Jsustainability2013acquie Higgins and Julia Pickwick from Parks Victoria were showing people the dangers to marine life from rubbish in the ocean such as discarded drift nets.

A NEW-LOOK South Gippsland Sustainability Festival at Korumburra’s Coal Creek has impressed stall holders and the huge crowd attending according to organisers. The fourth annual Sustainability Festival on Sunday was the best yet according to South Gippsland’s Manager of Sustainability, Geoff McKinnon. “It was a fantastic day, it was bigger and better than ever,” he said. “We had most of the festival this year up in the car park of Coal Creek so it was a lot more accessible and compact, the feedback we got from everyone that came along was very positive.” The event attracted 50 different stall holders ranging from locally produced food, solar and renewable energy retailers, craft stalls and displays from various groups and organisations. Having the festival outside of the Coal Creek enclosure meant that recording attendance was not possible. “In the past we have had the counter at Coal Creek so we had a pretty accurate number, but we couldn’t do that this year,” Mr McKinnon said. “We estimated that we had 300 to 400 people at a time there and somewhere between 2500 and 3000 for the day, there seemed to be a constant flow of people which was great.” Primarily a South Gippsland event this year’s festival attracted interest from well beyond shire boundaries. Bass Coast Shire also had a stall showcasing the shire’s sustainability initiatives. Mr McKinnon assured the Sustainability Festival would be back for a fifth year in 2014. More photos from this event can be found on this weeks ‘Snapped Out’ page.