An update for Sustainable Neighbourhood volunteers
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Sustainable Neighbourhoods News

Did you know that giving back to your community is linked to increased wellbeing, better friendships and richer social networks?

So not only does your community and local environment benefit from your wonderful contributions as Sustainable Neighbourhood volunteers, so do you!

Happy National Volunteer Week!

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit."  - Nelson Henderson

Hunter Water Sustainability Grants

Grants up to $5000 are available for projects that focus on water conservation through education, efficiency improvements and / or awareness.

Applications are due by 9 June 2015.

Visit Hunter Water's website for guidelines and further information.
Fundraising and grant writing
Free training seminar

Discover strategies that every community group should put in place to create a practical, workable and integrated fundraising strategy.

Learn how to write winning grant applications, attract donations, find sponsors and more.

Tuesday 26 May, 5.30 – 8.30pm   
Location:  Club Macquarie, 458 Lake Road, Argenton
Places are limited.  Bookings essential via email or 4921 0117.

Book early.  This workshop is for Sustainable Neighbourhood Groups in particular, but will be offered to all Lake Macquarie community groups from 11 May.
SUEZ environnement Community Grants

Does your group have a project that addresses one or more of these areas?
  • Encourage community involvement and improve the quality of the local environment
  • Develop environmental awareness and inspire participation in sustainable activities through education
  • Contribute to improved human health and wellbeing
  • Support and encourage recreation and community building
SUEZ environnement Community Grants for up to $5000 are open until 22 May.

*Apologies for the late notice, but these grants look very relevant to Sustainable Neighbourhood projects.  Please let the Alliance know as soon as possible if you are thinking of applying.
Need an easy project to work on in your neighbourhood?
Council has a number of free programs you can help promote to your neighbours.
  • Backyard Habitat for Wildlife - helps residents create wildlife friendly habitat in their backyard.
  • Early Warning Network - Lake Mac residents can subscribe for free to receive SMS and email warnings for events such as severe storms, hail, flash floods, damaging winds and bushfire threats.
  • Super Street Sales - Hold a garage sale with your neighbours, and Council will help promote it.

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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