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Edition 1, 2020
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Welcome to the first edition of ‘News from an Island in Suburbia’, a platform to share knowledge, ideas and happenings on all things sustainable.

We all entered 2020 with the global pandemic, Covid-19, changing the way we live and work. Online meetings have become the norm, as have online events. We hope everyone is doing well as we navigate an ever-changing landscape and look forward to the day we can all meet again face-to-face to share knowledge, build networks and support each other as we continue our journey towards a sustainable future.

Happy 19th birthday, EcoCentre

On June 5th, World Environment Day, the EcoCentre will be celebrating its 19th Birthday. I have had the absolute pleasure of managing the EcoCentre for this time and as I proudly reflect over the last 19 years, I remember all the wonderful staff, partners, supporters and champions who have contributed to the EcoCentre becoming a centre of excellence in community engagement, sustainability and environmental education. In the early years’ sustainability was not a consideration and was mostly supported by those few who understood the importance of integrating the environment and society with the economy. We worked hard to bring sustainability into the forefront of conversation and with many champions, share knowledge to the wider community. Now in its 17th year, the EcoCentre’s Community Forum Series continues to engage the community by providing an opportunity to hear from sustainability experts representing many different organisations. Griffith University academics have had a very important role as the EcoCentre was able to provide a platform for them to share their research with the community.  With 10 events each year, close to 14,000 people have come together to be part of this very important conversation, with some participating from the very beginning, and still are. Over the next couple of editions, I will highlight some of the fabulous partnerships, forums, activities (and a few stories) we have had over the years which have contributed to the EcoCentre in becoming an internationally recognised facility with very strong roots to the local community.

In 2020 we enter a new chapter merging with the Griffith Sciences Work-Integrated Learning Program under the umbrella of the Sciences Partnerships Office. This is a very exciting time for the EcoCentre as it continues to engage with all sectors of the community and Griffith students.

I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of Leah and Jayde, to thank everyone who has worked, collaborated, supported and been part of the EcoCentre’s journey so far and we look forward continuing to be a place where the community comes together to learn and share knowledge on how to live and work sustainably. 
- Delwyn

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
- Jane Goodall

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EcoCentre birthday

Upcoming Events

We have taken our fantastic Community Forum Series online…until we can meet face to face again.

Vessel Nundah logoThe next EcoCentre Community Webinar will be held on Thursday 11 June and is the third instalment of our 3-part series on Sustainability Entrepreneurship. The presenter for our final instalment will be Marion Glover from Vessel Nundah, a Brisbane based, zero waste supplier of cleaning and skin care products.

Registrations are essential.


This month’s spotlight is on two of the local enterprises we have showcased during our webinar series.
 RECAN - An easy, convenient and rewarding way to recycle to close the gap in the existing system and in
itiate a grass-roots movement towards circular economy. Visit RECAN here.

 Jorgji – As part of a circular economy, Jorgji aims to centralise food waste composting and recycle organic waste so that it doesn’t end up in landfill. Check out what Jorgji is up to.

2030 SDGs Game


Operating in the engagement space for 19 years, the EcoCentre has a large circle of influence, using its continuing growing networks to educate the community on sustainability. In 2017 the EcoCentre committed to a long-term plan to communicate the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), understanding the importance of this global framework. The question was proposed, ‘how do we make a real difference?’. In a short period of time it became clear the success of the SDGs hinges on effective collaboration between all stakeholders and that sharing of knowledge, resources, skills and collaboration between organisations will need to be mobilised at the local level to successfully implement all 17 SDGs.

It is recognised that education will play a critical role in delivering the global sustainable development goals by providing the knowledge, innovations and solutions to address the complex and interconnected societal and environmental challenges that we face today, but we need a way to connect and empower people. With our long and strong connection to the community, the EcoCentre will drive the SDGs at a local level, using innovative ways to engage the community.

What is the 2030 SDG Game?

