En­vi­roFest planned

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENVIRONMENT -

A new com­mu­nity en­vi­ron­men­tal fes­ti­val is be­ing planned for the city. In­spired by 2015’s Palmy Be­yond Petrol event run by the Palmer­ston North City En­vi­ron­ment Trust (PNCET) and En­vi­ron­ment Net­work Manawatu, En­vi­roFest will run from Oc­to­ber 2 – 23.

The trust is seek­ing in­put from lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal groups, sus­tain­able busi­nesses or other in­ter­ested par­ties. The fes­ti­val will run over three weeks so a wide range of events can be in­cor­po­rated.

‘‘The fes­ti­val is for the whole com­mu­nity, so we in­vite any­one who has ideas for what they would like to see hap­pen to share their ideas with us,’’ says PNCET’s Georgina Mor­ri­son. ‘‘We have lots of things planned al­ready, but there is room for more.’’

Georgina wants to know about any ex­ist­ing or pro­posed ac­tiv­i­ties, sus­tain­abil­ity skills peo­ple would like to learn, or par­tic­u­lar speak­ers they would like to hear.

The pro­gramme is in de­vel­op­ment un­til the end of March, so get your ideas in soon.’’

PNCET has also opened its first large grants fund­ing round for the year, and is seek­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from lo­cal groups or in­di­vid­u­als with in­no­va­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal projects.

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms and cri­te­ria are at pncet.org.nz/ Ap­pli­ca­tions close April 15. Email for En­vi­roFest de­tails: pncetpro­ject­co­or­di­na­tors@gmail.com

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIRFAX

Oliver Tong takes Niwa Lowe (8)(front) and Tahu Lowe (6) for ride in an elec­tric pow­ered side­car bi­cy­cle dur­ing last year’s Palmy Be­yond Petrol at Te Manawa.

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