THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL EARLY 2007. I HAVE LEFT THE PREVIOUS STORY INTACT BELOW FOR REFERENCE, UNTIL A NEW PLANNING FRAMEWORK HAS BEEN SET OUT – HOPEFULLY WITHIN A FEW DAYS.
MEANWHILE THE TOPIC HAS BEEN GIVEN ITS OWN PAGE UNDER “THIS YEAR”, ACCESSIBLE FROM THE HOME PAGE OF THE ROTARY BLOG. HANS 4.10.06
The night was set to Thursday 16 November in cooperation with principal Fiona Prentice of Oberon High School. The RSL Club has confirmed that the function room is available. We don’t yet have a response from St Joseph’s, despite reminders.
Actions (refer timeline chart):
Response criteria (line 2): Gary Hart’s original response criteria are shown at the end of this post, and can be added to (see Malcolm’s comment and Julie’s reference to the Banksia Awards). However, we should not be specific on the nomination form, which has now been designed to include people’s own description of how they are environmentally responsible (see form below). The other reason not to be too specific is that we need to involve the students in the process of defining environmental responsibility (starting tomorrow).
For this reason, the timelines for response criteria and involvement of schools/students (line 3) are identical, ending 22 September. Aiden and I met Year 10 of Oberon High on Friday, 25 August (12.10 to 1 pm period), with Year 10 adviser Gill Purcell and Cheryl Fitzpatrick. Katie Graham also came along for part of the session, which was very pleasing. We had the impression the initial contact with the students was successful, and a second session is being organised for mid-September. Aiden suggested that we bring a third person along from the committee, which I think is a good idea.
At the session we presented students with a short summary of the project including a list of criteria for assessment of application, and the green application form itself. We left another 100-odd copies of the application form with Gill Purcell.
Design promotion and forms (line 4): The form is being distributed through Oberon High and through Thrifty-Link, Arrow’s Newsagency and Oberon Videos & Discs. It’s printed on green paper for greater visibility. I wrote an article for the Oberon Review (24.8) to introduce the project.
How do we advise businesses and farms, other than through general promotion and word-of-mouth? Other details include advising through notice boards etc, including the surrounding villages (Black Springs, Tarana, Hampton, O’Connell suggested as being “Oberon-oriented”).
Design trophies/prizes, number of winners (line 5): Do we have two prizes for businesses: large/medium as a group, and small? I now suggest we decide this in light of the responses we receive – main criterion is not to swamp deserving small businesses.
Deside on and book venue (line 6): RSL function room has been booked. We need to advise Vivienne about approximate numbers and setup in due course.
Decide judging procedures and judges (line 7): Current suggested deadline to determine procedures: end August/early September. It’s important to involve the students, and there is therefore a considerable overlap with line 3 (involve schools and students). Aiden and I will discuss this at tomorrow’s meeting with Year 10.
Design and place advertisements (line 8 ): Not sure whether we can combine that with our general publicity, but we may have to insert a formal notice in the Review and reproduce it on notice boards. We may have a longer timeline depending on how we see advertising as distinct from a general promotion campaign (as per line 4). Maybe we should rely on free promotion during August/early September and design and insert the formal public notice in mid-September.
The above eight tasks are the most urgent. Others follow as shown on the timeline chart.
Hans (original post dated 3.8.06; updated 24.8.06 and again 27.8.06)
Gary’s original list of criteria:
BUSINESS: Clean power; rainwater collection; minimal run-off to drains (use of sumps etc); awareness of packaging (minimal use of plastics); appropriate motor vehicle purchase; minimise pollution; recycle & reuse.
FARM: Clean power; rainwater collection; envirocycle or similar for sewerage; planting of trees; responsible chemical use; control of run-off (minimise erosion); minimise pollution; recycle & reuse.
RESIDENTIAL: Clean power; rainwater collection and water recycling; native gardens; permaculture; use of mulching mower on lawns; awareness of packaging; chemical awareness and responsible use; minimise pollution.