Kimbriki Eco House is made from 80% re-used materials

An update from Kimbriki

On the first of June the Kimbriki Eco House and Garden, set in Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre, Ingleside/Terrey Hills was officially opened by Dick Smith AO. This new education centre was built to complement the existing successful eco garden programme. Significantly, the new Eco House building is made from 80% re-used materials rescued from loads of rubbish or recyclables entering the recycling and landfill centre.

Dick Smith has just launched his new book “Dick Smith’s Population Crisis”, advocating an urgent call for all of us to focus on how we can change the direction of capitalism toward sustainability. He spoke at the event about how we need to reassess the way we live and how this eco education centre has got to the very core – that behaviour change and living in a more sustainable way is vital. Dick said ‘We must slow down that ticking clock.’

Costa Georgiadis of Costa’s Garden Odyssey, SBS TV, attended the opening and said ’With fantastic centres like these and the great work that Pete does I can see that my wish for a backyard revolution will happen and everyone in Australia will be growing food and re-connecting with the cycles and seasons of nature. Its about re-thinking the culture of convenience.’

Opening of new eco house at Kimbriki Tip, Ingleside. SBS TV gardener Costa Georgiadis gets excited.Pics- by Simon Cocksedge

Peter Rutherford, Senior Ecologist at Kimbriki Eco House and Garden for more than 11 years explained that his mission is to drive change in our local and broader community by providing information and resources to explore ways of living more sustainably. Kimbriki Eco House and Garden is a place for everyone to experience, learn and be inspired.

The root meaning of sustainability goes back to the Latin words ‘sustinere’, and embedded in the meaning of ‘sustinere’ are the words: to prolong, maintain, establish the truth; keep up vitality and courage.

Dick Smith is showing us the leadership so desperately needed at this crucial time, by being truthful with his feelings and opinions and having the courage to stand up and publicly speak about it. This is true sustainability!

Aaron Hudson CEO of Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre, which funds the project, said ‘I fully acknowledge the great work being done in ecological education; and I can see the benefits of an actual classroom or hall where a busload of school students could have excursions even on rainy days; or community talks could be held. I’ve embedded ongoing funding of this project in our plans for the future.’

The opening of the new Eco House & Garden education centre marks a shift in thinking by councils that funding ecological education must be further integrated in all aspects of what they do and that leadership from councils is the key to changing community thinking.

‘The concept became reality as materials were pulled aside as they arrived at the waste and recycling centre. The timber poles are rescued power poles, the beautiful timber floor was heading for recycling into mulch.  Re-using materials has higher ecological value than recycling. We’ve also re-used insulation that was being thrown out. The building is clad with second hand corrugated iron panels and re-used windows from the Kimbriki second hand ‘BuyBack Centre’.

The Eco House & Garden hosts many workshops for community, industry and teacher training; excursions for thousands of school students and is booked many months ahead. Visitors can drop in and have a look around the garden 7am-4.30pm daily.

‘Recently we have been working to support the huge level of enthusiasm for vegie gardens & composting in schools.’ said Peter

Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre at Ingleside/Terrey Hills in Sydney and is owned by four local Councils – Mosman, Manly, Warringah & Pittwater. It’s a massive centre that reuses and recycles over 200,000 tonnes of materials every year including composts, mulches, gravels, and second hand materials directly from the local community. or for more information.