South Coast Environment Centre (SCEC) are delighted to be back working from its Coral Street office, opposite the Grosvenor Hotel, after the COVID-19 restrictions eased.
During the period of working from home, the centre continued with some regular events, but in a 'virtual' capacity, such as the monthly Veggie Swap Market and Wellbeing in Nature walks, with people doing their own activities and sending photos of what they had done and where they had been.
Also they kept in touch with members through the group's monthly newsletters and having Zoom meetings and workshops/webinars as another way of working together.
But the SCEC is back and look forward to seeing people who can bring in their recycling.
SCEC co-ordinator Gayl Males said old mobile phones, batteries, writing implements, tooth care products, printer cartridges and branded Nespresso and Moccona/L'Or aluminum coffee pods can all be taken.
"We have for sale a number of items, including locally made Boomerang Bags and bees wax wraps, or compostable kitchen bags - all especially important during Plastic Free July for people to embrace and start to reduce their use of all types of plastics," Gayl said.
"Our regular outdoor activities are back and running as well; monthly nature walks, fortnightly 'Scrub Savers' bush care activities and Bandicoot Recovery Action Group (BRAG) sessions in Deep Creek setting cameras out to check for the elusive Southern Brown Bandicoot.
"Soon we'll be calling for volunteers to help propagate and grow native plants in a native plant nursery we are in the process of establishing, to help with revegetation efforts around the region."
The next event for SCEC is a guided Bird Watching walk around Nangawooka Flora Reserve, to be held on Thursday, July 23.
Places are limited so bookings are essential.
If further details are required on any events or activities contact 8552 9423 or email email@example.com or visit the office Monday to Thursday 10am to 3pm.