20,000+ people are expected at Brisbane City Council’s Green Heart Fair at Carindale on 9 September, produced by CitySmart. Here’s a preview of what our sponsors are up to, as well a look at some interesting new and returning exhibitors.
Now in its 9th year, the Green Heat Fair is Queensland’s biggest biannual sustainability event. We’ve invited over 100 of Brisbane’s leading sustainability organisations, community groups, artisans, foodies, green-thumbs, conservationists, businesses and eco experts to join us on 9 September to help Brisbane residents keep our city clean, green and sustainable.
Meet the sponsors
Cleanaway, QLD Urban Utilities, Rocky Point and Channel 7 are all returning as sponsors this fair.
The Cleanaway Waste Zone focuses on recycling education, including demos of what happens to recycling material after it leaves the yellow wheelie bins. Cleanaway is now managing Brisbane City Council’s four Resource Recovery Centres.
QLD Urban Utilities Water Zone includes education and demos on the hazards caused by flushing wet wipes, as well as free reusable water bottles and free water refills all day.
Rocky Point’s Grow Zone helps residents plan, plant and maintain the right type of garden to suit their property and the climate, including tips on water conservation and lowering costs (e.g. dry-tolerant plants).
Channel 7 sponsors the main entertainment stage, and station personalities such as Sammie O’Brien and Kay McGrath will host the day.
New & returning exhibitors and events
Following is just a sample of the diverse and passionate exhibitors who come together for each fair under the sustainability banner.
If your business organisation is interested in joining us at the next fair, please get in touch.
Teaches recycling to children predominately in child care centres. Children get a 15-page activity book printed on recycled paper. At the fair there will be a Recycleman show every hour, running for 30 minutes, with time for photos and meet and greets before and after each show.
Brisbane Tool Library
Promotes a sharing and circular economy, reducing over-consumption by decreasing the purchase of infrequently used items. For a low annual fee members can borrow rather than purchase these items. The initiative reduces waste by maximising the use of, and the useful life of products, through sharing, proper maintenance and where possible repair of products.
Journey Outdoors in Nature
The Wild Kidlets program intends to foster a love of the natural world in the next generation so they are inspired to care for it. It’s an immersion program for 2-5 year-olds that teaches kids about composting, soft plastic recycling, gardening and tree planting. It supports local sustainable, organic producers and operates with leave-no-trace principles.
Sells products that help the community live with less waste, less toxins and less impact. Biome delves into the whole story of a product, the people behind it, and its impacts, so that customers can make a choice to matches their values. The environmental impact of shipping parcels is offset by supporting Greening Australia’s ReefAid program, and an in-store recycling program helps Biome operate as zero waste as possible. Biome founder Tracey Bailey is also doing a talk on the Live for Less stage.
Solar Citizens is an independent community-based organisation working to protect and grow solar in Australia. It advocates for better state and federal policies for more than 5 million solar owners and the millions more who wish to go solar. At the fair you can learn more about the organisation, its campaigns and renewable energy.
Brisbane Billycart Championships
The Brisbane Billycart Championships are part of every Carindale Green Heart Fair, open to entrants of all ages either with their own cart or one of 20 loan carts available on the day.
The Transport Expo: Move for Less
Following its successful debut at the Chermside Green Heart Fair in June, Move for Less returns to host the Transport Expo at the Carindale Fair.
The expo showcases ways to travel smarter and cheaper, from electric cars to e-scooters, e-skateboards and public transport. Consumers are already receptive to electric and other alternative and/or cheaper transport options, but they have questions – about cost to buy, cost to run, charging options, maintenance and so on. At Move for Less consumers can experience the product up close and talk with experts to help make informed decisions.
At the June fair, CitySmart surveyed Move for Less visitors on the day to find out what they’re thinking and how they buy. We published the findings here.