Gold Coast’s peak environment group Gecko, has coordinated an event to celebrate World Environment Day since 1999, but a couple of years ago they changed the format. The celebration now consists of a festival style program of events.
The nine-day ‘week’ features organic farming, permaculture, animal encounters, retro recycling, academic fora, tours, films and more. But it’s an enormous program, so we saved you the hard work and offer you our top 13 picks.
Saturday 30 May
Tour the Ecovillage at Currumbin to experience first hand what an ecologically sustainable development looks like. Wal through one of the homes and explore community facilities, landscaping and wildlife. 10.00am, cost $15, bookings essential, phone 5551 0138.
Sunday 31 May
Retro Revival Fair at 18 Demand Ave, Arundel from 10.00am – 2.00pm. As well as raising funds for FSG Australia, treasure seekers will be spoilt with tables filled with goodies under $20 including vinyl, books, vintage products, toys and more. Contact email@example.com.
At the other end of the coast, also on Sunday 31 March, eco-explorers is for kids aged five to nine who will have the opportunity to join in games, stories, sculpting and sandy fun along Currumbin estuary. It’s free too. Call 07 5534 1412 to book.
Monday 1 June
Create Boomerang Bags and help move people to plastic-free living. This sewing bee will involve cutting, ironing, pinning, screenprinting and sewing bags. 9.00a – 1.00pm at West Burleigh. Phone Tania on 0410 552 025 to book in to join the team.
Tuesday 2 – Thursday 4 June
Tour Visy Materials’ Recovery Facility from 2.00 – 3.00pm, for an insight into the process used to recycle glass, paper, steel and aluminium. Only suitable for people aged 13 and over and specific clothing and footwear is required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book or ask any questions.
Wednesday 3 June
Growing Cities will be screened at The Arts Centre Gold Coast from 6.30pm. It’s a documentary about sustainable survival in the city, building resilient communities and healthy homes, starting in our own backyards. Tickets $15 at the door. More at lifechangingevents.net.au.
Thursday 4 June
Get up with the birds and join Barry Davies who will show you local native birds and speak about their habits and habitats from 7.00am – 9.00am. Meet at Fleays Carpark near Tallebudgera Creek. Contact email@example.com.
VERSEatility will help you green it up at Upper Coomera Library from 2.00 – 3.00pm with a workshop on collaborative poetry writing with poet Jacqueline Sheargold. Book via 07 5582 9300.
Summit on the State of the Environment will be held at Griffith University Gold Coast from 6.00 – 9.00pm. Speakers will discuss limitations and opportunities for protection for the environment and community amenity, Springbrook World Heritage Area, the ocean at our doorstep, ecotourism, vegetation and koalas as a flagship species. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday 5 June
Eco Film Night at Helensvale Library will run from 6.30 – 9.00pm with Cuban street food, refreshments and a selection of short films that are inspiring and energizing from local and international film makers. There will also be live music from Akova (pictured) and The Lyrical. Call 07 5581 1625.
Saturday 6 June
Gecko’s signature environment event is its wildlife expo, which takes place from 10.00am – 2.00pm at Tugun Community Centre. There are promises of crocs, snakes, bats, insects and more. Plus organisations which care for native wildlife will be there with information stalls as well as animals. The first 300 families will also receive a 50% off family voucher for Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Sunday 7 June
From 10.00am – 12 noon, the lake at the centre of much controversy will come alive when folks visit to learn about the water body and its birdlife and their life cycles. The lake is on Goldmarket Lane in the equine precinct near Racecourse Drive, Bundall.
From 2.00 – 4.00pm, Wildlife Queeensland will host guided walks around Pine Ridge Conservation Park in Oxley Dve, Runaway Bay. The Park protects one of the last wallum remnants of the GC, featuring banksia woodland, heath and paperbark swamp forests. Phone 0417 709 993 for more information.
Get the full Green Week program and additional information at http://goldcoastgreenweek.com.