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City "Greening Plan" in New South Wales

  • Subject: [cg] City "Greening Plan" in New South Wales
  • From: Don Boekelheide dboekelheide@yahoo.com
  • Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2006 14:51:47 -0800 (PST)

Maitland Mercury, Maitland, NSW, Australia
Thursday, 2 February 2006

Going green easy with plan

Community groups, individuals and businesses working
in partnership with Maitland City Council to improve
the environment will be publicly recognised for their

Sites across Maitland have been the focus of a
transformation under the city's Greening Plan through
a partnership arrangement between stakeholders and the

Easts Leisure and Golf Club became the first recipient
of a certificate of appreciation from the council,
which will be awarded bimonthly and decided by the
Greening Plan Reference Group, council environment and
development manager David Simm said.

"Business and industry, schools, other interest groups
such as Scouts, Lions and other service clubs as well
as individuals have become partners (in projects under
the Greening Plan)," he said.

"We put out advertising and when we're designing a
project we always consult with the stakeholders, for
example, with the Tenambit Wetlands we consulted with
a wide range of groups including Easts Leisure and
Golf Club.

"But the certificates don't just recognise people who
are involved in council projects.

"If people know of individuals, groups or
organisations who are involved in environmental
projects, let us know about it.

"The Green Plan encompasses the whole local government
area and all the work combined contributes to the same

Cleaning up Maitland and its environment looks set to
remain at the forefront of the community's
consciousness as Clean-Up Australia Day approaches on
March 5.

Cr Bob Geoghegan has encouraged government
departments, businesses, organisations and individuals
to sign up to revamp some of the city's "eyesores"
including unsightly roadsides and derelict buildings
as part of the nation-wide event.

The Mercury reported on Monday that Cr Geoghegan had
identified several sites to be included in a project
for their enhancement, including Roads and Traffic
Authority road waste dumps at the intersections of
Mitchell Drive and the New England Highway at East
Maitland and Raymond Terrace and Government roads at
Thornton; unauthorised rubbish dumps on the New
England Highway near the Trzecinski Bridge; and, the
long-abandoned CWA Hall at East Maitland.

He has called on residents to suggest other sites.

"These eyesores have been with us for a long while and
it is easy to overlook them," Cr Geoghegan said.

The council is recruiting site supervisors and
volunteer teams for Clean-Up Australia Day in the hope
of continuing Maitland's good record of participation
in the event.

Last year, 23 sites were registered and more than
three tonnes of rubbish was collected.

To register a site or to volunteer, visit
www.cleanup.com.au or contact the council.

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