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Eco Granny with Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson Cr Russell Milligan in her Karalee backyard.

Ipswich and regional speakers who live and breathe sustainability will share their tips as part of the 2022 Sustainable Ipswich program.

Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson Councillor Russell Milligan said Saturday 8 October would be a chance to exchange ideas with like-minded people on saving waste and saving money at home.

“We are excited to have ‘Eco Granny’ Rose Rush and sustainability blogger Nicole Lutze hosting free sessions on how small changes can have a big impact on reducing household waste,” Cr Milligan said.

“Mallow Sustainability will also be sharing tips on how to compost and FOGO like a pro.”

Councillor Milligan said these sessions were perfect timing with council’s kerbside green waste service recently being rebranded as Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO).

“The FOGO bin takes food scraps as well as garden waste,” Cr Milligan said.

“It is now easy to divert this food and organic matter from landfill by putting it in a FOGO bin, and in doing so reduce harmful greenhouse gases.”

The event at council’s building at 1 Nicholas Street, Ipswich Central, will also feature a recycled material play session for families.

Ipswich Libraries will also be presenting an Upcycled Rag Rugs workshop on the day.

Eco Granny’ said she was looking forward to sharing her knowledge and experiences with people in the Ipswich community.

“Food waste equals money waste – it is a simple equation. People throw mountains of food into the bin each week and probably do not see the dollars that go into the bin at the same time,” Ms Rush said.

“You are never too young or old to learn to live a more sustainable lifestyle. There are simple things you can start doing now.

“I am not an expert or perfect. I always say just do something – anything – that will help our planet.”

Sustainable Ipswich is an annual celebration of everyday actions we can take as a community to create a more liveable city.

It is an opportunity for the community and local businesses to be involved in promoting and celebrating sustainability and our environment.

Sharing stories, knowledge and ideas helps us all live, eat and play the sustainable way!

By working together and making informed choices, we can create a liveable and resilient city for current and future generations.

For more information about the program and register for events and activities click here.


Get Ready Week: 10 to 16 October

Council’s Emergency Management team will be visiting shopping centres and library hubs to help the community prepare for severe weather. They will have lots of resources and tips to make it easy to prepare your home and family. Find out more on the Emergency Management page.

Bicycle Rider Confidence Workshops: 20 October
Ipswich Cycle Park, 65 Briggs Road, Raceview

This workshop is perfect for anyone looking to dust off their bicycle and gain confidence in riding. Covering all basics this course will assist in enhancing those skills to make participants confident on bike paths and bikeways. Bring your own bikes, helmet, water bottle and snacks. Registrations are required as numbers are limited. See the Active Healthy calendar.

Bushcare working bees

Ipswich has multiple Bushcare sites where volunteers would love your help to improve the local environment. No experience is necessary, and you can do up to three trial days to see if it is for you. Visit to find an opportunity near you.

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>>> Sustainable Ipswich to fill October with inspiring environmental events

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