Many of us dream of building or owning a sustainable home, but many of us live in old houses, some built well before sustainability was talked about.

Old architecture in the current techno years usually means high energy wastage. With rising costs, many of us are eager to find ways to reduce bills. People who live in old houses often have to choose between living sustainably or living comfortably – but achieving both can be a challenge.

Andrew Marsh is the author of Sustainability and the old Australian house and he will be talking about Eco Tips for the Home Renovator at the Hills Environment Centre on Tuesday March 17th at 7.30pm. Copies of his book will be available for sale on the night for $15.

Andrew will be sharing dozens of tips and retrofit techniques ranging from simple habit changes to advice on the energy conservation aspects of a major renovation.

Bookings are essential, so if you would like to attend please email The talk will be held at the Hills Environment Centre. 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit. The cost is $5(pay on the night) and includes a light supper.


Grab the kids, rustle up your neighbours and friends to enjoy the great outdoors while you turn rubbish into an endangered species! Bring your gloves, hat, water and snacks. Rubbish bags, sharps containers and high viz vests are provided.  The full rubbish bags will be collected and taken to the pick-up station.  Meet at the front of Hills Environment Centre,  4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit at 9.30 am to sign on- this is essential. Children must be supervised by an adult. The Clean-up event will be cancelled if it is a catastrophic or extreme fire risk day.

Community smallPlease email to register yourself or your group so we know how many people to expect.

Huge thanks go to the 4th Creek Catchment Group for facilitating this event.


PHOTO: Greg Cramond





Photo: Greg Cramond



Greg Cramond will talk about his book, the photographic techniques he uses to capture the images as well as the plants and wildlife that feature in this publication.

Art work and copies of the book will be available on the night.

DATE: Tuesday, 18th February
TIME: 7.30 pm – 9 pm
PLACE: Hills Environment Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit

Gold coin donation.

Discounted ONYA and KEEP CUPS for November and December 2019 ONLY!

Lunch Wrap

Christmas isn’t that far away and  at the Hills Environment Centre (HEC), we are thinking about what our members and friends may want to buy as gifts.  The good people at KEEP CUPS and ONYA have made beautiful, sustainable and useful products which we have brought to the Adelaide Hills for people to enjoy. They include: keep cups, drink bottles, produce and shopping bags, lunch wraps and Who Gives A Crap toilet paper.  Not only that, we have decided to discount prices in a special end of year sale. Come in and have a look. You won’t be disappointed!  A price list is available here .

Produce Bag


Cash sales only.




This talk will be presented by Andrew Fairney, CEO of Seeding Natives Inc.

  • habitat restoration from the ground up, specific to local wildlife species including threatened species;
  • ideal for year round grazing for horse
  • perennial native grassland for vineyards and orchards;
  • perennial native pasture; and
  • water wise lawns for homes and businesses.

It will be held at the Hills Environment Centre (formerly Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre), 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit on Tuesday  12 November, 7-8.30 pm. To book, email  Gold coin donation. Light supper included.


The Hills Environment Centre (formerly Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre) will be at the Uraidla Sustainablity Fair on Sunday 3 November at 10 am. Come and say Hi at our marquee at the Uraidla Primary School and share in the Hills Harvest Exchange, our veggie swap that is now in its seventh year. If you are looking for a positive sense of community and/or something pleasing to do, please contact Val Hunt on 8390 1891 or about volunteering on the day.