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A Regional Sustainability Hub –demonstration, incubation and research!. Innovations derived from ‘waste’ materials. Aim of this presentation Advise on ‘Regional Sustainability Hub’

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Aim of this presentation
  • Advise on ‘Regional Sustainability Hub’
  • A precinct to establish a highly innovative Centre to educate about, incubate and research, domestic, business and community sustainable practices.
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A fully operational Centre contains
  • Education programs, initially waste minimisation and resource recovery
  • Practical displays, especially waste and resource recovery
  • Administration and IT Centre
  • Events
  • Research projects
furniture
FURNITURE

Chairs from bicycle wheels

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Products from Recycled Materials

Using necks of bottles

LAMPSHADES FROM GLASS BOTTLES

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FURNITURE

Cardboard furniture – holds 80 kg

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Concept based on CERES!

Centre for Education and Research in

Environmental Strategies - Melbourne.

Almost 30 years old

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CERES
  • a 55 tonne carbon sink
  • 4.5 hectares next to Merri creek
  • runs on renewable energy, conserves/recycles water and waste, grows organic food
  • teaches diverse audiences about environmentally friendly ways of living
  • employs equivalent 60 FTE
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Idea derives from:
  • Organics in waste stream
  • Queanbeyan Enviro Expo
  • SERRROC Schools forum December 2008
  • DECCW Community interest – Who Cares for the Environment report!
  • Waste sector changes – policy and industry practice
  • Existing models – CERES, Macarthur, Northern Rivers Food project?
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Market situation - No regional equivalent

Possible challenges – Eastlake (ACT),

Cooma? Goulburn? Galong?

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Why the SERRROC region?
  • Potential significant economic activity, including savings re waste services
  • Unique regional education centre
  • Employment
  • Community engagement
  • Timely for maximum political support
  • Knowledge flow-ons to local economy
  • Is self sustaining but help needed initially
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Flow-ons to local economy:

Eg. Silicon valley succeeded because of

social networks, not technology!

CERES Example

Now developing into a Food Hub – city food

production and better links to local

producers!

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*Flow-ons to local economy:

Silicon valley succeeded

because of social networks

CERES

Now developing a Food Hub – urban food

production with links to local producers!

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Mushroom/worm production insulated containers

Bee hives

Aquaponic veggie/herb production

Training space/cafe

Composting

Toilet /biodigester

Aquaponics

fish system

Seedling

Propagation

Shop, offices

co-op packing space & coolroom

Food Hub: An initial sketch...

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Finances – depends upon final decisions

Capital:

CERES $15m

Macarthur $2m+

Northern Rivers $4m+

Operational:

Minimise running costs

Generate income

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Concept not to be confused with selection

of the site –

But the right site will make a

Difference!

Eg Queanbeyan - Mountain Road has many

Excellent qualities but possibly some political

downsides.

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Process from here:
  • Agree in Principle
  • Based on forum outcomes, proposal developed for interested Councils
  • Set up working party
  • Feasibility study – funds from government?