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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.

ECCO AGM 2016 and Public Meeting
Posted: August 15th 2016

ECCO's Annual Gneral Meeting will be held on Wednesday August 24th the Environmental Learning Facility in the Orange Showground. The AGM will be held in conjunction with a public meeting featuring special guest speaker, Dr Glen Saunders. Dr Saunders has 40 years’ experience with feral animal control, specialising in the control of fox populations, and will speak on the topic, Foxes: Their Ecology and Management. The public meeting will also feature the presentation of ECCO Awards to two local identities who have contributed for many years to community initiatives leading to better environmental outcomes. So join us at 7.30pm on Wednesday 24th for a great night! 

July Meeting to Focus on Site Contamination
Posted: July 24th 2016

ECCO's public meeting to be held on Wednesday July 27th will examine issues around the management of contaminated sites in the Orange Local Government Area. Special guest speaker is David Waddell,Orange City Council's Director of Development Services. Mr Waddell will cover a number of issues including the management of naturally occurring asbestos in new subdivisions and roadworks,contamination issues with the Electrolux site and surrounds, the old Base Hospital, saleyards and abattoirs. The meeting will commence at 7.30pm in the Environmental Learning Facility at the Orange Showgrounds. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Plastic Free July - It's On Again
Posted: July 8th 2016

Plastic Free July 2016 is underway and ECCO is once again actively supporting the initiative. ECCO's major event this year is a Low Plastic Living Community Workshop on Wednesday July 13th commencing at 10am at the Environmental Learning Centre (the ELF) in the Orange Showgrounds. The workshop will include sessions on making your own beeswax food wraps,tips and information for reducing your plastic consumption, screenings of short inspirational video clips, and a fabuolus children's activity in which participants will create an under-the-sea mural exploring the consequences of plastic in our oceans. In addition, together we'll create a directory of products and businesses that promote low plastic living. ECCO member, Haidee Nelson, is coordinating the event and can be contacted through the ECCO email address: ecco.orange@gmail.com. To find out more about PFJ and to register for the PFJ challenge, visit the website.

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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