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Snowdrop Strolls

Thursday 1st February
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free


Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 3rd February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission Members Free

Snowdrop Walks

Saturday 3rd February
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission Members Free

Path Edging and Bird Count

Saturday 3rd February
Comber Greenway

Pond Improvement

Sunday 4th February
Rea’s Wood Antrim


Rethinking Engagement – A Dialogue Approach

Wednesday 7th February
Holywell Diversecity Community Partnership Building, 10–12 Bishop St, Derry


NI Science Festival 2018

Thursday 15th February
Various, see website for details
See website for details

Brexit, Climate and Energy Policy

Thursday 15th February
Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2


Nest Fest

Saturday 17th February
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Woodland walk at Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Saturday 17th February
Breen Forest on Glenshesk Road

Scrub Clearance

Sunday 18th February
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills


Priorities for Transport Infrastructure in Northern Ireland

Tuesday 20th February
Radisson Blu Hotel, The Gasworks, 3 Cromac P lace, Ormeau Road, Belfast
See website for details


Shifting Shores Wave 2 seminar

Thursday 22nd February
Olympic Suite, Titanic Belfast


Grassroots Social Event in Belfast

Saturday 24th February


Reform Inform Issue #26 13 April 2015

A message from Environment Minister Mark H Durkan on Local Government Reform…


When I first took up post, it was just over 600 days until the new councils would take over. April 2015 seemed a long time away. It is now just one week until that date. A date that will mark a new era for local government in Northern Ireland. A date that represents big changes in the way our councils are structured and the functions they provide. A date that represents real opportunities for change and improvement.

When I look back at what has been achieved during this time, it is evident that a remarkable amount of work has been done by all involved. I thank each and every person for playing their part. Change is always challenging and these are big changes. Not only that, but for many people working on this programme, the changes directly affect them which makes it an even more testing environment.

As we embark on this new era, I’d also like to reflect on the past four decades and thank the councillors and staff of the outgoing 26 councils. It is on the strength of your work, often during difficult and dangerous times, that the new councils will go forward.

Looking ahead, our 11 new councils will take over on Wednesday 1 April. The significance of the date hasn’t escaped me but I will be the first to assure everyone that this is no joke. This is about strong local government. It is about giving councils more powers and flexibility to shape their areas and communities. It is about improving services to benefit those that use them. Central government is supporting these changes and already the Partnership Panel has been set up to improve co–ordination between both tiers of government.

I have said before that the real driver for this transformation will be the leadership, vision and openness to partnership working demonstrated by elected members and council staff. I wish all these people well and encourage them to continue to demonstrate their commitment to the journey ahead, ensuring that local government reform is the success that it has the chance to be.

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