You can make a positive contribution to the environment and sustainability by the way in which you live, even if you don’t have the time or inclination to become a volunteer. It’s easy to make a difference; recycling, controlling weeds, minimizing your electricity and water use, maintaining your swimming pool properly and looking after your septic system. Council is actively involved in a broad range of environmental areas to maintain the health of both our natural and built environments and also the health of the people who choose to live here. For more information, visit www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/ environment. CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA (CUA) Council has supported the annual CUA campaign since its inception in 1989 by providing support and disposal facilities. For more information, visit www.cessnock. nsw.gov.au/environment/ illegaldumping/cleanupaus or check out the CUA website at www.cleanupaustralia.org.au. TIDY TOWNS Launched in 1981 by Keep Australia Beautiful, Tidy Towns is about community involvement and community pride. Council supports this national program and has 11 registered Tidy Town committees across the LGA. Over the years, numerous projects from various groups have received awards at a state level. COMMUNITY PROGRAMS Council holds many waste and environment related initiatives and events throughout the year. These include but are not limited to Council’s Tree Giveaway Program, Love Food Hate Waste, Household Chemical Cleanout days and Mattress Drop Off days. Keep an eye on Council’s website and Facebook page for the latest initiatives! WATER MANAGEMENT Hunter Water delivers water and sewerage services to households across our LGA. Their website provides useful information on responsible water use, rainwater collection and greywater recycling. For more information, visit www.hunterwater.com.au. O U R E N V I R O N M E N T 14 NEW RESIDENTS GUIDE