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Coleraine welcomed a community produce sharing basket last week! The sharing basket lives at new Coleraine cafe' the Catching Pen, and is a base for community members to drop their excess produce from any overflowing vegetable gardens to ensure it doesn't go to waste. The basket is accessible to anyone, and if you don't have produce to leave, you can still take as you please for a small donation that goes directly to the Coleraine Primary School Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program.  The philosophy is 'Give what you can and take what you need'.              Community member Beccy Wishart says the Coleraine community have really embraced the idea so far, "We picked up the concept from Dunkeld who have their own produce cart. Ours has been popular with the community so far, there's been plenty of support and we feel it's off to a flying start".  It's amazing what type of ripple effects small actions can have! The Coleraine crew picked up this idea from a similar initiative happening in Dunkeld, who were inspired by a community produce hub in Robe SA.    Do you know of any other produce swaps happening across the Southern Grampians? Or maybe you'd like some more information or tips to start your own? Contact Ebony at ebony.jenkins@wdhs.net or on 5551 8475.       

Congratulations to the GenR8 Change community on all the actions and changes made so far towards creating a healthier Southern Grampians!   The GenR8 Change support team keep an action register, recording all the great things we know are happening to make the healthier choice the easier choice - the 200th action was added to the register this week!   These are just the healthy changes we are aware of. Can you help grow the list? What is your community group, school, sporting club or workplace doing to make the healthier choice the easier choice? Let us know about it! As a community, let's keep building on these great efforts! They ARE having a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of our children, follow this link to find out how. The sky's the limit!   All completed community actions we know of are listed on our webpage, take a look! https://www.genr8change.com/community_achievements         

The Dunkeld Old Bakery is now home to Dunkeld's first Community Produce cart!  The cart came to life after bakery manager Belinda heard several local gardens were overflowing. 'With so much produce growing at this time of year most of us just don't have the time to utilise it', Belinda said. Whilst produce carts are popping up in a number of places, Belinda first noticed one at a small cafe in Robe SA and knew this year it would be worthwhile implementing a similar thing in Dunkeld.  "We launched the cart on the Australia Day long weekend, there were plenty of visitors passing through town and they just loved it", Belinda said.   So, if you're in or passing through Dunkeld, drop by the cart and give your excess produce! If you don't have produce to give, you can still take what you need and choose to give a small donation, all of which are passed onto the Dunkeld Consolidated School's Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program.          Well done Dunkeld Old Bakery for making fresh produce more readily available and reducing waste for many!   Do you know of any other produce carts or swaps in our region? Or have an idea to get one going? Let us know about it! Contact Ebony at ebony.jenkins@wdhs.net or 5551 8475 to chat.