Have you heard? Plastic bag ban


Plan for plastic bag ban

The NSW Government has announced that it plans to ban single-use plastic bags from shops. NSW is currently the last state or territory in Australia to commit to a ban. So, what is the best replacement? Join a workshop, organised by the Cardiff Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group and The Canopy, to learn how to make reusable fabric shopping bags. The free workshops take place on the last Sunday of each month at the Cardiff North Public School library (59 Wansbeck Valley Road, Cardiff). The next workshop is on Sunday 29 March from 10am to 2pm. Visit sustainableneighbourhoods.org.au and search ‘Boomerang Bags’ or email [email protected] for more information.

Christchurch schoolgirls’ infamous story

In 1954, the population of Christchurch, New Zealand, was roughly the same as Newcastle – just a big country town on its way to becoming a small city. Then, on 22 July, two young schoolgirls, only 15 and 16, put half a brick in a stocking and smashed the head of one of their mothers – 45 times. A thrilling true crime and courtroom drama, the award-winning play, Daughters of Heaven, brings the infamous love story of two teenage girls and their horrific crime from 1954 conservative Christchurch to the Newcastle stage. It is showing at Newcastle Theatre Company (90 DeVitre Street, Lambton) until Saturday 28 March. Call 4952 4958 or visit newcastletheatrecompany.com.au for more.

Preloved art, jewellery up for sale

Beautiful preloved art and vintage jewellery, donated by families, friends and the community over the last six months, will be displayed and offered for sale at bargain prices to raise funds for a Buddhist Meditation Centre in Hamilton. The market will be open in the courtyard from 7.30am to 3pm on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March at 47 James and Murray streets, Hamilton. All welcome. Call Marilyn on 0417 676 008 if you have something to donate or for more information. Door opens at the Murray Street entry.

Free skating lessons for youth

Belmont Neighbourhood Centre is hosting free skating lessons for youth with the aim to teach basic skating skills, techniques and tricks at Charlestown Skate Park (Frederick Street, Charlestown) on Thursday 2 April from 5pm to 7pm. The free event hopes to build confidence in young people and increase their participation in sport which include the benefits of social participation, and integration in the community, increased subjective well-being and increased sense of agency and self-determination. The event is a part of Youth Week 2020, which goes from Wednesday 1 to Thursday 9 April. Visit lakemac.com.au for more information.