EarthCare Centre front entrance

The EarthCare Centre, a substantial building of rammed earth, mudbricks and strawbale, provides space for workshops, educational courses and displays.

Hawkesbury EarthCare Centre serves as a focus and gathering place for people learning and working together for responsible stewardship of the earth.

The EarthCare philosophy is based on the principle that the needs of current generations of Earth inhabitants should be met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

From its beginnings as an experimental organic growing project the Centre has developed into a broad-based sustainable living organisation. It promotes environmentally responsible land use, appropriate technologies for industry and human settlement and the development of healthy and self-reliant communities.

Cooperative Partnership

Over a decade an active partnership of three organisations has evolved:

The EarthCare Building

The EarthCare building uses a variety of building materials and techniques to demonstrate sustainability options in domestic and commercial construction. There are walls of rammed earth, mudbrick and strawbale. The interior is finished in a combination of rendered mud and plasterboard with ceilings of straw panel. There is an underground tank for grey water and two composting toilets. The corrugated iron roof supports panels for a grid interactive solar power system. The kitchen benches are recycled timber slabs and recycled timber and other materials have been used wherever possible.

As well as alternative building methods the EarthCare Centre demonstrates what people can achieve when they work together. The building project has been completed almost entirely by volunteer workers using materials donated by sponsors. Money for the building has also mainly been raised through voluntary fundraising efforts.