Bigger, better sustainability expo at Hamilton

THE Hamilton Sustainable Living Expo is on again next weekend.

Free seminars, workshops and an opportunity to test drive the electric Holden Volt are expected to be popular drawcards. 

There will be advice and products available covering a wide range of sustainability topics, from alternative energy sources, insulation, energy-efficient building design and community gardening.

Southern Grampians Shire sustainability co-ordinator Kylie McIntyre said there was growing interest in the community about ways of living more sustainably.

“This event was very well supported when we did it the first time two years ago and with an expanded program this year I’m sure 2014 will be even more successful,” she said.

The expo will appeal to people looking at building or fitting out their home for greater energy efficiency and for anyone interested in adopting a more sustainable lifestyle. 

Exhibitors at the expo will include Solarhart Hot Water Systems, Australian Sun Energy, Beyond Zero Emissions and the South West Community Foundation.

Workshops include home composting and worm farming, energy-efficient home heating and cooling, the future of solar energy and battery storage, designing an 8-star home and poultry keeping. 

For the kids, Jody Stephens is running workshops on making and playing instruments from re-purposed materials. 

The expo is on at the Hamilton Institute for Rural Learning on Sunday, May 18 from 10am-3pm.

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