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Murwillumbah’s successful Environment Day Festival

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The First Nations troupe ‘Kids Caring for Country’ opened World Environment Day Festival 2022 held in Murwillumbah. Phot supplied

It was perfect weather for last Sunday’s World Environment Day Festival held in Murwillumbah with the sun shining and locals enjoying the range of speakers, entertainment, and information available.

World Environment Day Festival 2022 was held in Murwillumbah on Sunday 17 July. Photo Aslan Shand

‘This Year’s World Environment Day festival in Murwillumbah saw a dramatic increase in numbers compared to previous years. Between 1,600 – 2,000 people came to engage with environmental issues in our region and beyond,’ said organiser Marion Reardon.

The Festival was opened by First Nations troupe ‘Kids Caring for Country’ followed by the spectacular and hilarious circus acts of Hoopla and the Family Pitts while a range of speakers addressed a range of topics at the Speaker’s Tent.

‘We then enjoyed the exquisite flamenco and gypsy strings of Felicity Lawless and friends and the popular youth band Loose Content who finished the day with a rocking set of original sounds and thoughtful lyrics,’ said Ms Reardon.

Electrical engineer and EV builder Dean Patterson at the Speaker’s Tent. Photo Aslan Shand

‘In the Speaker’s Tent talks included the deep time evolution of our region’s biodiversity and waterways, spectacular forensic wildlife photography, EV technology, reconnecting people with nature and ancient techniques of earth architecture.

‘The many environmental groups and shops present at the festival commented on a substantial increase in interest and support from the public compared to the previous year.

‘The town of Murwillumbah played its part with many places staying open for the Sunday as well as helping advertise and promote it.

‘It is great to see how environmental awareness and engagement can also be an impetus for the local business community.  Caldera Environment Centre’s annual World Environment Day festival achieves this like no other event in our region.’

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