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Treeplanting2printThe ethos of Mullum Music Festival is sustainability. It’s no coincidence that the biggest little town has a festival with the biggest little footprint.Mullum Music Festival is passionate about people using their hands – whether its playing a guitar, weaving a reusable cup or planting a tree…

Their annual TREE PLANTING will be held again on Mother’s Day MAY 13th 2018, with 7,000 trees and counting. In 2017 the festival has also partnered with STONE & WOOD and the Byron Shire Council to launch our ‘For Cup’s Sake’ – cup exchange initiative, in which all the bars will serve Stone & Wood beers out of re-usable cups, encouraging a circular economy – a first for the Byron shire! This year we also continue our path towards a plastic free event – encouraging all Artists and punters to #BYOBottle in alignment with GREEN MUSIC AUSTRALIA, WE REFILL & MULLUM CARES. We are also extremely proud to support the new #REPOWER Byron Shire initiative with COREM at the helm.

In 2017 festival goers are once again encouraged to participate in positive actions for sustainable change. Mullum Music Festival has partnered with RENEW FEST the annual festival hosted by COREM, which strongly advocates these core values. Don’t just nourish your soul with music; engage in workshops, walks and talks that are about living a more sustainable life.

Renew Fest strongly supports MMFs move towards being FREE of single use plastic cups and bottles and is grateful for their ongoing support for COREM.

Get a taste of Renew Fest at Mullum Music Fest with…

Weaving Workshop Presented by Kim Tait
Meet at Renew Fest Stall at Festival Market Place | Sat 18th & Sun 19th – 10am -12pm
Jazz up your festival by joining the party in our transition to re- usable cups and bottles at this workshop, and weave your very own individualised, reusable water bottle carry cover. Bringing style, ease and self-responsibility to your carry wears by weaving with recycled plastic waste including packing tape, computer cables, earphones, fruit and veg bags, festival armbands etc. Materials supplied. Purchase at the workshop or BYO reusable water bottle to do your bit to reduce single use plastics.

Nature Walks
Presented by Dave Rawlins & Joanne Green from Brunswick Valley Landcare
– Saltwater Creek Walk Sat 18th – 9.30-10.30am
– Heritage Park Walk Sun 19th – 9.00-10.00am
Saltwater Creek Walk – Local Landcare has worked restoring Saltwater Creek for nearly 20 years. Come and learn about their e orts and ways to restore our riparian areas. *Meet at entrance of Petria Thomas Swimming Pool. Heritage Park Walk – Stroll along the Brunswick River and into the Heritage Park arboretum to learn about our local ecology, and the plants and animals of our region. *Meet at entrance to Heritage Park at the Tennis Court.

What is Community-Owned Renewable Energy?
With Luke Reade (President Energetic Communities) & Ella Rose Goninan (President COREM) Dave Rawlins (Vice President COREM) Lachlan Rule (Campaigner Community Power Agency)
Sun 19th 10:00 – 11:00am Drill Hall
How can we ensure ‘Community-Owned Renewable Energy’ models ‘stack up’ across the ‘triple bottom line’? i.e provide community with shared healthy capital returns to the 1.environmental, 2. social, and 3. economic sectors of society. Hear too from COREM about their latest Repower Byron Shire campaign in partnership with Enova Community and Zero Emissions Byron.

Putting the humanity back into Housing
Sat 18th 9:00 – 10:00am Byron Community Centre
Market forces and decades of failure on housing policy have served us up a lemon. Can we make lemonade? Lessons from community and fresh visions for putting the heart and humanity back into housing. With Simon Richardson (Mayor, Byron Shire), Tamara Smith (Member for Ballina), Kelvin Daly (Bruns Eco Village), and MC, Thomas Keily (Economics Program Co-ordinator at RenewFest).

Waste Sustainability Festivals
Sat 18th 10:30 – 11:30am Byron Community Centre
Continuing on from last year, this panel is looking to further the ‘Waste’ discussion, to end game changing solutions. Hearing from panelists how their sustainability waste actions of the last year measured and what’s in the works for further progressive practices in relation to the notion of ‘Zero Waste’. How can we get more creative and bold when it comes to leading positive change in relation ‘Best Waste’ practices? With Simon Richardson (Mayor, Byron Shire), Kate Little (Byron Spirit Festival), and MC Ella Rose Goninan (Creative Director Renew Festival).

Stories of the road to mental health recovery
Facilitated by First Light Director Ella Rose Goninan
Sun 19th 12:00- 1:00pm Byron Community Centre
Come to listen or share stories of the road to mental health recovery. Our stories of recovery, or finding our way to recovery are laden with insight and gifts for others and ourselves.
An invitation: Join WILDSPACE to step outside our comfort zones
Sat 18th 9:00- 10:00am | St Martin’s Hall
With Joanna Macy’s ‘work that reconnects’ as a guide, we journey inwards and outwards to reconnect with ourselves, with others and the interconnected life web of our planet. Facilitated by Juli Gassner, Founder WildSpace

To find out more about the Mullum Music Festival workshop program and alliance with Renew Fest, go to mullummusicfestival.com

WRKSHOP-Weaving Workshop Whacky water bottle holders

The Common Ground of Byron Bay. If you wish to contribute, please contact: Kirra Pendergast P: 0408 068 824 E: kirra@commongroundaustralia.com

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