You may have noticed a changed landscape while driving past the Old Nut Factory at The Big Pineapple. This iconic location was in disrepair until recently, but is now coming to life with the establishment of the Centre for Growing Sustainability (CGS).
The CGS has involved the Sunshine Coast community by providing community growing space, education at all levels, research and development and many other organic growing related activities. It will involve students from pre-school to secondary schools and universities/colleges. This Centre will be an enormous drawcard for The Big Pineapple and Sunshine Coast tourism.
Locals wanting to get involved ‘from the ground up’ swarmed on-site at the old Nut Factory this week to show their support for creating this new establishment, with some great assistance from The Big Pineapple staff. Centre Director, Cath Manuel, said “It’s so good to see so many people from all over our community here to get involved in the early stages of CGS. It shows us what we can achieve when we all believe in positive outcomes for ourselves and our environment. I’m sure many more people will join us over the coming months”.
The CGS is already attracting the attention of the world by its focus on sustainable growing practices, India and China having already indicated that they will be visiting the Centre for training and to experience a Sunshine Coast that is sustainable. In fact, both countries are well on their way to establish CGS – India and China.
A recent UN paper on food security acknowledged the importance of soil health as the foundation for growing sustainably into the future. Australia has followed its lead by appointing Major General Michael Jeffery (AC, CVO, MC Retd.), former Governor General of Australia, as its first Ambassador for Soil Health. The Centre will quickly establish the Sunshine Coast as a leader in eco-sustainability.
CGS Community Day is held every Tuesday from 9am and also the ‘BIG-WIGs’ social garden group will be held every Wednesday morning from 9am to 11am, followed by morning tea.
Everyone is welcome and for more information please call Cath Manuel on 0408 060 997.
The web site is www.centreforgrowingsustainability.org and Cath can be contacted by email firstname.lastname@example.org