Help needed to shape The Green project

A GREEN enterprise incubator along with permaculture and native gardensĀ  will be part of a new $300,000 project that has been 20 years in the making.

The Green is an all-of-community project, planned to showcase environmentally sustainable living practices with a focus on re-using, recycling and up-cycling, where used items can be improved to increase their environmental value.

Resource Recovery, a project of Great Lakes Community Resources (GLCR) secured $300,000 from the NSW Department of Human Services and Community Services, to launch and build The Green over the next three years.

Together with a shopfront it will include waterwise and children’s gar-dens and structures, environmental (sustainability) education in waste avoidance / re-use, water and energy use minimisation.

“The success of The Green will hinge upon the participation of .ito-gressivo, environmentally-minded volunteers from within the Great Lakes community,” Great -takes Councirs Waste, Health and Regulatory Services manager John Cavanagh said.

“This is an opportunity for all people, of all ages, who care about the environment to do something that makes a real difference.”

Potential planning ideas to be con-sidered include a community cafe, grey water systems, bamboo farming. alternative power generation, eco-tours, facilities for sports and hobbies, e-waste facility, driver-training and construction of access pathways connecting to Darawakh Wetlands, the beach and Tuncurry Skate Park.

Construction projects will be supervised by qualified tradespeople, offering the chance to learn real, hands-on building skills for people of all ages.

There’s plenty of room for creation and innovation and people with any , skills and knowledge related to sustainable living practices are being asked to come along to a Community Information Day,” Mr Cavanagh said.

Interested and/or skilled community members are also needed to establish a voluntary steering committee. Committee members will help in the establishment, operation and development of a sustainability one-stop shop and will receive specialised governance training.

All volunteers will initially inducted to the Resource Recycling site and have the exciting opportunity to tour similar inspiring waste management/recycling facilities.

Please contact Great Lakes Community Resources to reserve your spade at the Community Information Day and free barbecue, Saturday, December 4, 10am to 12pm, phone 6555-8922.

-Advocate News, 17 November 2010

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