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Common Thread

Get 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 phone or via email.

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Current event

4 June 2018 - DIY Beeswax Wrap and Jute Scrubber Making - SOLD OUT

Join Dani Austin and Charmaine Thredgold for a practical, hands-on workshop to make your own beeswax wrap (a glad wrap alternative) and jute scrubber (great for cleaning the dishes). A fantastic opportunity to reduce your plastic usage, keep what you create, and take home the know-how to create these re-useable items again.

Previous events

7 May 2018 - All the Buzz about Bees

Join beekeeping expert, Roy Frisby-Smith, on a journey into the secret life of bees.

Did you know one out of every three bites of food you put in your mouth was pollinated by honey bees?
These fascinating, busy insects are vital to human life.
Find out more about the basics of beekeeping in your backyard.

Roy will bring equipment to view, including a flow hive.


9 April 2018 - Feed your Belly, Not the Bin

Join Louise Mathwin from Healthier Habits for a two hour workshop as we explore the practical steps we can take to minimise food wastage in our homes. The workshop will cover: meal planning, minimal wastage cooking, shopping seasonally and locally (food miles), best before and use by dates, freezing, preserving, batch cooking, eating out, community excess swaps and changing shopping habits.

Participants will leave armed with lots of practical tips, tricks and advice as well as recipes, planners and knowledge on how to minimise food wastage and why it is so important.

Events prior to 2018

  • Sustainability super session
  • Foraging with the wild food huntress (Kate Grigg)
  • Gardening, soil preparation and urban farming with Steven Hoepfner
  • From garden to table with Francoise Piron
  • Dig a little deeper in to compost (Georgia Pollard)
  • Community energy in Southern Adelaide (Heather Smith)
  • The economics of happiness (movie screening)
  • Natural burials (Robert Pitt)
  • Nature wellness (Alex Gaut)
  • Sustainable living - a practical super session
  • Water sensitive urban design
  • Urban wildlife - backyards and beyond
  • Just eat it - a food waste story (movie and discussion)
  • Green behaviours - making a sustainable change