World Environment Day 2020

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World Environment Day: It’s Time for Nature

Saturday, 6 June 2020

This year, World Environment Day focuses on celebrating biodiversity all over the world.  Here in Hobsons Bay, there’s plenty to celebrate!  We’re inviting all of our residents to join us on Saturday, 6 June for a variety of online activities and self-directed outside adventures that will have you in awe of the beauty and uniqueness of our local biodiversity.

Here’s how you can get involved:

Conservation map

Children, adults, students, nature lovers, environmentalists and anyone in between will love exploring Hobson Bay's reserves and parks with our new conservation map which points out features of significant biodiversity and natural heritage.

The map highlights where the elusive Altona Skipper Butterfly is found, the critically endangered Swift Parrot, bird hives to enhance bird watching, significant trees such as the Moreton Bay Fig, Sheoaks and many more.  The conservation map utilises the Google Maps platform and can be viewed on mobile phones. Check out the map here. If you are having trouble accessing the map, please log out of your google account or press and hold the link to open in a new tab (if on a mobile device). If accessing the map on a mobile phone or tablet, tap the 'World Environment Day 2020: It's Time for Nature' banner at the bottom to bring up a list view of the plant pick-up locations, significant biodiversity locations and information on our trail network.

Take your own photos while you’re out enjoying these beautiful spaces and upload them with #ForNature and #HBCCWED2020.  You may just see them added to the map!

Plant a native seedling in your own garden

Free native seedlings for your home garden will be on offer at Rifle Range Reserve in Williamstown, Sandy Point in Newport, Altona Coastal Park in Altona, Truganina Park in Altona Meadows and Kororoit Creek in Altona North from 9am on Saturday, 6 June (while stocks last).  Plant pick up areas are specified on the Conservation Map (please note, there is a limit of one seedling per household).  Plant one in your garden to help build Hobsons Bay’s biodiversity and invite native birds and small creatures into your backyard!

Don’t forget to take a photo of your newly planted seedling and upload it using #ForNature and #HBCCWED2020.

Urban Harvest: Glean and Gather (supported by My Smart Garden and Slow Food Melbourne)

What we grow and how we cook, preserve and share our produce becomes an important part of our urban agricultural heritage.  Together with My Smart Garden and Slow Food Melbourne, we’re undertaking a project to find out more about what we already have growing in our suburbs and how it’s used.  Visit Participate Hobsons Bay from 6 June to 1 July and tell us what grows in your backyard, your front yard, or even on your nature strip or around your neighbourhood.  Then fill out the survey and let us know what local food means to you and what growing, cooking or other food-related skills you could share with the community.   

Heirloom Seeds: How to save, grown and share them (A My Smart Garden workshop), 9.30am

Residents are invited to join this free online workshop from 10am to 11.30am and learn how to help protect our agricultural biodiversity. The workshop, delivered via zoom, will cover the basics of seed saving, how to grow from seed successfully and possibilities for sharing seeds with your local community. Bookings essential, via this link.

Participants will also have the opportunity to receive a pack of heirloom seeds to use in their own gardens! (Link to be sent to participants following the workshop)

Nature Journalling with Trace Balla, 1.30pm – 2.15pm (An EnviroCentre event, suitable for all ages)

Join us online as we dip our toes into award-winning author and illustrator Trace Balla’s imagination. We will peek inside Trace’s own journals followed by some demonstrations of her techniques produced for all ages. Trace will then join us for a Q&A about her work.  Please register here to attend.  All registrants will receive an email invite the day before. Registrations close at 5pm on Friday, 5 June.

Conservation Conversation, 3pm

Tune in to Council’s Facebook page at 3pm to check out Newport resident Doug Palmer's conversation with Council representatives at Logan Reserve, Altona about all things natural heritage and biodiversity in Hobsons Bay.