Newtown Festival 2012 goes Bottled Water Free
first Australian inner city festival to make this environmental commitment
Newtown Festival has made many bold statements over its 33 year history and is committed to being a leader in the area of urban festival environmental policy and practices. This year we’re proud to announce the launch of our Bottled Water Free commitment, making a stand against plastic waste and the commercialisation of water. This Bottled Water boycott marks a new standard in sustainability initiatives for urban festivals.
On Sunday 11 November, some 80,000 festival goers will flood into Camperdown Memorial Rest Park for one day of magnificent community celebration. Three entertainment stages, Eco Oasis, Writer’s Tent, Kids & Family area, and the opportunity to be part of making environmental history.
Newtown Festival’s decision to boycott Bottled Water sales has been overwhelmingly endorsed by our festival community, with festival goers invited to BYO refill bottles and fill up for free at water stations around the festival site. Festival goers will be challenged to pledge to Drink Tap water, in recognition of the fact that Australians have a privilege that millions of people around the world cannot enjoy. Remember – less than two decades ago we raised our eyebrows at those who drank exotic brands of bottled water, now its commonplace.
Our challenge to festival goers is simple:
*Boycott Bottled Water *Drink Tap *BYO refill bottle
Think about this stat!! According to the Dept of Environment & Climate change, ‘the 250 million litres of bottled water drunk by Australians in 2006 needed a huge 456,131 barrels of oil to produce, and created 60,000 tonnes of greenhouse emissions through production and transportation.’ – let’s do something about reducing this.
Newtown Festival is the annual fundraiser for the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre and festival goers are invited to give a note or gold coin donation at the festival entrance. All monies raised by the Festival are returned to the Centre to provide community support services to the local community. The festival is made possible by the generous contributions from our sponsors, our local community, artists, entertainers and volunteers.
For further information on Newtown Festival’s Bottled Water Free commitment www.newtowncentre.org/festival/bottle_water.html
***NO GLASS***NO BYO***NO ENTRY AFTER 5PM***
What: Newtown Festival 2012
When: Sunday, 11th November 2012
Where: Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Newtown
What Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Further Info: Visit our website for more information www.newtowncentre.org/festival