Coal Loader Platform The Old Coal Loading Platform has been transformed into a green roof and public open space for North Sydney. You will be able to check out the urban harvest precinct that consists of 40 raised garden beds, aquaponics facilities, fruit trees and herb planters.
Perhaps you can visit the native garden demonstration area and see what plants can be grown on a green roof. This is an ex-industrial site and you will be able to see how they have used this site once again. Sydney's newest waterfront venue will host the event on Saturday 3rd November from 3.00 pm to 9.00 pm.
You can take a walk through tunnel 2 to the bushland of Balls Head and beyond. While you are there, there will be sensor lighting which will turn on to guide you around.
There are two other tunnels which are currently closed to the public, with one being home to threatened micro-bats which roost in the alcoves in the ceiling! The other tunnel is lined with 50 rainwater tanks that carry the water that falls on the platform and is used for re-irrigation above.
Cottage Community Garden The Coal Loader Cottage Community Garden has been growing organic veggies there, and the members have been making these since 2007. You can see the different ways that food is grown - in the ground, in containers, up the walls and in water gardens. You could also check out the composting systems and worm farms and get some great hints.
Bushland Community Nursery The community nursery is an important vital component in Council's Bushcare program as it protects and rehabilitates the local bushland.
Community volunteers are working with the Council to propagate local native plants, with seedlings being grown for bushland rehabilitation and green corridors.
You can also drop in on a Wednesday or Thursday to talk to the Nursery Coordinator, Helen, about growing local native plants. Please note, however, they do not sell plants at the nursery.
With more than 20 acts and activities, there is going to be something for all musical tastes. In addition to the Sounds on the Platform, activities and performers will be scattered across the Coal Loader site. This will encourage visitors to look around at all that this unique space has to offer.
There are newly-opened tunnels and their associated chambers will feature a variety of different acts and performers throughout the day, and this will allow visitors to go on their own musical journey.
Between 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm, there will be plenty of free, family-friendly activities. During this time, the event will turn into a relaxed evening and will allow the guests to enjoy the acoustic sounds and fabulous sunset views from the Platform pop-up-bar.
The food that will be available will be excellent and there will also be drinks onsite, however, visitors are encouraged to bring their own keep cups and bottles. You can also bring your own BYO picnics which will be most welcome.