Caldera project launch at Uki

IF you think you know what it takes to make a more sustainable Tweed Valley, make sure you get along to the Caldera Economic Transition Project launch tomorrow.

The Uki Village and District Residents Association will host the first community workshop and discussion, focusing on moving Uki towards a sustainable economic, social and environmental future.

Community co-ordinator Eddie Roberts said Uki is just one of the three communities the project is targeting.

“Tyalgum and Tweed north west, including Crystal Creek and Chillingham, will also have workshops and working sessions,” Mr Roberts said.

“At the meetings we will be identifying all aspects of sustainability that we have the ability to do something about.

“The bigger the vari- ety of ideas the better the plan will be.”

Mr Roberts said ideas may include energy-efficient housing, river and environment care, and public transport.

“The need for better infrastructure, such as cycling and pedestrian paths, is likely to come up,” he said.

“Another thing is the establishment of a small food forest at Sweetnam Park in Uki.”

Ideas from all three areas will be brought together to form the Cal- dera Economic Transition Project, which is the first of its kind in the state and, if successful, will act as a pilot program. The project is a joint venture between community members, Tweed Shire Council and the NSW Department of State and Regional development, which provided $45,000 in funding.

Tomorrow's workshop is free and includes afternoon tea. Call Mr Roberts on (02) 6679-4079 for more information.

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