Rambo transformed for Connects Festival

GREEN WITH ENERGY: Rambo’s eyes will be lit with green every night until Monday November 16, to encourage the community to make the switch to greener, cleaner lifestyle practices. Photo: Brittany Murphy

GREEN WITH ENERGY: Rambo’s eyes will be lit with green every night until Monday November 16, to encourage the community to make the switch to greener, cleaner lifestyle practices. Photo: Brittany Murphy

Making the switch

THE Goulburn Group, in partnership with Dale Godber from Goulburn Electrical Wholesalers, have given major Australian icon, Rambo, a makeover. The Big Merino’s eyes will be tainted green every night until Monday, November 16 in a bid to encourage the community to “make the switch”.

“It’s a time when we need to be more passionate… there are lots of the climate change feedback loops that are now actually coming to fruition,” TGG vice-president Debbie Hunt said.

“Things are getting to a critical point.” 

Photo: Brittany Murphy

Photo: Brittany Murphy

Sustainability festival tries new format

THE community is at the forefront of climate action, The Goulburn Group president Urs Walterlin says.

It’s this which will be a focus for the third annual Goulburn Connects Festival on Sunday. This year, things are same, but different.

Instead of hosting a series of events over a period of weeks, the small volunteer committee has organised a one-stop-shop style free event; part business expo and part family fun day, all centred on sustainability.

TGG vice-president Debbie Hunt told the Post the new layout (having the event run over one day, instead of over a week or two) was designed to, “attract a wider audience”.

“There are a range of things in place to bring families along to this, because we see them as being vitally important”.

More than 70 stallholders and presenters have signed on across fields including permaculture, gardening, aquaponics, alternative architecture, energy and water efficiency, renewable energy for small business and collective community action.

The event will include a series of demonstrations and workshops. Australia’s first MasterChef Julie Goodwin is among them, hosting two sustainable cooking workshops throughout the day.

Practical sessions on dry stone wall building and re-purposing wooden pallets will also be held. The University of New South Wales will feature their SunSwift Solar Car, Tesla will showcase the latest Model S and Hyundai has come on board to show their hydrogen-powered vehicle.

“We don’t just want to preach to the converted,” Mr Walterlin said. “That’s a very big danger when you look at these green festivals and sustainability festivals - it’s always the same mob.

“(Widening the range) was always an important goal for The Goulburn Group, because sustainability is everyone’s business. Everyone is involved and everyone can make a change.”

He praised the committee’s work in pulling the event together. “For a community group that only lives off and from volunteering, this is a professionally managed event.”

Goulburn Connects Sustainability Festival will take place on Sunday, November 15 from 10am to 4pm at the Recreation Area. For more information head to www.goulburngroup.com.au.

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