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30 Jan - First ECCO Meeting of 2019 - 7pm at the ELF
2 Feb - World Wetlands Day - 10am at Ploughman's Wetlands
3 Mar - Clean Up Australia Day

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'Shining a Light on Sustainability' Online
Central West Environment Council www.cwecouncil.com
Orange Field Naturalists www.orangefieldnats.com

Welcome to ECCO

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

Clean Up Australia Day 3rd March 
Posted: January 28th 2019

Early notification that Clean Up Australia Day is coming up again on Sunday March 3rd. As the CUAD website says: “Australia has one of the best natural landscapes in the world. From our pristine beaches, ancient forests and flourishing sealife, we have some of the most unique flora and fauna. But the rubbish we create through mass consumption is choking our streets, beaches, parks, bushland and waterways. And along the way it's killing one of our best assets: nature. We are all part of the problem - but YOU can also be part of the solution.” Stay tuned for details of ECCO’s involvement.  

World Wetlands Day 2nd February
Posted: January 28th 2019

ECCO thanks and acknowledges the work of the Ploughman's Wetlands Care Group for the program they’ve developed for World Wetlands Day on Saturday February 2nd. Group President and Secretary, Dennis and Lindy Croucher, will be at ECCO’s meeting on Wednesday (January 30th) to talk about the day. At 10am there will be a bird walk conducted by local bird expert Rosemary Stapleton – BYO binoculars. The bird walk will be followed at 11 by a wetlands tour conducted by Bill Josh, Orange City Council Community Engagement Officer and native plant expert. Please wear suitable shoes as well as sun protection. All welcome but children will need to be accompanied by an adult.

First 2019 ECCO Meeting on 30th January
Posted: January 28th 2019

ECCO’s first meeting for 2019 will be held this coming Wednesday, January 30, at the ELF, commencing 7.30pm. We have a full agenda including World Wetlands Day (see separate item), Mt Canobolas’ recovery from bush fires and the mountain bike issue, the Orange Energy Conference and recreational use of Spring Creek Reservoir. A major part of the meeting will be planning for 2019 and members are encouraged to come along to discuss ECCO's priorities for the year ahead.

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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