Ground work soon to begin at eco-centre

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Ground work is soon to begin at an environmental centre in Timaru.
The former Highfield Tennis and Bowling Club building was moved to the eco-centre site — next to The Crow’s Nest recycling shop in Redruth — in October last year.
The building is to be used as an education hub at the eco-centre, which is being established by the Sustainable South Canterbury Trust.
Crow’s Nest manager Darren Edwards confirmed last week that ground work would begin this month.
Architects had provided two drawings and a decision was yet to be made on how the area would be laid out, he said.
The education centre is part of four proposed quadrants and is expected to include a seminar room, outdoor amphitheatre, changeable display areas that can be set up inside and outside with room for insulation, building, glazing and energy efficiency displays, a natural discovery centre, and classes on sustainable concepts.
The already established Crow’s Nest, a community garden including water features, native planting and community programmes, and a sculpture park, and a demonstration area with wind, water, solar and energy displays with water storage, a science playground and composting options make up the three other quadrants.
Mr Edward reminded the public reusable goods could be dropped off to transfer stations at Temuka, Pleasant Point and Geraldine.
Any effort would contribute to the project moving forward, he said.
‘‘The aim is to get better items, to get more quality items through the sites to the public in the long term.
‘‘It’s also to cut down on the stuff that ends up in our landfill.’’
The Crow’s Nest is managed by the Sustainable South Canterbury Trust, which is contracted by the Timaru District Council.
The recycling shop opened in 2004. Six people are employed at the store.