Volunteer Penguin Warden Scheme
In 2005 National Parks called for volunteers from local community and from wildlife carer organisation to help establish a team of people for the 2005/6 breeding season following destruction of nests and eggs on a couple of beaches plus predation of penguins by dogs.Manly Wharf and Federation Point became focal points for crowd control over public holidays – penguins were made known in local press and crowds wanting to see the Penguins have increased.
The sustainable features of the Hazell house were built into an existing house that the couple bought in 2001in North Manly. The building design company Envirotecture Projects, headed by Dick Clark, designed the eco-friendly house. Dick Clark explains “It is no more expensive designing an environmentally friendly house if you get the fundamental things like orientation correct, which ensures that everything falls into place. In fact, energy-efficient designs should be ultimately less expensive than conventional models.” The house features excellent cross-ventilation and passive solar elements such as a concrete floor structure and internal brick walls that retain the heat in the winter and keep the inside cool in the summer.