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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.

Important Conferences in Central West 
Posted: April 8th 2018

There are two important conferences in the Central West in the next month. Climate Smart Innovations (CSI) is being held in Cowra on April 18th and 19th. The conference will "highlight how the region has and continues to build an inventive future based on agricultural, environmental and conservation advancements". The second conference is the Conservation in Action 2018 event in Bathurst on May 16th and 17th. This conference will bring together industry leaders in the conservation field, from scientists to policy makers, program managers through to specialists in implementing works in the field. It will "pull together all disciplines of natural resource management to demonstrate how we're turning Research into Reality." ECCO encourages members and the general community to attend.

Community Energy Funding Toolkit
Posted: April 8th 2018

Three ECCO members, Robert Alford, Brian Phillips and President Nick King, attended a workshop in Bathurst on Friday March 23rd on how to develop a community energy project. Robert, Brian and Nick found the day intense but extremely informative, with a very detailed run-down on the steps required to develop such a project and the issues associated with doing so. They were given a comprehensive set of material which is available for any members wishing to know more about the subject. The overall message from the day was that if a large-scale local community renewable energy project is to be successfully undertaken, it will require widespread community support as well as significant technical, commercial and legal expertise. A challenge but something to work towards!

Full Agenda for March ECCO Meeting
Posted: March 25th 2018

ECCO's March meeting is on this Wednesday, March 28th, starting 7.30pm at the ELF. The February meeting featured special guest speaker, Steve Woodall, with insuffcient time to deal with general business. Consequently, the agenda this month has a full list of important issues including the recent removal of trees on Forest Road and the earlier tree removal in Leewood, plus reports on Clean Up Australia Day, Return and Earn, environmental assessment of the Electrolux Site, Orange's involvement in the Cities Power Partnership and the Community Energy Forum held in Bathurst. So join us if you can, there's a lot to discuss. All welcome!.

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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