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FLASHBACK delayed reaction: WOW…Monday morning and all I can say is WOW :) the Eco Challenge Gold Coast event finished March 16. Tuesday morning…ok now I can say a little more about Eco Challenge Gold Coast’s inaugural event at Bleach* Festival. The community support for this event came from a wide cross section of people & organisations from Nambucca Heads to the Sunshine Coast/Brisbane. Monies raised went to Surfrider Foundation Rise Above Plastics campaign for much needed materials and education paraphernalia. It’s just lucky Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary helped us out with our plan B because mother ocean threw a huge wobbly at us with a recorded 10-12 ft swell pounding down from Ex-cyclone Lusi on Currumbin Beach. How many surfing events do you hear cancelled because the waves were too big? Anyway we sucked it up and got on with it :) The displays of wooden boards were spectacular and our visitors were fascinated by firstly the grain and texture and then the art, passion & process our shapers go to for their results. So the day got underway with our MC Andrew McKinnon in fine form spruiking the days events. Andrew was stoked to be using the first portable solar powered sound system/PA in a wheelie bin ever to arrive on the Gold Coast. This unique Sunny Bins unit pumped out tunes & speeches in between the bands all day and had enough charge to go all night if we’d needed. There really was something for everyone at this event. The wooden surfboard shapers stood out with their unique crafts, while Louise from Circus Tribe was gaining huge squeals & giggles from the kids hoolahooping & plate spinning. Also kids & adults were fascinated with Ocean Connect’s interactive coastal education display while Joel from BeachCare & CoastEd – Centre for Coastal Management discussed dune plants and encouraged visitors to take part in planting 100 dune species at Currumbin Beach. The environment groups we invited to set up stalls and were kept busy with enquiries about the many issues there are on the Gold Coast from cruise ship terminal proposals to endangered wildlife due to ad hoc development. And our dancing Plastic Bag Monsters raised some eyebrows from passersby as they were promoting Surfrider Foundation Rise Above Plastics campaign while a lifesize cutout of King Kelly Slater was keeping them company. It was rumored that Kelly drove by from his apartment up the road from the event site and had a double take of his likeness. And the music kept coming all day with beautiful tunes by local artists from all over South East Queensland who came to support our community thanks largely to the lovely Christine Olive of Coastal Musos. And last but by no means least is the sponsor that keeps on giving after the event is over. Green Initiatives will donate $500 to Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast Tweed Branch for everyone that purchases a solar unit for home or business and mentions Eco Challenge Gold Coast. Eco Challenge will be an ongoing event held in connection with Surfrider Foundation around Australia. The next event will be at Kawana Waters, Sunshine Coast at a date TBA in November this year. Our survey results showed that the majority of attendees at the event were from the Gold Coast & Northern NSW aged between 13-24 or 40-55, this indicates a large portion were families comprised of parents and children. Facebook proved the most effective promotional channel and the biggest drawcard for attendees was their interest in Ecological Events, this was closely followed by an interest Wooden Surf craft. Overall, the event was well received with 98 per cent wishing to attend similar events in the future. Our job was done successfully :) Thanks for coming and keep in contact https://www.facebook.com/EcoChallengeGoldCoast and http://ecochallengegoldcoast.com/ And for more photo’s see Peter Sturm’s My Perspectives Greg Howell working with the planet

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ecoSmart is hosting a great event for Earth Day at the PT. Little Tree Green Building Center in Kuta, Bali. We offer FREE workshops and presentations about Ideas and Solutions for Life to all our environmental problems, especially in Bali and Indonesia. The workshops and discussions already confirmed are: April 22nd "Bali, how much is too much?“ - a discussion forum moderated by Susi Johnston April 23rd "Plastic Solutions“ - a workshop presented and moderated by Hayden Filler, Nevhouse - Darren Kelso, Environpallet – Johan Yang, Viro "ClearOCEANS Campaign“ - by Sam Tyers, Really Savvy April 24th "Resource Efficiency in the Hospitality Industry - Saving Operational Costs for Hotel and Villa operators" - presented and facilitated by ecoSmart Green Team Panel Christian Fritz & Paola Cannucciari April 25th "How to make your development project more sustainable“ - a workshop for Property Developers and Project Owners moderated by Charlie Hearn, Inspiral architecture and design studios with expert panel 18:00 – end Green Party – bands, live music, drinks and fun – dress code “GREEN” Jam session with JRX April 26th "Wildlife Conservation Opportunities and Challenges“ - presentations and discussion by Dr. Bayu Wirayudha, Friends of the National Parks Foundation "Greening Business - WE can have it all... Sustainable Profits with Social & Environmental Responsibility“ - by Norm Van't Hoff, Sarinbuana Eco Lodge If you want to join us we are open for anyone who wants to promote their green campaign, offer a workshop or introduce a new product or service that is eco-friendly. We are also looking for sponsors to support the event, as it will all be FREE of charge to promote Green Solutions and create more awareness. Food and drink sponsors are very welcome as well as bands, DJs, EOs and everyone who want to help us with this event. If you have any ideas, suggestions, feedback or recommendations please contact us by email info@ecosmarthub.com or on facebook We are looking forward to celebrating a big Solutions for Life Week and share our knowledge and experiences as well as challenges and opportunities. ecoSmart - Solutions for Life

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