Common Thread

Common ThreadGet inspired, make connections and learn about all things sustainability at Common Thread, our free monthly program at Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre.

Bringing together sustainability, the arts, and practical do-it-yourself know-how, Common Thread will connect people who share a common interest in living in the world lightly.

We'd like to see Common Thread be guided or run by the people who take part in it. Expect workshops, networking and ideas sharing.

If you'd like to get involved in planning or contributing to future Common Thread events please contact Jess Mitchell by phoning 8375 6600 or email


Current event

Strawbale-House-Sam-Ryan5 March 2018

Sustainability Super Session

Get a taster of a few different topics and hear from local people doing great things in our local community.

-   Chris Teale will show us how much the Marino Community Garden has grown in the last 6 years

-   Dani Austin (Red Cross) will inspire us to be part of the Climate Ready Communities program

-   Ann Gibbons (City of Marion) will talk about the installation of solar panels on Council buildings

-   Dianne Nicholas of Foodbank will share with us how they are fighting hunger in SA

-   Sam Ryan will share his journey of owner-building a strawbale home at Aldinga

Book your spot here!



Previous  events
Foraging The Wild Food Huntress

1 November 2017

Foraging with The Wildfood Huntress

Want to learn about the edible and medicinal plants that are in abundance all around us?

Discover the common weeds that you could add to your dinner plate! You will even get chance to touch, smell and taste pre foraged weeds.

Join us for a FREE workshop on foraging, presented by The Wild Food Huntress (Kate Grigg).


4 October 2017

Gardening, Soil Preparation and Urban Farming with Steven Hoepfner

Want to learn how to prepare your soil and grow your own tasty organic food packed with nutrients ??? Gardening-Carrots

Or perhaps hear about a local urban farm?

Join Steven to learn how you can get the most out of your garden bed, prep your soil and grow the tastiest veggies!


6 September 2017
From garden to tableFrom Garden to Table - preserving with Francoise Piron

Got more fruit than you can possibly eat? Have you inherited some Fowlers Vacola jars or even a preserving kit and would like to know if they are still usable?

Join Francoise to learn how you can preserve fruit using the Fowlers Vacola method.

Bring your questions and find out how to make the most of excess summer fruit.


2 August 2017
Dig a little deeper in to compost

dig-a-little-deeper-in-to-compostInterested in learning a little more about your compost? Or are you thinking of getting starting and want to dive right in?

Join Georgia Pollard as we dig a little deeper into compost. We’ll explore different practical composting methods, according to how much time and how much garden you have to work with. There will also be some tips and tricks for how to kick-start your compost and what to do if it’s just not working for you.


5 July 2017 
Community Energy in Southern Adelaide

Community energy projects are emerging all over Australia with over 95 communities forming groups and advocating for greater local and renewable energy supplies. These projects take all forms, some of which might be suitable for the southern Adelaide community to consider.

Heather Smith is a community energy expert, ready to show us what is happening around Australia and in other parts of the world. Last year she travelled on a Churchill Fellowship to see how local energy projects like solar, energy efficiency and grid ownership, are putting communities in charge of their own energy transitions.

Heather will talk about the different business models that have been used to get projects started and the unique reasons each community can be driven to advocate for local projects. Done well, community energy can be a win for the local economy, for energy security and for our energy costs.


7 June 2017
The Economics of Happiness (movie screening) 


The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalisation and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localisation.

The Economics of Happiness restores our faith in humanity and challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.

Engage in lively discussion after the movie to share your impressions of the movie and thoughts on how we as a community could move forward.



3 May 2017
Natural Burials

NaturalBurialsWirraWongaChoose a natural burial so your your last act on earth make a difference to the planet.

Robert Pitt (CEO, Adelaide Cemeteries Authority) will tell us about the natural burial process, the environmental impact of interment (what happens when a deceased person is laid to rest), environmental issues and biodiversity values of cemeteries.

Natural Burials Presentation 2017 Adelaide Cemeteries Authority(2553 kb)


5 April 2017
Nature WellnessNature Wellness (Forest Therapy or 'Shinrin Yoku')

Alex Gaut (Conservation Council SA) will introduce us to Forest Therapy or 'Shinrin Yoku'. This practice refers to spending time in natural areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellbeing and happiness.

