Our sustainable home – turning dreams into reality

In celebration of Sustainable House Day: https://sustainablehouseday.com/

If you are thinking of building a sustainable home, you must have plenty of questions to ask.  Andrew Davidson, Chairman of the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre (AHNRC) and Property Development Consultant will share his own personal experience and professional advice so you can enjoy creating or altering your own home.

He will cover topics such as site selection, orientation, room layout, life without air conditioning or flushing loos, submitting plans, contracts, insulation, micro-hydro, garden zones, accessibility and composting toilets.

This event will be on Tuesday 18 September between 7 pm and 9 pm at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit


Veggie Gardening from Scratch Workshops

HHE MAR-APRIL 010_optAre you new to vegie gardening and not sure where to start? Books and DVDs are extremely useful, but there is nothing like learning from experienced and successful home vegie growers!

A series of workshops called “Gardening From Scratch” will be held at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre (AHNRC) over the next few months. The first workshop is all about “Seeds and Seedlings” and will include handy hints on how and when to collect seed, how to store and treat seed, when and how to sow seed and raising seedlings.

Members of the Hills Harvest Exchange (HHE) will be sharing their knowledge in these informal workshops.

“Seeds and Seedlings” will be held on Saturday September 1st from 11am – noon. It is free for HHE members or a gold coin donation for non-members. The Hills Harvest Exchange will run from 10 am and new members are always welcome. This is also the HHE 6th birthday.

Bookings are essential to help with seating. To book email valhunt@ahnrc.org. The workshop and HHE are held at the AHNRC, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit, within The Summit Community Centre.


SALA@thesummit will be an exciting exhibition which includes a variety of artists and mediums. The theme this year is “Adelaide Hills, Four Seasons to be Happy”, artwork reflecting Leisure, Laughter, Love and Life.

SALA@thesummit exhibition includes over 40 different artists, making this venue an absolute must on the SALA trail. “Every year we are amazed by the creativity of the artists and how they interpret the theme”, said curator Seán Wessex- Brown. “Along with paintings, there will be some beautiful glass etchings, wood and copper sculptures, mosaics and tapestry. It really will be an inspirational experience”.

The exhibition will be launched on Friday August 17th at 11am by Paul Bouchereau who won last year’s “People’s Choice Award”. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favourite piece again this year.



On Sunday August 19th there will be a craft market, with local handmade items for sale, including bags, mosaics, sketches, knitted items, mandalas and books. The Uraidla CWA will tempt you with delicious home-made cakes and pastries – there is nothing like a country baked cake!


The exhibition runs from August 17th – 26th and is open 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday and 12 noon – 4pm on Sunday 19th and 26th. The People’s Choice Award will be announced on the final day when visitors can also enjoy wine by the glass from Kersbrook Hills Wines and Cider.


SALA@thesummit is held at The Summit Community Centre, 4 Crescent Drive Norton Summit and is a joint venture between The Summit and the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre. Entry is free.


Good ONYA!

Are you struggling to begin your Plastic Free July campaign?

Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre (AHNRC) is pleased to introduce a new line of sustainable products. The ONYA brand began in 2004 selling reusable shopping bags and has expanded its range to many other items since then. In the AHNRC, we have small produce bags, bulk food bags, bread bags and sandwich wraps. Visit the Centre  at The Summit  Community Centre, 1 Crescent Dr, Norton Summit  and see what is a match for limiting plastics in your household!


….., WE DO!

The Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre  (AHNRC) is now selling Who Gives A Crap  (WGAC) premium toilet paper, bamboo tissues and bamboo kitchen towels.

Who Gives A Crap started up when they learnt that 40% of the global population do not have access to a toilet. They donate 50% of their profits to countries in need of sanitation.

The products are not wrapped in plastic, contain no chlorine, inks, dyes or scents so are good for the environment.

Help us support them by supporting us. Drop in for your WGAC products.

  • Premium bamboo toilet paper (perfect for septic systems) $1.20 per roll (or $56. 00 for a box of 48)
  • Bamboo tissues. Box of 65, $2.00
  • Bamboo and Sugar Cane Kitchen towels, 120 sheets, $3.00


(L-R) Billy-Jo Brewer, John Fleming, Debbie Thompson, Andrew Davidson (Chair, AHNRCMC), Tamara Dandridge, Glynn Liebelt, Russell Dahms (absent)

Six people received Quiet Green Achiever Awards from the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre (AHNRC) on Saturday June 2nd . The award is held to celebrate World Environment Day and nominations are sent in by community members.

“Each of the winners demonstrated their self-less personal commitment to environmental actions in different ways”, said Val Hunt, Coordinator of the AHNRC,

Members of the AHNRC Management Committee read the individual full nominations before presenting the winners with a certificate and voucher. The winners this year are:

John Fleming and Russell Dahms have been active members of Friends of Black Hill & Morialta for over 25 years, holding positions on the committee and organising busy bees.

Debbie Thompson who lives in  Monarto South has a horticultural background and has won awards for her sustainable garden in a very dry area and is a passionate about recycling.

Tamara Dandridge lives in the suburbs and is a gentle but fervent advocate of sustainable living and is an inspiration to her peers. She is a permaculture enthusiast and has reclaimed a patch in Croydon for the birds and bees.

Billy-Jo Brewer has been an outstanding founding member of the Charleston Conservation Park with excellent ecological and botanical knowledge that has been invaluable to the group. Even with a young family, Billy-Jo volunteers her time for local conservation projects.

Glynn Liebelt from Uraidla has run Adelaide Recycled Timbers for over 15 years. He believes it is better to reclaim, restore and reuse timber, metal, windows and anything else rather than it going to landfill and importing inferior products from overseas.

Over 50 people attended the presentation and stayed on to celebrate with the winners in a delicious shared lunch.