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Who we are:

ECCO was launched in April 2006, in response to widespread community concern over the environment, and at a time when the city of Orange was experiencing significant residential expansion and commercial development. ECCO has subsequently embarked on a broad program of environmental education, awareness and activism in the Orange community, with an increasing emphasis on climate action initiatives through its sub-group, Orange Climate Action Now (OCAN).


Our aims:

ECCO aims:
              to act as an environmental watchdog and a peak environmental lobby group for the community of Orange
              to create awareness of environmental issues affecting Orange and its surrounding area
              to facilitate cooperation and exchange of information and resources between existing conservation, landcare and similar groups
              to liaise with regional, state and national environment and conservation bodies
              to influence and assist Orange City Council with respect to its environmental and sustainability policies and plans
              to be an independent advocate for the environment, and sustainable development in Orange.

How we work:

ECCO achieves these aims with regular committee and general meetings, public forums with guest speakers, media releases, on-site inspections, consultations and submissions.

ECCO is responsible for three major ongoing environmental education and awareness activities throughout the year; the Earth First column which appears each Saturday morning in the Central Western Daily, quarterly ECCO Environment Awards which recognise local environment and climate action achievements, and the annual Walk Against Warming. ECCO is significantly involved in the annual Rotary Enviro Expo, World Environment Day, Clean Up Australia Day, Planet Ark National Tree Day and Bike Week, and assisting the ELF Community Garden Group and the Glenroi Heights School Kitchen Garden.

How to get involved:

ECCO Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of each month, usually at the Environmental Learning Facility (ELF), Orange Showground, Leeds Parade, Orange commencing at 7.30pm. To receive notifications of these meetings or to request an ECCO membership form, send an email ecco.orange@gmail.com or phone one of the Executive on the numbers listed on the Contact Us page.


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