15 March 2016 Carlo Timmerman

Paradigm and the EMS have started an ambitious project this week, by creating a social workspace that will help building the festival venue at the former Suikerunie terrain. A dedicated workforce led by construction coordinator Oltman Aukema has prepared the building of the first festival structures. Before building of the festival structures can start, the entire area has to be cleared of shrubbery and weeds. After a short introductory word to the volunteers, the workforce set off to create a safe, easy accessible and workable environment.

The general idea is to make the workspace more efficient before structural builds even take place. To make this happen they have to take care of a couple of things first. As a way to give back to the community, Paradigm provides the workforce volunteers with free safety gear, like high-visibility clothing, shoes, hardhats and ear protection. They are also offered the possibility of studying for several work-related certificates, for example VCA, forklift truck driving license and certificates for other heavy machinery.

The plan for this week is to create an entrance to the workspace. By removing the shrubbery and weeds, the team can enter and leave the premises without trouble.
The next plan is to move the fence from the woodland area back towards the road. This will create an opportunity to improve the accessibility to the forest stage of the festival. And last but not least, they are going to clear several ditches of excess foliage to ensure wildlife doesn’t get a chance to settle there.

It’s definitely going to be an interesting first week! We’ll keep you updated on the progress of this project and show you what has changed in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned!


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