The Balnarring Community Sustainability Fair is on again on Saturday 14th October from 9 am to 4 pm, at Balnarring Primary School, on the Mornington Peninsula.
The last sustainability fair that was held in 2015, at Emu Plains Racecourse, was awarded the prestigious 'Event of the Year' by the Mornington Peninsula Shire. This year, the fair has moved to the Primary School with the aim to inspire the community to live more sustainably and also to expose the wider community to the beautiful Balbirooroo Wetlands, which lies adjacent to the school. This year it promises to bigger and better.
This bi-annual event features a wide range of activities including a vibrant marketplace with ethical and sustainable foods and products, school stalls, workshops, live music and old-fashioned children's games. It aims to inform, educate and motivate visitors to work towards a more sustainable future.
The eco-friendly market will have an eclectic range of eco-friendly gifts, fair trade handicrafts, handmade jewellery and clothing, local art & vintage locally produced food and wine, ethical skin care, homewares and environmental action groups including Sea Shepherd, Thin Green Line, Pollution-free Peninsula. Landcare and more.
There will also be sustainable food choices like free range, rare breed beef sausages, homemade veggie burgers, handmade sushi, South Gippsland ice-cream, fresh coffee and chai to name a few.
The Balnarring Primary School community, together with local environmental groups, joined forces to develop a wetlands and woodlands on nine hectares of what was once grazing land. They could see the huge potential for something very special. The vision was to create a thriving habitat for indigenous plants, animals and birds which would not only become an integral part of the school curriculum, but also a valuable natural resource for the community.
The successful establishment of this habitat involved a great deal of hard work over many years from a lot of people in the community. The outcomes of this wetland are a testament to their dedication.
Over the years, this wonderful asset has continued to be developed and nurtured by the school and local community groups. It has been enhanced by ongoing indigenous revegetation plantings, the construction of meandering pathways, the installation of nesting boxes in trees, building boardwalks, footbridges, a bird hide, lookout, viewing platforms, picnic tables and quiet seating areas dotted around the Wetlands. Walkers can stop, take a breath, look around and marvel at the beauty of the area.
The fair presents a unique opportunity for the wider community to gain an insight of the school's sustainability program, but also for like-minded businesses and organisations to join in educating and informing visitors about how we can all work towards a more sustainable future. All funds raised go towards the school's sustainability program and the upkeep of the Balbirooroo Wetlands which is home to a host of indigenous flora and fauna.
So why not make a day of it, learn a little more about living sustainably and enjoy the entertainment while supporting the continuation of some important environmental projects.