An update for Sustainable Neighbourhood volunteers
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Sustainable Neighbourhoods News

Celebrate National Volunteer Week!
9-15 May
Did you know research shows volunteers live healthier and happier lives?
Want to learn more about sustainability issues?
Council is offering Sustainable Neighbourhood groups the opportunity to learn directly from sustainability staff about topics of interest to your group.  Examples of topics could include:
  • Which rare or threatened species live in your local bushland?
  • Demonstration of Council's electric vehicle
  • How does Council manage water use at their facilities?
  • What plans are in place for flood management in your neighbourhood?
  • Managing our coast for multiple users and activities
From squirrel gliders to sea levels to solar panels, there's likely a Council staff member who would be happy to share their knowledge.

You could invite them as a guest speaker at one of your usual meetings, or organise a field trip to local bushland or site of interest.  Please let us know if there's a topic of interest to your group.
Supporting community endeavours
For the last few years the Redhead Sustainable Neighbourhood has supported their local Redhead Community Cancer Council by helping promote their Biggest Morning Tea event.

The group designs and prints the promotional flier, and distributes them to all households in Redhead, and via their eNewsletter, website and Facebook page.

Attendance at the annual morning tea has grown significantly, along with the amount of funds raised for the Cancer Council - an excellent example of how Sustainable Neighbourhood groups can link with other local community groups, and help support each other.

Find out more about this year's morning tea coming up on 26 May.
The Caves Beach - Swansea Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group are busy planning their next Eco Angel Clean Up event after being awarded a grant from Hunter Local Land Services.
Put Sunday 5 June in your diaries for a clean up and BBQ at Swansea foreshore.
Recruiting young people
Do you want to attract more young people to your Sustainable Neighbourhood group?  Maddie, a social work student at Council discusses her perspective in this article.
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.
Tackling illegal dumping

The West Wallsend District Sustainable Neighbourhood Group is encouraging residents to report illegal dumping and help protect their local bushland.

The Group has been working with Council staff to develop an education pack, containing a fridge magnet and information flyer, to increase reporting of illegal dumping and promote the EPA’s new online reporting website,

The packs inform community members of what they can do if they witness dumping or find dumped items, and send a clear message that illegal dumping is not acceptable anywhere in our City.

Volunteers will be delivering the education packs to households in Barnsley, Holmesville, Killingworth, Seahampton and West Wallsend over the next few weeks.
Keep up to date with the group via facebook or their website.
The Cardiff Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group are hosting Alec Roberts from CLEANaS at their May meeting.
You are invited to attend to hear about the CLEANaS Lighthouse Community Energy Project, and the use of Green Bonds to develop community financed solar installations.
Thursday 26 May, 5.30 - 6.30pm
Cardiff Bowling Club, 175 Myall Road
Please rsvp if you plan on attending.  More information.
Hunter Water Consultative Forum
The next meeting of the Hunter Water Community Consultative Forum is 24 May.
The forum meets three times a year.
Please let us know if your Sustainable Neighbourhood Group would like relevant issues raised through the forum.
Old Waste, New Art in 2016

Entries now open

The West Wallsend District Sustainable Neighbourhood Group is holding their award winning event for the second year, in conjunction with the Holmesville Billy Cart Derby on 8 October 2016.

The competition theme is “Waste in Society”.

Entries may be three dimensional (sculptural or furniture) and created predominantly from waste, or may be two dimensional (photographs, illustration, painting etc) - reflecting waste in society.

Start thinking about your entries for this year’s Old Waste, New Art competition.  Check out examples of last year’s entries, download a registration form or for more information, visit the website.
Save the date
Council have confirmed the date for this year's Living Smart Festival, Saturday 24 September 2016.
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