Op­por­tu­nity to show off your sus­tain­abil­ity

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions with an en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity theme need to reg­is­ter their in­ter­est to par­tic­i­pate in the inaugural Baw Baw Sus­tain­abil­ity Fes­ti­val by this Fri­day.

The fes­ti­val will be held on Satur­day, Novem­ber 18.

The fes­ti­val will be held along­side the War­ragul Farm­ers Mar­ket and will be co-lo­cated at the same site in War­ragul’s Civic Park.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the fes­ti­val will be free, in­clud­ing free en­try for the com­mu­nity and also free stalls for el­i­gi­ble ex­hibitors.

Mayor Joe Gauci said the fes­ti­val was a pi­lot project for coun­cil and he was ex­cited to see the plan­ning process tak­ing shape.

“The fes­ti­val will be a great op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to come to­gether and learn from lo­cal ex­perts about liv­ing in a more sus­tain­able and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly way.

“As a coun­cil we are re­ally mak­ing great progress in the way of en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity ini­tia­tives. We strive to be a leader in sus­tain­abil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal best prac­tice.

“This fes­ti­val will be an in­no­va­tive way to en­gage with and in­form our com­mu­nity on new and ex­ist­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives and strate­gies. Stay tuned as we’ll be re­leas­ing more in­for­ma­tion as the plan­ning process un­folds,” Cr Gauci said.

Com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions with a sus­tain­abil­ity theme who would like to get in­volved with the fes­ti­val as a free stall holder are en­cour­aged to fill out and re­turn an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est form.

“We’re ex­cited to test the wa­ters and see what kind of re­sponse we get from the lo­cal com­mu­nity. We hope to re­ceive in­ter­est from a wide range of com­mu­nity groups so we can cover lots of dif­fer­ent sus­tain­abil­ity as­pects,” Cr Gauci said.

“We wel­come all ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for stall hold­ers, but we do need to stress that this is a pi­lot project so spaces are lim­ited.”

To ac­cess the form go to Baw Baw Sus­tain­abil­ity Fes­ti­val or re­quest a hard copy and re­turn it to coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­ment sus­tain­abil­ity team by email be­fore 5pm this Fri­day.

Coun­cil will as­sess each ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est and no­tify ap­pli­cants by Septem­ber 22 their el­i­gi­bil­ity.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the fes­ti­val con­tact coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity team (5624 2411).

The West Gipp­s­land Arts Cen­tre up­grade project took a big step for­ward last week with new steel struc­tural frame­work lifted into place.

Build­ing Engi­neer­ing had a crane on site early Mon­day morn­ing to lift the first of the large steel frame­work pieces into po­si­tion on the newly ex­ca­vated and poured foun­da­tion.

Mayor Joe Gauci said it was ex­cit­ing to see new frame­work be­ing added to the iconic War­ragul land­mark.

“Af­ter the first few months, where most of the work has in­volved de­mo­li­tion and un­der­pin­ning, it’s great to see some ma­jor con­struc­tion mile­stones be­ing com­pleted.

“The mas­sive steel struc­ture be­ing in­stalled to­day will form the base for the two new floors which will over­look Civic Park and pro­vide

A crane was on site last Mon­day to lift ma­jor new steel­work into place for the West Gipp­s­land Arts Cen­tre re­de­vel­op­ment project.

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