Category Archives: Belonging

Belonging is knowing where and with whom you belong and can shape who you are and who you can become. We have a connectedness to place and nature, our community and the people we meet.

DarNET! A Coloured Spectrum of Waste

DarNET! A Coloured Spectrum of Waste

Waste conjures up a motley mess of blacks, greys, and browns – a disarray of worthless, useless or defective stuff. When foraging and sourcing waste for my Lake Macquarie Sustainable Neighbourhoods Waste to Art project, I intrinsically wanted to classify my waste collection into their respective colour hues. It made waste feel more palatable and […]

Belongingness to People Makes a World of Difference

Belongingness to People Makes a World of Difference

Twenty years as an early childhood educator broadened my skill of being with and understanding a diversity of people. From this experience, I learned that positive connections and how the feeling of belongingness to people makes a world of difference to people’s behaviours, motivation and participation. Feeling Like we Belong Belongingness is the sense of […]

An Inspirationally Creative Waste to Art Story

An Inspirationally Creative Waste to Art Story

In this video, Melinda shares her inspirationally creative Waste to Art story on sewing couture-style dresses from waste, highlighting how you can make something beautiful and spectacular from things that other people have thrown away. Melinda gives us greater insight in to the background, inspiration and process of creating these dresses in her written story […]

Creating Your Wonderfully Strong Sense of Community

Creating Your Wonderfully Strong Sense of Community

Creating your wonderfully strong sense of community, where everyone feels a strong sense of belonging takes time and comes with a massive intrinsic feel-fantastic invigoration. As an early childhood educator for twenty years, I learned the cyclical benefits of how having strong and positive connections with people influenced each person’s behaviours and involvement within a […]

Myall Lakes: My Photo Story

Myall Lakes: My Photo Story

Myall Lakes National Park is one of our frequently visited outdoor and adventure holiday spots. My photo series captures a glimpse into our experience and enjoyment of the area. Five years. Same place. Same time of year. The collection of shots embraces the patterns of change and sameness in the natural environment. Discover why and […]

Forager. In Search of Blossom: From Waste to Art

Forager. In Search of Blossom: From Waste to Art

Here is Diana’s story on how her piece developed using waste as a valuable and available resource – Forager. In Search of Blossom…No Future Here Using the natural environment as inspiration, Diana meticulously and professionally creates pieces using various found building and household waste. This piece exhibited at the Lake Macquarie Sustainable Neighbourhoods Waste to Art Exhibition. […]

Blue Wrap Couture: From Waste to Art

Blue Wrap Couture: From Waste to Art

Here is Melinda’s story on her evolution of ideas and design which inspired her submission to the Lake Macquarie Sustainable Neighbourhoods 2019 Waste to Art Exhibition. Melinda shares with us her background and fascinating inspiration for how her wearable piece, “Blue Wrap Couture: From Waste to Art”, materialised using waste as a valuable and available […]

The Lake Mac Waste to Art Exhibition

Sustainable Neighbourhoods Waste to Art Exhibition

Lake Macquarie Sustainable Neighbourhoods are challenging the way we look at waste with the annual Waste to Art exhibition. Waste to Art is a community art exhibition, open to everyone in the Lake Macquarie region of NSW. Waste and plastic pollution has an enormous impact on our health and wellbeing as well as our local […]

Take 3 for The Sea Inaugural CEO Cleanup

Taking part in the Take 3 for the Sea inaugural CEO cleanup event on the Central Coast of NSW was a real eye opener. The sun glistened on Tuggerah Lakes with the early morning start. The air started to feel thick from bushfire smoke. The grass, brown from no rain. From the carpark, the open […]

Hop in a Kayak to Relax and Explore the Outdoors

Hop in a Kayak to Relax and Explore the Outdoors

The early morning sounds of fish jumping, kookaburras laughing, magpies warbling and the sun sparkling gently on the water is your open invitation to hop in a kayak to relax and explore the outdoors. Recreational kayaking is a brilliant way for you to surround yourself with nature and gain a greater appreciation of how your […]

Starting a Simplified Co-op with Free Range Eggs

Starting a Simplified Co-op with Free Range Eggs

The more I knuckle down into living a more sustainable, low impact life the more I realise how large corporations and businesses aren’t as sustainable as I would hope. Did you know that in Australia, at least two of the largest supermarkets have the duopoly on all areas of grocery shopping, but they also own […]

Going Low Tox was Linda’s Moment of Truth

Going Low Tox was My Moment of Truth

Going Low Tox was Linda’s Moment of Truth I would love you to meet Linda… I met Linda through our early childhood services connections and discovered we shared a very similar understanding about what it means to live a low tox life. For Linda, going low tox was her moment of truth, particularly when she started […]

Meet The Share Shop: A Newcastle Library of Things

The Share Shop

I would love you to meet The Share Shop: A Newcastle Library of Things to borrow. The Share Shop is a non-for-profit association run by a committed team of volunteers, based in Newcastle NSW. The Share Shop is part of the library of things movement, which challenges people to rethink about whether you need (or […]

Madeleine’s Sustainable Living Journey Started with Tox-Free Beauty

Meet Madeleine: Beginning with Toxin Free Skin Care

I would love you to meet Madeleine. I met Madeleine whilst out and about in the NSW snowfields. My unusual holiday photo of the snow resort’s garbage bins prompted our chat about the amount of waste generated in the snow resort. This lead to her own waste free story. Madeleine’s sustainable living journey started with tox-free […]

Meet Your Community: Leonie’s Passion for Rubbish Free Beaches

Meet Your Community: Leonie's Passion for Rubbish Free Beaches

Meet your Community: Leonie’s Passion for Rubbish Free Beaches I would love to introduce you to Leonie, who’s 67 years old and lives at Bateau Bay on the NSW Central Coast. I’m so excited that Leonie’s story is the first one to feature in this series, as I’ve known Leonie all my life. Literally…she’s my […]