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Information about the work of  Orange City Council, located in the Central West of NSW

Environmental Learning Facility

The Environmental Learning Facility (ELF) is a multi-functional centre for learning. It is designed to provide a working demonstration of the technologies available for developing more ecologically sustainable lifestyles.

The target audience and users of the facility will be varied as the purpose of the facility is to provide a focal point for research and learning, linking communities, business and learning institutions across the NetWaste region and beyond, thus acting as a virtual learning facility.

NetWaste, as a major partner in the development and long-term supporter of the Environmental Learning Facility (ELF) endorsed the establishment of this innovative project in Orange at the Orange Showground.

NetWaste comprises 26 Councils across the Central West and Orana regions of NSW and has been instrumental in providing cost effective resource sharing opportunities between Councils. Its primary focus is now concentrating on Regional Waste Management and environmental planning initiatives.

Work began on the construction of the facility in April 2003. Support from the community, business and TAFE was astounding. Sponsorship support exceeded $100,000 in material, labour and in-kind assistance. This clearly demonstrates the community's commitment to enhancing our regional environment through a practical project.

The ELF has a meeting room which can be hired for meetins, training and small conferences. Bookings can be arranged by calling Orange City Council on 6393 8000.