Celebrating the environment

Dr Paul Taylor was a guest speaker at the weekend event.
Dr Paul Taylor was a guest speaker at the weekend event. John Gass

A HUGE audience turned out to the Tweed Valley World Environment Day festival in Murwillumbah yesterday pleasing organisers who feared rain would turn away crowds.

The world-wide United Nations celebration, traditionally held on June 5, encourages people to work towards an economy that reduces environmental risk and ecological scarcity by being resource efficient and socially inclusive.

Organiser Craig McHale said the environmental message was not lost on people who simply stumbled across the event keen to listen to some live music.

"Primarily it's a celebration, but I have no doubt with the speakers we reached people," Mr McHale said.

"Hopefully people that have dropped in were able to take away a message and all the stalls have done really well.

"We got a great cross-section of community and I'm really happy with the crowd we got and lucky the rain stayed away for most of the day."

Guest speakers included author of The Biochar Revolution and climate change researcher Dr Paul Taylor, James Creigh and Dr Gerard Wedderburn Bishop.

Almost 30 stalls were on display featuring solar power, windmills, wildlife preservation and organic food production, and community groups.

The audience was wowed by performances including The Koori Kids Dance Troop, The Hoopla Circus, The Pitts Family Circus, Bill Jacobi, Groovai and Luna Junction.

Mr McHale said he hoped organisers would be able to secure the Knox Park venue again next year.
"Hopefully the weather is even better next year and we can use this venue again," he said.

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