- Wednesday 30 September 2009
Caloundra Music Festival goers who ‘TravelSmart’ to the Coast’s biggest music festival have the chance to win their very own blokart – a sporty, green $3000 fun machine for the beach.
Over 30,000 people are expected at this year’s festival and organisers want to reduce its carbon footprint by encouraging people to use sustainable transport to the event.
People can prove their TravelSmart ways by flashing a bus ticket, showing their bike helmet or introducing car pooling or walking buddies at the TravelSmart registration desk in The Village.
They will then go into the draw to win a blokart—a three-wheeled beach buggy that ‘land sails’ through the use of wind-powered sails.
Integrated Transport Systems Portfolio holder Councillor Vivien Griffin said she expected a large number of people to take up the chance to ‘go green’ and leave a lighter carbon footprint at the festival.
“Whether you walk, cycle, catch a bus or carpool, every litre of petrol that goes unused saves 2.8 kilos of greenhouse gases,” she said.
“Avoid traffic congestion and parking hassles by being TravelSmart to save time, money and improve your health and well-being.”
Caloundra Music Festival Director Richie Eyles said the festival was keen to reduce its carbon footprint through partnering with TravelSmart.
“We’ve got one of the biggest line-ups at this year’s festival and are expecting around 30,000 people over the weekend,” Richie said.
“With so many thousands of festival goers making their way to Kings Beach, it’s important for us to encourage them to TravelSmart and do their bit for the environment.”
The first 500 people to register with TravelSmart over the weekend will also receive a free TravelSmart surprise!
It’s all thanks to TravelSmart Sunshine Coast, a Sunshine Coast Council program that encourages people to use sustainable transport such as public transport, walking, cycling and car pooling.
Festival goers who are not able to TravelSmart to the festival can do their bit for their environment by donating $5 to Barung Landcare to plant a tree, and will receive a ticket to enter into the blokart draw.
All profits will help plant trees on the Coast to offset some of the festival’s carbon footprint. Festival organisers are aiming to plant 2500 trees. Tickets can be purchased from the Crowne Plaza VIP tent, the Information tent, the TravelSmart Sunshine Coast tent and Barung Landcare in The Village.
The Caloundra Music Festival runs from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 October. Artists performing at the sun, surf and soul festival include the Hoodoo Gurus, Josh Pyke, Augie March, Toni Childs, James Reyne, Blue King Brown, Kev Carmody and Daryl Braithwaite.
Find out more about how you can TravelSmart to the festival by visiting www.caloundramusicfestival.com