News item release date: Friday, 7 February 2014
Saving money while saving the environment is the theme of Hobsons Bay City Council’s first Sustainable Homes Expo.
Strand Ward Councillor and the Chair of Sustainable Environment Advisory Group (SEAG), Councillor Angela Altair said the main focus of the expo was to showcase products and services that could help residents reduce their utility bills and energy use.
“The expo will offer ideas for living a life that is both environmentally and financially sustainable,” said Cr Altair.
“Respect for the environment should underpin our community's way of life, and we’re proud to be one of only a few councils in Melbourne hosting a sustainability expo.”
Starting at 10.00am on Sunday, 23rd February, experts will be on hand to talk through products and services that showcase leading solutions to the ecological and social challenges we face.
There will be a number of workshops during the day including Sustainable Design at 11.00am, Home Retrofitting at 1.00pm and Building Design for Energy Efficiency at 3.00pm.
Tours around the state-of-the-art Williamstown Library, which follows best practice sustainable design, will be conducted from 2.00pm onwards, and those with green fingers are catered for with the My Smart Garden, Edible Gardens and Bokashi Composting workshops.
The expo, an initiative of the Council and SEAG, is part of The Sustainable Living Festival, a series of awareness-raising events taking part across Australia which aim to accelerate the uptake of sustainable living. The festival attracts around 150,000 people every year.
Prior to the festival a number of earlier events will be taking place including a chance to spend Sunday, 9th February with some of Hobsons Bay’s inspiring environmental entrepreneurs as they share their experiences from 10.00am. A gold coin donation gets you entry to the 5-hour workshop.
The DIY Natural Cleaning Products workshop follows on Tuesday, 11th February at 6.30pm featuring a look at how natural cleaning can save you money and reduce your impact on the environment.
A workshop at Williamstown Library on Thursday, 20th February at 6.30pm will demonstrate how to make natural and sustainable beauty products.
For more information, phone 9932 1000 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrations can be made at www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au.