On October 29, the Coal Loader once again plays host to a wonderful day of festivities aimed at securing a more sustainable future.
With stalls, entertainment, workshops and more, you’ll discover lots of simple ideas to make your everyday more sustainable at the North Sydney Living Futures Sustainability Festival. Visit the Coal Loader from 10am to 4pm and learn how even the smallest of changes can leave a big impact on your health, budget and the planet. Whether your interests lie in electric vehicles or gardening, cooking or fashion, there will be something at the festival for you.
Attend cooking demonstrations by OzHarvest and The Sustainable Food Kitchen, browse clothing swaps for kids and adults and get involved in Salon de Refuse’s free art swap. There will be talks on a range of topics including the top five ways to reach net zero, how to achieve an all-electric home and reduce your bills, and sustainable snacks and hacks for families. You can also explore sustainable gifts, admire Indigenous art and make your own recycled products with Banish.
Bring your bikes, small electrical appliances and textiles for on-site repairs, and browse the items available to borrow from The Sydney Library of Things and Stanton Library’s Discovery Collection.
Keeping the kids entertained at the festival will be easy too. Find the secret garden, visit the solar-powered ice-cream truck or settle in for a performance by waste crusaders The King and Queen of Green. There will be music, Storytime Sessions with Stanton Library, eco face-painting and a scavenger hunt. You can also meet some Australian native reptiles in the live wildlife show.
Mayor Zoë Baker says: “The Festival is an opportunity for everyone to get involved in creating a more sustainable future. The day covers every aspect of life you can think of – providing inspiration and practical knowledge to take home and apply. Even small changes in everyday behaviour can have a big impact, inspiring others and triggering a ripple effect. By being more sustainable, we’re helping the planet and leaving it in a better state for the generations to come after us. Therefore, it’s critical we all get on board.”
Council encourages festivalgoers to take sustainable transport to the event – that is, catch public transport, walk or cycle. Cyclists can get a free bike tune-up once they arrive and use the valet bike parking service. Bring your reusable water bottle and coffee cup, as well as any items you’d like to fix (small electrical items, textiles, bikes), swap (art, kids’ clothes, adult clothes), or donate (old or damaged bikes).
Meet the festival ambassadors
Costa Georgiadis is the star of ABC’s popular TV show, Gardening Australia. His passion for plants stems from his grandparents, who introduced him to gardening and composting at a young age. Costa has written several books and has won a Logie for his work. Costa has an alias, Costa the Garden Gnome, who may also make an appearance during the festival day.
Charleen Aguiar Dos Santos is an Indigenous education activist and performer. She is trained in traditional dance at NAISDA Dance College and has traditional skills in weaving, wood carving, painting and making native adornments.
North Sydney Living Futures Sustainability Festival
The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, 2 Balls Head Drive, Waverton Sunday 29 October, 10am to 4pm
Learn more at: www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/LivingFutures