Sustainable homes to go on show

Mullumbimby sustainable home owner takes kids for a spin on her 'cargo bike'. Photo contributed

Mullumbimby sustainable home owner takes kids for a spin on her ‘cargo bike’. Photo contributed


Three of Mullumbimby’s most sustainable homes will be opening their doors to the public on Sunday, 13 September, for Sustainable House Day 2015 – a national event that allows the public to see and learn from the best environmental homes across Australia.

The following Saturday (September 19) will see a free Sustainable Homes Expo at Lismore City Hall from midday, featuring a design showcase and awards.

Sustainability guru

Open houses on September 13 include an impressive one at King Street, Mullumbimby.

Resident Bec Talbot will be sharing how her street has developed a culture of verge planting, car-pooling and child minding.

Their edible garden showcases design for kids with lots to nibble, chooks to cuddle and a passion fruit cubby house. You might have seen Bec scooting around Mullum on her cargo bike, a box bike fitting up to five children. Visitors to Bec’s house will have a chance to take it for a spin.

Sustainability guru and author of Sustainable House book, Michael Mobbs will be speaking at the King St house at 11-12pm and a house at Stuart St at 1-2pm.

‘It is really exciting that for the first time in Mullumbimby we will have the opportunity to open up our home and share with our community some of the things we have done to make our home and lifestyle more sustainable,’ Bec said.

Also opening in Mullumbimby are Sharon Gibson’s award winning permaculture demonstration site on Stuart Street and Andrew Wadsworth’s ‘hemp house’ at Tallowood.

These houses will join more than 150 homeowners nationwide in opening their homes to the community to pass on tips and advice on topics such as renewable energy, permaculture, sustainable building practices and more.  The homes will be open to the general public from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, 13 September 2015.

Design showcase

The event is a precursor to the Sustainable House Day Expo and Design Showcase & Awards on Saturday 19, where sustainable designers from all over the region will be competing to create the most sustainable universal designed home. This event will be a valuable resource for anyone looking for practical sustainable information on how to move toward ‘greener’ living.

At the Lismore City Hall event, you will be able to speak with local experts at stalls promoting solar power, composting toilets, eco wall coverings, ethical banking, handmade furniture, sustainable building and green cleaning.

Visitors to the expo will also be in the running to win a 1kw solar system, a hemp-builders starter kit, a tour and organic lunch for two to the Permaculture Research Institute, a sustainable design consultation and a compost bin or laundry green cleaning pack.

More info about the Open Homes Program 13 September and Sustainable House Expo 19 September is available at


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