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Old Waste, New Art - Create something out of 'waste'
Last chance to get your entries in
The West Wallsend District Sustainable Neighbourhood Group are inviting entries from across the region for their award winning event.  The Old Waste, New Art competition showcases pieces with the theme 'Waste in Society'.  They can be:
  • made from 'waste' (eg sculpture, furniture); or
  • a 2-dimensional piece (eg painting, photograph) that reflects the theme.
Entries are due 5 October.
Come and view your community's creativity at the exhibition.  Held in conjunction with the Holmesville Billy Cart Derby, this year's pieces will be on display at the nearby Holmesville Tennis Court grounds.  See why this event was awarded Community Event of the Year.
Old Waste, New Art Exhibition
Saturday 8 October, 9am - 3pm

Holmesville Tennis Court grounds, corner of George and Charlotte St, Holmesville.
Visit the website for more information and entry details.
Growing support for a plastic bag ban
Sustainable Neighbourhood Groups have been advocating for a ban on single use plastic bags, and taking practical actions to reduce plastic pollution.
More than 4,000,000,000 plastic checkout-style bags are used in Australia each year, with an estimated 50 million plastic bags ending up in our environment and damaging our ecosystems and wildlife. 
We are urging NSW Members of Parliament to follow Tasmania, the ACT, South Australia and the Northern Territory, and enact a ban on single-use plastic checkout bags.  We have collected over 600 signatures on a petition in the last 12 months, and following the recent Living Smart Festival, we have now collected 300 signed letters urging the NSW Minister for the Environment to enact 3 key actions:
  • A ban on single-use plastic bags
  • A ban on products containing microbeads; and
  • Enforcement of industrial microplastic pollution laws.
These letters will be sent to Minister Speakman over the next couple of months.
You can post your own letter, or find out more about our plastic bag campaign.
Festival success
Nature put on perfect weather for us at Council's Living Smart Festival last Saturday.
Thank you to the 17 Sustainable Neighbourhood volunteers who helped at our stall.  We were busy for most of the day, with enthusiastic enquiries and people wanting to sign the letter to Minister Speakman about plastic pollution.
We ended up with over 130 new contacts for Sustainable Neighbourhoods, and 300 letters to send to the Minister.
Spring Gathering and Wetland Wonders
The Redhead, Dudley, Greater Charlestown and Jewells Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Groups have all put their heads together to organise this event.  Presenters include:
  • Jessica Styan (WetlandCare Australia) - Belmont Wetlands State Park
  • Martin Fallding (Lake Macquarie City Council) - Lake Macquarie Coastal Wetlands Park
All welcome to attend and learn about our local wetlands and how we can promote and protect them.
Tuesday 11 October, 6-8pm
Redhead Bowling Club, 43 Burns St

Visit the website for more information or contact
Sustainable Neighbourhoods Celebration
and Show and Tell

Save the date for an end of year get together, a chance to catch up, socialise and celebrate together, and share your groups recent achievements and challenges.
Saturday 3 December
2 - 5pm
Location:  Landcare Resource Centre, Teralba
Get ready for a Super Sunday
The Bicycle Network's 'Super Sunday Recreation Count' is scheduled for Sunday 13 November 2016.
Registrations will open on Monday 3 October, so get ready to book your favourite sites.  Counters can earn $120 per site to donate to local community group.
For further details visit the Bicycle Network's website.
Become an Alliance Board Member
Do you have a passion for Sustainable Neighbourhoods?  And experience in fundraising, project management, marketing or strategic planning?
We are inviting nominations from our membership to join our wonderful team.  Alliance Board Members are members of their local Sustainable Neighbourhood groups, and are responsible for supporting and leading the Sustainable Neighbourhood network as a whole.  The Alliance Board meets monthly, and are active via email at other times.
We are preparing for our Annual General Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday 15 November, and would be happy to discuss board member roles with anyone who is considering nominating.
AGM details, election rules, and nomination forms are available here.  Nominations are due by Thursday 10 November.
Alliance Board business
The Alliance Board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month to document progress, approve future actions, and oversee the actions of our member groups.  Board members also discuss pertinent issues, and plan for future actions on behalf of the Sustainable Neighbourhoods network.
The draft minutes are circulated immediately following each meeting.  If you'd like to receive a copy, please let us know.
An archive of meeting minutes are also available on the website.
Strengthening Sustainable Neighbourhoods
Progress so far
  • The Alliance Board survey, interviews, and report are now complete.  Read the summary of results.
  • Volunteer survey is now closed, with 74 responses received.  Currently completing analysis of results.
  • Development of stakeholder survey is underway to seek feedback from Council staff, other community groups and stakeholders.
  • Alliance Board Members and Council staff have been attending local group meetings.  So far we have visited Valentine, Cardiff Area, Redhead, Caves Beach-Swansea Area, Toronto Area, West Wallsend District, Pelican Area, Jewells Area and LT Creek.  We're looking forward to meetings at Morisset and Peninsula, and Greater Charlestown in the next fortnight.
Visit the website for further information and background about the review process.
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