There was an audible buzz of enthusiasm happening in the back of the Cedar Bar & Restaurant in Bellingen last week, when 30 keen people came together to meet each other, share ideas, and officially launch the brand new Coffs Coast Regional Science Hub (CCRSH). Initiated by Inspiring Australia NSW, CCRSH is now one of 14 Regional Science Hubs which are working to create conscious and knowledgeable citizens who care about and take action in the world. This initiative does that by connecting scientists to the broader community and bridging the gap between science and society.
The event was opened by Amy Denshire, CCRSH Administrator, who then handed over to Lisa Siegel, co-founder of the Centre for Ecological Learning which is the lead partner for this initiative. Guest Speaker for the event was Jackie Randles, NSW Manager of Inspiring Australia, who spoke to the group about what the Inspiring Australia initiative is all about, why this national strategy linking science with the public is important, and what other Hubs have been doing.
The CCRSH launch event saw scientists, artists, and staff and representatives from Bellingen Shire Council, Coffs City Harbour Council, Southern Cross University/National Marine Science Centre, North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, Birdlife NSW, Coffs Regional Art Gallery, arts organisations, community organisations and schools come together to launch the initiative and start the conversation of how we can work together to bring science to where the people are in this region. CCRSH will serve the Bellingen Shire, Coffs City Council, and the Nambucca Shire and is specifically focused on connecting our communities with science to bring about a sustainable future. “There was a great energy in the room. It was wonderful hearing all the connections between people from the different sectors. We look forward to more groups joining!”, said Amy Denshire, CCRSH Administrator.
The next meet-up for the Coffs Coast Regional Science Hub is on Tuesday May 8th from 3-5pm at the National Marine Science Centre, 2 Bay Drive, Coffs Harbour. For more information, visit www.cel.org.au/ccrsh or contact Amy on 0490 068 685.
CCRSH May Meet-Up | Tuesday 8th May, 3-5pm | National Marine Science Centre