Innovative choices for healthier self and planet at Ballarat Begonia Festival

Innovative lifestyle choices for environmental and wellbeing benefits will be on display for the first time at the Ballarat Begonia Festival. 

SHARING KNOWLEDGE: Pupils from Geelong South Primary School visit The New Joneses Tiny House while it is based in Geelong before coming to Ballarat.

SHARING KNOWLEDGE: Pupils from Geelong South Primary School visit The New Joneses Tiny House while it is based in Geelong before coming to Ballarat.

The New Joneses Tiny House will show festival goers how solutions to housing affordability, rising electricity prices and overflowing landfill can be small and achievable.

The tiny house, which will be on display at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens this weekend, is 12.5 meters squared and sleeps four adults, following the motto ‘living a big life with a little footprint’.

The New Joneses Tiny House creator and director Tamara DiMattina said the house had been in Melbourne at Federation Square for the last five years, but the team wanted to share how better choices can be made for the planet with regional areas. 

“We aim to have something for everyone. Everyone can compost or have chickens and use their council green waste bin properly... Everyone can eliminate food waste. Everyone can have their coffee sit in not takeaway to avoid single use coffee cups,” she said. 

“It’s about showing how a lighter and less cluttered lifestyle can be better for our well being and our planet.”

Ballarat's begonia display from 2017 at the Robert Clark Conservatory. Picture: Kate Healy

Ballarat's begonia display from 2017 at the Robert Clark Conservatory. Picture: Kate Healy

Other special guests on the main lawn of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens will help visitors connect with nature and make environmentally conscious choices. 

Popular television personality Costa Georgiadis will present a program of talks drawing on his passion for plants and people. 

‘Granny Skills’ movement driver Rebecca Sullivan will present tips and tricks, including chemical and waste free living ideas in her talks ‘The Art of the Natural Home’. 

City of Ballarat mayor Samantha McIntosh and Ballarat Begonia Festival celebrity guest Dirtgirl. Picture: Lachlan Bence

City of Ballarat mayor Samantha McIntosh and Ballarat Begonia Festival celebrity guest Dirtgirl. Picture: Lachlan Bence

Stars of Get Grubby TV Dirtgirl and Costa the Gnome will encourage visitors to get grubby in the garden with performances on the main stage. 

Visit  http://www.ballaratbegoniafestival.com/ for full details of the Begonia Festival which runs from 10am to 5pm from March 10 to March 12. 

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