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EPA Senior Project Officer Maria Moreno conducts a water use survey
Opening doors to safety advice on contaminated sites
The EPA regularly engages with the community near contaminated-site areas to advise residents and businesses about safety and water use near the sites. In recent months, over 230 residences or businesses were doorknocked or had letters dropped at sites in the Hawkesbury and Newcastle areas.
The stakeholder engagement teams find that face-to-face visits lead to the community’s better understanding of potential issues. Residents often voice their appreciation for the personal visits and reassurance from EPA experts.
New Community Recycling Centre for Sydney’s Inner West
Inner West residents can now drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles, e-waste and batteries for free at the new St Peters Community Recycling Centre.
Helping Vinnies raise over $7million for the homeless
Acting CEO NSW EPA Mark Gifford rugged up ready for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout
The EPA’s Acting CEO Mark Gifford participated in his first Vinnies CEO Sleepout in June and described it as a humbling, rewarding and cold experience.
“I gained a small insight into what sleeping outdoors on a freezing night can be like for people in our community who find themselves sleeping rough. It was a humbling experience, and we heard first-hand the stories of those people young and older who have found themselves homeless. It was thought provoking to learn something about their lived experiences of homelessness. They showed great courage in sharing their stories with us and it certainly drove home why awareness raising and funding is so important to changing people’s lives when they need help. As one of them said, we are all not that far away from such adversity. It can be a cascading series of events that finds you in circumstances that are often outside your control. It was also great to hear how well they were supported by the staff at Vinnies.”
Photo booth at Love Earth Festival
An unofficial ‘photo both’ evolved at Love Food Hate Waste’s stand at the Love Earth Festival as visitors of all ages enjoyed stopping by. Display partners Harris Farm Market also got in on the act – and Midnight Oil belted out a few supportive songs at the event, even starting the chant for ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’!
Coming Up Events calendar
- 9-15 September National Organic Week
- 21 September World Clean Up Day
- 3-5 October AAEE NSW Conference
- 14-16 October LGNSW Conference, Warwick Farm, Sydney
- 18-20 October Sydney Home Show