Recent site works highlights

As we mentioned in the blog in December, a new pump system for the old café toilets has been installed and the increased pressure has allowed CERES to install the latest design, most water efficient toilets in Australia.

The new pump is connected to the 50,000L underground tank in front of the strawbale building, meaning we use tank water to flush, not mains water.
In order to make these systems possible, the following were very generously donated:
Zurn flush valves
2 x Azzurra 2/3 litre toilet pans (standard best practice is 3/4.5 litres)
Drain waves – made in Tasmania
The combination of these components is called the Sanitary Waste Flushing and Dosing System (SWFDS) and is available as a commercial system from Azzurra. Whilst all the toilets in the block have the water saving flush valves and make use of rainwater, you can currently experience 2 of the integrated SWFDS systems in the block – one in the men’s and one in the disabled access toilet.

azzurra system

Another good outcome of this new integrated system is that we will be able to use the extra water for garden watering. In the past (using a problematic gravity system) we frequently ran out of water and had to switch to mains.

Finally, another exciting water-based project completed in December was the commissioning of the underground water tank (100,000L) at Merri Creek Market Garden. This is now fully operational.

What happened in January?

Nothing to report.

What’s happening in February?

Mains water replacement (all pipes and trenching) will be complete and operational by Feb 13th.

The coolroom will be moved from the old café up to the Merri in 1st week of Feb.

A new staircase down Honey Lane will start in 2nd week of Feb. This will link the market turnaround to Honey Lane where everyone always wants to cut through.

The internal fit-out of the multicultural classroom will be finished by end of 2nd week in Feb and ready once again for use by Education and outside hire after this date, however some external repairs are still ongoing.

Blinds for staff offices (VR 2) will be replaced in Feb – assisting with cooling and glare.


Nature Play Week is coming up in April and we will once again be hosting a bush cubby building activity.

SOTEMS Sweat Lodge have given their area a face lift with a new shower and change room.

People participating in Work for the Dole have started a new chook and bee viewing area in Honey Lane food forest, to be completed by the end of June.