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September 17, 2018 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

On Saturday 22 September, Speers Point Park’s Living Smart Festival will be waging war on waste from 8am-2pm. Whether you want to be more sustainable at home, create ethically-produced meals for your family, revamp your wardrobe with pre-loved pieces, or just enjoy a fun day out with the family, the Living Smart Festival is for you.

The family-friendly festival is one of Lake Macquarie’s largest, having more than 20,000 attendees and over 200 stallholders in 2017 and is set to attract even more this year. The 2018 Living Smart Festival event will include free outdoor yoga classes, lost trades workshops, tiny house exhibitions, a native plant giveaway, electric vehicle displays, sustainable cooking demonstrations and urban farming workshops.

This year, War on Waste presenter Craig Reucassel will headline the Living Smart Festival, a revolutionary move for the landmark event. The founding member of satirical group, The Chaser, won a Logie Award earlier this year for his ground-breaking three-part War on Waste series, which prompted nationwide action to reduce reliance on plastic bags, disposable coffee cups and other single-use items.

In line with Reucassel’s eco-friendly message, stallholders at this year’s Living Smart Festival will not sell bottled water or supply plastic straws and bags – a first for a major event in Lake Macquarie. Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Planning and Sustainability, Alice Howe, said securing Reucassel was a incredible milestone for the festival.

“This event is committed to walking the walk when it comes to waste and sustainability,” Dr Howe said. “We aim to demonstrate sustainability in every aspect of the event and will be encouraging stallholders and event partners to be sustainable in their practices.”

Make the most of the warm spring weather and check out what all the buzz is about at the Living Smart Festival. To find out more about the Living Smart Festival or discover more of what Lake Macquarie has to offer, please visit:

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