Media Release Consortium To Consult

Consortium to consult widely on sustainability plan
Wide consultation across the Armidale Dumaresq, Guyra, Uralla and Walcha council areas will be the first step for the consortium drawing up a sustainability plan for the region.

Principal Adam Blakester said the New England Sustainability Strategy Executive (NESSiE) would hold its first public forum at the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) on Monday September 22. He is inviting all interested members of the community to attend.

“For any plan to be sustainable and effective, it must involve and engage the whole community,” he said. “Our group brings considerable expertise and leadership skills to the strategy but ultimately it will be the community that owns it and drives it. The issues we face regionally and globally such as climate change are real and very challenging. There are already many initiatives from local councils, community groups and individuals to meet this challenge and we want to build on this and be very inclusive in our strategy.”

Mr Blakester said the consortium had put together eight specialist working groups to analyse the current sustainability of the southern New England Region and to identify environmental, social, Indigenous, government, economic, youth, cultural and global opportunities and challenges – both current and emerging.

“This Strategy can position the New England Region as a leader in sustainability and attract people, business and investment,” he said. “Since ancient times our region has been known by the Ainawan people as a meeting place of higher knowledge – the very kind of knowledge, skills and capacity required to address sustainability.”

The New England Sustainability Strategy is funded by NSW Minister Verity Firth for the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change. Armidale Dumaresq Council has agreed to extend the strategy to include the New England Strategic Alliance of Councils (NESAC) including Armidale Dumaresq, Guyra, Uralla and Walcha Councils and the New England Weeds Authority.

The NESSiE consortium members are: Adam Blakester (ParadigmPlay); Ken McLeod (Creative Edge Facilitators); Tex Skuthorpe and Anne Morrill (Tuckandee Training); Michael O'Loughlin, Lindsay Teychenne, Lazlo Szabo (Evolveris), Dr Rebecca Spence (Peaceworks ); Zoe Miller (Armidale Family Support); Peter Sniekers (NSW Department of State and Regional Development); Maureen Chapman and Nickie Murcell (Department of Premier and Cabinet); Jackie Bowe and Sonia Williams (Southern New England Landcare Coordinating Committee) and Steve Widders (Armidale Dumeresq Council).

For further information and to register your interest in attending the Public Forum or contributing to the New England Sustainability Strategy go to or contact Adam Blakester on ten.yalpmgidarap|mada#ten.yalpmgidarap|mada, 02 6775 2501 or 0419 808 900.

Media Contact | Adam Blakester | 02 6775 2501 | 0419 808 900

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