Daily Archives: March 16, 2016

Bright Ideas Speaker Series: The Problem with Junk Food and Young People

Did you know that one in four children between the ages of 5 and 17 are now overweight or obese in Australia?

There are many factors that contribute to obesity in Australia, but one factor that cannot be ignored is the prevalence of fast food outlets and advertising.

For example, in Midland (Western Australia) there are about 40 fast food outlets in a 5 kilometre radius.

Now, some people will argue ‘What’s the problem? Just have a little self control!’ but it’s more complex than that.

Research shows that people’s eating habits are strongly influenced by advertising, availability and their environment.

We believe it’s time to reclaim control of our food landscape and start exploring innovative solutions to create a healthy and well nourished community.

This is why we are hosting a free public talk by two world public health experts: Healthway Visiting Research Fellow Professor Martin Caraher (City University, London) and Curtin University’s Dr Christina Pollard.

Martin and Christina will discuss the problem with junk food and young people and what we can do to combat childhood obesity in Western Australia.

Martin will share what is happening in the UK and internationally to tackle a culture of fast food. He will discuss the important role of parent and pupil power in bringing about change. Christina will share the situation in WA and what we can all do to make a difference.

When: Tuesday 22nd March

Time: 6:30-8 pm

Where: Mechanics Institute, 20 Meadow St, Guildford

RSVP via Eventbrite: https://junk-food-and-young-people.eventbrite.com.au

Following on from this talk we have organised a workshop to give people a bit of inspiration in the kitchen: Salads in a jar and healthy snacks.


When: Saturday 2 April

Time: 3pm – 4.30pm

Where: Mechanics Institute, 20 Meadow St, Guildford

RSVP via Eventbrite: https://salad-in-a-jar.eventbrite.com.au

Places are limited so register soon to avoid missing out!



January Movie Night – Edible City

January Movie Night –

Edible City

Edible City Poster
The Transition Town Guildford Community Movie Nights are back for 2016! Join us for the first movie of the year – Edible City.

“Edible City is a feature-length documentary film that tells the stories of extraordinary people who are digging their hands into the dirt, working to transform their communities and doing something truly revolutionary: growing local Good Food systems that are socially just, environmentally sound, and economically resilient.” IMDB score = 7.9/10

Please RSVP via Eventbrite to help the kitchen know how many to expect.

As usual, the second Tuesday of the month – Tuesday 12th January

The Stirling Arms Hotel, 117 James street, Guildford

Join us for food and drinks from 6 pm onwards, Movie starts at 7 pm

Entry by donation

From Verge to Veges

Workers pose in front of their labour

Workers pose in front of their labour

Last Saturday we transformed Emily’s front verge into a vegetable garden. We had 10 people wheelbarrowing multiple loads of home made compost from the back garden to the front verge. And in no time at all the seedlings were planted… and you can see the results.

Hard at work

Hard at work


James McDonald was on hand to give advice and by the end of the afternoon the coffee and delicious cake were very welcome.

natives 1 For those interested in growing natives, on 25th July we have a free workshop in Guildford. Natives help create wildlife corridors, look great and save water. This is a free workshop.

To register, email Pam onĀ  pamela.riordan@gmail.com.

natives 2