THIS weekend will be a big one in the Hunter’s sustainability calendar, with the second annual Living Smart Festival at Speers Point on Saturday and the inaugural Electric Vehicle Festival running from Friday to Sunday.
Living Smart Festival
Organised by Lake Macquarie City Council, the festival incorporates music, art, fashion and food to help promote the idea of sustainability.
Last year, more than 8000 people turned up at Speers Point Park to have fun and learn about sustainability.
Council sustainability manager Alice Howe said she wanted the community to come away from the event entertained, inspired, and informed enough to make small or dramatic lifestyle changes to help the city become more sustainable.
An electric vehicle show will also be a feature of the Living Smart Festival.
The range of subjects and exhibits scheduled for the festival is too large to list, with more than 20 sustainability and well-being workshops throughout the day.
Some highlights include:
- expert information on solar power and solar hot water;
A workshop on electric vehicles will take place from 11.30am to 1pm.
The festival will run from 8am to 4pm at Speers Point Park. There is no entry fee.
For the full festival program, go to lakemac.com.au/living-smart-festival or phone 49210333.
Electric Vehicle Festival
Convened by Gary Ellem from Newcastle University, the inaugural festival will run over three days from November 18 to20.
The Friday will be devoted to a policy workshop for industry and government at the old BHP research centre at Shortland (11am to 4pm); Saturday will be a vehicle show day at Speers Point Park (in conjunction with the Living Smart Festival, 8am to 4pm); while the Sunday is an electric vehicle competition day at the Newcastle Kart Racing Club at Cameron Park (10am to 4pm with free entry).
The competition includes a single-seat division, dual-seat division, and a schools’ cup.
Dr Ellem said the aim of the festival was threefold:
- to help the community engage with the range of electric vehicles becoming available;
A key drawcard of the festival would be Catavolt, Australia’s fastest electric motorcycle and the winner of the first electric motorcycle racing series in Australia – the Electric Formula Extreme championship.
For more information about the events go to hunterevfestival.com.au.