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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Sustainable Neighbourhoods marks milestone

Lake Macquarie’s Sustainable Neighbourhoods initiative will celebrate a special milestone this month.

For 10 years it’s been working to make the region a more environmentally sustainable place to live.

The not-for-profit community group has collectively reached more than 100,000 people through 1,427 events since the Alliance started in 2011.

Sustainable Neighbourhoods volunteer Steve Dewar says it’s a wonderful way to learn, share and care for the environment while also having fun and being social.

“The program is a great way to get involved in a local project, meet your community, learn new skills, and create change,” Mr Dewar said.

“We do tree planting days, pollination projects, community garden working bees, an annual Waste to Art exhibition, Repair Cafe events and much more.”

Sustainable Neighbourhoods volunteer Steve Dewar.
Sustainable Neighbourhoods volunteer Steve Dewar.

Lake Macquarie City Council’s Manager Community Partnerships Andrew Bryant adds the group plays a vital role in bringing the community together to address local sustainability and social challenges.

“It’s inspiring to see an active, skilled and supported citizen group working together towards a common vision,” Mr Bryant said.

“There’s always opportunities to get involved and make a difference with your neighbours.”

Sustainable Neighbourhood volunteers have contributed more than 31,000 hours in the past decade and Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser believes it’s fantastic to see residents take action.

“When we work together we can make a big difference to the place we live,” she said.

“And we can help create a better planet for future generations.”

Go to sustainableneighbourhoods.org.au for more information or to find out how to get involved.

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