New Tweed Eco Festival to prepare residents to be climate-ready

Tweed Shire Council

The Tweed Eco Festival will be held in Murwillumbah this November to bring Tweed residents together for a fun, free event with practical tips to help residents prepare to be climate-ready and environmentally friendly.

The eco event will be held on Sunday 13 November from 9 am to 2 pm at Knox Park, Murwillumbah and will feature eco markets, kids’ activities, food trucks and live entertainment. Presentations, stallholders and practical workshops will help people take action to be ready for natural hazards and reduce their environmental footprint.

Council is calling on businesses, community organisations and not-for-profit groups to get involved in the event whether as a stallholder, performer, to run a workshop or as a speaker.

Council’s sustainability program leader Debbie Firestone said sharing local knowledge and passion for keeping our community safe during natural disasters and protecting our environment were the driving force behind initiating this event.

“We are pleased to be partnering with NSW State Emergency Service (SES), Australian Red Cross and NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to make this event happen and we know there will be a lot of practical information people can take away from the event, as well as just having a fun day out with the family,” Ms Firestone said.

“We’d like to encourage local stallholders, businesses and suppliers to get involved, particularly those who can showcase flood and fire-resistant building materials and other products to help residents prepare for future natural disasters.”

NSW State Emergency Service’s (SES) Murwillumbah Unit Commander Jack Frost said the event would provide a platform to connect with the community about preparedness which is key for the upcoming storm season.

“We are currently in storm and flood season and we encourage the community to make sure they’re aware of the triggers for storm warnings, to be sure they have a home emergency plan and if they’re going to evacuate, to know where they are going to go,” Mr Frost said.

“A new SES warning system has just launched for floods and tsunamis which will provide more targeted communication during emergencies.

“Our focus is for the community to be proactive before it gets to that critical time. Being prepared is the biggest step people can take to safeguard their lives, their homes and their community.

“We are pleased to be involved in an event like this and hope it will plant a seed in people’s minds to take action. On the day, we can help people with their flood preparedness such as when they should call the SES and what to put in an emergency kit, for example. People can also come and see us to ask specific questions about their property.”

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