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2014 Goulburn Connects Sustainability Festival

Festival a huge success!

The Goulburn Connects festival is over for another year – and what an amazing success story!

The festival started off with the film “Chasing Ice”, held in conjunction with the Goulburn Film Group, and “Run with the Wind”, held in partnership with Infigen. Over 600 people turned up for the fun run at the Woodlawn Wind Farm, and “Chasing Ice” was a sell-out.

Over 80 people attended the Energy forum and as a result of the presentations, a core group of people have expressed interest in a community energy project.

The Climate Change Gardening open day at Kentgrove attracted over 500 people, with a large proportion travelling from outside the region to learn about gardening in a more volatile climate.

The Women Connects event filled St Saviour’s hall to hear Natalie and Debbie inspire women in taking practical action to play their part in tackling the inevitable consequences of a two degrees of warming. Many women put up their hands to become part of a One Million Women hub in this region.

Farmers and others turned up for the Farming 4 Tomorrow forum and heard inspiring stories of how farmers are adapting to the changing climatic conditions.

The Electric Vehicle Expo was a stunning success with 12 vehicles on show, plus a hybrid excavator and an electric go-cart!. The Tesla was a bit hit all morning with a huge number of people taking the opportunity to learn more about the future of motor transport. Mayor Kettle announced a joint project between The Goulburn Group, Council and the ACT Government to examine a proposal from TGG to develop an electric highway between Sydney and Canberra.

And “There’s No Planet B” speakers stunned the 100 plus audience with their insight and clarity in addressing the challenges that a warming climate will bring to the community and the planet over the next 20 years.

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