Rev Dr Gordon Moyes The Superintendent Writes
A weekly column by Rev Dr Gordon Moyes, Superintendent of Wesley Mission.
February 18th, 2001

Thursday February 15, was another landmark in the life of the Mission! The Deputy Premier and Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning, the Hon Andrew Refshauge officially opened the PATHE GreenSmart Village in Kellyville, New South Wales. The opening was also attended by Mr.Wayne Merton MP, Member for Baulkham Hills, representing the Leader of the Opposition, The Hon. Kerrie Chikarovski and one hundred other invited guests.

The GreenSmart Village consists of four homes each of which demonstrates the benefits of environmentally smart housing and built to the environmental standards and set out in the Federal Government's Partnership Advancing the Housing Environment ('PATHE') approach. This project is the Mission's single largest fundraising project ever and the generosity of our partners and project sponsors like Landcom, CSR, Pilkington Australia Ltd and BBC Hardware who support our work with children with disabilities, and in particular funds children's respite care which supports families and carers of children with a disability by providing regular away-from-home, quality care.

I wish to thank the Mission's Project Manager Dian Ball and her Assistant on this project Michelle Unwin who have worked tirelessly to have the homes completed in time for the opening. Dian Ball praised the contributions of the charity's corporate partners in the project, and the project's partners: HomeWorld, the Copper Development Centre - Australia Ltd, the Housing Industry Association, Australand, and Wincrest Homes in this unique donation of expertise and products to charity and who made significant commitments to this project.

This Mission is very pleased to be part of such an ambitious fundraising project and we hope the GreenSmart Village itself will be an industry leader in promoting sustainable living in the Sydney community by serving as an example to Australian homeowners of how affordable and simple environmentally friendly housing can be. The Greensmart Village is an innovative fundraising initiative, which hopes to raise approximately $1 million. The homes are open for inspection at HomeWorld at Kellyville and will be sold in 2001. I would encourage you to go out and visit what truly is Australia's first ever GreenSmart Village.