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Autumn Greening Calendar Kangaroo Grazing Grass 11am–1.30pm, Sunday 5 May John Ilhan Memorial Reserve Broadmeadows Valley Park Barry Rd, Meadow Heights Join Council and families from the Bhutanese Nepali Ethnic School Melbourne to plant a windbreak to protect a patch of native grassland; home to Kangaroos and Kangaroo Grass. Barbecue Lunch provided. Stories Big and Small 10am–12.30pm, Saturday 11 May Woodland Grove Beckett Way, Craigieburn Come see the impressive work of the Friends of Malcolm Creek and Grasslands, who previously planted the mid-storey with lots of shrubs to provide habitat for small birds. Valley Views 10am–12.30pm, Saturday 18 May Jackson's Hill Reserve, Hammersmith Ct, Sunbury Community planting with the Friends of Holden Flora Reserve. Follow the footpath down into the valley, to the picnic area. Enjoy the views of the previous plantings. Free barbecue lunch. Moonee Ponds Creek Tizzy 1.30pm–3.30pm, Sunday 19 May Moonee Ponds Creek, Broadmeadows Rd deviation (opposite intersection with North Circular Rd), Westmeadows Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek invite you to help freshen up some old garden beds near the creek. Scones, jam and cream are on offer for afternoon tea. Workshop Windbreak 10am–12.30pm, Saturday 25 May Bulla Hill Railway 15 Green St, Bulla Come help the volunteers at Bulla Hill Miniature Railway establish a windbreak around the back of the workshop area. Enter workshop driveway just after CFA. Free barbecue lunch. Widely Wanting Wildflowers 10am–12.30pm, Sunday 26 May Emu Bottom Wetland Reserve, Racecourse Rd, Sunbury Help plant a diversity of wildflowers into a newly created native grassland. Enter the reserve at the Racecourse Rd carpark and follow the small flags to the planting site. Free barbecue lunch. Read me: Slow Clothing – Finding meaning in what we wear by Jane Milburn Slow Clothing invites us to challenge the 'fast-fashion' practices that have led to Australians being the second biggest consumers of textiles per capita. Author Jane Milburn is a Slow Clothing pioneer, TEDx speaker, upcycler and agricultural scientist. Using her multifaceted expertise, she provides us with a framework for choosing, wearing and caring for clothes as well as simple upcycling techniques and mending how-tos. The book also discusses the hidden effects of textile waste, including the environmental detriment of microplastics and the unethical working conditions of sweatshop labour. By challenging our 'throw-away mentality' and informing readers about the many benefits of quality fashion, Slow Clothing is a great antidote to the decluttering zeitgeist. Hume City Council LIVE GREEN 7

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