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.
11:30am | Creating Conversations
The Lake Macquarie Living Smart Festival started in 2009 is now considered a flagship event for the City with attendances exceeding 25,000.
Engaging the community on environmental sustainability is a fundamental driver of the now 3 day event and provides a forum for education, live performance, workshops and demonstrations, food and local products, set against a backdrop of art, live entertainment and activities for all ages. Programmed as an annual event in September and coordinated as a purely collaborative program between community and Council’s Sustainability and Events teams, the festival is now at its maturity to expand. This presentation will outline its metamorphosis over the past decade and what is proposed in the future.