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ECCO is the Environmentally Concerned Citizens of Orange. We are an environmental watchdog and a peak environmental lobby group for the community of Orange.

Second Ivy Management Working Bee on Mt Canobolas
Posted: April 3rd 2017

A second Mt Canobolas Ivy Management Working Bee will be held on Saturday April 8th commencing at 9am and finishing around 12 noon. Volunteers are asked to assemble at John Williams Park for a briefing before heading into the bush to tackle the ivy. Working Bee organiser and ECCO member, Robert Alford, along with ECCO President, Nick King, are encouraging everyone to attend - no special knowledge or equipment is needed. And if you can't make it right on 9am, come along when you can as arrangements will be in place to help late arrivals get involved. Volunteers and members of the public will also have the opportunity to gain information about the mountain environment they are working to preserve, as ECCO will have a stall at John Williams Park with information about the unique natural features of the State Conservation Area.  

Spark Tank Success!
Posted: March 22nd 2017

The ECCO-U3A-Orange City Council Energy Efficiency for Seniors proposal was among the successful Spark Tank entrants announced last Thursday at the awards dinner held in Bathurst. Spark Tank is an initiative of Skillset and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) that aims to promote community energy projects. Pictured accepting the project funding cheque are ECCO members Robert Alford, Nick King and Brian Phillips with U3A President Bev Holland. The cheque was presented by Peter McMillan, CEO of Regional Development Australia Central West (at left) and Katie Shammas, Senior Project Officer for OEH. ECCO and U3A look forward to using the funding to install solar panels on the Senior Citizen's Centre and to educate older consumers on energy efficiency measures they can take to lower consumption and save money.

ECCO's Earth Hour at the ELF
Posted: March 12th 2017

ECCO is celebrating Earth Hour again this year and we'd love you to join us. Earth Hour is on Saturday March 25th with the official 'lights out' period being 8.30 to 9.30pm. To celebrate, ECCO and Orange Dirst Music are hosting an event at the ELF commencing 7pm. We have an excellent guest speaker lined up - Dr Andrew Rawson, CSU Adjunct Associate Professor and local climate change expert whose talk is titled “The New Tragedy of the Common'. There'll also be an informal concert by Orange Dirt Music complemented by your contributions to an evening of old fashioned unplugged entertainment. So BYO Picnic Tea and join us for a fun night while walking softly on the earth!

ECCO Supports:
Orange Climate Action Now is a Sub-Committee of ECCO that focuses on taking local action to raise awareness about climate change and to mitigate its impact. OCAN organises direct action and local participation in global events such as Earth Hour and the Walk Against Warming.

Local Environment Awards:
ECCO hosts local environment awards to celebrate the achievements of individuals and groups who are making a real difference by taking action on climate change or helping make the City of orange a more sustainable community.

Earth First:
Earth First is a column that appears in the Central Western Daily each Saturday. It focuses on a different environmental issue each week. ECCO has been co-ordinating contributions to the column since the middle of 2008.

Daroo Urban Landcare Group:

The Daroo Urban Landcare Group is a group of volunteers working to rehabilitate and revegetate Wentworth Reserve in west Orange. Daroo was the winner of the inaugural ECCO Award for Environmental Sustainability in October 2008.

ELF Community Garden Group:
The ELF Community Garden Group established a permaculture community garden at the Environmental Learning Facility in 2005. The group continues to maintain and develop the garden, providing an opportunity for members to garden with others, share knowledge, experiment with new gardening techniques and enjoy the local produce grown in the garden.
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