Living Smart Mount Barker

Tell your friends about Living Smart courses – they are designed for you to meet other local people, learn new skills and make lasting changes in your life. There is a course starting soon in Mount Barker – 7 weeks, 6.30pm-9pm Tuesday from 23 October to 4 December 2018, $60/$30 concession.

Living Smart is supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board which funds courses to be delivered in partnership with councils and other organisations. To find out more, contact the Urban Sustainability team or phone 8273 9100.


WANTED … treasurer!

We (really) need Treasure!treasure

I mean a Treasurer!

Our Treasurer position has been vacant since May 2018 – can you spare a few hours a month until next May to fill in the spot? You will be supported by a book keeper, a friendly committee, and will also be very much appreciated!

What does it involve?

You will need to become a Sustainable Communities SA committee member, which means attending up to six committee meetings a year. We usually meet in a central location, and welcome attendance by phone and video where required.

As Treasurer, you would volunteer your time to:

  1. Set up payments of invoices or reimbursement with receipts using the online bank account (all payments will be approved by another committee member online).
  2. Keep paper records of income and expenditure.
  3. Email financial information to Jayne our book keeper.
  4. Read accounts and check for errors.
  5. Liaise with, and provide our financial records to, our Auditor before the next AGM.
  6. Prepare and present the financial reports to committee meetings and at the AGM.

Currently this role takes about 1-2 hours per month, plus committee meetings.

We only need commitment until May 2019, when another volunteer will become available to take on the role. You are free to nominate to continue in this role in the next financial year if you wish.


Please contact Monica O’Wheel, Chair, Sustainable Communities SA, 0434 058 340


Southern SCSA Group update

The recent pruning workshop with John from Heirloom Harvest was a hit, with everyone learning about working with various fruit trees of different ages and the importance of quality tools. Thanks to John for teaching us, to Jess and McLaren Vale Winemakers for hosting us, and to everyone who came along.

If you are interested in activities down south (City of Onkaparinga) send us an email and we will be in touch.

Marvellous Microbes

Sustainable Communities has hosted two talks recently on the microbes found in our soil: the first, at the One Planet Market in May, focused on the diversity of fungi; and the second, a Grow Grow Grow workshop in Unley covered what makes soil so productive, and needing to be treated with care. They fit into a growing awareness of the importance of microbes and their role in biological interactions.

The sheer diversity and abundance of microbes on this planet is astounding. A gram of soil contains thousands of species of microbes. I’ve known that bacteria can exist in many harsh ecosystems around this planet, but I was surprised to find out that fungi too have been found in extreme places such as deep ocean beds, in thermal springs and high in mountain ranges.

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