Twilight for sustainability fair

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BUSINESSES and the community will come together at this year’s Balnarring Sustainability Fair to present workshops, stalls and activities aimed at securing a more sustainable future.

The 4-7pm, Saturday 12 October event will be headlined by Josie Jones, whose active commitment to protecting Port Phillip by reducing waste earned her this year’s Mornington Peninsula Shire Citizen of the Year award.

A series of workshops will include the team from Talking Hens, Merricks, discussing the best ways of keeping backyard chickens, while bee enthusiast Nick Harrison will discuss making homemade beeswax candles.

The Balnarring Primary School fundraiser will open with a welcome to country and smoking ceremony with Owen Thomas and Carissa Watts providing live entertainment.

Goods can be bought at the “pre-loved department store” and artwork going under the hammer at a silent art auction includes pieces by Karina Armstrong, Kate Butler de Castro, Warren Cooke, Marion Harper, Judith Van Heeren, Hannah Lewis, Jane Reiseger and Jacqi Russo. Proceeds will go to the school’s literacy program and the Balbirooroo Wetlands.

Balnarring Environmental Action Team will conduct tours of the wetlands which began 25 years and has seen nine hectares of farmland transformed into habitat for flora and fauna.

Food and wine will be available and a team from Southern Peninsula

Repair Cafe will be on hand to give pre-loved items a new lease on life. Balnarring Bowls and Tennis Club will run games and activities.

The event will climax with a flash mob-style disco performed by students who have taken dance classes during term 3.

For information, stall inquiries and sponsorship applications visit balnarringsusfair.com.au or call Balnarring Primary School on 5931 4444.

Images of artwork being auctioned are at https://bit.ly/2kKsvWX

First published in the Western Port News – 9 October 2019

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