when we reopen. We will be relying on our Denmark community’s support to help us re-build our Tip Shop into the thriving community business that it has been and will be as soon as we reopen. PLEASE do not leave any items at the Tip Shop gates, as we are not accepting goods at this time, and items left will just become a mess for someone to have to clean up when we open the gates to you all again. We will keep you posted on when we hope to reopen, but until we hear from the government, we can’t give any definite reopening date at this time, but keep an eye on the website because we hope that we will reopen soon.
Green Skills thanks you for your valued support to date, and we look forward to reopening our Tip Shop in the near future and re-building to normal activity when these difficult times are over.
It’s a sad day for the Perth Office as Aline says goodbye to Green Skills for the last time.
Aline has been a part of Green Skills since 2001 and in the last few years made an outstanding impact with her hugely popular Bees Wax Wraps workshops and Modern Cloth Nappies projects.
Her warmth and enthusiasm was infectious and the Perth Office will not be the same without her.
All the best for the future Aline. We are sure you’ll do amazing things.
The 2020 Sustainable Community Festival in Albany is shaping up to be an absolutely amazing event.
Green Skills are welcoming new supporter Sustain: Community Food Events Food for Thought Festival PLUS the City of Albany South West Street Fest in addition to the Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre Harmony Day.
West Australia’s premier sustainable living event has evolved to include cultural diversity and sustainable economies, held in the Albany Town Square during Harmony week on Saturday 21st March.
York Street will be buzzing with everything from:
- local markets
- a cultural array of music
- kids activities
- street food
- Hands-on workshops for both kids and adults
- presentations on everything from gardening, re-gen Ag and the Regional School Cook-off
- and more
Leading the presentations will be Sabrina Hahn.
Sabrina is a whole lot of Hort with Heart – a master gardener, horticultural professional, award winning radio presenter and writer. She has passion for the creation of sustainable landscapes that make cities more live-able. Her aim is to educate listeners in the importance of creating biodiversity in their own backyards. She believes that the diminishing green spaces in urban areas are making our cities sterile hot spots. Urban gardens play a vital role in returning biodiversity into our cities and offering people a space for physical and mental well-being.
You won’t want to miss this event. Mark it in your diary NOW!!!
Finishing January on a high with our biggest night planned yet. Do you celebrate Valentines Day or Easter? Then we have a range of gifts available for you this week. Waxiwraps will be here with their amazing sustainable solutions to reduce the need for single use plastic. Plants and fertiliser for the garden, fruit and veg, jams, sauces, soaps, woodwork, and new art work from Awesome Aboriginal and Kara Matters. Shale Pottery is having specials on this week. You can have a tarot card experience reading by Shona. Great local food and coffee by Gin Lao, Bar Tarifa and Pla Thai and Quickshot Coffee. Up-cycled wares from Vamp it Up and Sharee Orell are always popular.
Do you have hard to shop for people in your life? How about a buying a tour for your loved ones and visitors to experience our local and regional landmarks, wineries and restaurants? Award winning Busy Blue Bus will be available at the markets this week to answer your queries.
Local Proudlove Parade Town Team business La Botanic are having red cross specials on a range of house plants, Barletta’s and Yak On York have great dinner options too on Thursday Nights. And don’t forget the public lectures at the Wave Energy Centre from 5pm – 7pm.
We will have fantastic buskers from 4pm onwards.
Bandicoots, Birds and Eco-restoration program at Balijup farm near Cranbrook 16-2- Jan 2020
This Green Skills camp involved four days of Bandicoot and fauna trapping and other environmental monitoring on Balijup, a special property forming part of the Gondwana Link conservation program.
14 participants worked with wildlife biologist Andy McCreery, Alisia Lampropoulos, & Basil Schur of Green Skills and others on a range of citizen science monitoring activities at and near Balijup farm including bandicoot re-trapping,bird surveying ( with Andrew Dickinson), woodland cockatoo hollow survey & Sanctuary fence maintenance. Thanks to Aunty Carol Petterson, Noongar elder, for participating and for the enthusiastic support of the Balijup owners, Alan Hordacre, Anne Vanderbyl and Richard Hordacre.
