Get set for eco action at LEAF

Published: 02 May 2013

The countdown is on - it's just a month until Logan City's popular environmental event, the Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF) is on again.

The event, being held on Sunday 2 June, has become a favourite on the city's events calendar and is now in its fourth year of promoting eco-living tips in a free and fun family environment.

Health, Environment and Sustainability Committee Chair, Councillor Lisa Bradley (Division 1), said this year's LEAF would focus on reducing food and general waste in the community.

"According to the United Nations 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted across the world each year, while one in every seven people go to bed hungry, so we should all be conscious of reducing our 'foodprint'," she said.

"This year, Kingston East Neighbourhood Group and Loaves and Fishes will collect leftover food from LEAF and distribute it in Logan to those people who need it - it's a great initiative and just a small example of what can be done to reduce food wastage at a local level."

Cr Bradley said other highlights of this year's event would be pedal-powered appliances - including a cinema set-up, which uses the power of four bicycles to run, a display of more than 3,000 plastic bags to demonstrate the amount that go into landfill every 30 seconds, children's activities, live music and electric car displays.

"We will also present the award winners of the 2013 Logan Eco Awards and World Environment Day calendar competitions, as well as the recipients of this year's EnviroGrants," she said.

"Event goers can also pledge their commitment to the environment through a photo display, meet native wildlife and collect free trees for their gardens."

LEAF attendees are also encouraged to leave the car at home and catch the train to Loganlea train station and either walk to the Griffith University Logan Campus where the event is being held, or catch a free shuttle bus.

"LEAF is a great way of learning about the important environmental issues we face in the community and I am already counting down the days until it is on," Cr Bradley said.

LEAF 2013 is sponsored by Queensland Motorways and Healthy Logan. The event is on Sunday 2 June from 10 am to 3 pm, at Griffith University, Logan Campus, University Dr, Meadowbrook.

Mark Lowndes will perform at LEAF.