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Renew Fest, now in its second year, is on again this weekend in Mullumbimby.

Organiser Ella Rose Goninan describes it as ‘a festival of actions and ideas for renewable energies.’

She adds ‘an extraordinary range of people’ will come together ‘to share their passions, solutions and initiatives for a sustainable world.’

Someone who was inspired by the first Renew Fest to come and share his knowledge is builder, Tony Hill, who runs ECOnic Design & Construction and is surfing the home-owning wave of ‘tiny homes’.

When his daughter Kai was born, the then 21-year old Tony built a home in Hervey Bay where he developed his guiding philosophy about practicality and thermal properties of building materials.

Tony Hill with the frame of a cabin he will be auctioning at Renew Fest to support COREM. Photo supplied
Tony Hill with the frame of a cabin he will be auctioning at Renew Fest to support COREM. Photo supplied

‘This all eventually led me to creating the ECOnic Design modular buildings and construction systems, so that anyone could build their own home with the option of starting small and adding to it as they could afford it. I want to empower people to create their own sustainable paradises, without compromising quality of life and comfort,’ Tony said.

He and his partner Angela attended the first Renew Fest and were inspired and excited to meet so many active and forward-thinking people committed to creating, and co-creating, a sustainable healthier community.

This year, Tony is launching his small homes and cabins at the festival.

And he will be auctioning the frame of a tiny home, worth $14,000.

He is gifting 50 per cent of the profits to COREM for their renewable energy generation projects.

This imaginative and practical offer will work through an EBay auction site, where people can bid on the cabin.

The successful bidder will be announced on the Radicle Stage at the end of the COREM extravaganza.

‘People can visit the super-structure frame and display set up at the festival site in Mullumbimby over the weekend, and follow bidding from their home or on our monitor at the festival,’ Tony said.

Renew Fest is on Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 May at Mullumbimby Showgrounds from 9am to 9.30pm. Tickets $75 from the Renew Fest website or $90 on the door.


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