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Media Intelligence : MT Resource 2010
IN AN INTERESTING LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE NSW PARLIAMENT HOUSE, WE SEE HOW THEIR BACKYARD IS SHAPING UP. words MEREDITH KIRTON photography SUE STUBBS Politicians are adept at telling the masses what to do and how they should go about it, especially when it comes to popular themes such as caring for the environment. But how are they performing with their own gardens? The gardens of NSW Parliament House had suffered, as had much of Sydney during the past few years, from the effects of drought and its subsequent water restrictions. Initially, it had been landscaped in the 70s with the then popular array of native plants, including the paperbarks that can still be seen today. As with many gardens of this era, a lack of knowledge about the maintenance requirements of natives in ornamental situations resulted in the natural decay of many species. Coupled with the drought and loss from water stress of so many other plants, this led to a run- down garden that was often the backdrop to televised press releases. The area that fared worst from these times was the rooftop garden, which, reliant on watering to keep the relatively shallow surface area of soil moist, had put up with its fair share of plant deaths. It’s an area of about 1500 square metres. Luckily, things have changed recently for this garden with two forcesat work. Mother Nature has smiled again and the rains have come, but an equally significant change is at play and that is the new life being breathed into this old gem by horticulturist Grahame Rowe. Employed last December as the full- time horticulturist and part of the Commercial Horticulture Services team for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Grahame has implemented many improvements and changes to the garden in terms of plant selection, layout and design. He has a dream that involves reworking the garden. “ I guess I would love to be able to look at the garden and see my own touch and know that the garden is as good as it should be,” he says. Parliament House has a vision which, along with the Royal Botanic Gardens, which is helping them realise their goals, revolves around sustainable horticultural practices, but also wants to make it one of Sydney’s great rooftop display gardens. As far as infrastructure changes are concerned, according to the building manager Robert Nielsen, in 2008 a 25.6kW matrix of solar panels and four water tanks with a combined capacity of 60,000 litres have been added to Parliament House. This has seen electricity consumption reduced by 21 per cent along with a 12 per cent reduction in gas consumption. As well, the matrix generates 31MW hours of green electricity each year. Since its completion in June 2008, the water-harvesting system has saved four megalitres of water. These systems also support the adjoining Sydney Hospital and State Library. Clockwisefrom top : Adam bonds with the chooks at the Ceres Sustainability Centre in the Melbourne suburb of East Brunswick; he takes the opportunity to shop at themarket forfabulous fresh organic produce andenjoy a cuppa at the centre’s relaxed café. HOUSE ORDER IN THE 82 GreenLiving esign. ream that involves he garden. “ I guess I obeabletolookatthe ee my own touch and e garden is as good as e” he says. Parliament ision which, along al Botanic Gardens, ng them realise their s around sustainable ractices, but also e it one of Sydney’s display gardens. astructure changes are ording to the building rt Nielsen, in 2008 a of solar panels and s with a combined 000 litres have been ment House. This has onsumption reduced ngwitha12per gas consumption. rix generates 31MW ectricity each year. ion in June 2008, ting system has tres of water. These por t the adjoining nd State Library. 88 GreenLiving 88 GreenLiving Passionfruit CHIEF COOK MAGGIE BEER SINGS THE PRAISES OF ONE OF SUMMER’S SENSATIONS. food preparation & styling KAY FRANCIS photography KEN BRASS portrait TONY LEWIS ARTERLIFEVOL1NO2 green LIVINGSMART CHOICES SMARTER LIFE JUL /AUG 2009 AUS $8.95 NZ $8.95 (Both incl. 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ROSEMARY DAVIES SAYS IT ’ S TIME TO MULCH AND TO HARVEST LEMONS. wordsROSEMARYDAVIES photographyISTOCK INDOORS Weekendsare a great time to motivate childrentocollect some oftheflowers from thegardento dry,press andusefor giftcardsand stationery or dryflowers andherbs tomake natural pot-pourri.They couldalsocollectberries,dried conesandseedpodsand addpaint andtrim readyfor natural-style Christmasdecorations. Addafewdropsofoilof lavender, lemon, patchouli or rose to an atomiser spray ofpure water for a refreshingironing sprayfor thelaundry or a safe, o rgan ic ro om- deo do riser s pray. Grow yourownnatural loofa spongebysowingseedsinlate spring ina sunny,fertile,well-drained spot. Adda strong trellisfor thisclimbing melon-likeplant togrow on. Plant out scented shrubs and climbers inthegarden to scent theair and attractbutterflies and birds. Buddleja, jasmine, liliums, osmanthus and sweet alice are goodtoconsider. BRING BUNCHES OF GORGEOUS SUMMER-SCENTED FLOWERS INDOORS TO ENJOY THEIR PERFUME IN EVERY ROOM. LIVING SUSTAINABLY IS A MINDSET ... LIVING SUSTAINABLY IS A MINDSET ... IT’S EASY WHEREVER YOU ARE IT’S EASY WHEREVER YOU ARE OVER 25,000 EACH ISSUE ONLINE COMMUNITY SPECIAL KIDS’ EDITIONS People who are committed to natural living and sustainability spend time with media that has meaning. Green Living is the magazine for people who are making major lifestyle choices today for a sustainable tomorrow. JUL /A// UG 2009 // AUS $8.95 NZ $8.95 (Both incl. GST) 110000000000 IMPOOOORRRRRT RTTTA N T CHANNNGGGGGGEEEEES YOU CAANNNN MMMMMMAKE TTO TOOOOO HHHHHELP FOR INFORMATION RING BEV HACKETT (02) 9887 0363 GLV_AD.indd 1 GLV_AD.indd 1 30/11/2009 10:50:31 AM 30/11/2009 10:50:31 AM
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