LAKE Macquarie residents could miss out on seeing the Living Smart Festival’s whacky contraptions such as last year’s bike-powered blender if the council is forced to can the event.
The festival, arranged by Lake Macquarie City Council, is held annually in September at Speers Point Park.
It is one of the city’s crown jewel festivals, with a great display of organic food, animals, plants, and innovative ideas to save money and energy.
It began in 2010, attracting 8000 people and proving to be popular among families.
This year, more than 18,000 people attended the festival, which was held during the last weekend of September.
However, last week, mayor Jodie Harrison announced the festival’s state funding had dried up.
Given the festival’s popularity, councillors voted unanimously to investigate other funding options so it could continue.
Cr Harrison said the event was too important to the locals for it to be cancelled.
‘‘People love it, and it’s great to see them interested in sustainable living,’’ Cr Harrison said.
‘‘We would love to continue the festival because it informs people how to live cheaply and leave the least negative effect on the earth as possible."