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Date/time: Saturday 24th March 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Earth Hour - Vessels of Change

To celebrate Earth Hour, Council are inviting the community to Vessels of Change a special FREE event being held in partnership with the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens and local artists Heidi McGeoch and Sam Larwill, on Saturday 24 March from 6 until 9:30pm.

What is Vessels of Change

Vessels of Change purpose is to encourage the community to come together toward a sustainable future by engaging in all things renewable energy.

The event will see the launch of Vessels of Change art installation designed by both Heidi and Sam; a glowing solar powered city streetscape that you can walk around, as well as a fun activity for kids, who will get to make their own solar powered lantern to take home.

Residents will get the opportunity to meet their local solar providers to ask any questions about solar they may have as well as the Office of Environment and Heritage who will be “demystifying our energy”, in the goal of helping us save money, save energy and save our planet!

There will be live music and refreshments available, however we encourage you to bring along a picnic, rugs, and some comfy chairs to watch the sun go down and the Vessels of Change art installation turn on.

The Vessels of Change event is supported by Council, the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens and Arts NSW's Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and STARTS – Southern Tablelands Arts on behalf of the NSW Government.

Book your spot

Book a spot for the free event here (external link) or contact the Cultural Development Officer; Jenny Kena on 4868 0855 for further details.


What happens if there is bad weather?

Weather forecasts will be monitored and the event will be cancelled if the weather is unsuitable. Every attempt will be made to contact you by email if the event is cancelled and notifications will be made via Council's website www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/earth-hour and Facebook page.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You should bring your ticket if you are booked into a Children's Lantern Making workshop. Alternatively, we can see your ticket on your mobile device. We will also have a list of those who have booked in for the workshops so we can check your booking that way.

If you have just booked general admission tickets there is no need to bring a printed ticket.

Are there any minimum or maximum age requirements for the Children's Lantern Making Workshops?

The lantern making workshop is suitable for primary school children only - bring along your imagination!

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

You are encouraged to walk or cycle to get to this event if you can. There are good walking/cycle paths that lead to the Botanic Gardens from Bowral and Burradoo. You can see a map of the existing cycle paths at http://www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/uploads/823/bowraldetailmap.pdf
If you are driving, there will be parking availalbe outside the Botanic Gardens - entry from Old South Road. Follow the directions of the volunteer parking attendants. Street parking is also available in the area.

What can/should I bring into the event including food and drink?

There will be refreshments - sausage sizzle, fundraising bar (serving wine, beer and soft drinks) and a water station - at the event. You are encouraged to bring your own refillable water bottle.
You are also very welcome to bring your own picnic food and drinks (including thermos of hot drink). 

For your comfort, we suggest you bring a picnic blanket, fold up chair, a torch (especially if you need to leave while the lights are still out) and warm clothing in case the night air turns chilly.

Can I bring my dog to the event?

No, dogs are not permitted on the Botanic Gardens site.

Are there toilets at the event?

Yes, there are toilets, including accessible toilets in the Botanic Gardens building.

What will happen at the event and at what time?

  • The gates will open at 5.45 pm. Children's Lantern Workshops will run between 6pm-7pm (booking essential).
  • Refreshments will be available for purchase from 6pm and the solar providers and other stalls will also be open. 
  • There will be live music from approximately 7pm-8pm (and maybe more later) and a special guest presentation and Earth Hour countdown between 8.00pm-8.30pm.
  • As the sun starts to set from 7pm, the solar powered Vessels of Change art installation will start to illuminate.
  • At 8.30pm it will be lights out for Earth Hour! The only lighting at this point will be from solar powered lighting. Lights will come back on at 9.30pm. 
  • The event officially finishes when the lights come back on at 9.30pm.

What arrangements will there be for waste disposal?

We will be trying to produce as little waste as possible from the event. There will be bins for recycling and general waste availalbe but you are encouraged to take your own waste with you if possible. We also want to make sure there is no rubbish left around the Gardens for volunteers to have to clean up after the event.

Does the event cost anything to attend?

Entry to Vessels of Change is free but you are encouraged to support the development of the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens by contributing a gold coin to the volunteer collectors at the gate.

Is there anything to be careful of when moving around the Botanic Gardens?

Please be aware that the surface of the grounds is uneven (look out for rabbit holes!). There are marked main paths but you are welcome to walk onto any part of the site (except fenced off areas) while daylight remains.
Once the lights are out, solar lighting will light up the marked paths if you need to leave, but please take care and stay on the paths.

How accessible is the Botanic Gardens site?

There is level access from the parking area through the gate and down the paths. However, please be aware that paths are gravel and there will be a need to travel across grassed areas to get to some parts of the event. There will be a number of designated accessible parking spots near the gate. There are accessible toilets on site.
Please contact the organisers if you need further information about accessing the event.

How can visitors enjoy the art installation Vessels of Change?

This stunning art installation can be enjoyed by walking around it and viewing it from different angles and seeing it light up as the sun goes down. Please observe all signs and instructions to ensure your safety around the artwork.

Is this the only chance to see the Vessels of Change art work?

Vessels of Change will remain on display at the Botanic Gardens for approximately one month after the event. It can be viewed through the fence from Kangaloon Road and will light up every night.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
You can contact the organisers as follows -
Leading up to the event you can contact us on 4868 0855 (business hours) or jenny.kena@wsc.nsw.gov.au
On the day of the event you can contact us on 0438 298 989

Become sustainable beyond Earth Hour

You can participate in Earth Hour simply by switching off your lights between 8:30 and 9:30pm Saturday 24 March.

If you want to know what else you can do to become a more sustainable citizen beyond Earth Hour, click here (internal link)