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Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils

Camden, Campbelltown, Wollondilly

 

MEDIA RELEASE - Launch of Symmetry Project

1 February 2008

MACROC will launch Symmetry on 20 February at Paul Wakeling Motors showroom, Blaxland Road, Campbelltown. The Symmetry project is aimed at improving the environmental practices of small businesses employing less than 20 people, potentially enhancing their profits.

The Symmetry project is funded from an AusIndustry grant, an Australian Government initiative under the Building Entrepreneurship in Small Business Program.

MACROC President, Cr Rob Elliott, said the program would assist more than 200 businesses to improve their energy usage and efficiency, as well as waste management practices.

"This is a great opportunity for some of the 53,100 businesses in the Macarthur-Liverpool region to not only reduce the carbon footprint of their operations, but improve their financial results as well.

"Achievements of the businesses participating in the project will be acknowledged through a progressive awards system. The awards will be widely publicised, raising the profiles of participants and consequently their competitive edge.

"MACROC is pleased to work together with project partners Macarthur Business Enterprise Centre, Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living and the University of Western Sydney in the delivery of the project. Bill Parker, who has been engaged as a mentor by Macarthur Business Enterprise Centre, will be working closely with small businesses, helping them improve their environmental practices.

"The training and mentoring costs are very affordable for small businesses, with cash outlays ranging from $50 for Bronze level attainment to $300 for Gold. The first consultation is free.

"We have received great support for this program from Campbelltown, Camden and Narellan Chambers of Commerce who believe that environmental management capabilities of small businesses will be strengthened as a result of participation in the program. Similarly, the four councils - Campbelltown, Liverpool, Camden and Wollondilly - are also supporting this project.

"Symmetry is an integral part of the broader Macarthur Centre for Excellence in Sustainability initiative that will also be launched on 20 February by the three participating agencies - University of Western Sydney, Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living and MACROC. They will jointly sign a Memorandum of Understanding at the launch. The Centre of Excellence initiative will facilitate projects and programs that support sustainability, " said Cr Elliott.

Related documents are available for download below:

File: Symmetry Project Information Sheet
Format/Size: PDF - 131KB
Version: 02/02/2008

File: Symmetry Project Launch Flyer and Registration Form
Format/Size: PDF - 133KB
Version: 02/02/2008

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Media Contact:
Rob Elliott
President
MACROC
Mobile: 0407191452