GREEN HOUSE: Bruce McNicol and Lisa Bartholomew will open their Lismore Heights home for viewing on Sustainable House Day.
GREEN HOUSE: Bruce McNicol and Lisa Bartholomew will open their Lismore Heights home for viewing on Sustainable House Day. Cathy Adams

Come on in, the house is sustainable

ON SUNDAY, September 8, Lisa Bartholomew and Bruce McNicol will welcome the public into their home.

Theirs is one of two houses in the Northern Rivers to be open for viewing as part of Sustainable House Day.

The event has been the result of a combined effort by Lismore City Council, Rous Water and Lismore Workers Club.

Mr McNicol and Ms Bartholomew have transformed the yard around their 1920s era Lismore Heights house with vegetable and flower beds, citrus trees and a chicken coop.

They also planted coffee bushes and banana stools which supply them with five months of coffee a year and more bananas than they know what to do with.

"Because we can't possibly eat them all we share them with our neighbours," Ms Bartholomew said.

"Then our neighbours give us chook feed," Mr McNicol said.

The couple have installed a frog pond and stocked it with a species of fish specially selected for its distaste for frogs' eggs.

"Living sustainably shouldn't impact your day- to-day living. You don't have to go hide out in a shed with no electricity and eat brown rice," Ms Bartholomew said.

Other features of their home include solar panels on the roof, a 10,000-litre rainwater tank and a freshwater pool that uses no chemicals.

On September 8 two homes and one business will be open to the public 10am-4pm: Lisa and Bruce, 49 Ross St, Lismore Heights; Richard and Cindy, 24 Ryces Dr, Clunes and Rainbow Power Company, 1 Alternative Way, Nimbin.



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