An update for Sustainable Neighbourhood volunteers
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Sustainable Neighbourhoods News

Cleaning up our neighbourhoods

What a great result from Sustainable Neighbourhood Groups participating in Clean Up Australia Day!

Cardiff Area, Greater Charlestown, Toronto Area and West Wallsend District Sustainable Neighbourhood Groups contributed a total of 285 volunteer hours, and collected an estimated 800kg of litter!  Sustainable Neighbourhood volunteers from Redhead, Booragul and Fassifern also participated in local clean ups.  Over 12 tonnes of waste was collected across Lake Macquarie.  Thanks to everyone who lent a hand.

Special mention goes to the Toronto Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group who used the clean up event to promote stage 2 of the Tossers can be binners campaign.  The campaign focused on reducing litter from fast food outlets in Toronto, and involved:
  • Engaging with Toronto McDonald's and other fast food outlets;
  • Organising a competition with local students to design anti-littering signage;
  • Installation of the winning signage in and around local fast food outlets;
  • Clean up and launch event on Clean Up Australia Day, including educational activities, media promotion and engagement with local Councillors and Members of Parliament; and
  • Installation of recycling bins at fast food outlets.
Their launch event went very well.  Below are participants including McDonald's staff, Cr Rosmairi Dawson, Steve Dewar, Pat Conroy MP and Greg Piper MP.
Draft Child Protection Policy
The Alliance board has developed a draft policy to ensure the Sustainable Neighbourhood network promotes and protects the interests and safety of children.  The main points to note include:
Zero tolerance.  The Alliance and the Sustainable Neighbourhood network has zero tolerance for child abuse.
Everyone is responsible.  All Sustainable Neighbourhood volunteers and staff are responsible for the care and protection of children and for reporting information about child abuse.
Risk management.  We encourage the participation of families, including children, in many of our events and projects.  Sustainable Neighbourhood groups must consider and document any risks associated with child safety as part of the Alliance’s risk management process.
Child supervision.  Whenever children are present and/or participating in a Sustainable Neighbourhood event, children must be under the direct supervision of their parent or guardian (eg school teacher) at all times.  This must be clearly communicated to all participants.
Sustainable Neighbourhood volunteers must never be responsible for the direct supervision of any child (except their own), and should avoid contact with children unless other adults are present.
Working with Children Checks.  Some Sustainable Neighbourhood events or projects may be directed primarily at children.  For example, a kids’ vegie gardening workshop, craft activities for children, presenting an environmental education workshop at a school, or having a facepainter as part of a larger event.  In this case, relevant Sustainable Neighbourhood volunteers, or the person providing the child-related service may be required to complete a Working with Children Check.  The check is free for volunteers.
Reporting.  Any staff member, volunteer or contractor who has grounds to suspect abusive activity must immediately notify the appropriate child protection service or the police.  They should also advise the relevant Sustainable Neighbourhood group member and the Alliance Secretariat.
You can download the complete draft policy here.  We welcome your comments or suggestions on the draft policy by Thursday 14 April.
Exciting News!  The Sustainable Neighbourhood Program is expanding into Rathmines Area and Warners Bay Area.
Come along to a workshops to meet your neighbours and help start these new Sustainable Neighbourhood groups.
Rathmines Area - Balmoral, Fishing Point and Rathmines
Tuesday 5 April, 5.30 – 8.00pm
Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club

Warners Bay Area - Croudace Bay, Eleebana, Lakelands and Warners Bay
Tuesday 3 May, 5.30 - 8.00pm
Warners Bay Sports Club
Bookings essential to Council on 4921 0333 or
Upcoming grant opportunities

Environmental Trust Education Grants - NSW Environmental Trust
Grants of $5,000 to $100,000 for environmental education projects.
Expressions of Interest are due by 5pm Friday 8 April 2016.

Marine Debris Clean Ups - Hunter Local Land Services
Expressions of interest are due by 3 April 2016.

Community Funding Program - Lake Macquarie City Council
Up to $5000 for community events.  See website for monthly closing dates.

Love Food Hate Waste - NSW Environmental Trust
Expected to open in April 2016.
You can encourage Responsible Cafés in Lake Macquarie

The Responsible Cafés Program connects thoughtful cafés with conscious consumers by encouraging them to offer a discount to customers with reusable takeaway cups.

If you or anyone you know owns a café, or if you would like to approach cafés in your area, get in touch with Responsible Cafés.  They assist with everything you need, and will publicise Responsible Cafés via their social media and website.
Did you know?
The Alliance Board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month to:
  • Review, oversee and stay up to date about the projects and activities of Sustainable Neighbourhood groups (including reviewing risk assessments);
  • Discuss strategic direction and planning on behalf of the Sustainable Neighbourhood network; and
  • Maintain the administrative requirements of the Alliance as an organisation (eg insurance, financial records etc)
Meeting minutes
Meeting minutes are publicly available on the website.  You can also receive the draft meeting minutes via email.  Please let us know, and we can add you to the list to receive them each month.

Help us stay up to date
We love to hear what your group is planning, any progress on your projects, and report backs on your events and activities.

We also want to know about any challenges your group is facing.  There will be many that are common for all Sustainable Neighbourhood groups.

Much of what is reported to the Alliance Board comes from your group's meeting minutes.  If you would like to bring something in particular to the Board's attention please feel free to get in touch via email or 4921 0117.
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