Water, water everywhere at Mullum Music Fest

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (right) at the official opening of Mullumbimby's filtered water fountain on Friday (November 18). Photo contributed

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (right) at the official opening of Mullumbimby’s filtered water fountain on Friday (November 18). Photo contributed

It is said of some politicians that they would attend the opening of a door. As if to prove the proverb, Ballina MP Tamara Smith had the unusual duty of opening of a water fountain during last weekend’s Mullum Music Festival.

But it is no ordinary water fountain: with the massive amount of pollution generated by plastic water bottles, Mullumbimby community and business sponsors set about raising the funds for the filtered water station as a part of the Plastic Free July campaign this year.

The aim was to reduce the consumption of disposable plastic water bottles in the town to zero.

The station was launched on Friday evening. Also in attendance were Byron mayor Simon Richardson, festival director Glenn Wright (who donated the graphic design prize) and Sasha Mainsbridge of Mullum Cares (whose idea it originally was).

The #werefill bottles are available for sale at a number of shops around the town – so now you can safely ditch those plastic bottles for good.

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