Wednesday 13th February 8:00am - Sunday 24th February 6:00pm
Seniors Festival 2019
Sunday 17th February 10:00am - 1:00pm
Composting Made Easy
When: Saturday 30 March 2019
Time: 5:30pm - 9pm
Where: Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens
The purpose of Shaping a Clean Future is to encourage the community to come together toward a sustainable future by engaging in all things renewable energy.
We want to shine a light on the importance of a future powered by renewable energy.
So, we are going to make two giant solar powered footprints.
We are going to attempt the world record for the largest display of solar lanterns in the shape of a footprint.
We will assemble all of the solar lanterns before the event and light them up when it gets dark.
If you want to support this world record attempt, you can sponsor one or more of these solar lanterns on the night and take them home with you after the event.
We want you to help us make the largest human solar lantern display in the shape of footprint that has ever been attempted in the Southern Highlands.
All you need to do is bring along your own solar lantern from home. If you do not have a solar lantern, the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens will have some available to purchase on the night.
If your children are taking part in one of our solar lantern making workshops they can use this for the photo.
We will have a professional drone pilot on hand to take a photo of both our world record attempt and the human solar powered footprint.
These images will be sent to local and regional media to send a message loud and clear that the Southern Highlands is for a renewable future.
Children's solar lantern making workshop and parade
For kids aged between 4-10 years old.
This workshop will require you to book your spot so you don’t miss out.
Once the lanterns are made, the children and their lanterns will form a lantern parade to showcase their efforts.
Special guest speaker
Greg Mullins , Climate Councillor for the Climate Council and Former Commissioner Fire & Rescue NSW.
Residents will get the opportunity to meet their local solar providers to ask any questions about renewable power.
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 and Facebook page.
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.
If you decide you want to take part in the children’s lantern making workshop on the night, you can book online using your mobile device on the spot!
The lantern making workshop is suitable for young people aged between 4-10 years old - bring along your imagination!
There are three children lantern making workshops available, culminating in a children’s lantern parade:
You are encouraged to walk or cycle to get to this event if you can.
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.
Should I bring my own solar light?
If you have one, yes please!!
To demonstrate our commitment to a renewable energy future, we are going to attempt two records that you can be a part of:
World record attempt for “Largest display of solar lanterns”
We will have all these lights set up and ready for the photo prior to the event. However, you can help us by sponsoring one or more of these solar lights. You can then use these lights for the local record attempt!
Southern Highlands record for giant solar powered footprint
To set this, we need everyone standing in the shape of a foot with a solar light held above their head.
Don’t worry, if you don’t have your own solar light, you can purchase one on the night from the Botanic Gardens. Or you can sponsor one right now by clicking here.
You will get to take this light home.
No, dogs are not permitted on the Botanic Gardens site.
Yes, there are toilets, including accessible toilets in the Botanic Gardens building.
The gates will open at 5.15 pm.
There are three children lantern making workshops available (bookings essential), culminating in a children’s lantern parade:
Refreshments will be available for purchase from 5:30pm and the solar providers and other stalls will also be open.
There will be live music from approximately 6pm - 7.15pm (and maybe more later) and a special guest presentation between 7.15pm - 7.30pm.
At 7.30pm we will officially begin the Southern Highlands Earth Hour (starting it one hour earlier than the official 8.30pm - 9.30pm). All non-solar lighting will be turned off.
As the last of the light begins to fade we will begin our records attempts. First, focusing on the world record attempt for the ‘largest display of solar lanterns’.
Once we have taken the aerial photos of our solar illuminated world record attempt, we will then assemble ourselves into the shape of a giant footprint and hold our solar powered lights above our heads for the next aerial photo. This will all happen between 7:30pm-8:15pm
At 8.30pm the Southern Highlands Earth Hour will end and lighting will come back on.
Music will continue until 9pm.
The event officially finishes at 9pm.
We will be trying to produce as little waste as possible from the event.
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.
The Children Lantern making workshops will cost $5/child plus a small booking fee. To book into this workshop click here.
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.
The coordination of the giant solar powered footprint will be carried out on level ground close to the footpath, however, we ask that people move slowly and carefully during this time so as to not cause any injuries.
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.
You can contact the organisers as follows:
Leading up to the event you can contact the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens during business hours at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the day of the event you can contact us on 4861 4899 or 0418 153 305.
You can participate in Earth Hour simply by switching off your lights between 8:30 and 9:30pm Saturday 30 March 2019.
If you want to know what else you can do to become a more sustainable citizen beyond Earth Hour, click here.