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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.

Plastic Free July - It's On Again!
Posted: July 8th 2016

Plastic Free July 2016 is underway and ECCO is once again actively supporting the initiative. ECCO's major event this year is a Low Plastic Living Community Workshop on Wednesday July 13th commencing at 10am at the Environmental Learning Centre (the ELF) in the Orange Showgrounds. The workshop will include sessions on making your own beeswax food wraps, tips and information for reducing your plastic consumption, screenings of short inspirational video clips, and a fabuolus children's activity in which participants will create an under-the-sea mural exploring the consequences of plastic in our oceans. In addition, together we'll create a directory of products and businesses that promote low plastic living. ECCO member, Haidee Nelson, is coordinating the event and can be contacted through the ECCO email address: ecco.orange@gmail.com. To find out more about PFJ and to register for the PFJ challenge, visit the website .

Full Agenda for ECCO's May Meeting
Posted: May 23rd 2016

ECO's May monthly meeting is on this Wednesday starting at 7.30pm at the ELF (Orange Showgrounds). There is a full agenda with a wide range of issues including tree preservation, biodiversity legislation, bird-friendly tree and shrub plantings, environmentally-appropriate planning and development, site contamination and woodsmoke. In particular, the meeting will consider the proposed Nature Conservation Council meeting in Orange to discuss the new biodiversity laws, follow up on the issues raised at our last meeting about the proposed Spring Hill industrial development, catch up on the latest news about various other developments and ECCO's response to them, and consider ECCO's involvement in the proposed Meet the Candidates Forum leading up to the Federal Election. All ECCO members and supporters are warmly invited to attend.

Special Guest Speaker at ECCO's April Meeting
Posted: April 18th 2016

Anne Salter from the Spring Hill Districts and Consultative Committee will be our special guest speaker at ECCO’s April General Meeting. Anne will speak about “the regionally significant threats posed by a proposed expansive industrial rezoning … at the headwaters of the Orange/Macquarie & Lachlan Catchments on the Canobolas Basalt Plateau at Huntley-Spring Hill, (near Spring Hill Airport), on government identified Biophysical Strategic Agricultural Land. Under threat ... are - the Orange Drinking Water, the high quality groundwater of the Orange Basalt Aquifer, Upland Peat Swamps & Basalt Plateau Lagoons and remnant subalpine endangered Eucalyptus Communities and associated dependant threatened native fauna species.” The meeting is on Wednesday April 27th starting at 7.30pm at the Elf in the Orange Showgrounds and everyone is welcome.

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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