Volunteers Line Up To Get The Green Moving

A NEW community project at Tuncurry, known as The Green, was explored by over 40 people recently at an information day.

The project will be based at the Tuncurry Waste Management Centre and community members of all ages and backgrounds discussed issues ranging from landfill capping timelines to restoring bikes for Timor and keeping chooks in domes.

Seven steering committee members and ten community volunteers were recruited. Their areas of expertise and interest spanned gardening, composting, alternative energy, Indigenous culture and education.

One inspired volunteer, Patricia Keane set up a stall displaying homewares that had been bought at the tip shop and then restored or up-cycled. Patricia’s dream of a new Green CafĂ© is also being investigated.

“This project started just over a month ago and already an incredible amount has been achieved. TAFE has been overwhelmingly supportive, with construction, horticulture and art teachers all getting on-board.

“Landscape designs have been developed and a master design is nearing completion,” Krysten Banks, joint project manager of The Green explained.

A rammed earth specialist would like to work with Indigenous people to create structures and spaces; a retired school teacher will train others in bike restoration techniques; a Green Jobs Corps submission is focusing its on-grounds work at The Green; and a local innovator has started building a wind turbine and compost trials have been organised.

The session was officially launched with a welcome to country and smoking ceremony conducted by Steve Brereton, heritage officer with National Parks and Wildlife Service.

The Green is a three-year community project being delivered by Resource Recovery (a social enterprise of Great Lakes Community Resources) at Tuncurry Waste Management Centre.

If you are interested in finding out more or becoming a Friend of the Green, either as a volunteer or on the steer-ing committee member, you can contact either Lisa Strudwick 0431 721 892 or Krysten Banks 0413 650 081.

Twelve workshops will be held this year and the first workshop for volunteers and steering committee members will be a bus excursion to the inspirational Kimbriki Resource Recovery at Terrey Hills in Sydney.

-Advocate 5 Jan 2010

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