Sourced from The Lighthouse
There’s a buzz in the air at Waverton’s Coal Loader platform, as the historic site approaches the end of North Sydney Council’s innovative transformation turning it from abandoned industrial relic to prime public space.
Community gardeners, market day visitors and Macquarie student groups are now regulars to the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability – along with a range of beneficial insects like native cicadas, beetles and bees enticed back by judicious planting.
“We’ve collected information about what insects and other creatures were there a few years back and it’s going to be really interesting to see how the communities of urban wildlife change in the area, from insects to birds, lizards and so on,” said Dr Peter Davies.
Davies, Associate Professor and acting Head of Department of Environmental Sciences, is part of the Macquarie University Centre for Smart Green Cities and has extensive experience in sustainability roles in state and local government.
“This project will be something of a showpiece, demonstrating how biodiversity can be supported through good urban design,” says Leigh Staas, who is part of the Executive Team of Macquarie University’s Centre for Smart Green Cities.
“North Sydney Council residents have supported big sustainability projects on this site for many years, and the partnership will allow our researchers and students use the site as a 'Living Lab'. By integrating science into the site, we will be able to monitor how biodiversity changes on the site over time,” Staas says.