An update for Sustainable Neighbourhood volunteers
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Sustainable Neighbourhoods News

Some inspiration from your neighbours
We've put some new case studies up on the website.  Find out what other Sustainable Neighbourhood groups have been up to lately.

Bag making workshop at Redhead
Find out how they helped each other make these beautiful reusable bags, and download the instructions to make one yourself.

Dob in a Dumper
The West Wallsend District Sustainable Neighbourhood Group recently completed their campaign to increase reporting of illegal dumping, and create a cultural change to ensure that illegal dumping is not tolerated in their neighbourhood.

Proposed Awaba Conservation Area
The LT Creek Sustainable Neighbourhood Group are supporting a local campaign to protect an area of local bushland by having it officially gazetted as the Awaba State Conservation Area.  You can help by signing the petition.
Strengthening Sustainable Neighbourhoods

It's been 8 years since Sustainable Neighbourhoods was originally established, and we now have a network of active, skilled and effective citizens who are addressing a range of local sustainability challenges.

Council staff will be seeking your feedback about future priorities for the Sustainable Neighbourhood network.
  • What is working well?
  • What could be done better?
  • What additional support do you need to complete your projects and events?
We will use your input and suggestions to inform the development of a Strategic Plan for the whole network.

Keep an eye out for the volunteer survey coming out soon, and for Council staff at your upcoming meetings and events.

Read more about the proposed process and background.
National Tree Day in Cardiff and Kahibah

To celebrate National Tree Day, Sunday 31 July, a couple of Sustainable Neighbourhood Groups have organised special events.

The Cardiff Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group will be helping the Cardiff South Wetland Landcare Group to plant some trees and weed out invasive species.

The Greater Charlestown Sustainable Neighbourhood Group will be helping local residents plant trees at the newly named Pit Pony Park.

Visit the National Tree Day website for all the information or to find other events around the city.
Health and Safety Training

Essential training for Sustainable Neighbourhood volunteers

Understand your responsibilities when organising Sustainable Neighbourhood activities, and learn how to protect the health and safety of volunteers and participants in your activities.

Tuesday 30 August 2016
5.30 - 8.30pm

"This training gave me confidence and reassurance about organising our events safely and effectively." - previous participant.

This document outlines some of the Health and Safety requirements for Sustainable Neighbourhood activities.
Dudley Nature Play at local markets

The Dudley Sustainable Neighbourhood Group is holding monthly Nature Play sessions for children and their parents.

There’ll be climbing, creating, imagining, building, investigating, thinking, engaging and more!  So come along and experience the fun.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Wear enclosed shoes, long pants and sleeves and bring wet weather gear and/or sun protection as the day requires.

Second Saturday of each month, at the Healing Haven Markets.
Bookings not required.  Drop in any time between 10am and 1pm.
For more information about previous Nature Play activities, visit the website.
Check out these great photos from the recent Eco Angel Clean Up run by the Caves Beach - Swansea Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group.
Environmental Sustainability Grants

The next round of Council's Environmental Sustainability Grants are open, and close on 29 August.
Grants are for up to $3000, to support community-initiated projects that improve our local environment and inspire environmentally sustainable behaviour within Lake Macquarie City.

Information Session

Wednesday 10 August, 5.30 - 6.30pm
This information session will help potential applicants understand the grants guidelines and process, including:
  • Tips on completing the application form and budget
  • An outline of the type of projects that can be funded
  • Insight into how applications are assessed
  • Examples of successful past projects funded
Location:  Masonic Hall, Lodge Room.  81 Lakeview Street, Speers Point

Bookings essential.  For more information or to book a spot, visit Eventbrite or call Council on 4921 0333
Please note that prior approval from the Alliance Board is required for the Alliance to sponsor a grant application.
One of our members sent through this interesting reference titled, 'What's really warming the world".
Using data produced by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the interactive graphics show a compelling demonstration of the dominant role of greenhouse gases in changing our climate.  View it here.

Do you have any interesting information to share?  Let us know.
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