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BYO water bottle to this year's Mullum Music Festival. You may even be able to crochet it a nice little jacket at one of the workshops. Photo Mullum Music Festival
BYO water bottle to this year’s Mullum Music Festival. You may even be able to crochet it a nice little jacket at one of the workshops. Photo Mullum Music Festival

Mullum Music Festival director Glenn Wright is on a mission – a green mission.

He’s decided that in the festival’s ninth year, 2016, it’s time to transition towards a festival free from disposable plastic water bottles and cups.

‘We are asking all festivalgoers, crew and artists to bring re-usable water or drink bottles to the festival,’ Glenn says.

Water refills will be offered at all festival venues and a filtered water station will be in place outside Santos Organics. Reusable drink bottles and cups will also be available for purchase at the Renew Fest stall all festival.’

‘To get into the spirit of plastic free, Renew Fest have programmed this year’s MMF Community Program, which includes forums on plastic solutions, renewable energy, sustainable development and waste sustainability at festivals,’ he adds.

Creating actions

Renew Fest is dedicated to ‘education that leads to creating actions’.

With presentations in plastic pollution solutions, community owned renewable energy, and an introduction to permaculture, the focus is on practical sustainable practice.

There will also be a Heritage Park walk with Dave Rawlins, a weaving workshop and discussions on how to use ancient traditions to create health and prosperity.

Fourplay's Tim Hollo (centre) believes artists have a duty to lead social change.
Fourplay’s Tim Hollo (second left) believes artists have a duty to lead social change.

Green music

Fourplay’s Tim Hollo is involved with Green Music Australia, an artist-led group dedicated to harnessing ‘the cultural power of music and musicians’ to create a greener world in practical ways.

According to Tim, festivals should be ‘places that demonstrate sensible thoughtful behavior in relation to the impacts on the environment’.

Tim says there are three things a festivalgoer can do to reduce impacts.

‘You can use green transport options such as car-pooling, or public transport. You can use your reduce waste by using your own water bottle and thirdly you can use your voice. If a festival isn’t taking its environmental responsibilities seriously we, as punters, should tell them.’

Tim Hollo along with Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson, Kim Pengelly (deputy GM of Woodfordia), and Mat Morris from North Byron Parklands will speak on Waste, Sustainability & Festivals at Mullum Music’s Renew Fest Community Program.

All events are included in the Mullum Music Festival Ticket price, or gold coin donation to non-ticket holders.

View the MMF Renew Fest Community Program here

Visit GREEN MUSIC Australia here


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  1. …as well as byo water bottle, it should also be byo eating utensials; plate, bowl, cup & cutlery. It’s so easy once you get into the habit and carrying a small amount of picnic gear around with you is not going to weigh you down! Just do it!


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