Big green gongs for Nimbin Neighourhood and Info Centre
PROJECTS such as a community solar farm, community grain mill, and a beekeepers group have earned the Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre two environmental awards.
The centre last night was awarded the Community Sustainability and Environmental Excellence awards at the Green Globe Award ceremony at NSW Parliament House last night.
Lismore MP Thomas George and NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker both congratulated the centre, which dominated the ceremony by jointly winning the main Environmental Excellence Award the GPT Group as well as the Community Sustainability Award.
Mr George said the centre had been up against 37 other finalists for consideration for the Excellence Award.
"Thanks to NNIC, Nimbin now runs a successful farmers market, mobile community grain mill, food equipment library and has set up a beekeepers group," Mr George said in a joint statement with Ms Parker.
"They have also pioneered the Nimbin Community Solar Farm that involves six other community buildings and generates 45kW of solar power.
"NNIC's win just goes to show that no matter the size or budget of an organisation, it is people power that makes a real difference."
Ms Parker said the centre's commitment to sustainability was "leadership by example".
In a second statement from Ms Parker's office, Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre team leader Natalie Meyer was quoted saying she hoped other groups would benefit from the centre's efforts.
"We entered the Green Globe Awards to help promote sustainability as a platform for community development," she said quoted saying.