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Our War on Waste

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I must confess due to not watching much TV I missed the 3 series show “War on Waste” when it screened on the ABC recently. But after hearing a lot of people talking about it and seeing various comments on Facebook, I finally decided I needed to watch it. I jumped onto ABC iview and I got my kids to watch it too.

I consider myself a bit of an environmentalist but I had no idea how bad Australia was and how much more we all could be doing. So this weekend marks a big change in our household habits.

It started with going to the Sunday markets and getting fruit and veg and using all my own bags. Then dropping by Woolies Park Ave we checked out the new “soft plastics” bin (well done Woolies!) so now we know where to take them. Then Bunnings to buy two new bins: one for soft plastics and one for compost.

If you missed the article in yesterday’s Advocate – “Coffs Harbour is winning War on Waste” you can click here to read it. It’s good to see local business getting on board and doing their part, such as the Bailey Centre who are offering 4 cents off per litre of petrol in exchange for 5 plastic bags.

And did you know that Coffs has it’s very own soft plastics recycler?

From their Facebook page:

Harbour Paper & Oil has been providing a recycling service to the Coffs Coast area for over 20 years. We provide a range of convenient options to cater to all business & domestic recycling requirements both large and small.
We recycle:
• All paper and cardboard types
• All soft plastics, including milk bottles, plastic wrap, soft drink bottles…
• Car bumpers and other plastic panels
• Used Cooking oils – A 200L drum can be provided on request!
We are located at 24 Hulberts Rd Toormina for easy FREE drop off to our premises or if you prefer a weekly, fortnightly or monthly collection service is available.

If you follow Paper & Oil on Facebook you can find out where the nearest soft plastic recycling bin is near you and how active they are in getting supermarkets and schools to get on board.

I took the kids for a drive to see the new Urunga Boardwalk, so we can see for ourselves the end result of recycling soft plastics. Its decking has been constructed by an Australian Company (Replas) using 100% recycled plastic waste. This is the equivalent to around 2.5 million plastic bags being diverted from landfill. VERY impressive.

What has probably concerned me the most from the show was that takeaway coffee cups ARE NOT recyclable! There are plastic components in them so the moisture doesn’t soak through which makes them unable to be recycled. So I’m now 100% committed to taking my own reusable coffee mug when I get my morning coffee. I just asked on Facebook if anyone knows of local coffee shops that offer a discount for people who bring in their own cups. If you know of any, or would like to find out who to support this initiative – click here.  You can also check out the Responsible Cafes website and type in your postcode or town to see who offers a discount and how much. It’s great to see places like  The Happy Frog offering a 50 cent discount! I sure hope many more cafes sign up.

What I would also love to see is NSW banning single use plastic bags. You can find out more about this by clicking here . South Australia, the Northern Territory, the ACT and Tasmania already have plastic bag bans, with QLD to follow next year. You can sign an online petition here calling on NSW, Victoria and WA to #banthebag. We can also join people like GREENS member and Coffs Harbour City Councillor Sally Townley to encourage our own council to ban plastic bags at a local level.

Another thing we can do is support local initiatives like “Coffs Coast Boomerang Bags” – Boomerang Bags works to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities in the making of Boomerang Bags – community made using recycled materials, Boomerang Bags provide a free, fun, sustainable alternative to plastic bags.

By getting involved with Boomerang Bags, you are participating in a national movement that celebrates a local grassroots initiative, community building and sustainability.

If you have anything to add, please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!

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Baby Bella EOFY Sale

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This Friday & Saturday at Baby Bella, Coffs Harbour.

15% Off Online 23-25 June

Excludes Furniture & Gift Vouchers. No Laybys

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Enrolling Now Term 3, 2017

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Coffs Harbour Squash and Swim Centre – offers “Little Squashies” a program developed for young children to introduce them to the game of squash and Friday Junior Squash for primary and secondary school kids. Also Learn to Swim Classes: Parents & Bubs (8mths – 2yrs), pre-school (2-5yrs), and school age (5yrs up). AUSTSWIM accredited instructors. REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN FOR SEPTEMBER. For enquiries and session times contact the centre. p. 6653 6523. Click here to visit the website also on Facebook.

Save the date and join in the fun – Come and Try the Coffs Enduro One Day Squash Tournament – SUNDAY 6th August. Lots of prizes to be won

Grasshopper Soccer – we are a community based Australian soccer organisation teaches children aged 2-12 years the basics of playing soccer in a fun, social and non-competitive environment. We provide a wide variety of programs that cater to children of all ages and abilities such as Mite (2-3yr olds), Pint Size (4-5yr olds), Intro to Micro (5-6yrs), Micro (6-8yrs) and Micro Plus (8-12yrs).

Fun for boys & girls aged 2-12yrs. Website: Also on Facebook

Kanga Kidz – Introduces children aged 2.5yrs – 5yrs to a variety of nine different sports in a structured, safe environment – Hockey, T-ball, Soccer, Tennis, Athletics, Cricket, Basketball, Football & Golf. Click here for more info.