Imagine something that combines the benefits of embodied practices like yoga, with mindfulness, and the benefits of psychology and social connection - all in a natural setting.

1 March 2017
Sustainable Living - a practical super session

Join us for a sustainable living super session, featuring five presenters and an activity to make your own jute scrubber.
Topics include:

 2 November 2016
Water Sensitive Urban Design - at home and in the community

Discover practical ways to save water in your home and garden with Dan French. Learn the basic principles and grab some great design ideas for small sites - bring your garden to life! You will be surprised how much money and the volume of water you can save.

7 September 2016
Urban Wildlife - backyards and beyond

Hear from a local expert on how to create a wildlife friendly garden. Ask questions about the wildlife you see in your backyard and in local reserves.

James Plummer (PhD student, University of SA) will talk about the impacts of growing city on our native plants and animals. Find out how this information can be used to plan for increased urban biodiversity in Adelaide.

3 August 2016
Just Eat It - a food waste story (movie screening and discussion)

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking.

6 July 2016
Green behaviours - making a sustainable change

Save power, recycle, or walk or ride to the shops.

We know these actions are good for the planet. How can we get people to do them?

PhD student Ashlea Bartram (University of Adelaide) will talk about what makes an effective behaviour change program and give us tips on how to have quality conversations to bring about change.

31 May 2016
Aboriginal Night Skies

Travel through the night sky and hear stories from Australian Aboriginal Culture. Paul Curnow (lecturer at Adelaide Planetarium) will take us on a journey to explore how knowledge of the stars and constellations has been passed on through oral narration, dance and artistic impression. 

4 May 2016
Productive Gardens - a permaculture approach

Hear from Nadja Osterstock about permaculture ethics and principles and how you can apply them in your garden and community.

6 April 2016
Kaurna Language - an introduction

Learn some basic expressions in Kaurna language from Dr Rob Amery (University of Adelaide) - a consultant linguist with over 30 years experience working with Aboriginal communities.

2 March 2016
Simple Living - live better with less

Hear from Dani Austin about back-to-basic skills that can increase wellbeing and reduce our impact on the environment.

7 October 2015
Health impacts of climate change

Talk from Dr Eleanor Evans from Doctors for the Environment Australia and the Blackwood Clinic.

2 September 2015
Fermenting food and conscious eating

Workshop on fermenting food with wellbeing educator Remedy Bliss, plus a talk by Almeda Peer from Sustaining Lifestyles on conscious eating.

5 August 2015
Native bee hotels

Learn about our local native bees with Dr Remko Leijs from the South Australian Museum and Flinders University.

Plus make a ‘hotel’ for native bees to use in your own home garden, and find out how you can share your native bee experiences to contribute to science.

1 July 2015
Global consumerism and waste

Dr Robert Crocker from UniSA's Zero Waste SA Research Centre provided a 'systems-based' overview of global over-consumption and waste.

He looked at a number of systems including food, electronics and 'time saving' products.

Plus community member Veronique Perrin will share how her family 'shrunk' their waste bin.

3 June 2015
Celestial Wonders

Martin Lewicki from the Adelaide Planetarium took us on a virtual tour of the solar system, before showing us the moon through some telescopes.

Plus Philip Roetman from UniSA's Discovery Circle shared how to get involved with astronomical citizen science projects.

6 May 2015
PechaKucha Night, Sustainability: A Living Expression

A fun, fast paced PechaKucha Night where six fabulous speakers shared their passions for sustainability.

MC Matthew Wright-Simon from Ecocreative entertained the crowd, and welcomed speakers including:

1 April 2015
Bag It

Screening of Bag It, which follows 'everyman' Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world.

Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but someone who decides to take a closer look at how plastics have infiltrated our lives.

Plus speaker Allison Byrne, City of Marion Education Officer Waste and Recycling spoke on what happens to recycling once it's been taken 'away'.

4 March 2015
In Transition 2.0

Screening of the film In Transition 2.0, which is an inspirational immersion in the Transition movement.

It showed stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.


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