Christine Harle

Sustainability Engagement Coordinator, Lake Macquarie City

Chris Harle is the Sustainability Engagement Coordinator for Lake Macquarie City Council focusing on engaging individuals and communities in all aspects of sustainability. Experienced in community development and behaviour change Chris uses these skills to collaborate with others to offer a program of events across the City, including ensuring the Living Smart Festival meets its sustainability objectives.

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“Living Smart” – The Growth of a Sustainability Festival in the Hunter

The Lake Macquarie Living Smart Festival, running for 10 years and reimagined in the last 2 years, is now considered a flagship event for the City with attendances exceeding 25,000.

Engaging the community on environmental sustainability, transformed the event into a 3-day festival; with elements of education, live performance, workshops and demonstrations, food and local products, set against a backdrop of art, live entertainment and activities for all ages.


Jacqui & Christine detail the metamorphosis over the past decade, the incredible growth they have experienced and what comes next.

Key Learnings:

  • ¬†How to turn a region into a destination.
  • Expanding a 1-day event into an award winning 3-day festival without increasing spend
  • Value in collaboration, education, creativity and uniqueness.
  • Paid elements that sell-out.
  • Delivering significant growth to the economy through events.

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