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Enviro-friendly centre

ALBURY-Wodonga’s formerGateway Islandvisitor information centre is going green.
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The Sustainable Activities Centre, or SAC,will open inside the centre next month.

It is the babyof Claire Greenhalgh and husband James, who have agreed toa five-year lease on the Wodonga Council-owned building.

“It’s a hub, a permanent expo for anything sustainable in the region,”Mrs Greenhalgh said.

“We’re talking about organic produce, renewable energy, Landcare, bushwalking.

“It’s an integration point, where not-for-profits can use the place for free and industry can promote their products to those with green dollars in their pockets.”

The centre will officially launchon April 29, but an open day is being held next Saturday from 9am to 4pm to show how the tourism centre is being transformed.

Among its features is a children’s room, library, an area dedicated to community groups, boardroom and a theatrette is planned with old bus seats for viewers.

From tourism to environmentalism: James and Claire Greenhalgh in the former Gateway Island visitor information centre which is becoming the Sustainability Activities Centre. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

“Myprocurement policy, or buying policy, involves not buying anything new, so everything comes secondhand or is donated,”Mrs Greenhalgh said.

The idea for the enterprise came through Mrs Greenhalgh doing household energy audits and realising the interest and need in eco-related information.

She has also been part of the Repair Cafe set up in Wodonga.

Income for the SAC will be generated via $150 annual memberships for individuals and businesses signing up for promotional packages.

Mr Greenhalgh, who will promote his work in home designing at the centre, said philosophy rather than profit was driving them.

“It’s not all about money, sometimes you’ve to got sacrifice for the environment and it’s not just economics,”he said.

Reading area: Claire Greenhalgh in a back room which is being turned into a library with the help of school students.

“We’d be happy to make enough money to keep it going, it’s not going to make us millionaires.”

Themed months will be held at the SAC with Mother’s Day the focus ofMay.

Workshops for gift-making and a session on cloth nappies will be held.

The building operatedas a touristinformation centre from1991until 2012.

The SAC will be the first long-term use of the 455 square-metre since then.

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