FESTIVAL FAR FROM A WASTE
THE inaugural community- led Blue Sky Festival on Saturday brought a feeling of hope, appreciation and celebration to the Hills and there is already much talk of making this an annual event.
Overheard in the street: “An incredible effort. Just amazing to see so many inspirational people and ideas coming together!”.
Though they cannot list here all the folk who provided support, encouragement and involvement throughout many months of festival planning and on the day, the organising team would like to particularly thank Mundaring in Transition, Lottery West, the Wildflower Society, Bendigo Bank, the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, Rotary and the Shire of Mundaring.
The area around Mundaring Sculpture Park was abuzz with activities focusing on minimal waste and maximum community involvement.
The festival drew together many local sustainability and environmental groups and individuals who presented a huge range of talks, activities, workshops and displays.
Peter Holland was master of ceremonies for the day, keeping festivalgoers informed of the day’s events and highlights.
Presentation topics included bushfire readiness and mitiga- tion, renewable energy, passive activism, nest box construction and wasteless living.
There was a hive of activity on The Green, with stalls showcasing how to make a native bee hotel, innovative ways to grow your own vegetables and ways to collect seeds and store them.
A clothing exchange corner was very popular and passersby could help sew a Boomerang Bag, which were under construction all day.
Two main streets of Mundaring were closed to traffic, with one filled with electric cars, bicycles and motorcycles and the other with dozens of stalls promoting thought- provoking concepts and innovative homemade and natural products, all free of single- use plastic.
Overall waste going to landfill from the festival was kept to a minimum, with food vendors largely utilising re- usable plates, cups and cutlery supplied by Go2Cups.
Many connections were made throughout the planning process and on the day, and it was heartening to see so many people embracing minimal waste and other sustainability principles, which were the underlying focus of the Festival.
SELENE MOONBEAMS AND FERN PENDRAGON Blue Sky Festival