The IQ SCENE (Sustainable Community Employment Network Enterprise) is growing with a great crew of volunteers involved in a range of exciting activities at Island Quarry.
With huge thanks to our current volunteers, our organic community garden is ready for planting, our office is wired for IT and our workshed is (almost) set up for the next round of creative building projects. In the next few months we will be offering workshops in composting toilet construction and flowform installation, as well as a range of building and recycling projects to improve IQ’s community facilities.
There’s so much happening that we need more help to make the Island Quarry Arts and Eco Park an excellent community resource for everyone.
Come and be part of the SCENE @ IQ.
More info on SCENE homepage
The IQ Association just celebrated it’s 7th year of occupation on the 22nd June 2003.
Public Liability Insurance
IQ has acquired Public Liability Insurance (umbrella insurance available – (contact IQ for more info.) (WHMF / y10 formal / BEC etc. )
IQ received an International Year of the Volunteer grant of $3,200 for tools.
Organic Community Market Garden
IQ is preparing an “Organic Community Market Garden” & if you are interested, get involved through programs below or just get involved.
Recently, a successful Garage Bazaar was held at the Quarry
On December 14 – 17 2003, William 2Feather conducted a successful sweat lodge, personal healings, sweat lodge ceremony, medicine tools, talking stick, spirit guide, night fire circle and more. For more info, visit his site
IQ is seeking participants, judges and sponsors for a national and international Architectural Competition to help create the IQ Arts & Eco Centre. Feel free to express any interest. email.
IQ Recycling / Revolve Centre is now opening to the public by arrangement, 3pm – 4pm Saturdays, or by contacting 02 6685 9999. All recycling will be accepted including, cardboard, paper, bottles, aluminium cans, commercial off-cuts, recyclables, building materials, and any other reusables.
IQ Regeneration and Botanical Gardens are flourishing, thanks to substantial plant donations and nature working with several volunteers.
Flickerfest International Short Film Festival Touring Program Sat.17th & Sun.18th Jan. 2004 – very successfully held with IQ since 1999. This is a special event for the Island Quarry, being the internationally renowned festival’s first port of call out of Sydney.
Through the Bushland Friendly Nursery Scheme, sixteen Councils from Tweed to Taree have agreed to exclude the use of environmental weeds in new developments and their own landscaping.
Needs & Requests
Anyone wishing to get involved or help, the following are part of an ongoing “wish list” Eco-energy devices, windmill, water tanks, water pump, generator, bamboo, building materials, $$$ etc. email IQ if you donate or put us in touch with any of the above. Thanks!
Dear members and friends of IQ,
The news is good news: the quarry has been re-zoned (1a) General Rural Zone, which means that, subject to Development Approval, many more activities will be allowed on this community land. This meets the objectives of our Plan of Management, approved late ’99 by the Minister for Environment and Dept. of Land & Water Conservation. Island Quarry lodged a Development Application for the IQ Community Arts, Cultural & Eco Reserve – Associated Infrastructure & Ancillary Uses, and has recently been approved, details of any of these documents, can be found by contacting the IQ office on 02 6685 9999 or email.
Recent activities included the installation of an innovative compost toilet, the workshop was held in partnership with ACE. Thanks to Ray Flannagan, Shane Rennie and Gary Scott. These and other workshops continue, with a bamboo building workshop likely, early 2001 with Donny and Depo.
Growers Market DA
IQ is preparing a Development Application (DA) for a “Growers Market” & is calling for interested parties to create a market @ IQ.
DWLC Visits IQ
The Deptartment of Land & Water Conservation visited IQ late in May & was impressed with the project’s progress, offering support.
Letter of commendation
A letter of commendation was received from the Minister of Dept. Land & Water Conservation (John Aquillina).
Happy Birthday IQ
The Island Quarry association just celebrated it’s 6th year of occupation on the 22nd June 2002.
New Public Liability
IQ has aquired Public Liability Insurance. We can now offer umbrella insurance to members. Contact IQ for more info.
IQ received an International Year of the Volunteer grant of 3,200 for tools.
Work for the Dole Approval
Island Quarry Association is now an approved organisation for Work for Dole.
Green Reserves may also volunteer to help at IQ, for those interested please call Vanessa at Conservation Volunteers on 6628 1745.
Community Service Orders may also be done @ IQ. Please call for details.
Congratulations to all, the IQ Community Arts & Eco Centre Development Application was approved unanimously. (Consent conditions apply)
IQ is seeking participants, judges and sponsors for a national and international Architectural Competition to help create the IQ Arts & Eco Village.
Feel free to express any interest. Contact IQ for entry forms email.
Recycling & Revolve Centre Opens
IQ Recycling / Revolve Centre is now opening to the public by arrangement, 3pm – 4pm Saturdays, or by contacting 02 6685 9999. All recycling will be gladly accepted including, cardboard, paper, bottles, aluminium cans, commercial off-cuts, recyclables, building materials, and any other reusables.
Talking ’bout my Regeneration
IQ Regeneration and Botanical Gardens are flourishing, thanks to substantial plant donations and nature working with several volunteers, particularly Kim Greene, who welcomes all people interested in further creation and nurturing, to gather energy @ IQ on most Wednesday mornings from around 8.30am to noon. Kim can be contacted on 02 6685 3513 to confirm.
Film Nights on Again
The International Short Film Festival Touring Program, very successfully held with IQ since 1999, was held again in 2002. This was a special event for the Island Quarry, being the internationally renowned festival’s first port of call out of Sydney. Thankyou to all involved. We look forward to Flickerfest 2003.
At present the 5 members of the IQ Association committee act as the Reserve Trust board. The IQ Association committee intends to invite people to form a new trust board. We envisage that three community representatives will hold these positions on a voluntary basis for up to 4 year periods.
Current chairperson of the IQ Association / IQ Reserve Trust, Shane Rennie, has proposed a 5 x 5 year Corporate Management Lease or Management Employment Agreement to the IQ Association / Trust. If approved this would mean the appointment of Shane Rennie as manager for the Island Quarry. (proposal available for viewing and input by contacting IQ)
Still to Come…
Compost Toilet & Bamboo Workshops Council of All Beings Cultural Games Flickerfest 2003
Limited parking @ IQ so please car pool or use Byron Taxi or taxi shuttle available. IQ Events are children friendly & non alcoholic.
Needs & Requests (to members, sponsors, investors, volunteers or anyone wishing to get involved or help) Eco-energy devices, wind-mill, water tanks, water pump, generator, bamboo, building materials, ideas, etc… email IQ Contact Shane at IQ on 6685 9999 for any details. Be curious, be creative, come Saturday afternoons to IQ, to have a look & have some fun! IQ – Our community multi-cultural venue, for the people by the people.