Fun and facts at our Sustainable Living Festival

a woman and man holding a punet of seedlings in a garden

Expert advice will help you live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Join us at the Boroondara Sustainable Living Festival for plenty of fun, hands-on and family-friendly activities, showcasing just how easy it is to incorporate sustainable living choices and actions into your everyday life.

We’ve heard from our community that environmental sustainability, specifically climate change, is an important issue. This festival responds to a commitment in our Climate Action Plan to engage with our community and provide education opportunities on sustainability.

It is among other Council initiatives to reduce our environmental footprint, including our Food Organics and Garden Organics service, Solar Savers and Backyard Biodiversity programs, and increasing our tree canopy cover.

Our community – as individuals, families, workplaces and community organisations – can do a great deal to contribute to climate action. Read the tips on these pages, and come along to the festival. Whatever your interest – from growing natives, to beekeeping, to sustainable transport – it has something to inspire all ages.

When: Saturday 19 November, 8 am to 12:30 pm.

Where: Boroondara Farmers Market carpark, Auburn Road, Hawthorn East.

Scroll down to see what's on, visit our Sustainable Living Festival page or call (03) 9278 4444.

What's on at the festival

Animals of Oz animal show

Get up close and personal with some of our amazing wildlife. Learn what’s threatening the survival of our local animals and what you can do to help protect them. This is a special, not-to-be missed experience.


Get your face painted by our talented artists, make your own pedal-powered smoothies, discover the wonderful world of water bugs, see a real garbage truck and have your photo taken with the driver.

Green carpet arrival

Ride your bike to the festival to receive the ‘green carpet’ treatment. This includes secure onsite valet bike parking and a free bike safety check.

Busy bees

Learn how to create a bee-friendly garden and make your own native ‘bee hotel’ to take home. Learn how to keep productive honey bees in your backyard, see the live honey bee hive display and taste some delicious local honey.

Django Rhythm

Sit back and relax to the French gypsy jazz sounds of this local Melbourne band.

Electric bikes

Test ride an e-bike. We will provide helmets, but you are also encouraged to BYO.

Energy smart

Get advice on how you can reduce your energy use, from installing solar to making the switch to electric and much more. 

Veggie gardening

Make your own compostable pot, and plant a veggie seedling to take home.

Worms not waste

Meet the team from Compost Revolution and get expert advice on worm farming and composting. Visit the stand to find out more about the special festival discount, including free delivery to your door.

What goes where?

Meet our circular economy education team and learn all about reducing, reusing and recycling, and have all your tricky recycling questions answered.

Native edibles

Get expert advice on growing your own native edible plants in your backyard.

Water-wise gardening

Learn about low-maintenance water-saving wicking beds, backyard irrigation systems, water-smart plant selection and more.

Living for our Future pledge

Take the sustainable actions survey and contribute to the sustainability of your community by making a commitment to action.

Top tips for making a difference

Sustainability Pathways’ Kirsty Bishop-Fox helped launch our Climate Action Plan last year. Try her tips to help make a difference.

  • If we want change to happen, we must do something differently. Pick one thing and start to do it.
  • When considering a purchase, ask yourself ‘Do I need it? Can I repair it? Can I borrow it? Can I buy it second-hand?’ If you can’t, seek products that have been sustainably produced.
  • Throwing away food wastes the resources that went into growing and shipping it, and it can create the greenhouse gas methane in landfill. Look carefully at what you’ve got before you go shopping, and buy only what you need.
  • Use up what you have in the kitchen for simple meals. Flour, milk and eggs will make crepes – add ricotta and greens from the garden and you have a meal. An omelette or vegetable fritters make a quick lunch or dinner from few ingredients.
  • Children can have a big environmental footprint. Make use of toy libraries and slot your kids into a clothing hand-me-down chain with friends or cousins.
  • Car-pooling for work, party drop-offs and sport is a simple way to take cars off the road and save money. Consider car-share options – a car-share membership could help you avoid buying a second household car.
  • Lead by example – that’s where real change begins.

Did you know?

  • You can borrow energy power monitors and thermal cameras from Boroondara libraries to help you understand how, when and why you use energy at home, work or school, so you can make smart energy choices. Visit our Save energy in your home page to find out more.
  • Boroondara households are eligible to receive up to 50% off recommended retail price on a range of composters and worm farms with free delivery. Find out more at the Compost Revolution website
  • We’re holding an environmental weed swap. Email [email protected] with a photo of the weeds you’re planning to remove, and we’ll send you a voucher for 10 indigenous tubestock replacement plants.