Aquaponics Project Official Launch at Yandina Community Gardens on Sunday September 13.
An aquaponics demonstration unit, funded by an Australian Government Water Grant, will be officially launched by Hon. Alex Somlyay MP at the Yandina Community Gardens at 10:00 am on Sunday 13th September.
Members of the public are invited to attend the launch and see this exciting new addition to the Sunshine Coast's longest established Community Gardens, located on the corner of North and Farrell Streets, Yandina.
The Maroochy Community Permaculture Group Inc., based at the Yandina Community Gardens, successfully applied for an Australian Water Grant to demonstrate water harvesting and water recycling to the community by installing an aquaponics system. The aquaponics project not only harvests and recycles water but also produces an abundant supply of organic vegetables and fish.
The Australian Government has supported the project because it is community oriented, demonstrates public benefit and involves practical, on-the-ground works that will save or protect water resources. It involves a high level of community commitment through volunteer hours and many contributions to the project.
Elisabeth Fekonia, President of Maroochy Community Permaculture Group said: "A major point of the project is that aquaponics uses much less water to grow healthy fresh food at home. Aquaponics combines fish farming with vegetable growing."
"The vegetable and fruit plants are grown in water, solely on the converted fish wastes. No chemicals or artificial fertilisers are used. The refreshed plant water is then recycled for fish tank use. The vegetables produced in an aquaponics system needs to be organic to succeed" said Ms Fekonia.
"It was practiced thousands of years ago in China when fish were grown in rice crops, and independently in South America when the Aztecs had chinampa waste disposal systems where they grew fish and had floating islands for vegetables and fruit."
Following the launch of the Aquaponics unit, regular training courses will be held at the Gardens for Sunshine Coast home-owners to try aquaponics for themselves.
Sunday 13 September is also National Sustainable House Day and the Yandina Community Gardens are joining the celebrations with the launch of the 'Blue House Goes Green' eco-retrofit project.
11am & 2pm Blue House Retrofit Tour and Designing for Our Climate workshop with Jo Turner
Is your home working with nature, or against it? If you are building or renovating, this informal, fun session at The Blue House, will give you all the basics of creating spaces that work with our beautiful Queensland climate. Topics include:
* sun paths (and how to work them out without being a maths genius!)
* climate data and where to go to find average weather patterns for your area (and what this means to your actual site)
* orientation, room layout and gardening to create a microclimate
* thermal mass and where it's needed
* eaves, verandah and window design for optimal natural comfort.
11am & 2pm Aquaponics introduction and tour---learn about the sustainability of aquaponics and the opportunities for your household, with these three great demonstration systems funded by the Federal Water Harvesting Grant.
9, 12 & 2pm Garden tours---take a walk around the extensive and well established community gardens with the volunteers. Learn about the tropical food plants that are suited to the Queensland climate all year round.
Sunshine Coast Council Environmental portfolio holder and Division 3 councillor Keryn Jones said "The Blue House provides the community with a living example of how a few simple renovations and additions can make a traditional Queensland home more energy efficient."
"With support from council and local suppliers, the Blue House had some key renovations and additions to help reduce its environmental impact and energy use and also save on energy bills".
Topics included in the program of events from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm on Sunday include Living Smart Homes, The Sunshine Coast Energy Action Centre talks, Design for Our Climate workshops , an Introduction to Aquaponics, Strawbale Building and Cradle to Cradle Design.
The event is proudly sponsored by the Maroochy Community Permaculture Group Inc. and Sunshine Coast Regional Council.
The Yandina Community Gardens are located on the corner of North & Farrell Streets Yandina, on the Old Bruce Highway approximately 120 kilometres north of Brisbane.
Downloadable: "Yandina Community Gardens" pdf brochure
Yandina Aquaponics Project Launch & National Sustainable House Day
9:00am to 4:00pm 13/09/2009
Yandina Community Gardens, Cnr North & Farrell Sts, Yandina QLD
Yandina Community Gardens, Yandina
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