Environmental awareness awards night

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.

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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.

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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.

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10 Responses to Environmental awareness awards night

  1. Hans says:

    Thanks Graham, I will take it up after the present bump in my personal life has been overcome – I hope next week.

  2. Graham says:

    Hans, I now have a good contact with the Bathurst FM radio ststion and it would be worthwhile to get an on-air interview organised to promote the school section in pareticular.

  3. Hans says:

    Sorry, with Isobel in hospital (though it appears the real scare was unfounded) I can’t come tonight. Apologies. I have emailed Aiden and hope he will be able to chair a meeting if people do show up at 6. I think we can postpone the meeting and communicate in other ways, but the main ongoing urgent things appear to be keep involving the High School and maintain the publicity campaign.

  4. Hans says:

    See updated post above. We need to have a meeting, which is a bit difficult next Thursday because of the Golf Club venue – though perhaps we could do it say at 6 pm. It doesn’t have to be long but we need to ensure we are following the timeline.
    I am emailing committee members accordingly.

    PS 31.8.06: Isobel is in hospital (though the initial scare has abated) and I won’t be at tonight’s meeting. I have emailed Aiden to ask him to chair a meeting of anyone coming along at 6. Looking at the timeline chart in my post above there are a couple of tasks that are current, but I think the main tasks that must go along are (1) how to continue to involve the High School (classroom event scheduled towards mid-September) and (2) how to progress the publicity which has started.

    We can’t have a meeting next week which is the DG’s visit but must communicate.

    Hans

  5. Hans says:

    Today I met Gillian Purcell who is the Year 10 adviser. She is happy to support the project and suggests Friday 25 August 12:10 to 1:00 session to introduce it to the students (date and time to be confirmed). I proposed that Aiden and I meet them then (I am also trying for a second session during the first half of September to consolidate the dialogue and Gill is investigating this). Gill also agrees that the school’s role with active student participation is threefold: (1) dialogue with students as to what are the issues involved in setting criteria, (2) general promotion of the project through students, and (3) student involvement in the actual judging process.

    Fiona Prentice came along when we were finishing the meeting and agreed that we could start general publicity and preparation now. SO WHACKO! WE ARE ON OUR WAY!

  6. Hans says:

    Very useful Julie, thanks! I need to do a crash course in ideas by the time I see them at the school. Hans

  7. Julie says:

    Here are some suggestions from the Banksia Environmental Foundation – http://www.banksiafdn.com/index.php?page=212

  8. Hans says:

    Hi Malcolm.
    I do want more input (please!) but I am also trying to step along a thin line between getting the students to supplement Gary’s criteria, and real info like you supply. Cheers, Hans

  9. Malcolm says:

    A quick comment for farms – maybe criteria could include recycling/resposible disposal of used chemical drums (there is a programme called drum muster); Ferilise resposibly – particularly for recycled sewerage – distance from waterways, on ground with slope less than X to minimise runoff, ; Ditto direct drilling vs conventional cultivation,sowing on land steeper than a certain slope; waterway protection (kill the willows?). There are a number of other criteria probably available on ag sites for responsible farming. Let me know if you want more input.
    I am still only guessing what the project is – is it a survey form sent to various busnesses (or in the Review) and the responses will be judged to identify environmentally good businesses???

  10. Malcolm says:

    A quick comment for farms – maybe criteria could include recycling/resposible disposal of used chemical drums (there is a programme called drum muster); Ferilise resposibly – particularly for recycled sewerage – distance from waterways, on ground with slope less than X to minimise runoff, ; Ditto direct drilling vs conventional cultivation,sowing on land steeper than a certain slope; waterway ptotection (kill the willows?). There are a number of other criteria probably available on ag sites for responsible farming. Let me know if you want more input.

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