This weekend as you fire up your mower and ask yourself “surely there is a better way” a local project is attempting to deliver just that.
We will be asking the residents of a local development to provide some green waste to conduct a trial on the conversion of that waste to a high quality topsoil. Some experts are this week visiting a local sports field where this organic process is delivering a much better playing surface, reducing the water required without the need for imported soil to repair and upkeep the field.
There are numerous other benefits for the local participants in that the waste does not need to be taken to landfill and will be processed in your neighbourhood.
So you may wonder what is a Wicking bed and indeed I am still coming to grips with this beautiful elegant solution to low water use gardening.
It has been agreed with the support of local council and a local school to participate in a trial of the system with a view to help our community better understand what can work here in Townsville. The trial will involve some selected students taking on some extension to their regular school syllabus by practical implementation of their learning.
A local builder will provide a highly accessible site and the council will also provide the understanding around water consumption. The hope is that these students can inspire their fellow students and demonstrate to the Townsville community at large that we have the ability to produce some home grown produce within the suburban home environment.
In the past there has been synergy and shared ideals around producing high performance housing examples between these passionate industry beacons. The tyranny of distance (Josh based in Perth) and the Townsville example of Innovation House was not sufficient to prevent the natural alignment to occur.
Innovation House has been a renowned success and it has lead both Josh and Darren to consider the question “what next?” In the very near future we will be able to publicly explore a next steps, today’s announcement can confirm that both Darren Finlay and the Innovation House team will be partnering with Josh Byrne and his research fellows to produce another outstanding example of housing solutions for the Townsville region.
The vibe and enthusiasm from the local community has been exceptional with both partners recognising the need to continue this great story and the communities appetite to ask further questions.
To refresh you memories of both previous examples refer to these sites:-