Lake Macquarie City Council sustainability engagement coordinator Chris Harle said the aim of the Living Smart Festival this weekend was “to help Lake Macquarie residents enjoy the economic, environmental and social benefits that a sustainable lifestyle brings”.
Harle said sustainable festivals were increasing in popularity around Australia as community members looked for ways to live more sustainably
“I think people are increasingly seeing the benefits of a circular economy,” Ms Harle said. “One of the big drawcards for the festival this year is residents get two free native plant.
“They get two native plants to plant in their backyards which will also help increase biodiversity around the lake.”
The festival will be held at Speers Point on Saturday and gets started with a free outdoor yoga session presented by Whole Living.
Ms Harle said the festival promised something for everyone and there would be several festival zones for inspiration, including the busking zone, an eco fashion zone, a food and kitchen zone and a backyard zone.
The eco styling zone was expected to be popular as community members learn “how to put fabulous outfits together through second-hand clothes”.
Kids can take part in drumming workshops, enjoy a specially designed yoga session, get their hands dirty in the mud kitchen or meet some animals at the petting zoo.
There will be free bus services running from Croudace Bay car park and from Toronto.