It was a fantastic sunny morning at the Dubbo Regional Botanic Garden on Saturday 23 August as it played host to the Dubbo Sustainable City Expo. Close to 900 people enjoyed over 30 exhibits designed to help residents reduce energy and water bills, create less waste, and live in harmony with the environment.
“This year’s Expo was even bigger and better than previous years, with more than twice as many people attending this year compared with last year,” said Catriona Jennings, Dubbo City Council’s Sustainability Coordinator.
“We continued our partnership with the Science Café and introduced a number of exciting new activities into the Sustainability Expo program with the aim of inspiring families about the wonders of science and how it can help us to achieve a sustainable future.”
Attendees enjoyed listening to interviews with some of the region’s most talented scientists from the Australian National University, Charles Sturt University and Sydney University’s School of Rural Health, who each discussed their work in areas including climate change, ecology, sustainable agriculture and energy.
Short science film screenings were presented in the SCINEMA, and kids got hands on with free science activities, a zoo mobile, storytelling, and prize draw competitions.
“The combination of sustainable living exhibits, scientist talks at the Science Café, fun kids activities, great coffee and food made for a fantastic day,” Catriona added.
The Science Café was developed by the Central West Science Hub, a local partnership between Dubbo City Council, Dubbo Field Naturalists and Conservation Society, Taronga Western Plains Zoo and Wambangalang Environmental Education Centre.