The Living for our Future program is designed to support the community to live in a more environmentally sustainable way. The program offers:
- free workshops, webinars and videos. See upcoming events and webinars
- subsidised worm farms and compost bins with free delivery. Order a home compost bin
- a free energy advice service to reduce your carbon footprint.
If you're part of a community group, club, school or kindergarten, we can provide a presenter for you to host your own Living for our Future workshop.
Workshops and webinar recordings
- Bees - turn your backyard into a native bee oasis
- Chickens - Backyard chooks for beginners webinar
- Climate Action Plan webinar
- Composting and worm farming
- Heatproof your garden webinar
- Home energy savers webinar
- Fantastic frogs webinar
- Birds of Boroondara webinar
- Preparing for a winter veggie harvest webinar
- The Small and Mighty Micro World: exploring the world of invertebrates and fungi
- Leaves, Feathers and Scales: the Macro World
Bees – Turn your backyard into a native bee oasis
In this series of family-friendly videos, Katrina Forstner from Buzz and Dig shows you how to create a habitat for native bees in your backyard or on your patio.
Watch all 3 videos in the playlist below:
Join our expert, Ella from Chooktopia, as she covers:
- the essentials of how to keep healthy, happy chooks in your backyard
- Council and local law considerations and guidelines
- a virtual tour of her chookyard where you can ‘meet’ her friendly chooks.
Chooks not only make great pets, but they recycle your food scraps and provide fresh and nutritious eggs.
Our Climate Action Plan sets out how we will respond to climate change together with our community over the next 10 years. The plan was adopted unanimously by Council on 27 September 2021.
To launch the Climate Action Plan, we held a virtual event with guest speakers:
- Professor David Karoly, a Chief Research Scientist at the CSIRO Climate Science Centre)
- Kirsty Bishop-Fox, sustainability consultant and president of Zero Waste Victoria.
You can watch the recording of the webinar at the link below.
When food waste and pet waste goes to landfill they produce harmful greenhouse gases:
- Food waste makes up to 46% of the contents of Boroondara waste bins.
- Pet waste from 2 medium-sized dogs can fill a 9 litre bucket every week.
Together, we can easily do our part to divert waste from landfill.
Our Food Organics and Garden Organics bin service will help keep food waste out of landfill. But pet waste is not accepted. By composting pet waste and food at home you can:
- help the environment
- produce valuable fertilisers and soil conditioners for your garden.
Join the Compost Revolution and learn:
Join Maria Ciavarella from My Green Garden on the different options for composting and worm farming food waste, garden waste and pet waste:
- Green Cone Solar Composters – for all food and pet waste
- Composting organics – for some food and garden waste
- Bokashi Bins – for food waste
- Worm farming – for some food waste.
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Meet some of our local frogs up close. Hear local frog experts David De Angelis and Jane Petch from Melbourne Water talk about how you can help monitor our local frog species.
Watch the Fantastic frogs webinar video.
Meet some of our local feathered friends up close in our bird show and learn more about our local bird species from an expert from Birdlife Australia.
Watch the Birds of Boroondara webinar video.
Watch the Preparing for a winter veggie harvest.
This video is only available for a limited time.