Sunshine Coast residents go ape over chooks
  • Friday 14 May 2010

Sunshine Coast libraries have been inundated with bookings for free workshops on how to keep chooks in your backyard.

The sessions are being offered to the public as part of Sunshine Coast Council’s ongoing quest to become the most sustainable region in Australia.

Community Access Programs and Services Team Leader Jacqueline Walch said interest in the workshops was part of a trend showing that residents wanted to produce their own food, from growing veggies to keeping chooks.

“Growing your own food cuts energy consumption by reducing food miles – how far food travels from paddock to plate – which is great for the environment,” she said.

“So we are really happy to see so many people wanting to learn how to make a difference, starting in their own backyards.”

Presented by the vivacious Rosina Buckman, a winner of council’s Living Smart award for her legendary edible garden, the sessions have attracted more than 100 bookings – with Nambour Library’s workshop already booked out.

Rosina will discuss every aspect of keeping chooks, including:

  • how to choose them
  • how to catch them
  • where to buy them
  • how to feed them
  • how to house them
  • what to do when they stop laying eggs
  • the local laws about keeping them

The first session starts today, Thursday 13 May, at Maroochydore Library with the final session wrapping up at Cooroy Library on Wednesday 16 June. Spaces are limited.

Book your place at one of the following Sunshine Coast Library branches:

Library Date and Time Phone

Beerwah Wednesday 19 May, 1.30pm 5494 0221

Caloundra Monday 17 May, 10am 5491 1255

Coolum Thursday 20 May, 2.30pm 5446 3122

Cooroy Wednesday 16 June, 10am 5454 9000

Kawana Tuesday 18 May, 10am 5444 8022

Maleny Wednesday 26 May, 2pm 5429 6222

Maroochydore Thursday 13 May, 2pm 5475 8900

Nambour Tuesday 25 May, 10am Booked out

Noosa Friday 14 May, 10am 5442 4411