Soil loves a good scrap

VEGIE scraps from local cafes, supermarkets and shops aren’t going to waste thanks to a group of volunteers.

Over the past five months, folk from the environmental group Transition Town Mount Hawthorn have been collecting green waste and chucking it on a compost heap at North Perth Community Garden to make potting mix.

The year-old group has five shops on board and Kim Frankowiak is confident more business owners will get involved.

“We have room to double our capacity,” he says.

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• Claudia Valadaris and Kim Frankowiak of Transition Town, community garden chief Colin Scott and Jacqueline Forth of Pure Glow Cleanse are all helping stop green waste going to landfill. Photo by Matthew Dwyer

Composting a whopping 600kg per week, the group expects to produce 30 tonnes of potting mix by the end of the year. It intends to grow seedlings with it and sell some to raise funds.

Meanwhile, the group is trying to find space to create a community garden closer to its Mt Hawthorn base. A possible site is Britannia Road Reserve in Leederville.

For more information about Transition Town Mount Hawthorn, visit http://www.ttmthawthorn.org

by EMMIE DOWLING

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NAIDOC Week events
• Yirra Yaakin theatre company presents Gudirr Gudirr from July 7–9 at the State Theatre Centre’s Studio Underground;
• Mission Australia Youthbeat makes a wall art mural open to the public from July 6–8 at 48 Palmerston Street;
Koort Karlup Kaartdijin: Heart, Home and Story is a photo exhibition from July 8 at the state library;
• NAIDOC Perth Ball is at the Convention Centre 6pm, July 10; and,
• The yarning art exhibition from Act-Belong-Commit Moorditj is at the Perth Town Hall July 24-27 from 10am-4pm.

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