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11 June, 2021

Celebrating sustainable living and solutions

From humble, home-made solutions for a more sustainable lifestyle, to ideas on how to change the world, or just a good coffee and live music, Cairns Ecofiesta has everything you could want to see and do in a one day eco festival.

By Peter McCullagh

Questagame player Alisdair Gilhooly with Laura Ellery from Urban Wheelz and Mayor Bob Manning at Munro Martin Parklands ahead of Sunday’s EcoFiesta.

Cairns Ecofiesta returns this Sunday to Munro Martin Parklands, with a big line-up of great acts, old favourites and new inspirations.

The free event commences at 10am, with over 120 sustainability-focussed market stalls, food and coffee vans, community groups and exhibitors, along with a host of children’s activities and more than 20 performances across two stages throughout the day.

Entertainment on the day will include Jeremiah Johnson, the Jazzuleles, Zee Gachette, Vivian Aisi, In the Element, Ivy Amara, Misstee, Koahlition, The Taste, and a traditional dance and smoking ceremony.

Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said the free community festival combined environmentally friendly products and sustainable living ideas with entertainment, food and education.

“Small steps can make a world of difference when it comes to reducing our impact on the planet” Cr Manning said.

“The great thing about Ecofiesta is that it highlights the interesting, fun and often simple ways Cairns people can make a difference and look after our unique environment.

“Ecofiesta brings our sustainability groups and businesses together with solutions for everyone.

“While the kids play, weave palm fronds or listen to a story, parents can learn about fighting food waste, caring for chickens, or joining a tree planting group.”

Workshops and activities running throughout the day include sessions on earth building, DIY green cleaning or skincare, caring for wildlife and aquaponics.

Another highlight of this year’s event is on onsite quest run by local science innovators at Earth Guardians, through the app Questagame.

Questagame allows players to collect gold and points by finding, photographing and identifying animals and plants around them.

One of Queensland’s top child players, 12-year-old Alisdair Gilhooly, who has ‘captured’ and identified more than 431 species through the nature-based gaming app will be the ‘Mayor of Ecofiesta’ for the day and will take part in the onsite quest.

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