Community Engagement Posts

Community Gardens of Central NSW

“Gardens, scholars say, are the first sign of commitment to a community. When people plant corn they are saying, let’s stay here. And by their connection to the land, they are connected to one another.” Anne Raver, garden writer for the New York Times. Over the past few months the team at Centroc have been […]

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Water Security, Carbon Emissions and the Square Deal

After three years of intensive studies and community and stakeholder consultation, Centroc has launched Square Deal, an innovative and pro-active campaign designed to guide member councils and regional NSW towards a sustainable future. “Square Deal – a fair approach to making change” is a serious communications strategy for the region’s future, aiming to make the […]

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The Evolution of Events – Sustainable Event Management

Sustainable Events are events – large or small – which incorporate sustainable development principles such as the use of fair trade and locally sourced produce, the use of recycled and recyclable products, and the correct management of waste and rubbish. It may sound like common sense, but there are still many events which don’t consider […]

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Wonderful Wetlands

World Wetlands Day celebrations in Orange, which were to be held last week but were postponed, ironically, due to wet weather, will now go ahead on Thursday 16th February at Ploughman’s Lane Wetlands located on the corner of Ploughman’s Lane and Cargo Road from 10am – 1pm. “The idea is to open the wetlands up […]

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Dubbo – a sustainable city

Over 9000 volunteer hours are contributed by the Dubbo community every year for activities such as Tree Day, Clean up Australia Day and park volunteers.

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Award Winning Save Our Swamps Project, Lithgow City Council

The Save our Swamps (SOS) Project, a partnership involving Lithgow City Council and community, has won a National Local Government Award in the Innovation in Natural Resource Management Category. The Award was announced in Canberra last week. Mayor Neville Castle said, “The National Awards for Local Government recognise, reward and promote the innovative work of […]

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Mayors gearing up to lead Community Bike Ride at Mt Panorama Expo!

Mayor of Bathurst Paul Toole, and Cr Greg Westman hit the road this week to start training for the Mayoral Bike Ride at Mt Panorama in Bathurst on Thursday 29th July. They’ve thrown out a challenge to all the mayors of Central NSW to join them as they literally kickstart the Centroc Summit at the […]

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Bird Viewing Platform and Adventure Playground, Blayney

It would be hard to imagine a park more exciting for children than the Heritage Park Adventure Playground in Blayney. Built next to the Heritage Park Wetlands it’s not hard for a child’s imagination to soar when nature is so close by. On the serious playing front, there is a climbing gym, swings, flying fox, […]

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Tussock Tamer Project, Upper Lachlan Shire

Serrated Tussock is Public Enemy  Number 1 in the Upper Lachlan Shire. Mayor John Shaw is delighted that the Jerrawa Creek Landcare Group has recently won a Federal Government grant to reinvigorate the community’s war against serrated tussock. John was one of some 120 locals at a public meeting in Gunning last year which declared […]

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NetWaste and The ELF

From running an Environmental Learning Facility (The ELF) with a Community Garden, to co-ordinating the Waste to Art Exhibition for 19 of its 28 Central and Western Councils; from recycling and waste collection projects to running Permaculture Courses and inspiring students to build solar ovens, NetWaste continues to take a collaborative approach to regional resource […]

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