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Stringybark Suburban Sustainability Festival 2011

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 12th, 2011

15 October , 2011
16 October , 2011

Stringybark 2011 Knox’s own national festival celebrating sustainability in the suburbs.


Knox City Council’s Stringybark Festival is Australia’s longest running sustainability festival.

The event focuses on ‘suburban sustainability’ and aims to engage, educate and entertain people of all ages through seven key sustainability zones of interactive workshops, and presentations of sustainable products and concepts.

  • ENERGY Harnessing the power of the sun, wind, geo-thermal and others, through new alternative technologies that save you money and save the planet
  • WATER Water conservation, rain water systems, grey and black water recycling and ways to stop our dams from emptying
  • BIODIVERSITY Conservation, the environment, native flora and fauna and everything about the beautiful planet we live on
  • SUSTAINABLE HOME Alternative cleaning, clothing and beauty products, food and drink and what you can easily do to make your own home more sustainable
  • TRANSPORT Walking, cycling, public transport, electric vehicles and every way to prevent traffic pollution
  • RECYCLING Refusing, reducing, reusing and recycling plus what we can make out of what we throw away
  • COMMUNITY Sustainability in education, health and wellbeing, young and old, diverse cultures and interests celebrating our community

In addition, an extensive market of fair trade and locally produced, handmade crafts, entertainment and music, organic produce and food demonstrations and workshops will be delivered by community groups, business partners, Knox City Council staff and volunteers.

10 am – 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 15-16 October 2011

Rowville Community Centre Reserve, Fulham Road, Rowville (Melway 81 K1)

Kids/Concession $2, Adult $3, Family $7 – Entry is free if you travel by bike, foot or public transport (there is a festival shuttle bus)

Visit the website or download the flyer for more information.

Knox Urban Biodiversity Policy

Posted in Models by Virginia on June 2nd, 2009

“We do not inherit the earth from our parents, but we borrow it from our children”

A poignant phrase that highlights the intentions embedded in the notion of sustainability and inter-generational equity.  The Knox City Local Council has taken this view of equity to ensure and increase the biodiversity values that currently exist in the local region, continue to exist in the future in the face of the uncertain environmental impacts of climate change.

The rehabilitation efforts include the creation of wetlands which have revitalized the frog population in Blink Creek Billabong in Ferntree Gully, revegetation along creeks and rivers, education programs in schools and involvement of the community.  A significant program the Knox Council has launched, called the Gardens for Wildlife program, addresses the issue of ‘garden escapees’ or garden plants becoming weeds in the native environment.  The Gardens for Wildlife project aims to educate as well as demonstrate how to create a native garden and the biodiversity values it supports.