Lee Duffield

Edited by Lee Duffield
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New ‘green’ home centre offers sustainable solutions

Australia’s first green home and lifestyle centre has opened on the Gold Coast, displaying the latest range of environmentally friendly products.

Green Inside and Out: The building itself is hard to miss.  Photo courtesy of Ultinate Green Solutions.

Green Inside and Out: The centre is hard to miss. Photo courtesy of Ultimate Green Solutions.

The Ultimate Green Solutions Sustainable Living Ideas Centre (SLIC) opened at Arundel on September 4.

SLIC marketing manager Heidi Eisel said the concept for the centre came from the “obvious lack of a ‘one-stop shop’ style resource”.

She says members of the community can now find out about practical green living solutions at the centre.

“The centre aims to fulfil this need, in an informative, interactive and educational environment,” she said.

She said the response so far from consumers had been positive and people had been embracing the selection of green products on offer.

“It has attracted many visitors off the street looking for products and services they can employ to live a little greener,” she said.

Changing attitudes?

Ms Eisel said the need for a centre like the SLIC marked a change in the environmental priorities for Queensland residents.

“The response has been huge, supporting our belief that demand in sustainable living ideas has most definitely increased over the last couple of years,” she said.

Ben Perkins, from the Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council (Gecko) also said the centre was needed and helps make people more aware of being environmentally conscious.

“A centre like this, right out on a main road, certainly highlights these issues,” he said.

“There are so many options there.

Inside: The centre offers a wide range of sustainable solutions.  Photo courtesy of Ultimate Green Solutions.

The centre displays many sustainable solutions. Photo courtesy of Ultimate Green Solutions.

“The centre is quite small at the moment but environmental industries have grown hugely in the past couple of years. ”

He also said people need access to more centres like the SLIC.

“The more businesses and people exposed the better so people have options for sustainable solutions,” he said.

Green costs

But homeowner Lisa Vandenbergh said going green can be quite expensive.

“I think the idea for the centre is good because it is great for the public to have access to all these solutions under one roof,” she said.

“However, not all people can afford to ‘go green’ – we wanted to install a water tank but it was just too costly.

“I think that is great to incorporate into your lifestyle whatever green practices that your budget can sustain though.”

However, Paul Bidwell, housing policy director of  Master Builders Association (MBA), said while there were some extra costs associated with going green, expenses were usually recuperated in the long term.

“I won’t say that it’s not [economical] to go green, but it certainly costs extra,” he said.

“It can be anywhere from $4,000 to $5,000 extra, but over time they will recover costs.

“What we are finding though is that homeowners would rather pay less up-front.

“Everyone says they want to go green but when push comes to shove, they don’t want to pay extra.”

Entry into the SLIC free and it is open every day.

Related Links:

Sustainable Living Ideas Centre (SLIC)

Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council (Gecko)

Qld Department of Environment and Resource Management – Sustainability