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Tomorrow’s free Living for the Future home expo at Seagulls Club in Tweed Heads West has plenty of hands-on interactive exhibits.

You can also take a kayak tour or learn to cook delicious and nutritious meals that can also save you money.

Get more hands-on at this year’s

‘These are some of the ways visitors to the expo can really experience opportunities to live more sustainably in the Tweed,’ Deb Firestone, Tweed Shire Council’s sustainability program leader, said.

‘An electric and hybrid car display by BMW, including an opportunity for test drives, is an exciting new inclusion at this year’s event,’ Ms Firestone said.

‘So are the cooking displays by chef Daniel Lange and North East Waste, for the Love Food, Hate Waste program.

‘Daniel will provide creative and practical tips for planning and preparing food that can save households thousands of dollars.’

The fourth annual Home Expo, held by council, features more than 40 businesses and community organisation stalls, offering a one-stop shop for products and advice to make homes more livable, lower energy and water costs and create more sustainable lifestyles.

Visitors to the expo will also be able to participate in a Tiny Homes Workshop, to find out how a movement towards smaller homes is providing people with freedom from debt, minimised environmental impact and simple lifestyles.

An interpretive walk will show people how a new phone app can help them improve biodiversity on their properties.

Bee experts will share their passions with workshop participants and teach them how to keep native and European bees in their backyards, while two workshops will teach simple bicycle maintenance skills.

The expo will be held from 9am to 2pm and will include children’s activities and prizes drawn throughout the event.

A two-hour guided kayaking tour of Terranora Broadwater will explore the deep relationship between environment and Indigenous culture. There is a cost for this activity.

Michael Corke, council’s project officer – biodiversity, said ‘participants will learn that a key factor in the development of Indigenous communities was their ability to link natural events to cycles associated with resource availability’.

‘Knowledge of changing resources linked to changing seasons, fauna migration and even individual events such as tidal fluctuations enabled Indigenous people to enjoy a sustainable way of life,’ Mr Corke said.

‘The Broadwater abounds in natural resources, a variety of habitats and a rich assortment of flora and fauna. Local indigenous people have for millennia used stringy bark canoes for sea travel, so a kayaking tour is a fitting way to experience this amazing environment.’

The kayak tour will be held from 11am to 1pm and will cost $20, which includes kayak hire and water safety equipment. Numbers are limited so bookings are essential by contacting Mr Corke on 02 6670 2592, 0407 075 682 or [email protected]

Participants will meet at the Seagulls Club rear car park at 10.30am and should bring swimmers, suitable footwear (preferably enclosed), sunglasses, hat, towel, sunscreen and drinking water.


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