15 March 2024

Got an idea for sustainable ways to save cash? Sustainable Choices Festival will come to Eurobodalla

| Albert McKnight
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Eurobodalla Council's sustainability officers

Eurobodalla Council’s sustainability officers Allana Haines, Mimosa Henderson and Alex King want to showcase people with products or services that save people resources, energy and money at the new Sustainable Choices Festival. Photo: Eurobodalla Shire Council.

A sustainability festival that has been in the planning stage for years is finally coming to the Eurobodalla and is for everyone looking for ways to save cash and resources.

The Sustainable Choices Festival will be held in Moruya on 14 September and will feature stalls, panel discussions, presentations and workshops, all looking at ways households, businesses and the community can save energy, resources and money.

Along with announcing the date, Eurobodalla Shire Council is now calling for anyone who wants to offer something at the festival to make contact.

Currently, the festival format is flexible, so as not to stifle the creativity of anyone looking to help out.

“[We] didn’t want to tie down the look and feel of the event until we know what we have to put on the table. Give us your best ideas!” council’s sustainability education officer Alex King said.

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Mayor Mathew Hatcher said council knew there were a lot of knowledgeable people out there with great products and services and it was time to showcase them.

“We’re taking expressions of interest now; already people are signing up,” he said.

“This has been a long time in the planning; we want people to be inspired for change.

“Whether that’s putting a worm farm by the veggie patch or retrofitting your home by passive solar principles. Big or small, they’re all steps to a sustainable future.”

Ms King said the festival supported the Eurobodalla Climate Action Plan goal of a 50 percent reduction in community emissions by 2030.

“It’s a logical way to promote options for sustainable energy, housing, transport, food, water and waste – all the while growing community and business connections to build climate resilience,” she said.

Council is calling for expressions of interest across all sustainability offerings. Topics include new ways to save energy in the home, sustainable house upgrades/designs, local food systems, active and electric transport, water efficiency and reuse, as well as protecting native flora and fauna.

“We’re casting the net wide; from eco-friendly products to grow-your-own veg demonstrations, energy solutions to rainwater harvesting, sustainable transportation to green building practices, and community gardening and urban farming to DIY workshops,” Ms King said.

“If you have a sustainable product or service, particularly something outside the standard offerings, we’d love to hear from you.”

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If you are interested in learning more about the Sustainable Choices Festival, watch out for information on council’s media channels in coming months or contact Ms King on 4474 1083.

Expressions of interest to present or have a stall at the festival close on 28 June. To apply, click this link.

Council will also be running a few smaller events in the lead-up to the festival.

It will hold a free sustainable houses tour on 20 April, allowing participants to visit some of Eurobodalla’s most unique and inspiring homes so they can learn about building in a sustainable way.

Bookings for the tour close on 18 April; for more information and to register click on this link.

There will be a webinar panel discussion on 21 April for Sustainable House Day to hear from experts who design and build sustainable houses.

Bookings for the webinar must be made by 19 April; click this link for more information and to register.

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