Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Garage Sale Trail FUNdraiser this Saturday 24 October between 8am and 3pm

Please come along and meet your neighbours at the Transition Town Mount Hawthorn FUNdraiser this Saturday 24 October. We are participating in the biggest garage sale trail between 8am and 3pm.
Please join us behind the Little Free Library at 148 Anzac Road in Mount Hawthorn. 

There is lots to do on the day:
  • Bring along items you would like to swap
  • Pick up a book or a fancy piece of clothes
  • Learn a new skill, eg sewing, composting
  • Post on our Neighbourhood Board and share what you can offer and would like to get, eg babysiting, tools, what you can teach and learn
  • Bring your musical instruments and sing us a song
  • Pick up an aloe vera plant or seedlings for your garden
  • Meet a new neighbour and have a chat over a cup of coffee and a piece of cake
  • Exchange your favourite recipe
  • Bring your unwanted treasures and pick up one
  • Become part of a our chicken network
  • Find out more about having bees in the City of Vincent and try some unprocessed honey
  • Make a donations
  • Tell us your story
  • Bring your excess produce and jams 
  • Bring along some photos to share about Mount Hawthorn and the City of Vincent
  • Find out about the Transition Towns in Western Australia and around the world
  • Just swing past and say g'day 
There will be live music, refreshments, cake and lots of happy faces. We also plan story time sessions and short workshops on sewing, composting, wicking beds and re-potting plants.

Please email if you wish to donate something to find a new home on the day.
This event if for the whole family. Please bring your neighbours.
More information here.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Community Dinner

It's spring - or maybe summer, given how hot it has been recently!

What better time to make new friends!

Transition Town Mt Hawthorn (TTMH) invites City of Vincent residents and their guests to a Community Dinner.

Bring food to share.

And also your own plate(s) and cutlery to eat with.

This is a no waste event - empty your organics into a bucket and they will be composted.

TTMH will share what we have done - there will be plenty of opportunity to chat and get to know each other.

When: 630pm Wed 28 October
Where: Castellorizian House, 160 Anzac Rd, Mount Hawthorn.
Cost: A plate of food to share.
RSVP: via Meetup

Friday, 9 October 2015

No Junk Mail Signs so popular they are collectibles

Bright green leaf - No Junk Mail - signs have been printed for Mount Hawthorn and Leederville under the Environmental Grant initiative of the City of Vincent.

With Australians consuming millions of trees worth of paper each year, a no junk mail sign was one way to reduce paper waste and save a few trees in the process.

We started small, with signs delivered to a few streets in Mount Hawthorn in early 2014.

It wasn't long before we saw many green leaves popping up on letterboxes and we knew other locals wanted to reduce their paper waste.

Almost 3000 signs have now been printed after successful grants in 2014 for Mount Hawthorn and 2015 for Leederville.

From little things big things grow, so we hope other locals are keen to keep this initiative growing into their suburb.

The Leederville signs will be dropped into letterboxes without an existing No Junk Mail sign, starting in mid October.

Residents not only need to be on the lookout for new signs but also a collector!


Several signs across 8 streets in Mount Hawthorn were kept as souvenirs after a fan of our signs took one sunny September day to undo the work of dedicated volunteers. Unfortunately this fan has not been identified.

If you see someone collecting these signs off letterboxes, please provide details to the Police on 131 444 and let us know at or post us a line at TTMH PO Box 517, Mount Hawthorn 6915.

Volunteers are also replacing missing signs, please contact TTMH if your sign has gone missing.

Blog written by Gabby & Lisa

Monday, 31 August 2015

Urban Bees

Interested in learning about having bees in the urban setting, sharing other local food production ideas or sustainability projects?

Then please join us

What: Monthly Transition Town Mt Hawthorn meeting

Date: 2 September (We meet the first Wednesday of every month.)

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Where: ANZAC Cottage, 38 Kalgoorlie Street, Mount Hawthorn

Special Topic: Urban Bees (7:00pm - 7:30pm)

We are the Doer's of Transition Town Mount Hawthorn and surrounding suburbs, talking about what events and projects we are up to. We are into projects that strengthen our local community and empowering each other to tread lightly on this earth. We meet every month and have recently changed our monthly meet up format to include a special topic.

