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Sustainable Communities SA Newsletter 
Summer 2020
CONTENTS: COVID-19 is unpredictable ~ Sustainable Communities events ~ Introducing our Treasurer ~ Thanks Waste Free Westies!~ Housing Energy Efficiency Transitions ~ Adopt-a-Spot ~ A new sustainable future ~ Watering wisdom

COVID-19 is unpredictable!

In our last newsletter we gave an update on many of our projects that had been in recess due to COVID-19 restrictions. The re-opening of activities was once again interrupted in late November 2020 by the brief lock-down and the reiteration of restrictions on both public and private gatherings.

We cannot predict when this might occur again and therefore recommend that you visit Sustainable Communities SA's Facebook page for details. All of our events are listed here and event cancellations are clearly indicated.

See our events here -
You do not need to have a Facebook account in order to see our page and events listing.

For current information on COVID-19 in South Australia see


Sustainable Communities events


At Joslin Reserve, Third Avenue Joslin 5070 - 1st Sunday of every month, 9.30am

  • Sunday 6 December 2020
See more on Essential Edibles Facebook page


The 2021 program of free workshops in Unley is now being planned - details will be available soon.


At Payneham Community Centre, with COVID Safe rules, from 10am - 12 noon on
  • Saturday 19 December 2020 - workshop on Ethical Investing
See more on Facebook >>


At Payneham Community Centre, with COVID Safe rules, from 10am - 12 noon on
  • Saturday 19 December 2020


At 40a Kauri Parade, Seacliff - 9.30am-10.30am on the 4th Sunday of each month. At this stage the swaps on 27 December 2020 and 24 January 2021 are going ahead.


Closed December 2020, January and February 2021.

From March 2021 - open from 10am - 12 noon on the last Saturday of every month at Clarence Park Community Centre, 72 East Avenue Black Forest 5031.

See more on Unley Repair Cafe Facebook page >>

Check Sustainable Communities' Facebook page and Events for more details
Introducing our Treasurer

We are pleased to introduce our Treasurer, Jasmin Brooks, who has recently joined the Sustainable Communities SA committee and taken on this role. Jasmin is a Chartered Accountant with several years of professional experience, a strong interest in sustainability and a desire to contribute to the community. Welcome Jasmin and thank you!

Thanks Waste Free Westies!

Waste Free Westies, in the inner western suburbs of Adelaide, are a group auspiced by Sustainable Communities that is always looking for ways to reduce our contributions to landfill. Their Facebook page has lots of great tips and information. Here are some that you might not already know about:

PAINTBACK - take your unwanted half-empty paint tins to a Paintback collection point for disposal and repurposing. These are located around Adelaide and in some regional centres.

JEFFRIES - the compost and garden soil company provides information about what to place in your green bin. You can add post-it notes, paper towels, pizza boxes, paper packaging and more.

RAA - recycle your old or damaged child car seat. Drop it off at the Child Safety Centre at Mile End.


Thanks to the members of the Adopt-a-Spot Scheme who are dedicated to clearing rubbish from our southern metropolitan beaches. The photo and details below show what one member collected recently. Regular updates are posted to Adopt-a-Spot Facebook page. Please contact them if you would like to volunteer.

Moana SLSC to Robertson Road, 1.5hrs, 10min sort. 322 butts, 1970s Shandy can, 4 straws, 4 lids, 3 plastic cutlery, 1 lolly stick. Amanda. Posted by Adopt A Spot Scheme on Thursday, 26 November 2020

Housing Energy Efficiency Transitions

Charmaine Thredgold, a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture and Built Environment at The University of Adelaide, is undertaking research into home improvements and upgrades as part of a multi-national, multi-year ARC project.

She is seeking people who are interested in participating in the research. This requires an interview and tour of intended or completed improvements and takes approximately 1 hour. Participants receive a $40 Coles-Myer gift card as a thank you.

For more information, see
If you would like to be involved, please contact Charmaine at

A new sustainable future

by Andrew Tidswell, Blackwood Sustainable Communities Group
This article appears on page 4 of The Blackwood Times, Issue 307, October 2020


The new normal
Most of us are feeling various effects of the COVID-19 restrictions. Some people have lost jobs that may never return, some businesses have closed never to re-open, and we all have had our social contacts with family and friends severely curtailed. Some people talk of ‘when we return to normal’ where things will be the same as last year, however in reality our future will never be exactly the same again and we need to consider a ‘new normal’ where things can be better than they have been.


Watering wisdom

In this fact sheet and video from Gardening Australia, Costa gives some expert advice on how to water your garden effectively.


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