Don’t Clutter this Christmas – Create!

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With only 53 sleeps to go until Christmas, are you already panicking about the lack of presents, the cost and the waste?

But help is at hand. Head down to the Sustainable Living Festival on November 18 where you can make your own Christmas cards, gift tags, decorations and presents from natural ingredients and recycled materials.

“The Festival is a fantastic solution to slogging around the shops where you can have fun and leave with Christmas sorted thanks to our free workshops,” said Andrew Davis, Council’s Sustainable Living and Community Programmes Coordinator.

“You can make a huge range of gifts to stuff into those stockings –like beeswax wraps, coffee grounds face scrub, or cute little potted seedlings – all without costing the earth.  Whether you’re a gifted craft-maker, first time trier or just love having some hands-on fun, visit the event website and book your free workshop place.

“Or take part in the Creekside Scavenge, help clean up our precious Coffs Creek and swap your rubbish for recycled goods that will make awesome Christmas pressies.”

Renowned Indigenous band OKA will be headlining the Festival, performing on the solar-powered main stage. Described as electric, dreamtime and roots, OKA draws on their indigenous connection to place and country to create their signature, Australian earth sound, an irresistible blend of house, big beat, reggae-dub, roots, jazz and world music.

The kids will be kept busy all day in the kids’ craft and recycled adventure play space, complete with fairy garden and creek creature-themed cardboard cubby kingdom.

There will also be guided Gumbaynggirr history and bushtucker walks, a ‘slow fashion’ recycled fashion parade and sustainability-themed sideshow fun where you can also have your burning questions answered about what you actually can and can’t recycle.

So come along with a picnic, or enjoy the diverse and delicious local food on offer, and take part in a fun-filled day of activities. It all kicks off at 9am with Yoga on the Green.

Entry to the Festival is via gold coin donation which covers all the activities and events on the day. There is plenty of onsite parking available or park and stroll from the Castle Street carpark.

For more info on the Festival and Scavenge, go to

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