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The year is 2050 and our Central Coast Youth are now leading in their respective fields in our communities across the coast. The transition to renewable energy production is now complete, the local economies are interdependent on sustainable industries, run and owned locally. Community gardens are a hive of activity and act as community meeting hubs. Eco-tourism is a thriving industry employing more than half of the workforce in our region as our wetlands, old growth forests, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are world acclaimed.

Each decade, from 2020, our next generation of community members and leaders were involved in projects, events and programs supported by the elders in our community and leaders in their respective fields. This staged succession planning was strategically coordinated by the leaders in 2020, ensuring our youth were learning to proactively develop and manage the challengers of their generation.CEN YOUTH outdoor shot

This year, our CEN Youth will be working together with the elders (committee members) of our Community Environment Network (CEN). Together on local community projects and events in generating positive action towards a sustainable future. Inspiring engagement of our wider community in connecting with our natural environment on the Central Coast. In 2019, our CEN Youth developed the ‘Steps Towards a Sustainable Future’, with the core themes of Protect, Reconnect and Regenerate. The steps focus areas included: Reduce Reuse Recycle; Transport; Renewable Energy; Native Trees, Plant Based Foods and Storytelling. These were developed to act as an easy guide for members of our Central Coast community to act in building a sustainable future. In which everyone with every action we take could have a positive impact.

The story we write and tell ourselves this year and in years coming will determine our future and that for our next generation. At CEN, we are playing our part, as we all have a role to play in building sustainable communities and future leaders. What role will you play?
For more information about the steps to take and to become involved with CEN Youth please visit our www.cen.org.au website and contact us via our CEN Youth projects page.

Ms Hale Adasal CEN Chairwoman

CEN News Headlines

  • Volunteer and paid opportunities at CEN

    The CEN is an alliance of community and environment groups from Lake Macquarie, Wyong and Gosford. We are a non-profit organisation working to protect and improve our local environment. The aims and objectives of CEN are as follows:• to increase effectiveness of community groups • to be a regional voice on

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  • Call for Submissions- CC Council Draft Waste Resource Management Strategy 2020-2030

    CEN would like to remind the Community and CEN Members that The Central Coast Council's Draft Waste Resource Management Strategy is currently open for Public Exhibition.   https://www.yourvoiceourcoast.com/our-coast-our-waste The team at Community Environment Network hosted a discussion with Kariong Eco Garden about the Strategy.Check out CEN's facebook page for some more

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  • Chair's Update- Local Systems

    Local Systems As a member of the Local Futures network a global organisation that recognises, that the future lies with the local community. We share ideas, stories and models of operating that work in our localities with the aim of developing socially inclusive and sustainable communities. So, we understand, that

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  • Volunteer positions available at our Wildplant Community Nursery - Ourimbah

    We are looking for nursery hand volunteers to assist the nursery coordinator at our Ourimbah Wildplant Community Nursery 2-15hrs a week.   Duties include: watering, tidying, weeding of plants, stocktake, preparing plant orders and labelling. No experience needed, onsite training provided.   Please contact CEN if you are interested.  Nursery hand Volunteer

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  • Submissions required- Central Coast Council's first draft Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) is on exhibition until the 8th June

    Central Coast Council's first draft Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) is on exhibition until the 8th June. This is an important document as it will strongly influence if not direct how and where local development will take place over the next 20 years If you want to have a say on the

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  • COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

    The CEN office is closed to the public until further notice. There will be skeleton staff working at the office, if you have any queries related to CEN please contact us via email or phone.  02 4349 4756 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • Chair's Update - Health Crisis?

    Health Crisis? The recent outbreak of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) has forced authorities to take measures to practice self-isolation and physical distancing. So hence CEN has had to cancel its upcoming events, that engage us with our natural environment and each other through our numerous programs. As well as being a

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  • Chair's Update - Imagine

    The year is 2050 and our Central Coast Youth are now leading in their respective fields in our communities across the coast. The transition to renewable energy production is now complete, the local economies are interdependent on sustainable industries, run and owned locally. Community gardens are a hive of activity and

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  • Chair's Update - Community Healing

    If you think about our first response to emergencies and disasters, we generally look out for our fellow community members. We offer them shelter, feed and care for them, it’s in our DNA, we just do it automatically without giving it much thought. Recently, a wider cross section of our

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  • Chair's Update - Human Nature

    Depending on who you ask, ‘what is human nature?’ You’ll receive a completely different response. The lens with which the world is viewed is the key here. An economist may say human nature is to strive for development and growth, a health practitioner may say human nature is to strive

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  • CEN Networking Night and BAT Award Winners

    Last night, 28 November was CEN’s End of Year get-together where we celebrated together the achievements of this past year. We also presented the 2019 Be a Team (BAT) Awards and CEN Staff gave a brief update on their activities for the year. The 2019 winners are: Most outstanding all-rounder “BAT”

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  • Chair's Update - 'Living Systems'

    The recent catastrophic fire conditions have highlighted the deep disconnect we have with nature and lack of understanding of our interdependency with this living system, of which we are a part. This ignorance at all levels of our complex societies, has detached the connection between deforestation leading to soil erosion

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  • Rapid Response needed! Submissions on the Draft Biodiversity Strategy

    Please make a submission - they close on Monday, 11 November, 2019.  Central Coast Council has recently exhibited a draft Biodiversity Strategy. We note that there are many good actions in the document that staff have prepared. It is also a well presented document with lots of good information and illustrations.

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  • Chair's Update - Be Like Nature

    Nature is diverse, connected, interdependent, restorative, and regenerative which has with time generated resilient communities of species and natural wonder. Those of us who do enjoy spending time in our natural environment would recognise this quality about being human, we are aware of nature’s beauty and bounty.

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  • Chair's Update - Building Youth

    Building our Youth, for the future is something as community members and leaders we should be refocusing our energies. To quote Franklin D. Roosevelt, “We cannot always build a future for our youth, but we can always build our youth for the future.” As a community campaigner over the years

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  • Chair's Update - Challenging Times

    We face challenging times across the globe with global warming and climate change, these challenges also bring opportunities to develop sustainable development, that is in balance with our basic needs of clean air, water and soil to grow our foods and plant our trees. A balanced approach is needed to

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  • ABC 4Corners expose of waste industry and Mangrove Mountain landfill - calls for a Commission of Inquiry

    Mountain Districts Association (MDA) and the Community Environment Network (CEN) are now calling for an Independent Commission of Inquiry and investigation by the NSW Police into the Mangrove Mountain Landfill as a matter of urgency. We are also calling on the NSW Premier to sack the EPA Board. Did you see the ABC 4Corners story exposing the waste

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  • THE BATTLE OVER MANGROVE MOUNTAIN LANDFILL IS IN THE LAND AND ENVIRONMENT COURT

    Background information on Mangrove Mountain Landfill Mangrove Mountain Landfill sits at the highest point of the Central Coast water catchment and threatens the quality of the Central Coast water supply. The Landfill is located at the Mangrove Mountain Golf Course on the boundary between Gosford LGA and Wyong LGA. The

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  • New Council Pile Burning Policy

    CEN belives that this is a very bad policy that will impact the health of many people with asthma as it allows burning without a permit and increases the amount of fuel by 270%. The existing RFS/NSWFB Policy on Pile Burning does all that is needed for keeping properties clear

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  • Join the Friends of COSS

    The Coastal Open Space System (COSS) is a network of reserves supporting natural vegetation that are managed by Gosford Council for a number of environmental and community values. COSS lands provide important ecological habitats (or homes) and essential linkages (wildlife corridors) for diverse fauna and flora. These natural areas are

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