Learn about sustainability at the Stanthorpe Eco Expo in March

CONVERSATIONS ABOUT CONSERVATION: ABC gardening presenter Jerry Coleby-Williams is the expo's keynote speaker.

CONVERSATIONS ABOUT CONSERVATION: ABC gardening presenter Jerry Coleby-Williams is the expo's keynote speaker.

The Stanthorpe Eco Expo (SEE) in March will show tourists and locals how to improve sustainability at home, at work, and in the garden.

This is the first event of its kind on the Granite Belt, organiser Sarah Hamlyn-Harris said. The expo will be held in the grounds of Stanthorpe Railway Station and Whistletop Heritage and Community Garden on Saturday, March 21.

"With the support of Landcare, we encourage people to grow and eat chemical-free food, to invest in and use renewable energy, to build soil, to recycle, to conserve wildlife and wild places," the website reads. "We will provide practical, affordable and easy ways for everyone to make a contribution to our local environment across the Granite Belt."

The keynote speaker will be Jerry Coleby-Williams, conservationist and presenter of ABC's Gardening Australia. He will explain how modern science and traditional production systems can be more productive and less expensive than industrial farming.


Mr Coleby-Williams and his partner Jeff Poole turned their Queenslander house 'Bellis' into a sustainable home and garden - a model for other city dwellers.

"We grow food, we harvest rainwater and solar energy, and we treat and reuse our wastewater - all things that can be done with ease by any homeowner in Australia's suburbs," their website reads.

"The expo will offer fun and informative ways to taste, see, talk, touch, and learn about all things sustainable," Ms Hamlyn-Harris said.

The public can try organic food, learn about renewable energy, discover ways to reduce waste and create healthier gardens, and purchase sustainable products at displays, stalls, and interactive exhibits run by Granite Belt organisations and business owners.

In the main tent, presenters will talk about waste, regenerative farming with animals, solar power production, large scale organic farming, and sustainable food production.

Musicians Penny Davies and Roger Ilott will entertain visitors in nearby gardens. There is also a children's activity area.

Gates in Davadi Street are open from 9am to 4pm; entry by gold coin. Limited disabled parking spaces available; other visitors are asked to park in designated spaces in neighbouring streets.

SEE is supported by Granite Borders Landcare Committee, and Heritage and Community Garden Stanthorpe. It is funded by the Southern Downs Regional Council. Mayor Tracy Dobie will formally open the event at 9.30am.

For more information, contact Sarah Hamlyn-Harris (0457 812 962) or Maree Quinn (0402 681 173); email stanthorpeecoexpo@gmail.com; or visit www.stanthorpeecoexpo.com.au.