Expo a success again

More than 16,000 visitors descended on the Geelong waterfront this Labour Day long weekend for the free 2012 Sustainable Home and Garden Expo.

More than 55 exhibitors took the opportunity to share their products and services with the captive audience. Not-for-profit and community groups found the expo an ideal venue to promote and inspire, and businesses reported many visitors seeking ways to incorporate sustainability into their everyday lives.

The guest speakers' program, led by evergreen hosts Denis Walter and Catriona Rowntree, brought a host of topics and experts to the one marquee. Andrew Katos MP and Barwon Water chairman Dr Michael King opened the event, followed by a plenary by Rob Gell.

Renovating duo Josh and Jenna provided handy tips on home improvement while Channel 31's Vasili Kanidiadis inspired the crowd to grow and eat their own produce. Expo regular Jane Edmanson presented a riveting workshop on drought-tolerant gardening, while local vet Dr Jack Ayerbe answered audience questions on all aspects of pet care.

More than 16,000 people attended the Sustainable Home and Garden Expo over the labour Day long weekend. 

The Barwon Water marquees were again a hive of activity, with thousands keen to trade their Geelong Advertiser coupon for a bucket and native plant. Meanwhile, children joined staff members from our community nursery for a new potting activity.

Expo newcomers Rainbow Riders and their Shetland ponies were the focal point for the new Children's Garden, along with face painting, planting and a petting zoo. The community café, sponsored by John Holland, provided much-needed sustenance in the form of potatoes, sausages, ice cream and poffertjes!

We would like to extend our thanks to all the event sponsors, the many wonderful exhibitors, our event staff and volunteers, and of course to the thousands of visitors who made the event a success.

 


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