Coast locals go green for June
  • Tuesday 08 June 2010

Sunshine Coast locals are making a conscious effort to adopt more eco-friendly lifestyles, with lots of residents attending the ‘GreenJune’ celebrations this month.

GreenJune highlights council and community programs and activities designed to encourage residents to make changes at a personal level to reduce their carbon footprint and ultimately protect the Coast’s outstanding natural beauty and biodiversity.

Environment Portfolio holder Councillor Keryn Jones said she was pleased to see so many community members already getting involved with the GreenJune activities.

“The turnout at each of the events has been really positive—more than 5000 people walked through the gates at the Sunshine Coast World Environment Day festival and about 300 people turned up to the opening night in Nambour,” Cr Jones said.

“It’s great to see that such a large number of residents are taking the initiative and finding out what steps they can take to lead more eco-friendly lifestyles.”

Upcoming GreenJune activities include:

12 June Compost and Worm Farm Workshop, Coolum Library
Learn how to turn your food and garden scraps into fertiliser.

12 June Backyard Wildlife—Flora for Fauna: Bring Back your Backyard Biodiversity
Presentation and a field visit, presented by Ann Moran on behalf of Maroochy Waterwatch and supported by council. 

16 June Living Smart Green Flicks—Age of Stupid, Peregian Community Centre
The film is set in 2055 and tells the story of Pete Postlethwaite, an archivist who reviews old footage from the year 2008 to understand why humans failed to tackle climate change.

16 June Keeping Chooks Workshop, Cooroy Library
Learn how to keep chooks in your backyard, including how to catch chooks, how to buy them and how to feed and house them.

19 June Living Smart Design—Climate Workshop, The Blue House, Yandina
Learn how to build an eco-friendly home at this informal workshop.

22 June Bushfood Gardening, Coolum Community Native Nursery
Enjoy the ‘Wild Taste of the Rainforest’ in your own backyard and learn how to create a Bushfood garden. 9-11am.

30 June Backyard Biodiversity photo competition closes

Cr Jones said that by implementing the eco-friendly changes suggested, residents were one step closer to helping council achieve its vision of becoming Australia’s most sustainable region.

“If all residents implement eco-friendly changes at a personal level, collectively, we can make a huge difference in the fight against climate change," Cr Jones said.

Bookings are required for all events. Check council’s online events calendar or call 5475 7272 for details.