Shire agrees to fund science workshops

Cowra Shire Council has agreed to make a $5000 donation to assist the Corridor Project stage science workshops in the town.

The science workshops will be held as part of the Cowra Cabonne Orange Science hub with the bulk held in Cowra due to Cowra Shire Council contributing most of the funds to the hub.

Cowra Cabonne Orange Science Hub convenor Phoebe Cowdery  told Cowra Shire this week the donation of $5,000 would assist with engaging a one day a week paid position over 30 weeks to facilitate, program and orchestrate the science events for Cowra students and residents: 

Orange Council has approved 6 months of workshops in 2017-18 - a total of $2,800 in funding consisting of $1,300 cash donation and in-kind contributions of $1,500 being for the use of council facilities to facilitate the Science Hub during 2017-18.

Cabonne Council approved one day workshop with a $500 donation. 

Ms Cowdery said the Corridor Project was planning a series of workshops “working with water ecologists, soil ecologists, scientists, designers, engineers and people in the innovation space”.

The workshops will include 3D printing and computer aided design, robotics, drone making, microscopic classification, botanical illustration. 

In support of the science hub, Jackie Randles manager of Inspiring Australia (NSW) said The Corridor Project is highly experienced in delivering exceptional community engagement experiences and Phoebe has been a highly valuable catalyst in driving STEM engagement in regional NSW.

“Her creative programming skills and fantastic ability to bring together program partners from diverse sectors is an asset to our program,” Ms Randles said.