YOU will not find plastic water bottles, straws or other one-use disposables at the inaugural Blue Sky Festival in Mundaring this month.
The festival on Saturday March 17 will promote a sustainable future for the Perth Hills through a range of stalls, workshops and presentations from more than 20 guest speakers.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their own refillable bottle for free refills at water stations throughout the day.
Blue Sky Festival committee member Jim Thom said the minimal waste event was facilitated by volunteers from a coalition of local community groups including Mundaring in Transition, the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, Wildflower Society, Mundaring Shire Environmental Advisory Committee and Glen Forrest Community Garden.
“The Hills are the Lungs of Perth releasing oxygen, encouraging rain and collecting water as well as stabilising the land,” he said
“It is important for the future of the City that this area remain as close to its natural state as possible.”
Mr Thom encouraged the community to jump on board and support the local community-run event.
“The event is held to inform and hopefully to enthuse local people.
“It is important that we minimize our environmental impact, reduce our carbon dioxide footprint and learn to live as sustainably as possible.
“It is very much a local, low budget and community led event.”
Parkerville resident, ecologist and well-known hills wildlife enthusiast Simon Cherriman, who will run nesting box workshops on the day, said the festival was an amazing opportunity to engage the community about environmental awareness.
“I am very passionate about engaging the community in all sorts of environmental work and activities that increase peoples understanding and engagement with nature,” he said.
“I have lived in the hills my whole life and it’s apparent many people who are moving to the hills from the city or overseas or elsewhere are not aware of ways we can be more sustainable but they are interested to know how we can all have a better quality of life.”
Presentations on a range on topics will include fire mitigation, protecting natural diversity, recycling, and efficient water and energy use.
There will be activities for children, outdoor entertainment, live music and food vans, with re-usable cutlery, at Sculpture Park and Jacoby Street from 10am to 4pm.
Parts of Jacoby and Nichol Streets will be closed from 7am to 5pm.
For more information or to volunteer on the day visit Blue Sky Festival Mundaring on facebook or email email@example.com
By Claire Ottaviano