Plant give-away at Baulkham Hills on Earth Hour day, tomorrow

BEFORE turning your lights out for Earth Hour tomorrow (Saturday), consider visiting Gerard Nolan at the Community Environment Centre in Annangrove.

‘‘Come down, learn more about the centre. Volunteer,’’ Mr Nolan (pictured) said.

As The Hills Council’s environment education officer, he is there Thursdays, 9am to 4pm, to answer any questions you may have about the environment, including how to save energy.

He will also be at the council-managed Bidjiwong Community Nursery in Baulkham Hills, 9am to 1pm on March 29 — the day of Earth Hour.

‘‘A few other groups within the council will also be there handing out [free] plants and to talk about Earth Hour,’’ he said.

A woman dressed as a Spider Man — this year’s Earth Hour mascot — will be there face painting and Castle Hill Lions Club will serve a free barbecue.

Simply arrive with either a rates notice or proof of address, and a bag or box to take your plants home in.

Open since 2006, the Community Environment Centre has a meeting room, environmental library, display areas, as well as a water-wise garden and sustainable home on-site.

The centre offers free local bushwalks and sustainability workshops, with help from 25 volunteers.

 Details: 9843 0555.

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Columnist tells of his finds

Look out for environmental photographer Lachlan Turner’s new weekly online column about plants and animals he’s uncovered in The Hills Council’s bushland and reserve areas.

Called ‘‘Go natural: flora and fauna in the suburbs’’, you can find it at hillsnews.com.au in our Opinion section, or by clicking here.

A Carlingford resident, Mr Turner takes plant and wildlife photos used in the DVDs and booklets created by the Community Environment Centre in Annangrove.

Active life encouraged

Hornsby Council’s Healthy Living Festival is on until April 13.

Local activities include: Learn to swim and water safety program, Galston Aquatic and Leisure Centre (call to check times) and a Streetwise skateboarding clinic, March 30, 10am to noon in Galston Skate Park.

You can also join Bike North’s week-long cycling tour. Starts in Dubbo on April 6 (call Mick, 8188 2084).

■ Festival program: bit.ly/1prczkw

Fox baiting program underway

Excelsior and Bidjigal Reserves will be closed to all dogs for another five weeks so trained staff can lay fox baits containing 1080 poison, which can be lethal to dogs and cats.

Baits are buried 10 centimetres underground as studies have shown that most native animals do not dig up buried bait.

Report fox or native fauna sightings to 9686 4842. 

Click here to read more.

Diversity embraced

Hornsby Council is hosting a Harmony Day Street Festival on Sunday, March 30, 10am-5pm in Coronation Street, Hornsby (west side), featuring international food, music and dance performances, children’s rides and craft stalls.

Free tickets are available from council’s Facebook page for the Colourfest Film Festival at Odeon Cinema.

Colourfest shows films about migrant experiences.

■ Details: bit.ly/1gIicDx

Festive week planned

The Hills Council’s Youth Week festivities will kick off on Friday, April 4, with a free volunteer expo at the Castle Grand, Castle Hill, 10am to 2pm.

There’s also a NSW Junior Chess League tournament for kids aged 12 to 16 at Carlingford Library  and Senses Spectacular for ages 8 to 14 at Powerhouse Discovery Centre.

■ For the full The Hills Council's Youth Week calendar, visit: www.thehills.nsw.gov.au/SPContent.aspx?PageID=972&ItemID =1072&count=1#.UylVRPm1Z4c

Delighted with Roselea Community Centre renovations

The newly refurbished Roselea Community Centre in Carlingford was officially opened on March 16.

“All levels of government have had a hand in the excellent renovations that have happened here, including the federal government which contributed $1.6 million,” Hornsby mayor Steve Russell said.

He also praised the hard work of Volunteer Management Committee vice chairman George Conway, who returned the thanks.

As part of the refurbishment, the entrance foyer, small hall, toilets and kitchen were all demolished and replaced.

External weather-proof verandas were also built on the eastern and western sides of the main hall.

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