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Groundswell City to Soil Project - mid way review, 2009.
Groundswell City to Soil Project - mid way review, 2009.

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Published by: sdilkara on Feb 09, 2011
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University of Canberra
The Learning Curve 
:Midway ReviewReportof
May 2009
We would like to thank each and every member of the
team for their opensharing of insights, challenges and learning. We appreciated the time you gave us in yourbusy lives. It was a privilege to learn about your work and from each one of you.
Barbara and Barbara
Executive Summary
The Learning Curve: Midway Review Report of Groundswell 
Barbara Pamphilon and Barbara ChevalierAustralian Institute of Sustainable CommunitiesUniversity of CanberraMay 2009The University of Canberra’s Australian Institute for Sustainable Communities conducted aMid-way Review of the
project between March and May 2009. The reviewreport covers:
An introduction to
and the review methodology,
Project milestones,
Stakeholder reflections and lessons—by site and collectively,
Project themes and lessons, and
Conclusion and recommendations.The Review focused on providing opportunities for the major partners to reflect on theirexperiences, clarify the lessons learned and mutually discuss and determine what would beneeded in the second half of the implementation phase.The Review objectives were to:1. Reflect on the project implementation to date,2. Assess the appropriateness of project plans, strategies and outcomes, and3. Identify any changes or adjustments to project plans, strategies or outcomes.The guiding questions included:
How is the project going?
What have we achieved?
Are our plans working?
Do we need to make any changes to our plans?
What difficulties are we facing?
What do we need to do to overcome these difficulties?The main strategy of the review was a one-day workshop brought together as manystakeholders as were available in a structured process that enabled shared learnings,issues, challenges and solutions to emerge. This strategy was complemented by:
An analysis of the project achievements to date;
Site visits;
Interviews with other identified stakeholders, and
Interviews with the Project Manager.
Following the success of the original
City to Soil 
pilot in Queanbeyan, NSW, the
project aims
to trial the collection and processing of household organic waste into highquality compost in three locations in rural NSW. The vision of
to prove the wider economic viability of the ‘City to Soil’ collection system and establish composted urban organic waste as a cost effective, high quality agricultural input 

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