June 10, 2018

New lighting provides nocturnal wayfinding at Randwick Sustainability Hub

Story and photo by Russ Grayson, June 2018

When the new wayfinding lighting was recently switched on at Randwick Sustainability Hub/Community Centre, it marked the near-completion of the third and final phase of the redevelopment of the Hub.

That redevelopment saw the retrofitting of the community centre building for energy and water efficiency, installation of renewable energy systems — a grid-interactive photovoltaic array and a wind turbine — the classroom partially built of recycled building materials, the Permaculture Interpretive Garden, the wild food and habitat trails, the native and honey bee hive enclosure and the training  garden with its self-watering (‘wicking’) beds.

The facilities support the courses in community resilience offered by Randwick Council’s sustainability unit: Organic Gardening, Forest Gardening, Community Leadership, Living Smart. They are also used by the Ecoheroes Club for 4-11 yar olds, the Friday Permabee gardening volunteer group and annual events like International Permaculture Day and the Festival of Forgotten Skills.

By connecting the car park at the entrance to the community centre building and the classroom, the new lighting provides wayfinding for the centre’s nocturnal visitors.

The Hub and community centre are located at 27 Munda street, Randwick, in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

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