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.

One thought on “Eco-Fiesta 2017”

  1. After a COVID-induced gap in 2020, Eco-fiesta was rolled into a bigger community festival, unimaginatively called “Our Townsville”, in June 2021. The positive spin put on it by Council went like this:

    Our Townsville includes stallholders from Eco Fiesta, Heritage and Disaster Ready days, and the Get Active, Pet and Mentally Healthy expos at Anderson Gardens.
    Our Townsville is being produced with joint funding from the Australian and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) Category C Flexible Funding Grants Program.
    Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson Ann-Maree Greaney said Our Townsville was a unique way to bring the community together for a huge day out in one of the city’s best parks. …
    “Our Townsville is a chance for us to come together as a community and celebrate our resilience in the face of adversity,” Cr Greaney said. … “This Sunday is the perfect way to come together with local businesses, performers, family and friends to celebrate Townsville’s strength, diversity and resilience.” … “Our Townsville has something for everyone, including two stages, bands, food trucks, an Enchanted Glen for children featuring the Underwater Circus show, augmented reality experiences, roving performers, a petting zoo and more,” she said.

    The only positive spin we could put on it ourselves was that perhaps the Green movement is now so mainstream that it doesn’t need a separate event. In practice we (and others) found that there was too much stuff we weren’t interested in, making “Our Townsville” too big to navigate easily. The new site (Anderson Park) was, however, excellent.

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