An update for Sustainable Neighbourhood volunteers
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Sustainable Neighbourhoods News

Tidy Town Winners in Toronto

Two Toronto Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group projects were winners in the NSW Tidy Towns Awards earlier this month!
The Fire Retardant Native Garden at Toronto Fire Station was awarded the Environmental Education Award, and the Litter Reduction Award went to the Tossers can be binners project.
Congratulations to the group and to the many volunteers and partners who worked on the projects - especially to the project leaders, Lois and Steve.

John, Lois, Steve, Nico and Kelly
Does your group want to distribute some Responsible Cat Care Brochures?
Due to popular demand, we're doing an extra print run of the Responsible Cat Care Brochures.
Please let us know by Wednesday 3 December if you'd like some copies to distribute around your neighbourhood.
Training Opportunities in 2015

What would you like to learn about next year?
This year we started holding sessions to learn from each other by focusing on successful Sustainable Neighbourhood projects, hearing from the project leaders about how they made it happen.
Already on the list of projects we'd like to hear about in 2015 are:
  • Toronto Fire Retardant Garden
  • Wangi Scarecrow Competition
What other projects have you noticed that you'd like to hear more about?

We could also provide some more formal training opportunities.  For example:
  • Aboriginal cultural awareness
  • Managing volunteers
  • Strategic planning
  • Promoting your group
  • and of course, Essential Health and Safety.
Please let us know if you are interested in any of these opportunities, or if you have ideas about topics you or your group would find particularly useful.
Thank you for making change happen

It's International Volunteer Day on Friday 5 December.
THANK YOU to all the committee members, project leaders, participants, organisers, treasurers, minute takers, meeting organisers, newsletter writers, leaflet deliverers, and other contributors for making such an amazing contribute to sustainability in our community.
Many Sustainable Neighbourhood volunteers regularly go above and beyond to bring our community together, educate each other about sustainability issues, and improve our environment.  We appreciate the time and energy you contribute and look forward to supporting your excellent work in future.
International Volunteer Day

Upcoming Sustainable Neighbourhood events

Details for these events can be found on our webpage.
The community calendar lists heaps of upcoming sustainability events organised by Sustainable Neighbourhood groups and other organisations.

Do you have a project or idea you think other Sustainable Neighbourhood volunteers around Lake Macquarie would be interested in? Email us at and we can include it in the next edition.

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