Earth Day Media release
22 April 2018

Newcastle environment centre welcomes new coordinator in time to tackle big environmental challenges.

The Hunter Community Environment Centre in Hamilton East has welcomed a new coordinator, Jo Lynch, and has kick started a new range of activities to support local people tackling thorny environmental issues.

The environment centre has been a mainstay of Newcastle environmental activism for fourteen years and has been at its current Parry Street location for eight years. A workshop hosted two weekends ago identified a range of challenging environmental issues in the region that local people want to address.

New coordinator, Johanna Lynch said, “I’m excited to begin work as the Coordinator of the Hunter Community Environment Centre at a time when there is so much energy in the Newcastle community for tackling big environmental challenges.

“We know that grassroots community activism is crucial to protecting nature and ensuring we all live in a healthy environment free of pollution."

Georgina Woods, a founding member of the environment centre said, “In Newcastle, our beautiful beaches, coastal woodlands, and internationally renowned wetland estuary are under threat from pollution and development pressure. Lake Macquarie hosts two coal fired power stations that create pollution and over the coming years will need to be replaced with cleaner power.

“We need independent and fearless advocacy for environmental protection more than ever and are thrilled to have Jo on board to coordinate local efforts to address some of these problems.

Jo Lynch continued, “At our workshop, we identified offshore seismic testing, protecting biodiversity from development, plastic ocean pollution and the adjustment the region is making to the global shift away from coal as key priorities for the environment centre to tackle. Working together as a community, we can meet these challenges and I’m excited to be in a position to help make that happen.

“Next week, Newcastle will welcome the global director of the climate change advocacy group 350.org and it’s a timely visit, given the alarming heat we’ve been experiencing. I hope to see lots of Newcastle faces there.”

Further comment Jo Lynch 0417 750 850