Moving to greener pastures

Our Darwin Hub recently relocated its operations to a prime new site fronting the main road, shared with CSIRO Darwin Laboratories in Berrimah.  This has provided a great opportunity to collaborate more closely with government departments and like-minded organisations using the space.

The tricky move, which took almost three months, served as a good team building and bonding experience with Greening Australia staff and twenty volunteers working hand-in-hand to get the new site up and running. The new hub includes a nursery and professional office space.

The new site is smaller, newer and less costly to run. Restructuring and scaling down of operations has succeeded in significantly reducing overheads and maintenance needs, freeing staff up to focus on project work.

The setup of the new hub has already received great feedback from the community and local partners.

“The move has proven once again the great sense of community in Darwin, with local volunteers and businesses providing or donating their assistance with the move. It has also been great to have the support and involvement of staff from around the country who have assisted in so many ways,” says Lauren Shaw, Greening Australia’s Operations Manager

“Special mentions to our wonderful Northern Territory staff Yvette Brady, Sonya Wiffen, Khinmyint Soe and Emma Lupin, who have given so much to this outcome while still trying to carry on their other projects, and to their families for their support and assistance.”

“A wholehearted thank you to the tireless efforts of our volunteers, some of whom have assisted with more than one Darwin move: Helen Bate, Dr Tony Bowland, Quita and Gladys Docking, Lyn Gerdes, John Hunter, Lyn and Andrew Kernick, Dr Greg Leach, Pete McFadden, Irini Pizanias, Toni Potter, Rene Prosser, Kevin Renehan, Mirielle Santoni.

“To the Australian Leadership Team who assisted on the most delicate operation of moving our nursery stock across, Allys Todd who was integral to setting the wheels in motion, Luke Kingston who assisted with some of our first setup on site, our Green Army Team and coordinator Javiera Perez Bustos, our two Aboriginal Landcare Education Program trainee crews, and finally local businesses and contractors, Territory Linehaul Company, Hew McDonald, City of Darwin Shoal Bay Waste Management Facility, and Cleanaway.”

The new hub is located at 564 Vanderlin Drive in Berrimah. For enquiries regarding our projects or native plant stock, please phone 08 8947 3793 or email