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Council offering latest Home Sustainability Courses

Shoalhaven City Council is again offering a number of free earthworks workshops beginning in September as part of the Home Sustainability program.

The courses will help educate residents in the fields of composting, worm faming, natural cleaning and home organic vegetable growing.

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Paul Green said the courses would provide residents with easy to use advice and tips on helping reduce individual household’s impact on the environment.

“Sustainability is about making sure the social, economic and environmental needs of our community are met and kept healthy for future generations,” said Clr Green.

“Council’s Home Sustainability program helps residents learn about the simple day to day actions that can have a positive effect on the local environment.

“Residents can drastically reduce their entire household’s carbon footprint by becoming involved in simple programs like worm farming or composting.”

Courses under the Homes Sustainability program include:

• Compost Workshops – Teaching practical skills in building and maintaining healthy compost. Participants will receive a free compost bin and kitchen tidy.
• Worm Farm – Illustrating the many benefits of home worm farming. This course will provide the knowledge and skills to set up and maintain a healthy worm farm.
• Natural Cleaning – Will provide advice on replacing chemical based household cleaners with natural alternatives. Participants will learn about natural ingredients and recipes.
• Home Organic Vegetable Growing – A new course having been developed as a result of the overwhelming community interest in organic vegetable growing. This course teaches the practical skills needed to build a vegetable box, make home made potting mix and incorporate composting, worm casting and liquids into organic vegetable growing.

Councillor Green encourages all residents with an interest in sustainability to get involved in one of the four free workshops being offered from September.

“Nearly 8,000 residents have taken Council’s home composting course since it was first offered in 2008,” said Clr Green.

“With each of these participants taking these valuable lessons back to their individual households this has equated to a large increase in sustainable living throughout the Shoalhaven as a direct result of these courses.

“I would encourage the entire community to consider becoming involved in these workshops and reduce their effect on the environment.”

For more information phone the Waste Hotline on ph 4429 3374. Please book on-line at

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