Resurrecting the Old Emerald Bakehouse - saving local community icons
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Emerald Community House (ECH) will restore the National Trust listed Old Emerald Bakehouse as a community accessible renewable resource. Building restoration of this historic local icon includes sustainable power upgrade, new roof, garden, water tanks, heritage listed, century-old woodfired oven restoration , door & window reparations and accessible fencing/gate. Centrally located in the Emerald village, it has been used by the community as a pop-up venue for art exhibitions, art festival hub, community activities & local music programs . It's a much loved site in the heart of the community but needs repairs to enable more widespread, ongoing use. http://www.emeraldcommunityhouse.org.au/resurrection-of-the-old-emerald-bakery/
Emerald Community House (ECH) secured the management of this site for community use with a long term lease. The site is to be used for community enterprise, education, meeting space, pop-up events, arts, music performance and historic displays. Situated in the central community market precinct, it adds a warm, "town square" feel. By installing renewable energy and using re-purposed materials where possible, this site becomes an exemplar of sustainable community led restoration of important historic places that have a future as community resource. The old Bakehouse will run with renewable resources, investing in Emerald's future as a community run facility.