The Sustainable Neighbourhoods program supports communities to plan and make changes that will reduce their ecological footprint, protect the natural environment, and increase community wellbeing and pride in their local area.
Residents can contribute to sustainability by working together in Sustainable Neighbourhood groups.
What do Sustainable Neighbourhood groups do
Each Sustainable Neighbourhood group develops a Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan that identifies a community vision, the values that are important to the people in that community and a list of projects that community members want to do to help build a sustainable neighbourhood. The ideas and projects may be different for each community. The group will then plan and implement activities and projects to achieve their goals.
Some projects local groups are working on include:
- organising local talks and workshops around sustainable living and environmental issues
- building community gardens
- working with Council and local schools to encourage students to walk and cycle
- working with established Landcare and Waterwatch groups
- holding local 'trash and treasure' events and clothes swaps
- organising a bulk purchase of water tanks
- community pride building projects focusing on littering, graffiti and neighbourhood beautification
- local energy audits
The Lake Macquarie Sustainable Neighbourhood Alliance (Inc) supports Sustainable Neighbourhood Groups across the City.
How does Council support Sustainable Neighbourhoods
Council staff work with group members to develop a Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan (SNAP) for each neighbourhood and assist with resources for community engagement, grant applications, and activity promotion and supports groups by:
- scoping broad neighbourhood interest
- developing and producing promotional material
- assisting with initial administration duties
- organising community 'action planning' workshops
- delivering community surveys
- establishing connections within various networks
- providing training to help groups become independent
How can I get involved
Get involved in a local project, meet your neighbours and learn new skills. Sustainable Neighbourhood groups are always looking for new volunteers to help make our neighbourhoods more sustainable.
Join a group
Find a group near you and contact the group representative for the next meeting date or upcoming activity. View the list of Sustainable Neighbourhood groups.
Start a new group
If your local area does not have a group, you can nominate your neighbourhood to be placed on a waiting list for when resources become available. You might like to join in with activities of a nearby group in the meantime.
Page last updated: 11 July 2016