 Hope to see you there.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Introducing the Mount Hawthorn Seed Library

Transition Town Mt Hawthorn is pleased to introduce the Mount Hawthorn Seed Library.  A seed library is a depository of seeds held in trust for members of that library.  Members come to the library and borrow seeds for their garden.  They grow the plants in their garden and at the end of the season, they let a few plants “go to seed”.  These seeds are collected and returned to the seed library.

The Mt Hawthorn Seed Library promotes sustainable living and treading lightly on our planet.  It is always preferable to not use man-made chemicals when growing plants for seed production.  We would prefer if you used more natural methods to enhance plant growth, like composting and mulching to promote big crops.  Alternatives to harsh chemicals exist for keeping common garden pests away - come and chat with us to find out more.

Growing local seeds in local conditions helps to create geographically resilient seeds and plants.

If you want to take seeds from the Mt Hawthorn Seed Library (and share knowledge on growing plants or seed collection), come along to the next Transition Town Mt Hawthorn meeting at Anzac House (1st Wednesday of each month, 6.30pm).

Some of the seeds we currently have include: Cucumber, Zucchini, Tomato, Rockmelon, Bush beans, Capsicum, Okra, Chives and Nasturtium (all these plants are readily grown in our local conditions).

Monday, 13 July 2015

Free movies this Thursday (16/07) to celebrate Plastic Free July

Join us this Thursday for our free movie night.
Please come along and bring your whole family and your friends too.

There will be information about Plastic Free July,

The challenge is clear; to refuse all single use plastic during July!

There is still more than half of July left and it is never too late to start.  You can also still sign up here.

Just do it. It's easy to say no!
Tips on Living Plastic Free here. 

Please bring your own cushions and beanbags.
We are looking forward to seeing you on Thursday.

 PS. We probably will show WALL-E before Bag It.

  More information and useful links!

Ever wondered what PLASTIC FREE JULY was all about?


Transition Town Mt Hawthorn Presents BagIt the movie followed by WALL-E

WHERE: Mt Hawthorn Lesser Community Centre (197 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mt Hawthorn)

WHEN: 16 July- starts at 7pm-10.15pm

Cost: Free Event donation appreciated (rsvp finger food provided).

RSVP: Meetup


Note: Please don’t bring any plastic bags!

Friday, 12 June 2015

Inaugural Community Dinner

Residents of the local community and surrounds are invited to the inaugural Mt Hawthorn Community Dinner.

Meet new neighbours, learn and share your stories, food and company. 

Bring food to share with a table of eight. 

Also bring your own drinks, plates, cutlery and napkins.

Most importantly bring your ideas, stories and things you would like to share, such as seeds.

This is a no waste event.

Date: Wednesday 17 June 2015
Time: 630pm
Venue: Anzac Cottage, 38 Kalgoorlie Street, Mount Hawthorn, Perth
Cost: Free - but bring a plate of food to share.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

TTMH at Mt Hawthorn Streets and Laneway Festival

Transition Town painted the town green today!

John Carey, City of Vincent mayor, popped by to talk about working together on waste reduction in our local council.

We had a lot of fun, with people from near and far having a look at what we do and who we are.

We hope to see you at a future event.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Composting Episode 2: Composting Methods

Yes, there is madness to composting methods.

Or is there?

Find out as Gabby digs deep into earthy topic of composting.

PS: She comes up smelling like roses ;-)

Vote on the next episode:

Sunday, 29 March 2015

The Do-ers Meetup

Transition Town Mt Hawthorn is now on Meetup!

Everyone is welcome to join our upcoming meeting at 630pm on Wednesday 1 April at local Mt Hawthorn landmark, Anzac Cottage.

PS: This isn't a joke - we are really meeting on that date ;-)

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Our first video: Composting

In this first episode of a series of home composting, Gabby speaks to Kim about what is composting and the role it plays in the local community.

If you have composting questions, please post them:

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Planting and attracting wildlife to native gardens - morning tea and info

As the cooling rain begins, it is time to plant natives!

Planting natives - April morning tea and info session

Transition Town Mt Hawthorn's Native Gardeners' Network is holding a morning tea and info session on native gardening. It will be held on Saturday 11 April from 9am to 11.30am at a native garden in Mount Hawthorn.

