WORK began on the Lismore City Environment Education Centre last Monday, November 5 - a project that was first mooted 15 years ago.
The centre will be used for Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens open days; school and community group tours; staff and community training; and as a venue for environmental community organisations to meet.
"It's very exciting to see this centre taking shape," said council's waste operations co-ordinator Kevin Trustum. "Making children aware of the environment around them and how their activities impact on their environment is really important, whether that relates to waste, sewage or the koalas they see in trees."
The council has invested $220,000 into the project which will focus on waste and recycling, botanic gardens, wastewater, stormwater, koalas, rehabilitation, weeds and floodplain management.
The centre is expected to be open by March 2013.