The Sustainable Future Festival is back

The Sustainable Future Festival will return to the Central Coast on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October, taking over the University of Newcastle’s Ourimbah campus to celebrate all things sustainable.

4 October 2023


THIS family friendly event offers something for everyone, with a jam-packed program filled with environmentally friendly activities, workshops and demonstrations.


Central Coast Council Director of Infrastructure, Boris Bolgoff said this exciting festival aims to stimulate a new way of thinking about waste management and resource recovery, as well as inspire the community on how to live more sustainably.


“Council is pleased to once again partner with its waste collection contractor Cleanaway, to deliver an event that not only brings community members together to learn about all things sustainability, but also offers handy tips and tricks on how we can all minimise our carbon footprint and keep the Central Coast as beautiful as ever,” Mr Bolgoff said.


"This year’s festival will host some very special guests including Triple M and Better Homes and Gardens star, Rob Palmer on Saturday 14 October. Rob will share practical advice on how you can restore old or used furniture at home.


“Australian cook, author, radio and TV personality, Julie Goodwin will also join the festival on Sunday 15 October, offering tips on how to cook local and in-season foods, with minimum waste and low impact on the environment.”


Council Administrator, Rik Hart said local residents continue to show how passionate they are about reducing the amount of their household waste that ends up in landfill.


“This terrific event offers the perfect opportunity for locals to learn first-hand from the experts on how to live more sustainably, and what simple steps can be taken at home to reduce our carbon footprint,” Mr Hart said.


“Whilst Council runs different waste initiatives to help residents reduce the amount of household waste that ends up in landfill, real change can be made at home if we all work together to follow simple steps to reduce our global footprint.


“I encourage all community members to head down to this two-day event which is sure to offer something for the whole family.”


Festival highlights:


  • A dedicated Farmer’s Market on Sunday 15 October


  • A clothing swap to reduce fast fashion


  • Learning about how creepy crawlies can help with waste management


  • Workshops on using beeswax wraps, cultivating worm farms and furniture refurbishments


  • Getting behind the wheel of a truck and becoming a garbologist


  • Meeting the waste fighting duo, The Super Sustainables


  • Making some noise with the fun recycled instruments of Junkyard Beats


Event details: Saturday 14 October (12pm-8pm) and Sunday 15 October (9am-2pm), The University of Newcastle, Ourimbah Campus: 10 Chittaway Rd, Ourimbah.


For further information and to view the full festival program, visit

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