Past events

  • Hobart Old Time String Band

    Sustainable Living event

    They aint too serious 'bout 'emselves but bein' the biggest Hillbilly band this side o' the Mountain.


    They’ll be dressed down and tuned up for some toe-tappin' tunes from Hillbillies around the world.

  • Circus Workshops

    Sustainable Living event
    • Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 11:00 AM
    • Sustainable Living Festival, Hobart Waterfront

    Join Christian from Social Circus Tasmania between 11-2pm on Saturday to try your hand at juggling, diablo, hula hooping and more.

  • 'Rapping Rocks'

    Sustainable Living event
    • Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 11:00 AM – November 13, 2016
    • Sustainable Living Festival, Hobart Waterfront
    Come and learn an old art of knotless netting, and 'Rap a Rock' while your there.  Rocks and fibres supplied. 
    Workshops running at 11am and 2pm both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Slow Clothing Show

    Sustainable Living event
    • Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 12:25 PM
    • Sustainable Living Festival, Hobart Waterfront

    An absolute highlight of every festival, celebrating sustainable clothing.

    It’s about reclaiming, recycling, upcycling, repurposing, value adding and creating garments which delight and inspire the wearer. The parade will  feature unusual instruments and stunning outfits interacting with the delightful sculptures of Scott Fletcher from the Recovery Shop at the Glenorchy Tip.

  • The Economics of Sustainability

    Sustainable Living event
    • Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 12:30 PM
    • Sustainable Living Festival, Hobart Waterfront

    How can our economic system be reformed or transformed to allow humans to flourish whilst renewing and protecting natural systems upon which we (humans and lots of other species) depend?


    Discussion facilitated by Phil Harrington

    Panel Members

    • Saul Eslake (Private Economics Consultant) - Saul Eslake worked as an economist in the Australian financial markets for more than 25 years, including as Chief Economist at McIntosh Securities (a stockbroking firm) in the late 1980s, Chief Economist (International) at National Mutual Funds Management in the early 1990s, as Chief Economist at the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) from 1995 to 2009, and as Chief Economist (Australia & New Zealand) for Bank of America Merrill Lynch from 2011 until June 2015.
    • Millie Rooney - Millie is passionate about community and connection and the value of things beyond the financial economy. Millie has both theoretical (through her PhD) and practical (through her strong engagement in her community) expertise in the informal, nonfinancial and often invisible economies that exist.
    • James Kirkpatrick (University of Tasmania)- Geographer and conservation ecologist, Distinguished Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick, measures his success by the new things he discovers that allow us to better protect the natural world, and by how much they are used to do so. He has been awarded the Eureka Prize for Environmental Research and an Order of Australia for service to forest and world heritage conservation.
    • Stuart Barry (Australian Ethical) is a Certified Financial Planner with Australian Ethical. He has had 27 years’ experience working with organisations such as ING, Westpac and Queensland Treasury Corporation
    • Dr. Mark Dibben (University of Tasmania)Mark Dibben is Associate Professor of Management at the University of Tasmania and Visiting Professor in Applied Process Thought at the Centre for Process Studies, California. He focuses on ‘Ecological Management’, which he distinguishes from late-Modernity’s ‘Economism Management’.



  • Junk Jewellery with Maree

    Sustainable Living event
    • Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 01:00 PM
    • Sustainable Living Festival, Hobart Waterfront

    Make beautiful jewellery from junk with Maree.  Get inspired and create something to take home.

    Maree Baker works at the Environment Protection Authority and is an avid crafter.

  • The Sketches

    Sustainable Living event

    An energetic hybrid of impromptu theatrics, "speak-singing" in an Australian accent, and cheeky on-stage repartee complete the live show and signal the arrival of The Sketches.

  • Climate Solutions Discussion

    Sustainable Living event
    • Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 02:30 PM
    • Prince's Wharf 1, Hobart Waterfront

    What is Tasmania’s role in securing a safe global climate? Can Tasmania become carbon neutral by 2035 and a net sink for the remainder of the century?

    What changes might be required, and what challenges and opportunities do they present?

    • TODD HOUSTEIN: Todd is Sustainable Living Tasmania’s Executive Officer. He is passionate about helping Tasmania to become a leader in achieving global sustainability. Todd is a former engineer with experience in renewable energy systems, energy efficiency, and humanitarian engineering.
    • ANDREW FRASER: Andrew is the Network Innovations Team Leader at TasNetworks. He is currently working on battery storage and aggregation, electric vehicles, advanced metering and remote area power supplies.
    • JOHN PITT: John spent the bulk of his engineering career building pitt&sherry from a small, single-office operation employing less than 10 people to one of Australia's top 20 engineering consultancies. He recognised that in a market environment increasingly being influenced and judged by its contribution to global sustainability objectives, pitt&sherry had a responsibility, and the opportunity, to contribute to the improvement of community, social and environmental outcomes.
    • ALICJA MOSBAUER: Alicja is an active cyclist with an interest in sustainable transport. As an active commuter for most of her 20 years living in Tasmania, Alicja has experienced the benefit of this form of transport for most of her working career. Alicja was involved in a project with Hydro Tasmania last year, looking at how to address electric and plug in hybrid vehicles in Tasmanian government fleets.
    • ROGER BURRELL: Roger is the National Sales Manager, Apricus Australia. He has been active in the renewable energy industry for nearly 20 years, with a focus on solar hot water. Roger regularly presents and facilitates solar workshops and industry seminars across Australia, and is committed to empowering individuals to think about the energy choices they make through education, and the sharing of ideas.


    As always, the Festival Discussions bring you a panel of experts to discuss the pressing and fascinating issues of our time.

  • Food not Bombs

    Sustainable Living event
    • Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 02:30 PM
    • Sustainable Living Festival, Hobart Waterfront

    Reclaiming waste food, nourishing people and creating community through free food feasts.  

    Join the Food Not Bombs crew to discuss the values behind FNB - access, resourcefulness and collaboration.   2.30pm Saturday, in the Metro Bus on the Forecourt of Prince's Wharf #1.

  • The Age of Wellbeing and Wellbeing Towns

    Sustainable Living event
    • Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 10:20 AM
    • Sustainable Living Festival, Prince's Wharf # 1
    Hear how we can move towards sustainability via The Age of Wellbeing and Wellbeing Towns
    This workshop will discuss the emerging Age of Wellbeing approach to social, economic and environmental sustainability. The main idea is that we cannot be sustainable as long as we are directly and indirectly promoting physical and mental ill health. Wellbeing Towns aim to ensure that all, particularly our most disadvantaged, progress towards wellbeing, via the ACE model. This comprises of a Wellbeing Alliance, Community Wellbeing Initiatives, and Wellbeing Education.