Sustainable Ipswich

Across November you can get involved in a range of sustainable and environmental events.

Search the calendar of events to find free to low-cost public events and workshops.

Click on the event to find out more and secure your spot.

November 2021

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. To express your interest in attending this event please email

Expressions of interest close on 6th October.

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.

Secure your place.

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. Secure your place.

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!

Cost: $10 - Secure your place.

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.

Secure your place.

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.


Session 1 – 10am – 12pm Secure your place
Session 2 – 2pm – 4pm Secure your place

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

FREE – Registrations open on the 19th October - Secure your place.

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.

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.

Registrations to host a sale and to find locations here

Mobile Nursery at Locations across Ipswich

Various Locations
Come down between 8am – 11am and visit the Mobile Plant nursery to collect your free plants.

Plants species are chosen to suit local climate and soil conditions and are proudly propagated and grown in Ipswich City Council's production nursery.

Saturday 6th, Winston Glades Shopping Centre Car Park, Flinders View
Saturday 20th, Yamanto Shopping Centre Car Park, Yamanto
Saturday 27th, Riverview Community Centre, Riverview

    Please note: due to limited space, residents can collect a maximum of six plants from the mobile nursery. You will need to present either your rates notice or a driver’s licence.

  • To read more about the program go to Free Plant Program

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 to Maintain your Bike - Online Workshop

Late 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 – Registrations open in early November