Craig Reucassel to headline Lake Mac Living Smart Festival

Date posted: 24 July 2018

War on Waste presenter Craig Reucassel will headline this year’s Living Smart Festival in a coup for the landmark event.

The founding member of satirical group The Chaser won a Logie Award earlier this month for his groundbreaking three-part War on Waste series, which prompted nationwide action to reduce reliance on plastic bags, disposable coffee cups and other single-use items.

Reucassel will give two presentations at the Saturday, 22 September event, to be held in Speers Point Park.

“I would love people to leave with ideas about how they can reduce their waste and further protect the Lake Macquarie environment,” he said.

“It's always inspirational to find out what people are doing to solve problems like waste in their area. So many of us are starting to realise the effect that our lifestyles have on the planet and want to find solutions.”

Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Planning and Sustainability, Alice Howe, said securing Reucassel was a tremendous boon for the festival.

“The message that Craig is getting out there to millions of Australians is the same one behind our Living Smart Festival – to live smarter, more sustainably and less wastefully,” Dr Howe said.

The second series of War on Waste, premiering tonight, Tuesday, 24 July, will target the nationwide overuse of plastic water bottles and drinking straws.

Fittingly, stallholders at this year’s Living Smart Festival will not sell bottled water or supply plastic straws and bags – a first for a major event in Lake Macquarie.

“This event is committed to walking the walk when it comes to waste and sustainability,” Dr Howe said.

“We aim to demonstrate sustainability in every aspect of the event and will be encouraging stallholders and event partners to be sustainable in their practices.”

Last year’s festival attracted more than 20,000 people and 200-plus stallholders.

This year’s event will include free outdoor yoga, cooking and gardening demonstrations, pop-up fashion events, “tiny house” displays, eco workshops and a farmers market.

Further details and timings will be released closer to the date.

Article by Lake Macquarie City Council

Page last updated: 24 July 2018