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Do you know somebody who has… stood their ground at the crease...deflected the assault from their opponents...and remained steadfast in protecting their wicket…. all in the interests of the environment?

Then we would like to acknowledge them as part of the team.

2019 BAT Award winners

CEN is calling for nominations for the following Annual Awards:

  • Most outstanding all rounder – to a person or group who has put in a valiant effort on behalf of the environment/ sustainability.
  • Most outstanding community based organisation – to a group that has worked tirelessly on behalf of the environment / sustainability.
  • Rookie of the year – a newcomer to the conservation movement who has contributed to the improvement of our region’s environment/sustainability.
  • Best 12th man (or woman) – to somebody who has worked quietly in the background to support others in the front line-up and helps keep the team afloat.

Nominations must be submitted by 5pm, Thursday, 12 November, 2020.

Please visit www.cen.org.au/events to submit your nomination or contact CEN on 4349 5756 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CEN News Headlines

  • Hydrogen hubs and carbon capture no fix for climate - Climate Future

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s recent announcement on the Central Coast that his government will spend a total of $539 million on five hydrogen hubs and carbon capture projects will not be sufficient to handle the climate emergency. Climate Future Chair, Mr Richard Weller, said “We do need a hydrogen industry

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  • Planning Minister must refuse proposal to rezone environmental land

    The Central Coast Community Better Planning Group (CCCBPG) and the Community Environment Network (CEN) have urged NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, The Hon Rob Stokes MP, to refuse a planning proposal from Central Coast Council. Chair of CCCBPG and Executive Member of CEN, Mr Gary Chestnut, said he

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  • Battle to save community land begins now

    The Community Environment Network (CEN) has welcomed the decision by Central Coast Council to give the community three weeks to provide feedback on its plan to reclassify, rezone and then sell off 27 lots of community land. “This proposed land sale includes parcels from Norah Head and Toukley in the

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  • Community Better Planning Group calls for action on coal ash inquiry findings

    The Central Coast Community Better Planning Group (CCCBPG) has called for a review of the population growth projections for the northern area of the Central Coast due to recommendations from the NSW Legislative Council’s report Costs for remediation of sites containing coal ash repositories and the limited water exchange of

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  • CEN supports Conservation Agreement for Porters Creek Wetland but wants maps clarified

    CEN has made the following submission to Central Coast Council regarding its recent exhibition of maps related to a proposed Conservation Agreement with the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) which should see the wetland protected permanently. CEN has been advocating for the permanent protection of Porters Creek Wetland for the

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  • CEN's submission on mountain biking in COSS

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Unlawful and substantial environmental damage - illegal mountain bike activity in council-owned reserves is causing substantial environmental damage that needs to be addressed but we do not believe that opening up reserves as sanctioned local or regional mountain bike facilities is the answer. Discussion paper omissions – not enough information

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  • Call for nominations - CEN 2020 BAT Awards

    Do you know somebody who has… stood their ground at the crease...deflected the assault from their opponents...and remained steadfast in protecting their wicket…. all in the interests of the environment? Then we would like to acknowledge them as part of the team. CEN is calling for nominations for the following

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  • Mountain Bike Feasibility Study Discussion Paper Submissions

    The Central Coast Council's consultation for the Mountain Bike Feasibility Study Discussion Paper closes on Monday, 22 March, 2021. It's not too late to make a submission. If you feel strongly about the need to protect biodiversity in Central Coast Council's reserves, particularly in COSS lands, use our submission template

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  • Is it suitable to have mountain bike trails in COSS?

    The Community Environment Network supports mountain biking but we are concerned about its suitability in the Coastal Open Space System (COSS). That is why we are urging our members, supporters and the broader community to oppose, via Central Coast Council's Your Voice Our Coast website, any plans to build new

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Chair's Update - The Three CCC's

    Whenever I go into the CEN office located at Ourimbah campus, to attend meetings or catch up on tasks as the volunteer in chief, I am always greeted by the wonderful energy of community members in our centre.  It is great to catch up with staff and the inspirational work

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  • Chair's Update- It Takes A Village

    It Takes A Village ... Is originally, an African proverb. We have all heard it and understand that raising children and the next generation requires multiple members of the community, such as extended family, teachers, mentors, surrogate family members and friends to support and help them develop. Parents are not enough,

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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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