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Pauline McLeod Awards

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The Pauline McLeod Awards are presented to individual and groups of primary school children for an art work, to high school students for a video and to people in the community for their work towards reconciliation.

The award is run by the ERLGATSI forum comprises staff and councillors from Bayside, Wollahra, Waverley, Randwick, City of Sydney and Inner West Council and chaired by Clr Dominic Wy Kanak, Deputy Mayor of Waverly Council.

The awards honour Aunty Pauline McCleod. "Interview with [Aunty] Pauline McLeod, Aboriginal Storyteller — by Helen McKay. Taped in Sydney and published in Feb-March’98 issue of Telling Tales. (Aunty Pauline McLeod is also a storyteller on ABC Television’s PLAYSCHOOL).".... http://www.australianstorytelling.org.au/interviews/pauline-mcleod-nsw-aboriginal-perspective












The 2019 Pauline McLeod Awards recognised
Zizi Muhammed (Waverley LGA)Uncle John Staines (Inner West LGA)Richard Davis and (Waverley LGA)Aunty Pearl (Waverley LGA) 
Zizi Muhammed has…

Rethinking the Urban Forest Conference Notes

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Addison Road Community Centre,
24 May 2019

Useful presentations from Council Practitioners and Researchers about the imperative and challenges of Greening our cities and increasing our Tree Canopy.

Melbourne City Council
Exceptional Tree RegisterUrban Forest Fund - strong governance  Community Panel assesses recommendation - matching grants for greening private property-retro greening rather than new developments. Trees only start producing hollows when they are 60-80 years old and a useful size hollow can take 150 years. So, instead of cutting down an unsafe tree, it was pruned back, poisoned and hollows were carved out to create a "Habitat Tree"

It has been found that Urban Trees are being removed too soon as they take longer to deteriorate than previously thought.

"Habitat Tree"
cameras monitored tree kids involved in writing bookcreated hollows in the treebirds nested in Possum Hollowpossums did not visit dead tree
"Care for Country"
"Nourishing Ter…

Amy Large Award Recognising Volunteers

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The Amy Large Volunteer of the Year award honour local resident and much loved volunteer Amy Large, who passed away in 2015. 


Amy was widely known for her long years of service supporting Birchgrove Public School committees, Birchgrove Scorpions Junior Rugby League team, Balmain Town Hall and Back to Balmain Day committees, as well as volunteering for the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Bronwyn Bancroft is the recipient of the 2019 Amy Large Volunteer of the Year Award for her work at the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative.Many other volunteers were recognised for their unremunerated contributions to our community.Volunteers from the Exodus Foundation, Community Bushcare Groups, School Bushcare Groups, a Scout Leader, JPs, a young Stop Adani Campaign Leader, Para-Rowers, Newtown Neighbourhood Centre and the Refugee Welcome centre were all recognised. 

nura gunya

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Exhibition of Works by Noel Butler
Wada (hello) in the Dhurga language spoken by Yuin Aboriginal People. Nura Gunya (Country Swan)

Noel Butler is an award winning sculptor specialising in wood carving and burning paterns. Noel creates art from logs and tree stumps and also produces artefacts and traditional tools by utilising the natural features that exist in nature.

The works are for sale

The exhibition is an Aboriginal Cultural Education initiative by Inner West Council Schools, private groups and early learning groups are encouraged to visit, explore and learn about the culture and stories embedded in the works.

For more information contact joshua.staines@innerwest.nsw.gov.au
Chrissie Cotter Gallery 31A Pidcock St, Camperdown

10am to 4pm - Thursday 23 May 2019
10am to 4pm - Tuesday 28 May 2019
10am to 4pm - Saturday 25 May 2019
10am to 4pm - Thursday 30 May 2019
10am to 4pm - Sunday 26 May 2019
10am to 3pm - Friday 31 May 2019

More about the Chrissie Cotter Gallery at https://www.in…

Leichhardt Council's Carbon Neutrality

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"The former Leichhardt Council was the second in NSW to be certified as carbon neutral against the Australian Government’s National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS). The Council became carbon neutral on 1 July 2012 and achieved carbon neutral certification for the 2012–13 financial year in July 2013." - CARBON NEUTRAL STORIES https://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/pages/e0bcd00c-39e3-48ba-8b03-d0f403148cc8/files/case-study-leichhardt-municipal-council.pdf

"Emission reductions
Council’s emissions reduction strategy adopted a carbon abatement hierarchy to guide actions in order of priority, focused on delivering long term best value.

→ Priority 1: Reduce energy consumption where possible. Method: monitoring and reporting on energy consumption.→ Priority 2: Improve energy efficiency. Method: Upgrading equipment and appliances → Priority 3: Create onsite energy generation. Method: Cogeneration or solar PV systems → Priority 4: Purchase carbon offsets and use off-site ren…