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The Royal Botanic Garden - Growing Green(er) Families, 10am - 12pm, $30

The Royal Botanic Garden - Growing Green(er) Families, 10am - 12pm, $30

Did you get all fired up after watching The War on Waste but now feel like you're back to square one? Reducing our impact on the environment can feel like a challenge, especially when kids, work and inner-city busyness gets in the way... that's why we've pulled together a powerhouse panel for a dynamic discussion about what can happen when we all join in and make bite-size changes in our own homes and local community. 

Join us at the magnificent Calyx in the Royal Botanic Gardens for an unmissable morning with a bunch of women who truly walk their talk. Alex Elliot-Howery (Cornersmith), Deputy Lord Mayor Jess Miller, and Waste Warrior Laura Jean Cunningham will share their ideas and insights into easy and effective ways to engage your family, role-model to kids and lead change in your home and workplace. 

The panel will be followed by a preserving demonstration by pickle queen Alex Elliot-Howery.

Our panel will be moderated by Shevonne Hunt from Kinderling Kids Radio.



Deputy Lord Mayor Jess Miller (one of the youngest people to hold elected office at the City of Sydney) is a mover, shaker, change maker and self-confessed “massive tree-hugger”. Jess is currently Deputy Chair of the Environment Committee and the Cycling Advisory Committee. Alongside her Council duties, she is a Program Advisor to sustainability and innovation company, Republic of Everyone. She’s known for her creative and inclusive approaches to sustainability, strategy and innovation. Jess co-founded GreenUps Sustainability Drinks, Grow it Local and has worked on the Garage Sale Trail and Grow Show – which featured an enormous veggie patch and education programs outside of Melbourne Town Hall. For the last three years, Jess has curated the food program for TEDxSydney.


Alex is the co-founder of the phenomenally popular Cornersmith cafes, know for their focus on sustainability, community-building and in-season produce from local growers (not to mention good coffee). Alex is an obsessive home cook who fell in love with pickling, preserving and cooking from scratch during her years as a stay at home mum. She’s the author of two cook-books full of back-to-basics delights like jams, preserving and pickling recipes.


Laura Cunningham is a midwife working at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with a background in Social Science and Public Health. At RPA she has recently taken on the role of Environmental Officer of her ward and is looking at ways to reduce hospital waste. She is also working on a project that aims to reduce the overuse and waste of antibiotics. Prior to becoming a midwife she spent many years working as a barista in casual hospitality jobs where she unsuccessfully tried to convince all her bosses to charge extra for the use takeaway coffee cups. She believes that her grandmother was the original waste warrior and tries to use things that her grandmother did and her mother does to minimise the environmental impact she makes as the mother of a 17 month old. Laura believes that nothing in a baby’s life needs to be plastic and she honestly enjoys the meditative quality and sense of satisfaction of cleaning, washing and drying cloth nappies in the sun.

NB there is a small booking fee in addition to the ticket price. We are trialling Humanitix because they give a % to charity.

When: Saturday, 10 March 2018 from 10am to 12pm
Age: Mainly parents interest, usually kin and kind offer a crèche service, however for this Saturday event at the Calyx they do not offer this service. Feel free to make a day of it and have the kids explore the botanical gardens afterwards.
Price: $30.00
Purchase online here

Where: The Calyx
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney


Aside from metered street parking, the closest car parks are:

Domain Car Park
St Marys Road, Sydney
Phone 02 9232 6165

Secure Parking
Hudson Building 131 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Phone 02 8912 4900

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
93 Macquarie Street (entry Albert Street), Sydney
Phone 02 9252 4600

Sydney Opera House Car Park
Macquarie Street, Sydney
Phone 02 9247 7599

Nearest Food and coffee: Botanic Restaurant

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