Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Movie Night DIRT 15 May from 6:30pm

Our first public event is a movie night during Compost Month of May. Please join us on Thursday 15 May 2013 at the Mount Hawthorn Community Centre, Lesser Hall (downstairs), 197 Scarborough Beach Road.

The screening will be followed by information about composting through traditional methods, bokashi and worm farming.

This is a free event, your gold coin donation would be appreciated. Please also help us set-up and pack away on the night.
Doors open at 6:30pm, movie starts at 7pm, composting information from 8:30-9pm.

Please spread the word and bring your friends along. No RSVP required, but tell us if you plan to attend with a bigger group of people. More info from Irma 0466 640 455 or Kim 0458 202 270.

The screening is a collaborative project within the Perth Transition Town Network. If you cannot make it to our screening, watch the movie on Tuesday 13 May in Guildford, at the Stirling Arms Hotel, 117 James Street, doors open at 6pm, movie starts at 7pm. That screening is organised by Transition Town Guildford.

Here is the trailer:

This project is funded by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account.

Please distribute our flyer below and spread the word about this free event. Send us an email to if you would like the pdf of this flyer or can help us create a prettier one.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Plans for 2014

Our first event was an informal pop-up movie night in late March at a lane near Kalgoorlie Street which was attended by about 30 people, including a dozen children. All participants brought their own chairs but the best spots on two mattresses in front of the screen were occupied quickly by the younger folks, who even made some popcorn for the event.
The movie Bag It was well received. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we followed "everyman" Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our own bodies. We see how our crazy for plastic world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now.

The film was actually quite devastating but ended with an uplifting, inspiring touch. The film affirmed out commitment: we will create less waste and no longer accept the use of one way thin plastics.

At our last meeting we spoke about possible projects and plans for 2014 which can be summarised as follows to guide our future activities:
  1. Skill share - learning to do things from within the community, such as learn to sow and mend clothes, make bread and joghurt, sharing expertise in the group for Mt Hawthorn residents
  2. Urban food and produce share -  sharing excess produce with neighbours, local trading of vegetables and fruit, growing food, sharing tips about soil improvement, seed sharing, information about permaculture, waste reduction, composting, green waste, establishing a community garden, aquaponic, bulk container farming, worm farms, 
  3. Improve local environment -  sustainable streetscapes, native verges, public verges as model gardens, improving space for local fauna, such as tadpoles,  frogs
  4. Waste -  reduction,  upcycle, recycle, reduce rubbish, organic waste to fertiliser, to print and sistribute more stickers ' no advertising materials'
  5. Green community events -  movie nights, games afternoons, involve the whole family, street parties, bringing local people together, fostering a sense of community, pop-up movie nights
  6. Urban Chook Network that connects chicken owners with food scrap producers.
Good ideas raised at this and previous meetings:
  • to create a google map with Mt Hawthorn points of interest including fruit trees on street, labels for points of interests, use of liquid nails, possible basis for urban orienteering, eco-caching;
  • to establish a community garden at Anzac Cottage;
  • to hang baskets with excess produce off street trees. This would be a simple way to trade local produce between neighbours on an honours basis;
  • to erect a notice board in Mt Hawthorn that contains information about TT Mt Hawthorn, upcoming events and background info. This aims to connect people without internet, such as the elderly; and
  • to find out what other community groups are active in Mt Hawthorn.
 Good links:
Transition Town Mount Hawthorn will pursue these ideas through action groups, grant applications and collaboration. Please get in touch if you are interested.

The next meeting is proposed for Sunday 13 April from 6pm at 36 Matlock Street in Mt Hawthorn.
Please rsvp to 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Sharing good ideas

Transition Town Mt Hawthorn is part of a bigger network of Transition Towns (TT) around the world and as well in Western Australia. On 1 April we enjoyed meeting representatives from other transition town movements in the metropolitan area, sharing stories about our journey and inspiring each other with ideas and experiences.

The Transition Town movement is growing stronger in WA every day. Check out the TT Guildford website for contact details of the TT groups in WA, including Mundaring, Kwinana, Stirling, Victoria Park, Guildford and Mt Hawthorn.
During the meeting we enjoyed vegetarian food at Annalakshmi, overlooking the beautiful Swan River.

Sharing good ideas and simple tricks that can easily be implemented in your daily life right away is one of the ways how transition two movements make a difference. Today we would like to share a simple but compelling proposal to reduce food waste in your fridge.