Geelong’s first ever Circular Living Show and EV Show ‘n’ Shine was a huge success, encouraging people who attended to Think Global & Act Local!
Geelong Sustainability estimated over 1200 people attended the event held at the Geelong Showgrounds on Saturday 30 April. President Vicki Perrett said they were thrilled with the outcomes of this new free community event. “After months of concentrated planning, it was wonderful to see people reconnecting and enjoying themselves. We’re very grateful to 25 local businesses and community groups that exhibited and our 46 amazing volunteers that ensured the event ran smoothly. People enjoyed the Geelong Climate Choir’s performance, especially their acknowledgment of country.
“With petrol prices so high, people are discovering that while electric vehicles (EVs) may cost more upfront, they have significantly lower running and maintenance costs. Powering your car from your own rooftop solar has major benefits for your household budget and the environment.
The Agriculture Hall was a buzz with enviro-friendly exhibits, informative presentations, kids activities and engaging conversations focused on how we can reduce, reuse, upcycle and share things for a more circular and sustainable lifestyle. The dozen local EV owners displaying their cars were kept busy sharing their experiences and answering questions.
Three EVs (a MG, a Nissan Leaf and a Tesla) were available for test drives around the arena. These free test drives were very popular, with 33 people getting their first zero emissions driving experience.
Over 65 people took an e-bike for a spin around the grounds. Post ride, many were convinced an e-bike would be a worthwhile purchase and a fun way to lower travel costs and emissions.
Event coordinator, Jess Hobbs was delighted that the event was almost waste free with heaps of people bringing their own reusable cup or using one supplied. “Tallying waste at the end of the event, there was only 1Kg of recyclable items (mainly milk bottles), 1Kg of organic waste and a mere 250 grams of material that went to landfill!”
Councillors Jim Mason and Anthony Aitken attended the Show, which was supported by a City of Greater Geelong Environment Sustainability Grant. The City council also displayed a Kangoo e-van and a ride-on e-mower from their growing electric fleet and staff from their Anakie compost facility gave away over 100 sample bags of their premium compost.
With the inaugural Show being such a huge success, there’s overwhelming support from attendees and exhibitors for the Geelong Circular Living Show to become an annual event. Local organisations are already contacting us, asking to be part of next year’s Show.
The Show was inspired by the Geelong Circular Living Challenge (GCLC) that’s currently being delivered by Geelong Sustainability in partnership with Circular Economy Victoria. The GCLC is an eight-week challenge aimed at introducing the Greater Geelong community to the circular economy.
If you weren't able to make it along to the event, you might like to watch some of Mik Aidt's livestream videos to get a sense of the day and some of the talks. Enjoy!
VIDEO 1 - Introduction to the stalls, before the Show started
00:35 Interview with Vicki Perrett, president of Geelong Sustainability
08:54 Interview with James from RACV Solar
12:30 Interview with officer from City of Greater Geelong about their EV strategy
15:20 Interview with Grant, a very happy Hyundai Ionic 5 owner
VIDEO 2 - Tour and interviews around the show
00:15 Acknowledgement of Country by Geelong Climate Choir
07:45 Vicki Perrett, Geelong Sustainability, about Circular Living Challenge
12:00 Intro to Cloth Nappies by Laura McConville from Australian Cloth Nappy Rental
23:45 Tour around at the venue
29:00 Going outside -> Good Cycles bike and e-bike expo
32:23 Interview with Good Cycles about e-bikes
VIDEO 3 - Electric Dream Machine Presentation and Interview with Dan Cowdell
00:00 Doug Rolfe from Electric Dream Machine: "ICE-to-EV conversion"
22:33 Interview with Dan Cowdell, Geelong Sustainability CEO
VIDEO 4 - Good Cycles Presentation
00:00 John Paul Taberdo from Good Cycles: "How to choose the right bike"