Sustainable Living Workshops

Over the past two years, Sustaining Our Towns offered a variety of free workshops to help you be more sustainable in your daily life.   Our project is finished so there will be no more workshops but those that were run have been left below as a record and also for the contact details of people in your area who may still be available to run similar workshops sponsored by other funds.

Is Your Home Energy Efficient?

Thursday 23rd February, Cooma TAFE 10-11:30am OR 5:30-7:00PM

Using the tools from Sustaining Our Towns Home Sustainability Guide, learn how to reduce your bills and increase the efficiency of your home. These free workshops are in association with Clean Energy for Eternity. RSVP Essential by 20th Feb to Antia Brademann 0429 778 633 or email antia(at)exemail(dot)com(dot)au LibraryKit_CEFE WorkshopF


Double workshop – Edible Gardening and Growing Monaro Natives

Saturday 4th February, Delegate 10am-12md and 1pm-3.30pm

The morning workshop will cover edible gardening on the Monaro, learn how to establish a garden, what to plant and when and also how to collect and store your own seed.  The afternoon workshop will cover growing native plants on the Monaro, learn what natives to plant, how to propagate them and how to prepare the soil for best results.   RSVP Helen Litchfield on 0428 633300 or

Download poster workshop: Double workshop in Delegate – edible gardening and growing natives on the Monaro

Feed Your Garden Sustainably

Saturday 10th December, Turlinjah at 10am

Come along and learn the importance of healthy soil, how to use green manures, how to make your own compost, worm farming and how to grow your own fertilisers.  RSVP to Fraser Bayley 0410 558 138 or email

Download poster for workshop: Feed your garden sustainably 10.12.11 FB Turlinjah

Water Wise Workshop

Saturday 3rd December, Queanbeyan at 10am & 2pm

Come along to this free workshop in Queanbeyan and learn some great gardening techniques to reduce water loss and retain soil moisture, improve your soil health and how to set up irrigations systems that use less water. RSVP Essential to Katrina Willis by 2nd December Tel: 02 6284 4113 AH or 02 2679 0109 BH

Download Poster for more info: Water_Wise_Workshop

Permaculture on the Monaro

Saturday 19th November at Cooma TAFE

At this workshop discover how to design a self-sustaining garden, increase productivity, extend your growing season and grow a wide range of fruit and veg on the Monaro. Guest Speaker is Emily Griffin from Griffin Permaculture. RSVP Essential by 17th November to Helen Litchfield mob: 0428 633 300 or email: sgd(at)activ8(dot)net(dot)au

Download poster for more info: PermacultureMonaro workshop

Wicking Garden Beds

Friday 18th November 5:15pm at SAGE Community Garden Moruya

This detailed workshop looks at just what is a wicking garden bed, how to build one and identifies how they can save you water and benefit your garden. RSVP By Thursday 17 November to Sandra at sm(dot)coaching(at)

Download Poster for more info: Wick_bed_Workshop

Chooks in the Garden

Saturday 30th October 10am at SEC, Bombala Street, Cooma

Our first chook workshop was so successful we are running another one.  Come and learn how to integrate chooks into your garden, what chooks to buy and what council regulations apply.

Download poster: Chooks in the garden 30.10.11

Retofitting your home to make it more energy efficient and comfortable

Sunday 11th September (Sustainable Homes Day) 2pm at Bega

Come and learn how to retrofit a typical weatherboard home to both reduce your energy bills and make your home more comfortable.   Also take a walk around the garden and see how the entire system, home and garden, work together.  RSVC Ian on or 0428 141 914

Download poster: Retrofitting to reduce energy bills

Build a No Dig Garden

Saturday 20th August 1pm at Long Beach or Saturday 27th August 1pm at Moruya

Come and learn how easy it is to establish your own productive and low maintenance vegetable garden.  And just in time for Spring!  RSVP: Fraser on 0410 558 138 or

Download poster: No Dig workshops 20.8 & 27.8

Permaculture Basics

Friday 27th July 9.30am – 12md at Railway Carriage Queanbeyan

The last permaculture workshop was such a success we are running another one in Queanbeyan.

Come along and learn about the exciting world of Permaculture.  Learn about the 12 principles of permaculture, garden design using the natural environment and how to get started in your own backyard.  PSVP Ray Buckley: 0407 170 577.

