From Saturday 19 January, visitors to the inner city suburb of Islington will see a friendly mob of scarecrows on display at the intersection of Beaumont Street and Maitland Road as part of a street exhibition celebrating sustainable food in the area.
The exhibition, which will run for two weeks until 3 February, aims to showcase Islington as a hub for sustainable food production and retail in Newcastle and a thriving suburb with much to offer those who visit.
A website has been created to list details and localities of local foodies in the suburb and surrounding areas.
The project is a joint initiative of the Islington Village Community Group and the Watson Transition Street group, who have a common aim to increase the resilience of the local community by empowering residents and strengthening relationships between people.
The scarecrows were created by students of Islington Public School with the help of local community volunteers. Local business owners will take care of them throughout the exhibition.
The scarecrows have been constructed almost entirely from organic, recycled or reused materials. Many of the clothes were donated by the local Op Shops (Mission on Fern Street and Vinnies on Maitland Road). Filling was sourced from newspaper and plastic bags or from local business Remake, which recycles products for craft projects that would otherwise go to landfill.
When the exhibition ends the scarecrows will be donated or recycled to a new life elsewhere.
Clean Up Australia Day is Australia’s biggest community participation event. In 2011 more than 565,510 volunteers across 7,400 sites collected an estimated 16,464 tonnes of rubbish across the country.
This year we’re cleaning up Islington Park again. Last year we had a committed band of 14 volunteers collect 28 bags of rubbish from the park and creek, if you’d like to help us out, meet us at the picnic shelter near the Islington Park playground on Sunday 4 March from 9.00 am.
Please wear covered shoes, long pants and a hat and bring gardening gloves if you have them. Bags will be provided. You can register beforehand at the Clean Up Australia Day website
or just turn up on the day.
Hope to see you there!
On Sunday 6 March, local residents, business owners and vistors are being invited to help clean up litter in Islington Park as part of Clean Up Australia Day.
At least 80% of rubbish threatening marine life in our oceans is the result of land-based littering entering our storm water drains and finding its way out into our waterways.
In 2010, 588,000 volunteers across Australia removed 15,560 tonnes of rubbish from 7,073 sites, making Clean Up Australia Day the largest community participation event in Australia.
If you’d like to do your bit, you can join in at one of the many clean up sites registered in the Throsby catchment. You can join John Sutton at the mangroves boardwalk on Elizabeth St, Carrington from 9 am-midday or help clean up Islington Park from 1-5 pm, meeting at the picnic shelter near the playground.
If you can’t be there on the day, you can make a donation to a local clean up site to help raise funds towards cleaning up Australia. Go to www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au for more information.
Newcastle residents and visitors are being invited to provide their input on what they’d like to see in the future of Islington Park.
Throughout January, Newcastle City Council is working in conjunction with local residents and community groups in Islington, Tighes Hill and Maryville to gather ideas and volunteers within the local community to help inform a masterplan for rejuvenating the park.
To have your say and find out how you can be involved in shaping the future of Islington Park, go to the Newcastle City Council website and complete a short questionnaire before 11 February 2011 .
Newcastle City Council are currently undertaking community consultation to inform a plan for Council investment into Islington Park.
Up to 70 local residents attended two facilitated workshops in September and October 2010, and gave their thoughts on what they’d like to see happen in the park. Four key themes emerged from the workshops: the children’s playground, environmental issues, public art, and community events.
Representatives from the Islington Village Community Group and Tighes Hill Community Group volunteered to collect further information from the local community to help determine the top priorities within these key themes for Council investment. A brief online survey has been set up to help achieve this aim and will soon be available from this website.
If you’d like to receive notification when the survey is available, subscribe to receive posts via this website or email email@example.com. If you’d like to provide your ideas in person, drop by the Islington Markets at Wickham Park this Sunday (28 November) and speak to a member of the Islington Village Community Group, or come along to the IVCG meeting at 6.30 pm Wednesday 1 December at Islington Public School.