Keen Interest

Keen interest in New England Sustainability Strategy


More than fifty people and organisations registered their interest in the NESAC Sustainability Plan Forum at NERAM on Monday September 22 within 48 hours of its launch last week.

Adam Blakester, Principal for the New England Sustainability Strategy Executive (NESSiE) says he is not only impressed by the rapid response but the diversity of interest shown.

“We have people from right across our region as well as from national and international areas – including community members, government and business,” he says. “It means a strong network is developing already and many of the people who have responded to this initiative are either wanting to attend, wanting to join the Consortium or to be kept informed about the progress.”

Mr Blakester is seeking 101 representatives at the Forum which will start mapping a sustainability strategy for the southern New England area including the NESAC councils, Armidale Dumaresq, Guyra, Uralla, Walcha and the New England Weeds Authority.

The New England Sustainability Strategy is funded by NSW Minister Verity Firth for the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change.

A Sustainability Scorecard for the is being prepared for the Public Forum and eight working groups have been formed for this purpose, each led by a Consortium member. Their brief is to work across each of the council areas as well as look at sustainability from a specialist viewpoint – environmental, social, Indigenous, government, economic, youth, cultural and global perspectives on sustainability.

“Formal invitations to the Public Forum will be sent shortly,” says Blakester. “We want as diverse a cross section of the community and stakeholders to be involved to truly reflect the ‘whole of community’ objective for this New England Sustainability Strategy.”

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 Service); Peter Sniekers (NSW Dept of State and Regional Development); Maureen Chapman (Dept of Premier and Cabinet); Jackie Bowe (Southern New England Landcare Coordinating Committee) and Steve Widders (Armidale Dumeresq Council).

To register your interest in attending the Public Forum, or find out more about 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.

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