EcoNetwork, and our affiliate group Renew Hunter Branch, are excited to support Port Stephens Council which has partnered with Good for the Hood to invite our members and friends to join a new community hub called ‘Port Stephens Residents @HOME’. Focussing initially on the theme of Sustainability at Home, the Hub will run for 12 months until 30 June 2024.
What is Port Stephens Residents @HOME?
This new hub is an opportunity for residents of the Port Stephens LGA to share local events, groups or initiatives, and ask questions or get involved. It will enable you to connect with other residents and support each other. Through the online portal, you’ll have access to video workshops, interactive events and helpful resources.
Who are Good for the Hood?
Since 2018, Good for the Hood has been empowering ordinary people to create change across neighbourhoods, community groups and workplaces. Co-founder Jo Taranto is an expert contributor on topics including waste, sustainability and climate change, and holds qualifications in health science and environment. She has over 20 years of on-the-ground behaviour change experience.
Our vision is to build an eco-system of everyday change-makers and to make the journey accessible, positive and light-hearted so that every person – no matter what their age, political views or background – can be inspired to create their own piece of good.JoTaranto, Co-founder – Good for the Hood.
Their latest project is the War on Waste Toolkit. Waste is back on the agenda in a big way. While so much has happened in the last five years, it’s clear Australia; we still have a problem! By letting too many things go to waste, we are paying high environmental costs and missing out on the value of our wasted resources. If you’ve been watching War on Waste on ABC, you’ll know what they mean!
Now because you’re a savvy citizen, you’ll know that changing anything this big and messy takes many different steps, so Good for the Hood are here to help you. Have a look at the War on Waste Community Toolkit.
Why create an online residents hub?
Not everyone has time to go out to workshops or travel long distances in regional areas to access such services. This online residents hub means you access great information from the comfort of your home and be able to ask the industry experts all those burning questions before or during each workshop.
Free workshops for 6 weeks
Expert presenters will provide advice on a variety of subjects ranging from meal planning and natural skincare to worm farming and electric vehicles. There are two 1 hour sessions per week, for 6 weeks, and you can choose to participate via zoom or watch the recording later via The Good for the Hood website.
See the list of workshops above to find the ones you’re most interested in – and spread the word to your friends, family and, of course, in your local ‘hood! You’ll be amazed how even small changes can make a big impact – especially if we all join in!
How can I book for the workshops or join the residents hub?
To participate, head to the Port Stephens hub and enter your details. Then you can register for any number of workshops. Zoom links will be emailed to you as the date of each workshop approaches. If you don’t live in Port Stephens, hubs are also available in some other LGAs including Newcastle, Singleton and Upper Hunter. Check with your local council.
Good for the Hood – who we are and what we do
Port Stephens Council – community events
Port Stephens residents@HOME – Online Hub
War on Waste Community Toolkit Launch with Craig Reucassel– Review by Andrew Rupolo, Renew – Hunter Region Branch
War on Waste Community Toolkit – download here.