Take your gifts to the World Environment Day Festival

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Tweed’s precious environment will be in the spotlight this Sunday at the popular World Environment Day festival to be held in Murwillumbah.

Postponed earlier in the year due to wet weather, the festival will be held on Sunday July 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Knox Park, Murwillumbah. The festival promotes sustainability and the protection of the natural environment with live music and performances, environmental speakers, demonstrations, information booths and food.

The Council’s Environment & Sustainability, Resource Recovery and Water & Wastewater teams will be on hand at the event to showcase a range of programs and services – with plenty of giveaways.

Tweed Shire Mayor Chris Cherry said the event provided a great opportunity to come together at a local community gathering with a clear purpose.

“Never has it been clearer that taking action on climate change and protecting our environment is vital,” said Cr Cherry.

“We would like to invite people to have a friendly chat with our team to see how we can work together to create positive change in the Tweed. You can visit the Council’s stand to contribute to a new conservation strategy for tweed or learn how to help protect the Glaucous Cockatoo, Bush Curlew and the rare Albert’s Lyrebird.

“Times have been tough lately so we would also like our community to buy some free things to help the hip pocket. Council staff will be providing free kitchen caddies, compostable liners, shower timers and native species planting guides You can also get the kids to decorate reusable shopping bags to take home and enter the raffle to win prizes.

Residents can also save money with the Council’s Residential Water Saving Rebate and get up to $100 back when you install qualifying water-efficient showers and fixtures.

With electricity prices soaring, the Council’s sustainability team will be on hand with smart energy saving tips to help residents get their electricity bills under control.

Community members are encouraged to visit the Council booth and share all the actions they are taking at home to save money on electricity bills for a chance to win one of the 5 home energy ratings. These assessments will see an expert visit your home and provide advice on how to make it more comfortable for less.

The Council’s biodiversity team will also be available to discuss how landowners can apply for funding to help look after native habitat, how to control weeds, how to encourage native wildlife to thrive in the backyard and what native plants to grow to promote habitat resilience to climate change.

Chat with Council team members on the day to:

  • Get involved as a citizen scientist and discover the incredible diversity of Tweed

  • Learn about vulnerable and endangered native species, the glossy black cockatoo, bush curlew and Albert’s lyrebird and how you can help protect them

  • Learn more about the Northern Rivers Feral Deer Alert program and how to report wild deer sightings

  • Help create a new conservation strategy for Tweed – vote for your favorite Tweed plant or animal, complete a survey and share your stories and experiences

  • Join the Land for Wildlife or Backyard Habitat for Wildlife programs

  • Spin the water wheel, answer a water efficiency question and collect your free shower timer

  • Discover simple tips to reduce waste – check out how you can recycle properly, compost better and maximize food recycling with your green bin

  • Fun family activities – create your own reusable calico shopping bag

  • Get your kitchen basket and compostable bags for free

  • Sign up for the Council’s quarterly e-newsletters on the Environment and Sustainability and Wildlife

  • Register for our National Tree Day planting event on July 31st.

Other festival highlights include: Hoopla Circus and a children’s workshop, music by Luna Junction, Felicity Lawless and Black Rabbit George (from Tijuana Cartel), Loose Content (winners of the Bluesfest 2022 bus competition), The Pitts Family Circus and many speakers including forest ecologist Robert Kooyman and more.

Come and enjoy this free, family-friendly and COVID-safe event. This is a “zero waste” event, so bottle and mug BYO.

Visit the Caldera Environment Center website or Facebook page for up-to-date information about the festival.

Find out how the Council is looking after Tweed’s environment at tweed.nsw.gov.au/environment, or for recycling tips go to tweed.nsw.gov.au/waste-recycling, or for water saving tips, visit tweed.nsw.gov. au/water-savings-restrictions.

The World Environment Day festival is sponsored by the Tweed Shire Council.

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