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Sustainable Living Festival

Sustainable Living Festival

Sat 18 May, Medowie Community Centre & Lions Park

Thanks to all the members and affiliates who contributed to making the 2024 Sustainable Living Festival such a great day. We appreciate all those people who braved the weather to attend the wonderful event at Medowie. 

We would like to thank our generous sponsors Hunter Water, Port Stephens Council and Hunter LandCare for making this event possible. 

A massive shout out to the fabulous organisations that donated prizes including Oakvale Wildlife Park, Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters, Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, Readers Retreat, Balloon Aloft, Wallum Art Space and Mathew Spillard. 

It was wonderful to have MP Kate Washington, representatives from Wirreanda Public School, Deputy Mayor Leah Anderson and councillor Jason Wells involved in the opening ceremony. We are grateful to Roz Armstrong for doing such a fantastic job as the true Master of Ceremonies!  

And the event would not have been possible without a tremendous amount of work from Lauren and Lewis from Homegrown Markets – We appreciate everything they did to make this day as wonderful as we had envisaged. 

The evaluation report will be released in the coming months – Watch this space. 

Here is a selection of Henk Tobbe’s photographs from the day. Thanks Henk!

If you missed it – here’s what you missed!

EcoNetwork Port Stephens is so excited to be working with Homegrown Markets to bring together a fantastic Sustainable Living Festival, building on the success of our 2022 Sustainable Futures Festival.

Join us for an exciting community day full of workshops, activities, live entertainment, local community groups, speakers, a huge market, street food, live tunes, kids zone, preloved stalls, gourmet produce & more, featuring a host of sustainable initiatives! 

Check out some eco-friendly and handmade wares in the marketplace, enjoy a delicious street food picnic and attend a talk or workshop on sustainable living delivered by industry experts. 

There’s something for everyone – plenty of activities for little and big kids alike, live entertainment, delectable food and prizes to be won.

Our eco program is jammed with




enviro initiatives



and live tunes too!

And a magnificent market place of gourmet foods, pre-loved stalls and more.

With nearly 80 stalls, you’re sure to find plenty of interest. .

WATCH this space for the latest program and more about each stall

Workshops for everyone

Build a bee hotel with Soldiers Point Salamander Bay & Mambo Wanda Wetlands Landcare. Give our native bees a home in your garden 

Join in the Cupcake decorating workshop with Alice’s Kitchen 

“Recycle, reuse, reimagine: plastic product workshop” with Resourceful Living. A great hands on way to learn about the innovative ways we can recycle plastic into great products

Hear Koala Education talk with Port Stephens Koala Hospital

Enjoy bush food planting for kids with Oz Tukka.

Experience making Sauerkraut with Homegrown Health and discover the health benefits 

+ more !!

Smorgasbord of activities around the site

Experience the Sensory play area with My Sensory Mind

Port Stephens Council plant giveaways

See Ausave with their state of the art solar systems

Watch WONSO’s solar cooking demo

See Enjo’s chemical free cleaning care

Go to Port Stephens Council library bus 

Visit Silly Street Face Painting

Grab an Activities Passport for the kids.

It’s loaded with fun activities to enjoy at the festival or at home.

Visit all the stalls in the passport to get a stamp.

Just answer a couple of questions to be in the running for great prizes .

Don’t forget to return your answers to the EcoNetwork marquee.

Be sure to buy some raffle tickets with wonderful prizes on offer – a balloon ride with Balloon Aloft, artwork from Wallum Art Space, and magnificent photography and several bird calendars from Mathew Spillard. 

And there’s so much more

An incredible group of local-makers, sustainable brands, preloved gurus, talented innovators and yummy producers!

Find your pre loved treasure as Salamander Bay Recycling’s stall

Check out Deeps Engineering for surprise plastic moulding initiatives.

And THANK YOU to our generous sponsors

The Sustainable Living Festival would not be possible without you!

And thanks also to our community and business supporters who kindly provided prizes

Oakvale Wildlife Park | Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters | Hunter Region Botanic Gardens | Readers Retreat | Balloon Aloft | Wallum Art Space | Mathew Spillard. 

After the success of EcoNetwork’s 2022 Sustainable Futures Festival, we’ve partnered with Homegrown Markets for their expertise in managing stalls and bringing together a magnificent market place. See you there!

Published: 10 May 2024