An update for Sustainable Neighbourhood volunteers
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Sustainable Neighbourhoods News

Australia Day Award winners!
Some outstanding Sustainable Neighbourhood initiatives and volunteers were recognised at Lake Macquarie's Australia Day Awards held in January: Congratulations to everyone involved in these groups and projects - all very deserving of your awards.  You can read more about the Australia Day Award recipients and their achievements here.
Toronto Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group Members
Do you need $3000 for a local environmental project?

Council's Environmental Sustainability Grants offer up to $3000 for projects that improve our local environment and inspire environmentally sustainable behaviour.  Applications close 5pm, Monday 16 March.

Free information session:  Tuesday 17 February, 5.30-6.30pm at Speers Point  (Bookings essential)

To register for the information session, or to download the grant guidelines and application form please visit Council's website.

*Sustainable Neighbourhood Groups will need the Alliance or another incorporated organisation to 'sponsor' your application.  Please let us know as soon as possible if your group is planning to submit an application.
Some of the Greater Charlestown team
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Super Tuesday Bike Count
You can earn $50 for your group by volunteering for a Super Tuesday Bike Count site on Tuesday morning 3rd March from 7 to 9am.
The count provides annual figures on the movements of commuter bike riders and other users of cycle paths and shared trails.
Visit for all the details and to register for one of the remaining Lake Macquarie or Newcastle sites before someone else does!
Neighbourhood planning workshop

New neighbourhood progress

Residents in Jewells, Belmont North and Floraville will soon receive the Sustainable Neighbourhood survey to kickstart the program in their area.

The Cardiff North Sustainable Neighbourhood group is expanding to include the Cardiff Area, encompassing Cardiff, Cardiff South, Cardiff Heights, Garden Suburb and Hillsborough.

And in Morisset, the Sustainable Neighbourhood group is expanding to formally include all residents in Morisset and the Morisset Peninsula.

Action planning workshops will be held in the Cardiff Area and Morisset and Peninsula in March, with a workshop planned for the Jewells Area in May.

Upcoming Sustainable Neighbourhood events

23 February - 13 March:  Jewells Area Survey

Sunday 1 March:  Clean Up Australia Day

Tuesday 3 March:  Cardiff Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Workshop

Wednesday 25 March:  Morisset and Peninsula Sustainable Neighbourhood Workshop

Saturday 28 March:  Earth Hour

Sunday 29 March:  Neighbour Day

Details for all of these events can be found on our webpage.

The community calendar lists heaps of upcoming sustainability events organised by Sustainable Neighbourhood groups and other organisations.
What are you planning for 2015?

Are you rested and ready for a productive 2015?  We'd love to know what your group is planning for the year ahead.
Here's some reminders for planning your projects:

Send us your minutes
Email your monthly meeting minutes to Rachelle at  This is an easy way to keep the Alliance up to date with your group's current issues and planned activities.

Tell us your plans
If you have a new project or activity planned, let us know the proposed date as soon as you can.  This helps the Alliance coordinate amongst different group's activities, avoid clashes, give suggestions and will give everyone time to help effectively plan and promote your projects.

Use these resources
Did you know we have a guide to help you plan for Sustainable Neighbourhood activities?  There's a bunch of other helpful things on our Resources pages.

Plan ahead
And of course our favourite, the 'Risk Assessment Form' needs to be submitted to the Alliance at least 3 weeks before your activity.

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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