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Ward Off Climate Change

Yet another reason to come up to Kalamunda and the Carmel-Bickley Valley on Sunday May 3.

Friends of the Environment (FOTE) is again organising its annual Sustainability Fair in the magnificent grounds of Carmel Adventist College (see photo below) on Sunday May 3 from 10am to 3pm.

The Fair will feature a range of sustainability-themed talks and stalls including organic gardening, composting, solar panels and much more.

There will be a range of food stalls, live entertainment, and activities for the kids.

The Fair is being held in conjunction with the annual Bickley Carmel Harvest Festival, so you’ll be able to also drive through the valleys and enjoy the tastes and sounds of the festival.

Click on the map at right to find out how to get there.

Simple Steps to a Bright Future

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Fish Tagine

Some of you may have noticed that I love tagines.

If you try this recipe you will understand why—one of the most superb fish dishes that I’ve tried.

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Low Carbon Recipe of the Month

Home Brew More Sustainable

The environmental impact of home-brew beer is less than for beer purchased in glass stubbies or aluminium cans as a result of its relatively lower transported volume and weight, less packaging materials and the reusability of the PET final bottles.


Tip of the Week

Carmel Sustainability Fair

Since January this year I have been working on an almost full-time voluntary basis on an exciting new climate change project called Days of Change which some of you will have already heard about.

This is a project that aims to engage 200,000 Western Australians in taking simple steps to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions during March 2010.

However this is only the start, as a project of the City of Perth Rotary Club, and with endorsement from Rotary District 9450, we intend to use the enormous reach of the Rotary organisation to expand the program to the rest of Australia in 2011 and the world from 2012.

I am proud to be an Executive Director of this project and am very excited by its enormous potential. The program was originally devised by my colleague Julian Ilich while working with the Department for Environment and Conservation and is based on extensive research on behaviour change and social marketing.

I’ve seen people make amazing changes as a result of their participation in Living Smart courses, and with this program, we hope to achieve similar changes on a much larger scale.

You will shortly be receiving the inaugural Days of Change Newsletter. While this is an important project, and I urge you to become involved, I understand that some of you may not wish to receive the newsletter, so there will be a simple unsubscribe option at the bottom of the newsletter (as there is with this newsletter).

You can find out more about the project by visiting our interim website at

Clean Coal

Who better than the Coen brothers to come up with a hilarious spin on the concept of clean coal.

Seriously, while it is important that efforts continue to investigate the viability of clean coal technology, this must not undermine investment in already proven clean renewable technologies.

Video of the Month

Mark down Sunday May 3 as the day you are going to visit Kalamunda and the Bickley Carmel Valleys.

I am very pleased to have been involved in a small way in helping get the Farmers Market established in Kalamunda.

The market will commence on Sunday May 3 and will happen every Sunday thereafter.

This will be a true farmers market where you will have the opportunity to meet the farmer, and learn from the experts how to  prepare nutritious meals, easily with quality fresh produce.

Garden Guru Trevor Cochrane and Celebrity Chef Russell Blaikie will officially open the market.

Each week we will feature:

· Fresh, local and quality produce Organic produce

· Chef demonstrations

· Tastings and sampling from farmers stalls

· Healthy recipes

· Farm based entertainment for children

Come along and enjoy the fun on May 3. Better still come along every Sunday and make it your Sunday morning ritual.

The market will run from 8am to 12pm in the Central Mall.


Kalamunda Farmers Market