10 December 2004
Interest on loan to Earthsong offset by community use
The Council has approved a $300,000 interest free loan to Earthsong Centre Trust to enable a community facility to be
It is estimated that up to 500 hours of community use every year will more than compensate for the interest.
"Partial use of the facility for community purposes is actually good value for our money,” says Chairperson of the
Finance and Operational Performance Committee, Councillor Janet Clews
“The Council's loan to Earthsong will be at no cost to ratepayers and is absolutely secure as far the property is
concerned. It is utterly in accord with the Council's strategic direction. The forgiving of the interest is more than
compensated for by the community use that will result from this arrangement,” she says.
Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood at 457 Swanson Road, Ranui is an innovative “co-housing” community whose members are
involved in a large range of organisations in the wider community.
The facility will be used for the wider community and individual visitors to learn about and become involved in
exchanges, practical activities, information sharing, education and research related to eco-housing, permaculture
practices and social sustainability.
“Earthsong's vision aligns particularly well with the Council's Three Waters objective to demonstrate innovative water
management and its Zero Waste, Sustainable Energy and Clean Air, Strong Communities and Active Democracy platforms,”
says Councillor Clews,
Construction of the new building is expected to begin in mid 2005.