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Sustainable living finds a home in Lake Macquarie

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Crop swapping, seed bomb making, electric vehicle displays and fungi facts are a few of the learning sessions on offer at the opening of the Landcare and Sustainable Living Centre in Booragul in February. 

umali barai-ku, or “to do for the earth” as it is called in Awabakal language, will relaunch with a month-long program of events and activities, hosted by author and Gardening Australia presenter Hannah Moloney. 

The new-look centre, built on the site of the former Landcare Resource Centre on Toronto Road, is the result of a $2 million upgrade

Hannah Moloney will share her knowledge of sustainable living with the community this month.

It is designed to bring together Lake Macquarie City Council staff and the city’s Landcare and Sustainable Neighbourhoods volunteers under the one roof for the first time. 

It’s also hoped it will become a hub in which community members can learn how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. 

The revamped premises will kick off with an Open Day on Saturday 18 February in which Moloney will join a panel sharing tips on “Embracing a good life in Lake Mac”. 

The family-friendly community open day will also include hands-on workshops on propagation, displays, live music, and free gelato from 9am to 3pm. 

Other events to take place at the centre throughout February include workshops and talks on Aboriginal weaving, native bees, planting for pollinators, bush fire awareness, fungi facts, and native wildlife including snakes and flying foxes. 

Volunteers are invited to unite to help clean up a local Landcare site as part of an Eco Angel event on Wednesday 15 February. 

Landcare and Sustainable Living Centre, aka umali barai-ku, Booragul.

Lake Macquarie City Council Landcare coordinator Jason Harvey said the events throughout February provided a wider platform to share the Landcare message of living wisely and looking after the natural environment. 

“Landcare normally happens out in our bushland, but these events will give people the opportunity to learn more about what we do on the ground and encourage them to get more involved in one of Australia’s largest Landcare networks,” he said. 

“Living sustainably and looking after our natural environment are things we can all be part of.” 

  • The NSW Government contributed $202,118 to the $2 million project through round two of the Stronger Country Communities Fund, with council funding the remainder. 

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