Download the poster: Permaculture workshop Qbyn RB July 11

Home Retrofitting for Better Energy Efficiency

Thursday 28th July 2011 7-9pm at Bywong Community Hall, 67 Birriwa Rd, Bywong

With rising bills and costs of living effecting everyone, come along to this workshop and learn how to improve the energy efficiency of your home in an affordable and easy way.  Enquiries to Annie Duke mob: 0450 283 241

Download the poster: Bywong_July28 Energy SavingWshop

Chooks in the Garden

Sunday 24th July 2011 10am-12pm at Cooma SEC, Bombala St Cooma

Learn all about how to manage and integrate chooks into your edible garden system. How do you choose your chooks, and how do you keep them happy, healthy and safe? What are the council rules for having chooks? Come along to the workshop and have all your questions answered.  RSVP Essential to Helen Litchfield mob: 0428 633 300 or email:

Download the poster: ChooksintheGarden_wshop

Reduce Your Power Bills & Make Your Home More Sustainable

Saturday 16th July 2011 2-4pm at 24 Auckland St Bega

In this workshop you will be guided through a typical Bega weather-board home that has been retrofitted to be more energy efficient. Owner and Sustaining Our Towns Sustainability Advisor Ian Pegler will explain how he made his home energy efficient and how re reduced his electricity consumption by 65%.  RSVP Ian Pegler: Tel: 02 6494 7237

Download the poster: SustainableHome_wshop

The Wondeful Worm & Other Garden Delights

Tuesday 12th July 2011 1:30pm at Silver Wattle Quaker Centre Bungendore

Come and join this hands-on workshop on simple worm farming and creating a no dig garaden. From 10:30am there is a demonstration and workshop on techniques for the pruning and care of fruit trees.  RSVP Annie Duke: 0450 283 241.

Download the poster:SilverWattle_WormFarm_NoDigWorkshop

Permaculture Basics

Thursday 7th July 2011 9.30am-12.30pm at Batemans Bay

Come along and learn about the exciting world of Permaculture.  Learn about the 12 principles of permaculture, garden design using the natural environment and how to get started in your own backyard.  PSVP Ray Buckley: 0407 170 577.

Download the poster: Permaculture Basics

Solar Power Systems Explained

Wednesday 20th April 2011 5.30-7pm at Moruya

Learn a few solar basics including the difference between solar hot water and grid connection and why they are different and incompatible technologies.  Learn how solar power can reduce our personal and national carbon footprint.  Get to see first hand the various solar panels, solar hot water tubes, regulators, inverters, batteries and other solar equipment.  RSVP to Stuart Scobie by Friday 15th April, Ph: 44745903.

Download the poster: Solar Power Systems Explained

Download the powerpoint presentation from the workshop: Solar Power Systems Explained

Learn How to Grow Food on the Monaro

Sun 6th March 2011 10am-12pm Numeralla

Learn how to grow food with hands-on advice on no-dig veggie gardens, composting, worm hotels and saving seeds all in the productive surrounds of the Numeralla Public School Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden. RSVP Essential by Thur 3 March to Helen Litchfield Tel: 02 6453 3300 or mob: 0428 633 300

Download the Poster: MonaroWorkshop_SOT growing food on the Monaro

What You Can Achieve At Home (BOOKED OUT!)

Sun 6th February 2011 10am-12:30pm Moruya & Bingie

Come and tour two local and very inspiring sustainable homes & gardens in the Eurobodalla, guided by Stuart Scobie & discover just how easy it is to make your house sustainable.

Although this workshop is now booked out, due to high levels of interest another may be re-scheduled. To Register Your Interest Contact Pam Vipond mob: 0408 830 566 or email:

The Wonderful Worm and Other Garden Delights

Sat 4th December 2010 at 9:30am Bungendore Community Gardens

Learn about worms, composting, no-dig gardening and get a taste for growing healthy food for very little cost at this workshop. RSVP Essential by Wed. 1st December to Annie Duke Tel:02 48422679/ Mob: 0450 283 241. Download the Poster: Bungendore_GardenWorkshop

Composting Options in the Home

Sunday 9th January from 10-11am Art on the Path Market, Broulee

Confused on what to compost? Want to reduce and re-use your waste but your compost is too wet, too dry, too smelly or just an organic dump? Well this workshop is for you! Come down to the Art on the Path Market for 1 hour of compost bliss.

Download the Poster: Composting Options In The Home Workshop SOT

Save Money & Reduce Your Electricity Costs

Wednesday 19th January 2010 from 9:30-11:30am Cobargo School of Arts Hall

Find out how to reduce your electricity costs at home and make your home more efficient. This workshop will cover heating and cooling, hot water, refrigeration, passive heating and more. RSVP Essential . Book with our Home Sustainability Advisors Ray Buckley on mob: 0407 170577 or Roger Park on mob: 0425 238927.

Download the Poster:Cobargo_SaveEnergyWorkshop


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