Dave Sutton and Luke Wilkinson behind the Gippsland Energy Innovation Co-op and Grow Lightly stall chat with Terrence Steele at the Southern Gippsland Sustainability Festival.
THE 2015 South Gippsland Sustainability Festival attracted 1500 people to the State Coal Mine in Wonthaggi on Sunday.
The steady stream of visitors enjoyed perfect weather and a huge range of stalls, displays and activities suitable for people of all ages.
The common theme was sustainability, whether that’s the food we eat or the power we use.
The venue was perfect and plans are afoot to make it even more suitable.
Cape Paterson-based energy auditor John Coulter said there’s a push for the State Coal Mine to be the first coal mine site to be powered by renewable energy.
He said the site has the potential to generate enough electricity from solar and wind to power the café, the mine pumps, the security lighting… the lot.
“It’s just in the early days at this stage. We’ve spoken to Parks Victoria and the State Government about this being a demonstration site for Parks Victoria.
“It could also provide an extra attraction to the venue.”