Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni with Easy Speedy Tomato Sauce

My quick and easy take on a vegetarian Cannelloni dish, great for a meat-free Monday lunch or dinner for two. Can be prepared ahead of time and kept in the fridge ready to heat up prior to serving with a fresh garden salad and some herb or garlic bread. Recipe can be easily scaled up…

The Art of Recycling in Visual Arts

It is always great to come across local talent who are also passionate about the environment, and how they not only use art to express their love of the natural world, but also take great consideration in causing no harm to the environment while making their creations. I recently discovered one of these talented people…

Thinking Outside the Gift Box

Let’s face it, gift giving can be tricky And while it may be ‘the thought that counts’ when it comes to the recipient (and our budgets), how often do we consider longevity or the environmental impact of the gift? While some gifts make our hearts sing, many don’t. Some end up in charity bins or…

Top 5 Australian Potted Native Christmas Trees

Fake Christmas trees, while initially they sound like a good idea (recycled from year to year), eventually they end up in landfill and don’t biodegrade. As these trees are also usually make in factories that produce unhealthy bi-products and use unsustainable resources the method of their creation is also an assault on the planet. Time…

Do the 30 Day ‘Let It Go Challenge’

I’ve just finished reading a book by Gail Blanke entitled Throw Out Fifty Things, which I can highly recommend! These 50 things can be objects, habits or anything else having a negative impact on your life and your surroundings. The catch? When it comes to objects, a cluster of worn down pencils, or a bunch of biros that…

Gecko Environment Council Awards 2016

Those who know the Gold Coast well and are into all things environmental action and protection will be very familiar with the work of Gecko, Gold Coast & Hinterland Environment Council (now known as Gecko Environment Council). Gecko this year celebrated 20 years of dedication to the valuable work they do to help preserve the…

Organically Speaking – ‘Taste the Difference, Feel the Difference, Make a Difference’

During the week of 17th – 25th September all across Australia is National Organic Week (NOW). The theme for this year’s event is “Taste the Difference, Feel the Difference, Make a Difference” and organisers are hoping to raise awareness of the benefits of organic products and farming production systems to help propel these initiatives further in the Australian community and the…

Much to See and Do During Science Week, 13 – 21 August

Once again the Gold Coast is gearing up for Science Week, and there is much to see and do from festivals, activities, walks and talks through to performances, workshops and much more! While the misconception may be that this event is only for science nerds, Science Week is designed to appeal to a broad audience…

Greening Our Schools as Part of National Tree Day – July 29th

All around Australia on Friday July 29th, children in kindies, pre-schools, primary and high schools will again be getting their hands dirty and discovering their green thumbs for . . . National Schools Tree Day! This is a fun and literally hands-on experience to help establish a long-term environmental program which not only further develops…

CC4G Actioneer Hub News!

  Back on the first weekend in July, Gecko – Gold Coast Hinterland & Environment Council together with Griffith University, Gold Coast hosted the Climate Change for Good Conference (CC4G) “to inspire and empower the community to think and act positively in creating opportunities at work, home and elsewhere for a better society that meets the challenges…