Locals urged to get their hands dirty to help the environment

GOLD Coasters are being urged to be more sustainable in their homes.

Alarming statistics released by Council shows every year enough waste is buried in landfills on the Gold Coast to completely fill more than 1,500 Olympic sized swimming pools.

It’s estimated that over half of this is organic matter, which could be composted and put back into the soil.


The new Wattle Hotel in upper Coomera will be helping to do their part by holding

Families wanting to reduce their environmental footprint are encouraged to attend a free Sustainable Gardening Workshop on Wednesday December 10 at the Wattle Hotel in Upper Coomera.

The Wattle Hotel Venue Manager Gavin Brown said attendees will learn how they can implement simple steps, such as composting, worm farming and using a bokashi bin, in their homes.

“The workshop will show some really great and simple to use alternatives that can make a big impact,” he said.

“These types of sustainable practices, which are very simple and easy to implement, can make a dramatic impact on our environmental footprint and significantly reduce the need for landfills,” Mr Brown said.

The workshop will give families a practical guide to using a composting method that suits their home and family, with the aim that all of their food scraps and organic waste is composted, rather than sent to the wheelie bin.

“Here at the hotel, delivering quality fresh food is the driving force behind our menu and we source sustainable products, or we grow our own – our herbs are taken straight from our herb wall,” Mr Brown said.

“We know a lot of the families around the area really want to be involved and try to live as environmentally responsibly as possible, so I’m really glad we can host this workshop that will help give them a few more skills. It will also be a whole heap of fun, especially for the kids.”

To book your place at the Sustainable Gardening Workshop at The Wattle Hotel on Wednesday December 10, call (07) 5500 0700.