Last weekend saw neighbour helping neighbour as residents of Hulbert Street spent the morning readying their verges for the annual Hulbert Street Sustainability Fiesta, before a shared lunch right out of the street Living Smart garden!
This year the Fiesta theme is “Growing Community” and there is a great deal of evidence of growing and community in the little culdesac street in South Fremantle. Recently dubbed “Fremantle’s Sustainability Street” by councillor Les Lauder, the street boasts productive vege gardens on the verge or front yard of over 50% of the homes in the street, and their own community allotment garden around the corner.
Last Sunday two more households prepared vege gardens, while other residents weeded and shared the big street mulch pile!
“The Fiesta will be a ripper this year,” said co-coordinator Tim Darby. “There will be 2 open houses, seven open gardens and five open artist studios. Our street also boasts 20% of houses with photovoltaics, a growing number of rain water tanks and the majority of homes are growing some of their own food”
“With a Living Smart speaker’s tent, buskers corner, cafe, family activities, and street stalls for community groups, local artists and businesses selling sustainable products, you should be able to spend the whole weekend here, and learn heaps about making your life more sustainable.”
“And the whole thing is carbon neutral” added fellow coordinator Shani Graham, “thanks to great support from the City of Fremantle.”
This is one of three preparation days planned before the big event on September 19th and 20th 2009.
“On August 22nd we will be joining with the Youth Tree network for an extended tour of two houses in our street – The Painted Fish and our home at #21, before a gardening day where four more raised beds will be made.” Participants will then be encouraged to join in over the weekend sharing what they have learnt with others! (you don’t have to be youth to come along!!)
“And on Sunday September 13th we are hoping local families will join with us and community artist Nadia Rasheed in making two big street scarecrows for the Fiesta Scarecrow competition.”
If you are interested in a having a stall at the Fiesta, want to busk or participate in any of the pre Fiesta events, or came last year and are willing to help out over the weekend contact Shani on firstname.lastname@example.org
And put the date in your diary. With an estimated 2,000 people visiting, last year’s event was described as “more Freo than Freo” and this year is set to be even bigger and better!