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September 23, 2019

Learn about environmental issues and foster a love of the outdoors with this year’s festival at Speers Point Park!

The Living Smart Festival is the first of its kind for Lake Macquarie City, encouraging sustainable practices in the lives of our community.

“We wanted to engage with the community around environmental sustainability and believed a celebratory event, such as a festival, would be a great way to connect sustainable living messages with the community,” shares Neil Keene, Communications and Engagement Officer at Lake Macquarie City Council.

In the early years, the festival operated on a smaller scale, with local community organisations and groups running stalls with information on how they were helping to improve the environment, as well as live music and food vendors. Over the past few years, the festival has grown immensely, attracting over 20,000 visitors of all ages.

The Living Smart Festival offers plenty of activities and attractions, including workshops and talks from guests such as Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia, food from local vendors, competitions and giveaways, farmers markets, and kids activities to keep the little ones entertained.

“It’s a celebration of living smart, living the good life. It’s about gathering together to enjoy our great outdoors, eating good local food and continually learning about how to better look after ourselves and the environment that sustains us all.”

To kick off their tenth anniversary event, the Feast for the Senses dinner will be making a return – an alfresco meal prepared by local MasterChef contestant Steph de Sousa using fresh, local ingredients. There will be even more activities, workshops and stalls than ever before, with the festival now extending to Sunday.

“We want the community to come away from the event entertained, inspired, and informed enough to make small or dramatic lifestyle changes to help our city become a more sustainable community,” says Neil.

The Living Smart Festival will be running from Friday September 27 to Sunday September 29 at Speers Point Park. To find out more about the event, head to


For more stories on living, creating and exploring the local neighbourhood, read the spring edition of the Watagan Park Wanderer Magazine here.

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