Sustainable Ipswich Month is back this October to shine a light on the everyday actions that residents and businesses can take to contribute to a liveable and sustainable city.
Ipswich City Council Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson Deputy Mayor Russell Milligan said council and community events are scheduled throughout October to showcase the best and brightest in sustainability.
“Sustainable Ipswich Month is the perfect opportunity to be inspired by the latest knowledge and ideas for living sustainably at home, work and play,” Deputy Mayor Milligan said.
“We know from developing our community vision that Ipswich aspires to lead the way as a clean and green city with a circular economy.
“There are many ways the community can get involved, with a huge program of free and low-cost events throughout October.
“A major highlight is our inaugural Ipswich Sustainable Living Festival, taking over Tulmur Place in Nicholas Street Precinct on Saturday 21 October.
“Celebrating its first year in the Sustainable Ipswich program, the festival is set to be a one-stop-shop for living sustainably in our city with practical demonstrations, live family entertainment, food stalls, upcycled artisans, workshops, council’s mobile nursery and more.”
Rosewood-based Lisa Carroll will be sharing her story at the festival as the creator of Soapbayz, an innovative small business that takes a fresh perspective on the circular economy.
“At Soapbayz, we are on a mission to shake up the personal care industry with sustainable, upcycled soaps that are good for you, and good for the planet,” Ms Carroll said.
“We take waste products from breweries, wineries and tea and coffee brands that would normally go straight into landfill and turn them into high-quality, natural soap products that are ethically and sustainably sourced.
“In just one short year, we have partnered with multiple sustainably-minded businesses including 4 Hearts Brewing in Ipswich, Soapbox Brewery in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, and Imbibis Gin Distillery to grow Soapbayz from the ground up, one day hoping to be a major employer right here in Ipswich.
“I look forward to meeting like-minded sustainability enthusiasts at the festival and sharing ideas and stories about how we can all work together to create a sustainable and forward-thinking Ipswich.”
Deputy Mayor Milligan said Sustainable Ipswich Month would have something for everyone.
“The Sustainable Open Garden Trail kicks off the celebrations on 7 October, where beginner and experienced green thumbs alike can wander through urban gardens and be inspired to create beautiful, native backyards that are wildlife friendly,” Deputy Mayor Milligan said.
“On 11 October, Ipswich’s next generation of leaders will come together for our seventh Youth Sustainability Summit. Students in grades 4, 5, and 6 will learn skills for leading change and spark ideas for sustainability projects at home and school.
“Ipswich Libraries are hosting a range of sustainability sessions throughout the month. Ipswich-based residential building designer Esther James will be at Ipswich Central Library on 12 October to share practical ideas to reduce the environmental impact of your home while lowering costs of living.
“Ipswich’s vibrant business community also play an important role in our city’s sustainability efforts. A Local Sustainable Business Forum with EcoBiz on 27 October will provide insight and ideas on how businesses can save money and create efficiency through sustainability.”
“There really is something for everyone throughout this year’s Sustainable Ipswich program. By working together, Ipswich can be a vibrant and sustainable city now and for future generations.”
For a full program of events and activities, visit Ipswich.qld.gov.au/sustainability