Program of events and activities

Sustainable Ipswich is an annual celebration of everyday actions we can take as a community to create a more liveable city.

The 2022 program is concluded - thank you to everyone who took part!

Find a recap of the events below, or download the Sustainable Ipswich program (PDF, 3.7 MB).

Want to join us in 2023?

Council encourages Ipswich community, schools and business to host activities and events with a sustainable theme.

If you are interested in being part of the 2023 program email

2021 Sustainable Ipswich

Event recap - November 2021

More than 1,100 local residents were involved across 16 free and low-cost hands-on events to learn easy everyday ways to be more sustainable.

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Youth Sustainability Summit

Wednesday 3rd November, 2021
Ipswich Civic Centre

A full day forum for Primary School students in Grades 4 & 5. The day has been designed to educate and inform students on sustainability initiatives. Students will turn ideas identified as important within their home or school community into actions.

This event is by invitation to schools in the Ipswich region.

For more information email

Plastic Free at Home

Saturday 6th November, 2021
Queen’s Park Environmental Education Centre, Ipswich

Take a seat with presenters Nicole Lutz (Sustainability blogger and writer for Live for Less, Lunch Lady and Pip Permaculture Magazine) and Sandra Preston-Hatcher (Enviro Award Finalist and Ipswich resident).

Hear their first-hand experience and best tips for living a life with less.

This fun and interactive workshop is for anyone keen to learn simple and out of the box ways to reduce plastic in everyday life.

Learning for Life with Paul Plant

Saturday 6th November, 2021
Springfield Central Library, Orion Springfield Central

Join well known horticulturalist and radio presenter, Paul Plant, for a presentation that will highlight the impact of climate change on gardens, crops and wildlife. Discover how home gardeners can plan and select plants for a successful future garden.

Presented by Ipswich Libraries.

Clothing Swap with Statement Styling

Thursday 11th November, 2021
Event Space #3, 1 Nicholas Street, Ipswich City Council Building

Be part of the circular economy at the Sustainable Ipswich Clothing Swap. A clothing swap is where garments are traded and exchanged instead of purchased. They are fantastic way revive and refresh your wardrobe and keep clothes ‘in the loop’ as opposed to op-shops or ultimately landfill.

At the event, participants will get the chance to exchange their unwanted (but great condition) clothing for ones they will use and love.

As you ‘shop’, presenter Emma Willman from Statement Styling will share her tips on saving the environment through fashion and offer styling advise on looking great for less!

Getting Smart about Water with Savour Soil Permaculture

Saturday 13th November, 2021
Redbank Plains Community Centre, School Rd, Redbank Plains

We use water for everything, from drinking and household use to the use on our gardens.

Join Michael and Victoria from Savour Soil Permaculture as they share ways we can get smarter about how we use water at home and work with our Ipswich climate of low annual rainfall and hot summers. This session will show you how you can do more with less and be strategic with this amazing resource.

Active Kids - Removing Training Wheels

Saturday 13th November, 2021
Grande Park, Springfield Central

Designed for children who are progressing towards removing their training wheels, this bike riding course will equip your child with basic bike riding skills, will build their confidence to remove their training wheels, increase awareness of surroundings and knowledge to be safe while riding.

The session will be a small group delivered by a skilled team of riding enthusiasts.

Each participant will need to bring their own bike and helmet. Registrations are essential and places are limited.

Healthy Soils with Kate Wall

Saturday 20th November
Queen’s Park Environmental Education Centre, Ipswich

SoilLooking for ways to make your garden grow better? Want to grow your own food? The secrets to great gardening start in the soil.

Learn tried and tested ways to create great soil in your garden with gardening writer and consultant Kate Wall.

Kate will discuss a variety of soil improvement methods and will share ways to make home composting simple, adding valuable matter to your soil and keeping waste from landfill.


    Garage Sale Trail

    Two Weekends - 13th – 14th November and 20th – 21st November
    Ipswich, Various Locations

    Garage Sale Trail is back for 2021. Reusing old stuff is not only a way to make some extra cash, it’s also a way to help reduce waste that ends up in landfill.

    This year will see two big weekends (13-14 and 20-21 November) of garage sales held simultaneously around the nation, with more bargains and more planet-saving fun than ever before.

    Sustainability and Food

    Tuesday 23rd November, 2021
    Jamie's Ministry of Food, d'Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich

    As a resident you can make a positive impact on the environment by cooking homemade dishes and reducing food wastage at home. In this one hour workshop participants will learn how to make a simple dish, where nothing goes to waste. These workshops will also cover tips and tricks on how to reduce your food waste overall by shopping smarter, seasonally and locally.

    Learn for Life - Welded Fiction

    Saturday 27th November, 2021
    1 Nicholas Street, Ipswich City Council building

    Christopher TrotterJoin local artist Christopher Trotter to hear about his iconic recycled metal sculptures found across SEQ and beyond.

    Chris will share a virtual tour of his workshop as well as how he sources second-hand materials, then collates and arranges unrelated objects before welding them together to create new and perfectly plausible forms.

    Presented by Ipswich Libraries.

    Sustainable Open Garden Tour

    Saturday 27th November, 2021

    Join us on our first Sustainable Open Garden Tour, delivered by the Habitat Gardens program with Ipswich City Council.

    For one day only, local gardener Ian Muil will open his suburban garden to the public and share his passion and knowledge for gardening.

