Eco-Fiesta 2017

This year’s Eco-Fiesta, a few days ago, was much like those of previous years: a lovely day in the park with all sorts of loosely ‘greenie’ and ‘alternative’ people and organisations.  I wrote enough about the 2014 and 2013 events that I shouldn’t need to present an overview this time, so I will dive straight in to the things which caught my attention.

Wildlife Queensland had a well-staffed stall featuring a great gallery of flying fox photos. These animals get a bad press and need all the support they can get.

North Queensland Regional Plan had a very boring stall (I’m sorry, but it’s true!) which tried to engage visitors in planning for our region, the local government areas of Charters Towers, Burdekin Shire, Hinchinbrook Shire and Townsville. It’s a state government initiative and welcomes online input here. I told them about our declining rainfall. What’s your concern?

The Beekeepers had their usual displays of honey and hives, and a copy of the beautiful Australian Native Bee Book by Tim Heard, which tells you all you need to know about keeping stingless native bees for honey. When I have time …

They were also giving away fridge magnets encouraging people to watch out for the invasive Asian Honeybee; apparently some were found on a freighter in the port last year, and we really don’t want them establishing themselves here. They are a threat in the NT, too; here is a brochure about them.

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European (good) and Asian (bad) honey bees (photo by Paul Zborowski from DAFF)

We picked up a few native plants from the Landcare and City Council stalls and (largely because of our recent Balinese encounters) a Dragonfruit from the Herb Society. We’ll see how it goes.

Eco Fiesta always has a tech precinct. The hybrid and pure electric cars were there again, as were displays from several PV solar retailers and installers. What was new? The emphasis on battery storage, and not only the Tesla Powerwall, and the lowest-ever prices for new systems. Actually, the latter weren’t entirely new in that we have likewise seen the ‘lowest-ever prices for new systems’ every year. It means we paid a relatively high price for our own system in 2011, but we expected that and we’re just happy that the technology is becoming steadily more affordable.  For more on batteries, check out Choice (a year ago) and this ABC story (six months ago).

Winter in Townsville is the time for all sorts of outdoor events and the Palm Creek Folk Festival, always lively, is next weekend. World Yoga Day is the following Sunday (June 18) while Sundalah Sunday, a whole day of yoga workshops, is further off but well worth marking in your diary now.

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