Festival sustainable

Darren Gilchrist, May Doon and Dion Manning.

THE threatening rain clouds remained looming and the bitter winter persisted but neither could put a dampener on the wonderful Sustainable Living Expo on Saturday.
Held at the Railway Precinct, the expo was part of the week long Sustainable Living Festival that showcased the environmentally sustainable projects the shire is involved in and promoted living life with the earth’s long term future in mind.
Many environmentally conscience businesses including Landcare, Forests NSW, Yesteryear Plantations and Elliot’s were on hand to offer advice and solutions for a greener planet and sustainable living options with plenty of giveaways including native trees by Landcare, bags of mulch and children’s activity packs handed out during the day.
The Lions sizzled away with a free barbecue and a jumping castle provided the children with hours of fun after they were transformed into fairies, super heroes and rabbits by the Youth Council face painters.
The TAFE’s outreach trailer offered onlookers practical advice on saving water and energy with a broad sustainability theme whilst the green thumbs from the Community Garden happily provided vegetable growing advice with many samples of what they grow on display as well.
Companies selling solar power, mulch and other environmentally sound products provided the large crowd with samples and advice whilst educational displays including Nick Browning’s rubbish bin recycling station were popular and offered manageable ideas for households to become more environmentally responsible.
Director of Development and Environment for the council, Paul Mullins, said the expo along with the week long Sustainable Festival was a great success.
“The 2012 Sustainable Living Festival has been run and won,” Mr Mullins said. “It was well received by the community, judging by the high attendance numbers at most events. A total of nine events were held during the week, culminating in the Sustainable Living Expo last Saturday. Even the weather was kind.
The festival was organised by Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) in conjunction with the Tumut Shire Council and is being hailed as a success in terms of promoting environmentally sustainable living and also as a community building event.
“The range of events included an art exhibition based on the themes earth, wind, fire and water; indigenous cultural walk; edible garden workshop; small business energy efficiency seminar; Landcare Nursery open day; wild harvest dinner; Expo and Yarrangobilly eco tour,” Mr Mullins said. “Congratulations to Cherie White, Murrumbidgee CMA; Austin Dewey, Tumut Shire Council; and the support team that make the Festival a success.”
The Festival is now stamped on the calendar as an annual event with planning already commenced for 2013.