There will be speakers on topics such as:
  1. Planting and care - what do natives need?
  2. How to design a native garden for colour and interest
  3. How to attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife
  4. How to make cuttings of native plants.
Come and meet other native gardeners in our local area. RSVP to  by Thursday 2 April for catering purposes. Entry is free and the address will be provided to people when they RSVP.

Up-coming native plant sales

The next Kings Park plant sale is on Sunday 22 March from 8.30am to 12pm. Details are available via

The City of Vincent's next bi-annual native plant sale is on Saturday 18 April from 8am until 11am. Tube stocks are $1 and horticultural staff are available to answer questions. Our friends at the Claise Brook Catchment Group will be helping the City of Vincent at the sale.
Details are available via

Natives in full bloom - September native gardens walk, cycle or drive

We are planning a native gardens walk, cycle or drive in September. This will be a day out to visit Mount Hawthorn and Leederville native gardens in full bloom. Please let us know if you would like to find out more about this event. We will provide details closer to the date.

Blog by Lisa and Geoff.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Inspiring environmental movies

We felt like being inspired so made a shortlist of inspiring and positive environmental movies on the internet movie database (IMDb) website:

(Our detailed list can be found here:

Two of my own favourites are North of the sun (Nordfor sola in Norwegian, and Bag it ( Chasing ice is thought-provoking. The Clean bin project and Project wild thing look like fun!

Some other inspiring movies and tv programs that are not on IMDb include:

 We're looking forward to Minimalism: A documentary about the important things, which will be released in 2015.
Please let us know of any environmental movies that inspire you. Stay tuned for details about our next movie night.

 In other news, it is just over one year since our first Transition Town Mt Hawthorn meeting! You can email us at if you'd like to join our regular meetings.

Blog by Lisa

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Mount Hawthorn Urban Chook Network - update and next events

The launch of the Mt Hawthorn Urban Chook Network went well and we are preparing for the next steps in the project. Please come along to our Chicken Walk, Co-Op Visit and Workshops. Let's learn a bit more about chickens and visit some local chicken co-ops in Mt Hawthorn along Anzac Road, The Boulevarde and Matlock Street.
Please come along on Saturday 21 February to get your map and workshop plan from 8:30am. RSVP online. The walk starts at 148 Anzac Road in Mt Hawthorn and  the first workshop kicks off at 9am. You will be provided with a co-op location map and the workshop schedule. Participants are expected to fill in a survey to explore their attitude towards chickens prior and after participating in the activities on the day.

The short walk is self-guided and done between workshops at your own pace. Workshops will be held at three locations: 148, 152 Anzac Road and 36 Matlock Street. Each of the locations is home to chickens.

The workshops will cover following topics: 

Time Topic Presenter Location
9-9:20am What do happy chickens need? Dr Barb Frey, Veterinarian 152 Anzac Rd
9:30-9:50am Integrating chickens into your daily life. Kim Frankoviak 36 Matlock St
10-10:20am Statutory requirements, soil and selecting the right breed Irma Lachmund 148 Anzac Road
10:30-10:50am Feeding chickens and routine health care Dr Barb Frey, Veterinarian 152 Anzac Road
11-11:20am Housing chickens and building co-ops from recycled materials Kim Frankoviak 36 Matlock Street
11:30-11:50am Urban Chook Network - how does that work? Irma Lachmund 148 Anzac Rd

The presenters will remain at the workshop locations to answer other queries as required. These conversations will be integrated into the next talk. Additional information sessions might be offered on the day. You are welcome to bring your chickens along, but please leave your other pets at home. This is a child friendly event.

Dr Barb Frey has developed resource sheets which are available on the day and will be made available for download after the event. This information covers the following topics:
  • Feeding your chooks and routing health care
  • Housing your chooks
  • Plants that are considered to be toxic for chickens
  • Where to get recycled materials and soil tested

At all locations light refreshments will be available.  The chook owners will be available for a chat too.
Participants are encouraged to make a gold coin donation.

Participants have the opportunity to sign up for the Urban Chook Network on the day. The next network meeting is on Wednesday 25 February from 6:30 at the Joondanna Community Garden, for an informal pizza night and information exchange as well as the planning of further events.

We thank the WA Waste Authority for supporting our project through the Waste Avoidance and Recovery Account.