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Invitation to Co-design a Civil Society New Economy Strategy and Action Plan

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New Economy Network Australia (Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast) invites you to co-create:
A Civil Society New Economy Strategy and Action Plan

To transform our local economy by prioritizing community and country


NENA invites individuals, collectives and organisations from Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast to join us and co-create a Civil Society New Economy Strategy & Action Plan. Our goal is to map out pathways to create a strong local economy that centres community and ecological needs and acknowledges the Aboriginal peoples of this land as key actors in this process.
We hope that by developing a collective strategy and plan we are better placed to support each others’ objectives, build stronger networks and foster transformation and change.

We welcome diverse voices who are willing to contribute to nurturing and sustaining a just and inclusive region, polity and economy. We are inviting people from sectors including Indigenous community and other local community organised sectors, health, education, energy, housing, land management, tourism, food production, research, fine and creative arts,
banking and finance, production, retail, management and more.

Once developed, our local strategy and action plan will feed into the development of NENA’s National New Economy Strategy and, as one of the first regional plans created by NENA, our strategy will set an example that will inspire and assist other regions around Australia to create their own action plans. The strategy and action plan will be co-created by the group over three workshops in early 2020. Please join us for the launch of our strategy development phase and general information session on Thursday 5 December 2019, 5.30—8.30pm NewSpace, 409 Hunter St Newcastle Room X 205.

NENA invites you to hear from a guest speaker preceding the launch:

Tony will explain the ‘Preston Model’. Preston was an economically deprived town, by adopting a model that prioritises local businesses and initiatives it has become an exemplar for economic and social regeneration.

Registration – This event is FREE Please book your place by emailing

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