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Sustainable Futures Festival – 11 Sept 2022

A festival of inspiration, innovation & conversation

Sustainable Futures Festival – for inspiration, innovation & conversation

Welcome to the Sustainable Futures Festival Page – information central for our exciting program.

EcoNetwork Port Stephens held its inaugural Sustainable Futures Festival on Sunday 11 September.

Over 1000 people attended and enjoyed the first sunny day in weeks!

They came to listen, learn and talk about all things ‘sustainability’. Electric cars, enormous whales, roaming giant puppets and local musical groups ensured there was something for everyone.

Read about Festival Day in the media release or watch our You Tube channel for a photographic medley featuring our many presenters, entertainers and stallholders.

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Sustainable Futures Festival Pre-registration

St Philip’s Christian College, Salamander Bay

Sunday 11 September 2022 from 10am – 4pm. Entry – gold coin donation.

Come rain or shine, our Festival is happening
on Sunday 11 September!

Admission is by gold coin donation, then all speakers, workshops and tent talks are free!  Download full program

Professor Veena Sahajwalla is heading up the impressive line-up of speakers.Register your interest to attend any or all presentations.

Festival Day in Brief

  • 10.15am: Welcome & official opening
  • 10.30am: Professor Veena Sahajwalla
  • All day: workshops & speakers
  • All day: stalls and food
  • 3.00pm: Prizes announced
  • 4pm: Closing

Download the full program

Festival Updates

Check out the latest news as well as the evolving program of displays and entertainment.

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Winners announced in the

aRRRRRt Awards

All finalists were on display at the school on Festival Day. Voting took place for your favourite artwork in the People’s Choice category.

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EcoNetwork Port Stephens invites you to our inaugural festival which will showcase environmental innovation, sustainable living and the different ways in which nature enriches our lives.

In partnership with local community and environment groups, sustainability entrepreneurs and small businesses, the festival program showcases an outstanding line-up of speakers, displays, entertainment and activities to entice and excite us! There’ll be experts in permaculture, threatened species, interior design for sustainable homes, electric vehicles as well as advice on saving money by creating energy efficient homes and lifestyles.

We are aiming for a Five Star event – let’s all rethink, reduce, reuse, repurpose or recycle what we can. We will show you a myriad of ways to make your recycling and reusing go further – and help the planet! Read about the 5-stars guiding our festival for sustainability and waste management.

The festival promises to be a happy place with positive vibes, good food and live music. We just need you!

Our speaker line-up is confirmed. Professor Veena Sahajwalla, the 2022 NSW Australian of the Year heads up an impressive program of presenters. Read More

In addition, our tent talks will include sustainable gardening, using recycled plastic to make furniture, and owning an electric vehicle – as well as fun stuff for kids of all ages!

Here are some of the fabulous people you’ll meet – in our central marketplace with native plant giveaways, threatened species displays, arts and crafts, kid’s activities, environmental stalls, gardening advice, local sustainable start-ups, and live entertainment!

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EcoNetwork is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation and has been working in partnership with local community groups, government agencies and businesses for nearly 30 years.

How can we work together to lead a happier and healthier lifestyle?

We will celebrate sustainable living by bringing together a wide range of special interest groups and individuals to create new connections and networking opportunities which our whole community will benefit from. Let’s share ideas on creating positive change in our neighbourhoods.

Spread the word through your networks, family, friends, and workplaces. Post the date on your social platforms. Come along on 11 September!

The Sustainable Futures Festival is being held at:

St Philip’s Christian College,
182 Salamander Way,
Salamander Bay NSW 2317.

(Port Stephens near Nelson Bay).

Rain or shine – this is an all weather event – thanks to the indoor and outdoor spaces made available to us through the generous support of St Philip’s Christian College.

Please follow COVID-safe practices when attending the Festival and stay home if you are feeling unwell. The Festival will have conditions of entry adhering to the relevant NSW Government Public Health Orders and health advice.

Our Sustainable Futures Partners …

We are grateful to our valued sponsors who are supporting the Festival and our local community. They have taken this opportunity to partner with EcoNetwork Port Stephens, a recognised and reputable environmental advocacy network of over 30 business, community and environmental groups.

Thank you all – we could not have done it without you. See our partners page