The Green House, official home of the WCC, was formally opened on 16 April 2013 by the Executive Mayor of the Overstrand, Clr Nicolette Botha-Guthrie.
Despite the challenging weather conditions, more than 60 WCC members, staff, guests and interested members of the public attended the event, which took place in the auditorium of the building.
Dr Anina Lee welcomed all those attending and introduced the Executive Mayor, who spoke warmly of the work of the WCC and then cut a symbolic ribbon across a symbolic reproduction of the signage that will be erected on the side of the building.
Rob Fryer, Manager of WCC, outlined the growth of the organisation, which had originally operated as the OCF from a 20m2 office in Onrus. He also set out the vision of the organisation for the future and stressed that it relied on a paid-up membership to ensure income to meet its on-going management costs.
Michael Raimondo of Green Renaissance introduced and screened several short films designed to inspire interest in conservation and a motivation to become involved. He showed how, in the space of even 2-3 minutes, the attention of an audience could be caught and motivation developed. The presentation was greeted with loud approval by the audience.
Dr Lee then thanked all who had helped the WCC over the past years as well as the audience attending the meeting. Many of the visitors lingered over refreshments to interact with other like-minded people.