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Central West Environment Council www.cwecouncil.com
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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.

JRPP for Department of Industry Building 
Posted: December 6th 2018

ECCO President Nick King was one of five speakers to address the Western NSW Joint Regional Planning Panel at its hearing today in Orange. The JRPP was in town to consider the Development Application for the new Department of Industry head office to be built on the old hospital site. This is $55M development and an opportunity to build something special that is best practice in terms of energy use, water-sensitive urban design and visual amenity, and that plays a major role in activating this part of Orange. Unfortunately, it's hard to see how the proposed design fully meets any of those criteria. Nick and the other speakers made this point and made numerous constructive suggestions for improvement. However, the JRPP ultimately approved the design with a number of conditions.  

Sustainable Living Week 2018
Posted: October 21st 2018

Sustainable Living Week is a project of the Rotary Club of Orange and the 2018 program is so big, it will actually run for 14 days. Yes a two week program will start on Monday 5th November and finish Sunday the 18th. And it's packed full of competitions, workshops and events - sustainable cooking competition, bee hotel-making workshop, smart energy workshop, towards zero waste tips, tree planting and the NSW Blue Star (Tidy Towns) Awards. ECCO Orange is a proud supporter of Sustainability Week and we encourage everyone to get involved. So check out the program on our Facebook page and spread the word.

Save Mt Canobolas SCA
Posted: September 5th 2018

ECCO Orange is working with the Orange Field Naturalist & Conservation Society and the Central West Environment Council on a campaign to protect the Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area (SCA) from the impact that more than 60 km of new mountain bike trails and infrastructure would have on this special area. The SCA is home to 9 endemic species and 3 threatened ecological communities and proposed changes to the Plan of Management could put them and other species at risk. The Orange Field Nats have developed a fantatstic website - Save Mt Canobolas SCA - to support the campaign and to provide details on how to make a submission on the draft Plan of Management - due by October 1st!".

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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