Sustainability Environmental Education Program

Upcoming Events 

Blue - the movie

The Shire of Denmark in collaboration with Movies with Meaning are screening a free movie event “Blue” in line with Plastic Free-July (and beyond!). The movie Blue is about plastic pollution and over-harvesting of our oceans, and what we can do to protect this precious environmental resource into the future. The screening will also be prefaced by a locally produced movie by Plastic Reduction Denmark and Movies with Meaning on positive action regarding reducing plastic use within our Shire.

There will be 2 x public screening sessions held on Friday 6th August: a matinee session at 5pm, as well as a night session commencing at 7pm. There is no registration required, however appropriate Covid-19 hygiene measures are to be undertaken by those attending. Please note the movie is rated PG.

The Shire and Movies with Meaning will also be holding 2 x school private screening sessions on Friday 6th August: one shorter 28 minute film intended for primary school-aged students at 11am, and one for high school-aged students at 1pm

BLUE is the story our generation need to hear. The industrialization that has occurred in the oceans over the last century, mirrors the events that triggered mass extinctions on land. Industrial scale fishing, habitat destruction, species loss and pollution have placed the ocean in peril. The very nature of the sea is being irretrievably altered. BLUE is a provocative journey into the ocean realm, witnessing this critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice.

Our ocean has been the guardian of life on earth. Now it is our turn to be guardians for the ocean.

Community-oriented Environmental Education Programs

The Shire of Denmark is proud to be providing financial and in-kind Officer support to local not-for-profit non-government organisations to help conduct a variety of community-oriented environmental education programs through the Shire’s sustainability budget portfolio.

Following an expression of interest, the Shire received a number of submissions and was able to support proposals that met the criteria by local community organisations including Green Skills, Denmark Environment Centre, Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee, and South Coast Bush Care Services (formerly Denmark Weed Action Group). The community-oriented environmental education programs include:

  • conduction of five x Community Garden Workshops at the Community Resource Centre including provision of tutor fees, garden resources, an arts project installation, and contributions towards a South West Community Garden forum being co-ordinated by Green Skills;
  • an Owl Friendly Denmark Region Campaign including development of information stalls with display material and best pest control methods, and design and production of an information brochure on Secondary Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARS) co-ordinated by Denmark Environment Centre;
  • contribution of funding towards Elders Gathering Koorabup Beelia: Kwoorabup Park elders gathering to show respect for culture and waterways to the broader community being co-ordinated by Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee;
  • conduction of two workshops by the South Coast Bushcare Services on Garden Escapees and Local Native Weed Look-alike Plants
  • Plant Propagation workshop held by the Shire's Revegetation Officer on seed propagation techniques and growing plants through clonal techniques (cuttings) of local native plant species

The community-oriented environmental education workshops are aligned with the recently endorsed Shire Sustainability Strategy 2021-2031 key principle of Culture and Community 3.7 to “Promote partnerships with not-for-profits to deliver Shire activities… that support sustainable principles” and Sustainability Action Plan action item LN15 "Provided educational resources to the broader community on protection of the natural environment.”