The 111ha Sanctuary was launched in May 2015 with Bandicoots ( Quenda), re introduced into the enclosure from whiich foxes and cats are excluded.A
This project was supported by the WA Government’s State NRM program and the Koorabup Trust. It also formed part of the Festival of Birds and Biodiversity 2020, supported by Lotterywest, Great Southern Development Commission, BirdLife WA and Green Skills
Proudlove Parade Night Markets creating opportunities for local, small, micro and home-based businesses
We are into the 3rd week of the January roll out of the Night Markets on Proudlove Parade. Thirty businesses from as far as Kojonup through to Denmark, Mt Barker in addition to Albany have showcased their wares and made the most of the opportunity to trade in the Proudlove Parade precinct on a Thursday night. You can find anything there from hand crafted new and up-cycled gifts, fruit and vegetables, honey jams and preserves, clothes, indigenous art, storage options, plants, soaps and candles, beauty products, garden products, jewellery pottery, beds and bbq’s, book a tour and great dinner choices from a variety of food vendors.
This week sees the inclusion of tarot card readings, music and the launch of the Albany Regional Volunteer Service BBQ trailer. This trailer will ultimately be providing breakfasts for the disadvantaged and homeless in Albany and manned by volunteers.
Next door to the markets at 5pm, the Wave Energy Center is conducting a public lecture on research that will be undertaken within the Bremer, Leeuwin, & Perth submarine canyons over the next month. Led by Dr Julie Trotter from the University of Western Australia and partnered with the philanthropic Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), the expedition has the rare opportunity to use deep-sea ROV technology to explore depths to ~4000 m. For the first time, high definition images will be captured and various fauna will be collected for analysis post-cruise, with a specific focus on deep-sea corals. A large seawater analytical programme will also be undertaken to investigate the unique conditions creating these hotspots of biodiversity.
The markets are open from 4pm to 9pm. Email [email protected] or call Anne Sparrow 0498 194 222 if you would like a stall next week.
Hundreds of locals, visitors and four-legged friends attended the inaugural Proudlove Parade Night Markets. Located under the trees in the car park, the ambience of the markets breathed vibrancy into the night-time of this precinct. A variety of market stalls from local businesses offering back to school and cooking displays from Harvey Norman, up-cycled, local and home-made items and produce, home-wares and storage, food, tour operators offering experiences in our region and food vans with a range of choices for your dinner. Green Skills provided a hands-on opportunity to make bath bombs and created a very low waste event.
Local shopkeepers who formed the Proudlove Parade Town Team supporting the markets with Green Skills Albany and the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry, including Yak on York, La Botanic, Barlettas Albany and York St IGA offered specials on dinners, pot plants and more. Next week there will be even more specials on offer including workshops in La Botanic !
This all created a busy Thursday Night Shopping experience with vibrancy that filled both Proudlove Parade and lower Stirling Terrace which increased opportunity for all these local businesses to showcase their wares. The markets will operate initially on Thursday nights all through January. You can still book a stall for the upcoming weeks. Contact the Albany office on 9842 1334 or [email protected]
Project Manager Denmark Tip Shop Manager
James is committed to the reduction of landfill and the reuse, recycling or upcycling of everyday items. James, a lateral thinker, actively promotes the Tip Shop philosophy through creative arts projects and collaborative ventures with community and school groups in the area.
Jasmyn has been working for many years with Green Skills Albany Ecojobs and has recently expanded her employment role with Green Skills to become our new Payroll Officer. Jasmyn will be sharing her working time between the Green Skills Denmark and Albany offices. Her role of payroll officer will be mostly undertaken from the Denmark office.
Nicole has recently joined Green Skills as our new finance manager. Her organisation-wide role of managing the Green Skills finances is delivered from the Denmark office. Nicole is warmly welcomed into the Denmark office team.
|(08) 9360 6667|
|Campus Drive, Environmental Technology Centre (ETC), Murdoch University, Murdoch WA 6150|
|(08) 9842 1334|
38 Graham Street, (cnr Barker Road) Centennial Park, Albany WA 6330
|(08) 9848 3310|
PO Box 577 Denmark WA 6333