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Sustainable Living Festival 2016

Sustainable Living Festival 2016

News Article Date: 
Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The Sustainable Living Festival returns to the Civic Green on Saturday February 20 with guest speakers, workshops, stalls and activities to encourage everyone to live a greener lifestyle.

Warrnambool’s Sustainable Living Festival is a free, family-friendly event that aims to showcase local environmentally friendly products and services.

This year’s theme is “Backyard Feast” with demonstrations and information on how to get creative with the culinary delights of your garden, displays from local businesses and community groups as well as the popular TM The Markets.

Guest speakers for the festival include Channel 10 presenter and cooking and gardening columnist Arabella Forge as well as Erin Rhoad from The Rogue Ginger.

Kylie Treble from the Place of Wonder will share tips on becoming your own soil doctor, making delicious homemade pasta and pesto as well as wicking box making, Jude Stewart will demonstrate eco-dying, Tim Tutt will show you how to make green beer and Joel Wright will reveal some of his favourite local bush tucker.

Warrnambool City Council Sustainability Officer Helen Sheedy said that the festival demonstrates ways in which everyday locals can make changes to lead more sustainable lifestyles.

“Most people want to do the right thing by the environment, but sometimes they aren’t sure how to go about it,” she said.

“By showcasing sustainable practices through workshops, displays, information sessions and speakers the festival bridges the gap between people’s desire to live sustainably and knowing how to put this into action.”

There will be plenty of kids’ activities including Trash Puppets, a kids’ song writing workshop with Barry Peters and face painting by the Colour Angel.

Because there’s too much sustainable goodness to be contained in one location, satellite events will take place all over the city on the day. These will be hosted by the Warrnambool Community Gardens, Social Cycle, the Plastic Free Alliance, Fishcare Warrnambool, The Botanic Gardens, The Friends of Swan Reserve, Nature Glenelg Trust, Gareth Colliton, the F-Project and The Film Society.

Details for each satellite event will be included in the event program.

The Sustainable Living Festival is made possible thanks to Wannon Water, Be Smart Choose Tap, The Warrnambool City Council, Sustainable Living Festival Australia, Middy’s Data and Electrical, The Standard and CoastFM/3YB.

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