Events and workshops

Events and workshops
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Environmental events and workshops

Marrickville Council holds a range of free events throughout the year that promote and support the development of sustainable living within the Marrickville area.

Groundwork Gathering

How can we make our local environment the best it could be?

Come to a Groundwork Gathering and explore this one big question together.

Bring along ideas about the issues and opportunities you think are important to make our local environment more sustainable. All ideas are the right ideas and all who attend are the right people to be there.

What to expect?

The event kicks off with a free vegetarian lunch. Expect a gathering where you connect with like-minded people, share your ideas and develop them into reality. This might be a project, a new group or activity, a network... it's up to you.

How do I know if I should come?

This event is a must for people who want to breathe clean air, grow food, plant trees, see clean streets, get to know people, try something new, connect with community, watch birds and help nature grow and thrive in Marrickville now and into the future. Importantly, this event is for people that are ready to do something and to do it with others.

What to bring

Bring your ideas about how we make our local environment the best it could be. We will bring the rest.

Sustainable Homes Tour

Visit some of Marrickville's most sustainable homes on this free bus tour. Your opportunity to see:

  • permaculture gardens
  • vertical gardens
  • rainwater tanks
  • roof gardens
  • solar photovoltaic panels
  • backyard chickens
  • solar hot water
  • greywater systems
  • porous paving
  • vegetable gardens

The date for the next Sustainable Homes Tour is will be announced soon.

If we are unable to offer you a place on this tour and you are on the waiting list, you will be offered priority for the next tour.

Green Living Centre – Urban Sustainability Workshops

Council and the Green Living Centre regularly host free workshops on a variety of sustainable living topics. The workshops are also an opportunity to meet like-minded members of your local community and exchange ideas.

See the Green Living Centre's workshops page for Council's upcoming sustainability workshops.

WATERevolution workshops

Safe Greywater Reuse Workshop

Learn everything you need to know about recycling your greywater at home. From different treatment systems to Council requirements, find out how to install and use greywater safely on your property.

Our next workshop will be on:

  • Date and time: To be advised. For notification of next workshop please email
  • Location: Location advised on booking (Newtown South)

Rainwater Harvesting Workshops

Rainwater Harvesting Workshops will provide you with all the information you need to install a tank – what size and shape, what plumbing is required, tank maintenance and rebates.

Water Sensitive Urban Design Workshops – clean up our waterways and save water too

Marrickville Council runs the Water Sensitive Urban Design workshop series twice a year. This 3-part workshop series introduces you to the principles of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) with a practical hands-on workshop that designs and builds a water sensitive feature on a participant's property.

Part 1: Introduction – Saturday 12 March 2016, 9.30am – 1.00pm
How to manage stormwater on your property using green roofs, green walls, rain gardens, wetlands, porous paving, swales and rainwater tanks.

Part 2: Design – Saturday 28 May 2016, 9.30pm – 1.00pm
During this workshop you will learn how to create a detailed water sensitive urban design incorporating lessons learned in part 1.

Part 3: Build – Saturday 25 June 2016, 9.30pm – 1.00pm
In the third workshop, get your hands dirty and build a water sensitive feature on the property of a participant.

  • Contact and bookings: Book a place at or call 9335 2062 for more details.
  • Workshop One will be held Dulwich Hill Primary School, Kintore Street, Dulwich Hill. Workshops 2 and 3 – location to be confirmed.

Groundwork Workshops

Keeping Native Bees

Come along and learn about the fascinating subject of keeping native Australian bees. Everything you need to know about bees, bee hives and honey production in an urban area.

Keeping Backyard Chickens

Everything you need to know about chickens: food, housing, egg production, maintenance, health, Council requirements and more.

To find out the upcoming dates for these workshops, please visit our Council events page.

Regular Environmental Events

  • Volunteer Working Bees
    Biodiversity volunteers meet regularly for working bees with the aim of protecting and enhancing local native vegetation communities. There is always time for a cup of tea and a chat too.
  • Sustainable Business Breakfasts
    Target sustainability @ Marrickville hosts regular breakfast meetings for business owners or managers interested in sustainable business initiatives in Marrickville.

Annual environmental events

  • Clean Up Australia Day
    Supported by Marrickville Council, Clean Up Australia Day is the nation's largest community-based environmental event.
  • National Tree Day
    National Tree Day provides a wonderful opportunity for all Australians to take a positive and active role in helping protect and improve our environment. By planting native trees and shrubs we can help to combat climate change, provide food and shelter for our wildlife and beautify our surroundings.
  • Speed Date a Sustainability Expert
    Get free, one-on-one advice from Australia’s leading green architects, designers and experts at the 'Speed Date a Sustainability Expert' event. You will have the chance to workshop your planned renovation or build with a qualified expert in a relaxed, obligation-free environment.