Connecting Southern Gold Coast (CSGC) is striving to make the upcoming Coolangatta Christmas Carols a plastic-free event, as the Southern Gold Coast moves towards becoming one of the world’s top sustainable destinations.
The organisers are encouraging carol-goers to bring their own water bottles and fill up at one of four water refill stations that will be available, as no plastic bottles will be sold on site by event exhibitors.
CSGC CEO Peter Doggett said the organisation was proud to be increasing sustainable event initiatives across the Southern Gold Coast and to support several City of Gold Coast initiatives by their Water & Waste Department.
“As part of our commitment to the Leading Destinations of the World program with EarthCheck which we announced earlier this year, we are working with our local businesses, events and communities to position the Southern Gold Coast as Australia’s leading sustainability and lifestyle destination.
“That means introducing more sustainable event initiatives in partnership with local providers, including water refill stations, bike racks and mobile lockers to encourage cycling to events, and waste management systems to see more waste diverted from landfill.
“There are many simple solutions we can implement straight away, but it’s about getting the local community on board to support these sustainable pathways, in order to preserve our beautiful area, reduce waste and protect the environment for the long term.”
Mr Doggett said it would start with a no plastic bottle zone at the Coolangatta Christmas Carols, with all exhibitors required to be single use plastic-free and responsible for their own removal of waste. “We will monitor the overall impact of this initiative with a view to changing several practices with future events we conduct,” he said.
Event-goers can bring their own reusable water bottle and refill it for free at one of the four water refill stations provided by the City of Gold Coast. Gold Coast tap water exceeds Australian Drinking Water Standards and Guidelines and is the best choice for your health, the environment and your hip pocket.
Presented by The Strand at Coolangatta, the Coolangatta Christmas Carols will be held on Sunday 10 December from 5:15pm in Queen Elizabeth Park featuring Melbourne's Denis Walter, Frosty the Snowman, skydiving Santa, Coolangatta Christmas Markets, food trucks and free kids activities, with the event supported by City of Gold Coast (Division 14) and Hutchinson Builders at Coolangatta.