The ‘2030 SDG Game’ an innovative, interactive and fun activity which we believe will make a difference in assisting in the localisation of the SDGs by providing a way to understand their purpose. The 2030 SDGs Game is a multiplayer, in-person, card-based game that simulates taking the “real world” into the year 2030. Designed in Japan in 2016, this experience has become a powerful and impactful social phenomenon in Japan, reaching over 150,000 participants in corporate, governmental, educational, and community settings, and now has over 100 trained facilitators in Japan and 50 around the world.

The game approach has three powerful advantages:

  1. It gives people a direct experience of participating in co-creating a sustainable world (“I can do it”; “what I do makes a difference.”)
  2. It simplifies and makes accessible an extremely complex issue to a level that allows people to begin to understand, while stimulating our natural curiosity to learn more.
  3. It activates players’ natural instincts to set their aim toward a worthy goal, simultaneously building confidence and making it enjoyable, while inspiring and motivating players to take action in the real world.
In January 2020, Delwyn Langdon travelled to Japan to become a certified facilitator of the 2030 SDGs Game. Currently there are only 3 facilitators in Australia qualified to deliver this innovative way to understand the purpose of the SDGs. It is envisioned the game will be played in schools, institutions, corporate and business all around Australia. If you are interested in playing the game (when restrictions are lifted) or wish to know more, you can contact Delwyn (

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 Work-Integrated Learning Program

The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Team specifically focus on programs which provide authentic learning experiences for students that are developed and supported through industry collaboration. Students expand their professional learning while making valued contributions to formalised projects in work placement situations.

Our industry partners benefit from having young professionals contributing directly to their businesses through involvement with research collaborations, internships and events.

Work Integrated Learning also offer a series of networking and careers events which allow our industry partners to profile their organisation to future employees, building brand and loyalty, and also to introduce students to the organisational culture to attract and retain emerging professionals.

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Creating a Sustainable Garden

Steps to build your own sustainable garden

1. Test your Soil - a soil test kit can be purchased from your local nursery or online. This test will determine if your soil is acidic or has high alkaline content.

2. Get companion plants – companion planting is a method of growing plants together, with the idea that they will assist each other in some way, like deterring pests, improving growth, enhancing flavour, attracting beneficial insects, fixing nitrogen, disrupting pattern and trap cropping.

3. Remember Flowers - flowers like yarrow or sweet alyssum will attract good bugs that eat aphids. These also help attract bees to your garden.

4. Compost - links to composting resources are below.

 5. Mulch - adding mulch to your garden helps keep weeds down, aids the soil in retaining moisture, and protects your plants' roots.

Composting Resources:



Growing your own plants

Root vegetables and some leafy vegetables grow best in autumn and winter. Herbs also do well in autumn.

With the use of organic gardening methods, you can make your edible garden more beautiful, productive and healthier for the environment and your family. By amending your soil with natural fertilizers, you can grow, bigger, more bountiful fruits and veges and you help keep our waterways clean.

The weather is cooling down, but the soil is still toasty warm so it's the perfect time to get planting in your garden. But what to grow? Here are the top 20 plants to grow in your home garden in South East Queensland during Autumn.

Baby spinach
 Radish Pak Choi
 Kale  Broccoli  Cauliflower  Beetroot  Carrots
 Lettuce  Silver Beet
 Asian Salad Greens
 Onions  Coriander
 Warrigal Greens
 Strawberries  Mushrooms Lemon Tree

Plants to grow side-by-side (companion planting)

Roses & Garlic
Marigolds & Melons
 Tomatoes & Cabbage
Cucumbers & Nasturtiums
Peppers & Pigweed
 Cabbage & Dill
 Corn & Beans
 Lettuce & Tall Flowers
Radish & Spinach
 Potatoes & Sweet Alyssum
Cauliflower & Dwarf Zinnias
Collards & Catnip
Strawberries & Love-in-a-mist
Calendula & Broccoli  Radish & Carrots  
Tomatoes & Basil
 Lettuce & Chives

Sustainable living tip

Turn off the tap! save water

In these times of COVID-19, hand washing is a high priority. Instead of leaving the tap running while you wash your hands, try soaping and scrubbing your hands then turn on the tap to rinse. This will save precious water resources and save you money on your water bill.

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