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An update for Sustainable Neighbourhood volunteers
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Community Litter Grants

Grants up to $5,000 are available for community groups who are keen to tackle litter.
Groups need to start with a ‘Local Litter Check’ to define the litter problem, and can then apply for a grant of up to $5,000 for a project that addresses the local issues.
For more information visit www.knswb.org.au.

Here's a fun example of a community engagement and litter reduction program from Melbourne Water.  Find out more about their Platypus Awareness Week.
Child protection policy adopted
The Alliance board have now adopted the Sustainable Neighbourhoods Child Protection Policy.
The policy has been reviewed and simplified to clarify roles and responsibilities.
Please ensure your members are aware of their responsibilities in relation to child protection and Sustainable Neighbourhood activities.
Our risk assessment form has also been updated accordingly.  Please use this new version for your upcoming events.
Home Energy Storage Bulk Buy Campaign
Climate Action Newcastle and Suncrowd are bringing Australia’s first bulk-buy campaign for home energy storage to Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter.
The local campaign uses the community’s collective bargaining power to make renewable energy solutions easier and more affordable for households and business.
You can find out more about the Suncrowd campaign, and register your interest.

Can you help?
They are seeking assistance to help promote and launch the campaign in Lake Macquarie.  A bulk buy campaign is indicated as a key action for many Sustainable Neighbourhood groups, and our network is well placed to help spread the word and support this community initiative in Lake Macquarie.
They are looking for 3-5 volunteers who are keen to work with Suncrowd and Climate Action Newcastle to help organise a launch event in Lake Macquarie before the end of June.  We anticipate it would require 3 hours per week from now until the end of June to organise a successful event.
If you would like to be involved, please let us know asap, and we will put you in touch directly with the organisers.
Eco Angel Clean Up, Swansea Foreshore

The Caves Beach - Swansea Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group's clean up event has been postponed because of the extreme weather forecast for this weekend.

While it won't be World Environment Day, you can still lend a hand to protect our lake and marine environment, and enjoy a free BBQ afterwards.

Update your diaries to:
Sunday 19 June, 10am – 12noon
Location:  Meet at 10am at the boat ramp at Thomas Humphreys Reserve, Dobinson Drive, Swansea.

RSVP essential via email or 0490 000 964.
Ditch plastic bags for good
Learn how to make your own reusable shopping bags, at the Redhead Sustainable Neighbourhood's workshop coming up on 18 June.
Find all the details here.
Out and about with your dog

Redhead, Dudley and LT Creek Sustainable Neighbourhood Groups are teaming up to help promote and encourage responsible dog care in public places.
The project will develop and distribute brochures addressing issues like roaming, safety, disposal of dog faeces, public amenity and protection of natural habitats.
The Alliance are preparing a grant application to cover printing costs, and are seeking interest from Sustainable Neighbourhood Groups who would be keen to distribute the brochure.  You might like to letterbox it around your neighbourhood, or distribute a small number to relevant spots around your suburb.
Please let us know if your group is interested, so we can include enough printing budget in the grant application.
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