    Hear from Ian and his landscape designer, Jonathan Gregory, about how they went about transforming Ian’s front and backyard into a productive haven for plants, animals and insects.

    • Session 1 – 8am – 9am
    • Session 2 – 9am – 10am
    • Session 3 - 10am - 11am

    Learn to Maintain your Bike - Online Workshop

    Tuesday 30th November, 2021
    Online - Hosted using Teams

    Join Bicycle Queensland for an online beginner bike maintenance session. The workshop covers a range of bike maintenance tips that are helpful for people new to riding or people just wanting to refine their skills. Participants will learn about undertaking a bike safety check, drive train care, preparing to ride and route planning and repairing a flat tyre.

      Cost - FREE

2022 Sustainable Ipswich

Event recap

Big Day of Sustainable Inspiration

Saturday 8 October, 1 Nicholas Street, Ipswich

A collection of free talks and activities happened through the day.

  • How to save waste and save money: featuring 'This Simple Day' blogger Nicole Lutze and 'Eco Granny' Rose Rush
  • How to compost and FOGO like a pro: featuring Jessica Lindsay from Mallow Sustainability
  • Recycled material play session: drop in with the kids and see what you can create from an assortment of items

Upcycled Rag Rugs - Presented by Ipswich Libraries

Saturday 8 October, 10am, The Bubble (Children's Event Space), 1 Nicholas Street, Ipswich

Learn techniques to make your own no-sew rag rug with the Sewloist.

Australian Wildlife Week at Queens Park

Various dates, Queens Park Environmental Education Centre

  • Tuesday 4 October (World Habitat Day)
  • Thursday 6 October
  • Wednesday 18 October

Starting from World Habitat Day (4 October)  a series of activities and workshops will be held for all ages at the Queens Park Environmental Education Centre.

Exciting sessions were held with hosts such as Consulting Gardener Kate Wall and Bombax Design's Jonathan Gregory.

Get Ready Week

10-16 October

Council’s Emergency Management team will be visiting shopping centres and library hubs to help the community prepare for severe weather.

They will have lots of resources and tips to make it easy to prepare your home and family.

Find out more on the Emergency Management page.

Rosewood Native Plant Sale and Enviro Day

Saturday 15 October, Rosewood Showgrounds

Interact with local environment groups at this massive annual event focusing on fantastic native plants.

Find out more on Facebook - Native Plant Queensland Ipswich Branch

Youth Sustainability Summit

19 October, Ipswich Civic Centre

The theme for 2022 is Working Together for a Brighter Future. The full day summit is for primary school students in Grades 4, 5 & 6 and focuses on helping to spark sustainability projects at home and at school.

For more information see the Youth Sustainability Summit page.

Ride2Work Day

Wednesday 19 October

Join Australia’s biggest celebration of commuter riding at National Ride2Work Day.

This is your chance to give it a go – and get in your daily exercise while you’re at it!

Find out more at

Urban Heat Island Effect – Virtual Reality Simulation (Ipswich)

Wednesday 19 October, Tulmur Place, Ipswich Central

With the use of VR goggles you can see how small changes in the environment, such as planting trees, can help reduce the impacts of heat on our homes and streets.

Council is proud to partner with Griffith University and Sunshine Coast University on this project.

Aussie Backyard Bird Count

17-23 October

Taking part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count is easy! Just spend 20 minutes in your favourite outdoor space and tell us about the birds you see during that period. See

Bicycle Rider Confidence & Maintenance Workshops

Thursday 20 October

Ipswich Cycle Park, 65 Briggs Road, Raceview

This workshops is perfect for anyone looking to dust off their bicycle and gain confidence in riding. Covering all basics this course will assist in enhancing those skills to make participants confident on bike paths and bikeways.

Bees wax cloth wraps workshops

Saturday 22 October, Ripley Town Centre

Craft your own natural bees wax cloth wraps for sustainable food storage and learn how to care for your wraps. Take home new skills and your creation. Learn more about the importance of bees to our environment and local ecosystems.

For workshop details see

Plant Swap and Community Garden Basics

Saturday 22 October, Leichhardt - One Mile Community Centre (community garden area)

Join Ipswich Plant Swap and exchange garden goodies with like-minded people.

From 11am join Savour Soil Permaculture to learn about local food system and food security, preparing your soil and garden planning.

Gardening with Native Plants - presented by Ipswich Libraries

Saturday 22 October, Rosewood

Rosewood Library, 10am-11.15am

Springfield Central Library 1.15pm - 2.30pm

Join Chuwar's Mountain Man to learn about using native plants in your garden.

Registrations essential -

Urban Heat Island Effect – Virtual Reality Simulation (Ripley)

Saturday 29 October, Ripley Town Centre

With the use of VR goggles you can see how small changes in the environment such as planting trees can help reduce the impacts of heat on our homes and streets.

Council is proud to partner with Griffith University and Sunshine Coast University on this project.

Great Southern Bioblitz with Springfield Lakes Nature Care

28-31 October

Join an international period of intense biological surveying. The event attempts to record all living species within designated areas across the southern hemisphere.

Join the Ipswich survey by downloading citizen science app iNaturalist.

Sustainable Open Garden Trail

Sunday 6 November

Join a trail of four different Ipswich gardens full of inspiration for you to take home. See how low-maintenance native plants can be not only appealing but create bird and bee-friendly backyards.

This event is brought to you by council's Enviroplan-funded Habitat Gardens program.

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