Energy food: Joanne Hodgson from Raleigh Public School selling starfruit, fresh citrus and juices.
Energy food: Joanne Hodgson from Raleigh Public School selling starfruit, fresh citrus and juices. Leigh Jensen

Sun shines on energy festival

THE raging success of the Bellingen Energy Festival proves our community really is switched on when it comes to sustainability.

Saturday’s fourth annual festival attracted an impressive crowd of 3000 and as many as 60 community and business exhibitors to the Bellingen Showground despite concerns over the weather.

“We certainly had a lucky day. There was a beam of sunshine on the showground all day,” co-ordinator Liz McCabe said.

“We had a new format this year and a new name to reflect a broader sustainability theme.

“This area really is showcasing how advanced we are with our environmental awareness and our willingness to adapt to renewable technology.”

Ms McCabe described the festival as an authentic and grassroots event which only a regional area could produce.

“Last year per capita, Bellingen was the greenest town in NSW and we’re pulling together one of the best environmental fairs around,” she said.

“It’s the right event at the right time in the right place.”

Ms McCabe said the festival catered for a wide range of people and she hoped they had gone away with a new idea or two on how to live sustainably.



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