Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wanted: New Customer Liaison

We're simultaneously sad and excited to announce we have a new opening on The Bower Team.

Phoenix has left us to pursue a different track in the city, and while we're very sad, we wish him the best of bestest luck in his new position.

Have you got what it takes to fill his shoes? The Customer Liaison role requires someone outgoing, positive and solution oriented. We'd love to meet someone who will get excited about the possibilities to develop the service, with the drive and skills to make it happen.

If you've always wondered how you can get on board The Bower Train in a paid capacity, this is your moment!

Check out our employment opportunities page and download our job description for full details.

We need to see your response to the job description and your resume by 5pm Thursday 10th Feb.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January Newsletter (of sorts...)

Oh HI!
Welcome to 2011 - Reuse Style.

Sorry you guys have had to do most of the visiting/talking in our relationship of late, we've been caught up in making site improvements, a little spring cleaning and a little re-organisation.
We promise to get back on the proper communication track ASAP, we've just got a few ends to tidy up first, so in the interim, please accept this as our Newsletter for January 2010.

Our fearless chairman is still working hard on improving our timber workshop for future use, with lots of help from staff and volunteers - Thankyou for all your support!

Today we caught up with Rhonda from Flood Light - she and her cohorts have also been super busy organising a Flood Relief Benefit Night to aid and support our friends in Queensland. We've donated a $100 voucher to their prize stash for the big night, to support them in supporting Queensland's recovery from this terrible natural disaster.

All the talk of extreme weather has Claire doing some reading on climate change in the Eco-Library.
Some very accessable books we have in the Eco-Library include:

  • "The no-nonsense guide to climate change" by Dinyar Godrej
  • "2 Degrees too high: understanding the Copenhagen Conference"  by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
  • "Before the deluge: coping with floods in a changing climate"  by the International Rivers Network

Of course these are just a few titles in our collection of Eco-minded titles.
Don't forget to take a closer look upstairs next time you drop by.

And finally a quick note that we will be closed next Wednesday 26th January as we're all off to celebrate Australia Day in our various ways.

Stop by before then to pick up extra preloved goodness to help you celebrate Australia Day too - think chairs, barbecues in need of a little TLC, umbrellas, sporting equipment, picnic paraphenalia and much much more.

See you soon!
-The Bower Team

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

We know at least one of you had an amazing holiday season - Congrats to Jeremy of Glowworm Bicycles, who won our Peats Ridge Competition last month.

Funding from Marrickville Arts Grants,  allowed us to get stuck into fixing drainage around the north end of the building, enclosing more space for our workshop and building some secure storage. The ultimate dream is to make the space clean and organised for frequent communal use by members and community groups. Stay tuned!

Inspired by those works, we've spent the holiday season doing maintenance on the rest of our strawbale home and surrounds.  Many thanks to the staff and members who volunteered their time and enthusiasm over the break, we couldn't have done it without you.

Many thanks to all our Bower friends and members, we know it's been painful having an enforced break from our Reuse wonder, but we're open for business as usual from today, and we'll make it up to you with rocking horses and kiaks, wicker chairs and shagpile rugs - all at great prices as usual.

In the interim, here's a look at our hard labour over Christmas and New Year.

* Fixing drainage issues that have long plagued our workshop and side drive. It might look the same by the time you next visit, but we've planted some seriously sophisticated drainage under the concrete and pavers.

* Improved ventilation in our Eco-Library to help hot air escape

*New drainage and concrete in the Staff area instead of saggy pavers

* A second water tank and some serious gardening all round