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Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils

Camden, Campbelltown, Wollondilly


MEDIA RELEASE - Symmetry Project Launched

25 February 2008

Russell Edwards, AusIndustry State Manager for NSW, launched the Symmetry Sustainable Business Project on 20 February at Paul Wakeling Motors, Campbelltown. More than 80 people, predominantly from the business sector, attended the function.

The Symmetry Project is aimed at improving environmental practices of small businesses employing less than 20 people in the Liverpool-Macarthur region. It is funded through 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 business owners and managers across Liverpool, Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly to achieve efficiency in respect to water and energy usage and improve their waste management practices.

"I am confident that Symmetry will not only assist small business in reducing their carbon footprint, but will also help to improve their financial results. A good environment is indeed smart business," Cr Elliott said.

MACROC has engaged Macarthur Business Enterprise Centre (MBEC) to deliver the program, with Bill Parker being appointed as the Symmetry Mentor. Mr Parker will be working closely with small business owners and managers, to help them to improve their environmental management skills and practices.

Another important milestone celebrated at the Symmetry launch was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils (MACROC), Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living (MCSL) and the University of Western Sydney (UWS).

"This commitment heralds a new era of regional cooperation and collaboration, enabling the three organisations to collectively formulate and advance the agenda of sustainability in a coordinated and cohesive way," Cr Elliot said.

The objectives of the MOU are aimed at achieving positive outcomes for the community and include a commitment to:

  • The provision of research and education programs that enhance sustainability
  • Showcasing technologies that contribute to environmental improvements
  • Business recruitment and and development strategies based on the region's sustainability credentials.

Media Contact:

Rob Elliott
Mobile: 0407191452

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