Transition Newcastle was highly commended in the Environmental Education category of the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable Cities Award for our Transition Streets Challenge!
We are thrilled by this recognition and are looking forward to developing the Challenge further.
The Challenge had a budget of $2600 and involved almost 2000 hours volunteer hours. It really demonstrates the power of community groups. I calculated that if we had to pay for the work at the rates we use at the University, the project would have cost around $150 000!
Much of this cost would have been for the writing of a detailed workbook, which we are now in the process of revising so it can be used by other groups.
For more about the Challenge see:
- An overview of the Challenge
- The launch of the Challenge
- A slideshow of some of the highlights
- Comments from the Street Coordinators about the impact of the Challenge
- An article discussing the Challenge in relation to Transition Initiatives in an urban context]
A huge thank you to Charlotte, Ginny, Grit, Jo and Nola for coordinating the project in their streets and all the people who took part in the Challenge!
Thanks also to the others who helped make it happen including:
- The City of Newcastle’s ClimateCam team (particularly Karen) for help with the workbook and organising workshops;
- The City of Newcastle’s Make Your Place team for their $2000 grant (and three grants to the Streets) and for their encouragement
- Hunter Water (particularly Martin) for organising giveaways for the water chapter
- The people who wrote and did the layout for the workbook (particularly Cathy and Karen)
- Cathy and John for preparing the award application
- Everybody else from Transition Newcastle who help run the program.