The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability (the Coal Loader) is the face of sustainability at North Sydney Council. Located on the Waverton waterfront, the Coal Loader is a place to relax, be inspired, grab a coffee or lunch, and learn. It’s also a platform for the delivery of a wide range of sustainability programs and a location where people can be inspired to make change for sustainability in their lives.
Images clockwise from top left: Coal loader platform, parks & walks, Studio space, community garden, community nursery, coal loading tunnels.
This venue is a community meeting point and hub for Council’s extensive range of environmental and sustainability programs and a site with an interesting history as an ex-industrial coal bunkering site on Sydney Harbour. It has been transformed into a place which displays best-practice sustainable technology, community gardens, native bush nursery, food gardens and regenerated parklands.
Our member, Sue, has recently produced some works on paper reflecting many of the elements of the coal loader site and her artist statement, accompanying these pieces, reads:
My work responds to the history of the Coal Loader and the integration of its rusting industrial elements with the textures and colours of the sandstone and bush that are integral to the beauty of Sydney Harbour.
Hence I named my artwork “Intersection”, responding to the coerced intersection of rust, decaying and bleached timber, sandstone and faded paint with the unassailable strength of nature, expressed by the tenacity of plants emerging from cracks.
My handmade paper provides a background of natural fibres that brings out the best and the worst of this site and the impact industry has on nature and how it will always prevail.