Harbour Tennis Academy –  lessons include: Pre-School Hot Shots (3-5yrs), PeeWee Hot Shots (5-7yrs), Hot Shot Development Group (7-15yrs), Holiday Clinics (3-16yrs) and more. Click here for more info.

Mini GymbaROO Coffs Harbour – At GymbaROO you can enjoy quality time with your child while a trained teacher guides you through activities specific to your child’s stage of development from 8 weeks to 5 years. Our structured program, based on 30 years of neurological research offers movement, music, massage, rhythm, dance, and specialized equipment to enhance your child’s co-ordination and challenge their imagination. Classes run Wednesday & Friday at Botanical Gardens. Click here for more details.
Harbour Swim School  Teaching children from 6 months through to adults our swim school is the complete package for all your learn to swim needs. Our highly qualified and experienced staff have a passion for teaching your children. Our modern indoor facility is heated to 32 degrees all year and our sparkling water is ozone treated which reduces the demand for harsh chemicals. You will find us at 81 Marcia Street on the eastern side of the highway.So if you are after high quality lessons at reasonable prices call in and see us or phone uson 6652 7665.

Springloaded –  Our programs cater for ages 18mths – adults and help develop the fundamental skills and fitness associated with gymnastics and trampolining. School term programs include age appropriate Kinder Gym, Recreational and Beginner trampolining. Or if you just want to come in for a bounce you can! Click here for more information or call  6658 7188.

Baylis Tennis Academy – Based in beautiful Sawtell, classes available from 3 years to Adults. All standards welcome. We offer group and private lessons, cardio tennis, squad groups, holiday clinics, Friday Night Tennis Comp and more. Coaching also available at Woolgoolga, Mylestom & Urunga.

Contact Eli on 0407296685  or find them on Facebook also check out their website:
Coffs Harbour Aquatic Centre –  25m indoor heated pool located near Park Beach Plaza. Swimming lessons for babies, toddlers and pre-school age children and adults. Stroke correction and training squads for children and adults/tri. Water aerobics/Metaqua classes available daily. Also one on one private lessons available. Our swim instructors are Austswim qualified and we are a registered swim school. Contact 66525700 or 0438525705  or click here for more information.
Ballare Development School – Children are encouraged to choose dance classes/styles that appeal most to them ensuring they fully experience the joy that dancing has to offer. Classes for children and teens aged 4 to 18yrs are available. Classes in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz and a new class in acrobatic dance are on offer at BDS.  Enquire for class fees and times. Classes are small as the focus is on one on one training. Private classes are also available. Affordable fees so dance can be accessible to all.
Contact Miss Sarah  on phone; 0401332201, via email;, on Facebook, or click here for more info.

Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium – is now enrolling students for all courses in Term 3. We teach all types and styles of music including: Early Childhood Music classes 9 months-5 years of age, Tuesday to Friday mornings. Private or shared lessons for a variety of instruments; keyboard, piano, guitar, brass, strings, woodwind, voice and percussion. The Primary Choir for ages 7-13 rehearses on Tuesdays at the Conservatorium. Click here for more information – contact 6652 1592.

Carnivale Dance CoYou have heard about it now be a part of it, the highly acclaimed Carnivalé’s “Petit Performance Program”!  It is tailored to pre-school students aged from 18 months to 5 years, which feeds into the company’s junior division for students aged 5 – 12 years.  Under the caring direction of Artistic Director Jacqueline Carniato, with over 30 years experience in dance & entertainment, the Carnivalé crew ensures that the individuality and creative potential of each student is embraced and nurtured.  Classes are presented in a friendly, encouraging and positive environment; the choreography, music & costuming is age-appropriate: the petit program provides the perfect mix of inspiration, technical training, discipline and appreciation for the performing arts with students being introduced to the basic principles of classical ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop and musical theatre; students graduate into the company’s junior division which offers vocational syllabus classes, recreational open classes, as well as opportunities for exams, eisteddfods & other performances.  There are two convenient CBD training centres; bookings are essential as class sizes are kept to a minimum; visit and send your enrolment enquiry to their friendly team and they will help you find the perfect dance class for your future SUPERSTAR!!

Call/email today on 0407879708 or or to pre-book your place don’t miss out!

Serendipity Learning – At Serendipity Learning, we offer the Coffs Harbour region a diverse range of quality education programs for all children aged 3–18 yrs.

These include:

  • 1:1 Primary School Tutoring
  • Preschool Enrichment & School Readiness Classes
  • Children’s Yoga Classes
  • STEM Club
  • Art Lessons for Primary Students
  • 1:1 High School Tutoring – MATHS
  • 1:1 High School Tutoring – ENGLISH

Contact: / Phone: 0413 673 143

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