Composting to turn Pyrmont Bridge green  

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Minister for Planning Pru Goward announced today that Darling Harbour will showcase a world-first experiment in environmentally sustainable design with a three-dimensional garden set to temporarily transform Pyrmont Bridge.

Ms Goward said the ”˜Amaze’ project will see more than one tonne of organic waste diverted from landfill each day and turned into compost that will nourish an amazing trellis garden.

“This is an extraordinary and exciting project.   It is not just a static sculpture, but a living attraction which will breathe life into Darling Harbour over summer,” Ms Goward said.

“Starting from August, Darling Harbour restaurants and attractions will recycle their organic waste ”“ including kitchen scraps, coffee grounds and even leftover lettuce from the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s dugongs ”“ into compost.

“It is the first time in Australia, and possibly the world, that a major tourism precinct has collaborated on a composting program of this scale.

“The rich compost will be used to naturally fertilise a trellis garden on Pyrmont Bridge ”“ a living green structure that Darling Harbour visitors can walk through, touch, smell and taste.

“Work is planned   garden will be constructed in late October and sown with climbing fruit and vegetable varieties that will steadily grow and envelop the trellis.

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“As the garden blooms, local residents, workers and visitors will be invited to pick the fresh, locally grown produce to take home and enjoy.

“Special event days throughout the following seven months will see Darling Harbour restaurants cook in homage to the culinary pleasures of fresh, clean food.

“The Amaze garden will stay in place until April 2015, at which time there will be a final harvest celebration and the structure will be dismantled and removed,” Ms Goward said.

Amaze is a project developed by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, partnered with environmental champion and design guru Joost Bakker, who was also behind the successful  Greenhouse  project at Circular Quay.

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