Inspired ideas on Maldon's Main Street!

Created: Wednesday, 11 September 2019
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Media release 10 September 2019

Musicians, performers and inspired ideas on Maldon’s Main Street

Join the Carnivale on Maldon’s Main Street on Sunday 22 September for a fun afternoon of music, performance and inspiration for a safer, healthier and cleaner environment.

From 12pm to 3pm, the heritage shopping and café strip will be car-free, transforming into a festival of ideas for sustainable living, with innovative exhibitors, children’s activities and live performances all on offer, including:

For music and fun: DJ Wind-up – grooving to the gramophone; The Zucchini Clan’s Miss Lily Green – flaunting her blend of acoustic sounds and contemporary electronica; The Royal Jelly Roller – getting on her roller-skates!; Castlemaine Circus’ Amazing Mr Fish – making the most of Maldon’s car-free ambience to roam free; Dodgem trikes – offering up tricycles for peddling amid the hay bales; and Games in the Street – ping pong or giant chess anyone?

For inspiration: Maldon Bicycles – helping you back on your bike or find the perfect reconditioned one; Maldon Cherry Farm – inviting you to plant up some "good bug mix" for your gardens; The EnviroShop – answering your questions on everything from solar and battery storage systems to energy and water conservation; Newstead Natives – offering up their wealth of knowledge on local indigenous plants; Castlemaine Repair Cafe – promoting their fantastic landfill-fighting household goods repair service; and Boomerang Bags – for a great plastic-free shopping alternative.

For Maldon: Maldon businesses will be showcasing their sustainable wares, among them vintage merchants Tansley & Co – who note that buying a new chest of drawers has a carbon footprint 16 times higher than an antique equivalent – and Portia and Co., whose handmade and locally sourced gifts and homewares are a gorgeous alternative to emissions from mass production and global freight.

For climate action: Find out how you can help to create a safer, healthier and cleaner environment with Maldon Climate Action Network, Mount Alexander Climate Emergency Team, Plastic Bag Free Castlemaine, Climate Flags, Farmers For Climate Action and Coliban Water.

Visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle, catch the bus or train, or car pool to the event, with prizes on offer for those making it to Main Street in creative and sustainable ways. Baringhup-Maldon Community Bus will also be offering free transport for local residents – phone 5475 2093 to book. Visitors from further afield can catch Castlemaine Bus Lines’ Castlemaine–Maldon bus (Route 4), walk or cycle the 17.7km scenic trail linking Castlemaine and Maldon, or catch the Victorian Goldfield’s historic steam train, which is offering a 10% discount for pre-booked online tickets (promo code CARFREE).

Held to coincide with World Car Free Day, the Car-free Carnivale is an initiative of Maldon Climate Action Network (CAN) in partnership with Maldon Neighbourhood Centre. Both thank Maree Edwards MP – State Member for Bendigo West – for sponsoring the event, which will be carbon offset through the Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund.

For more information: facebook.com/maldoncan

Media enquiries: Melanie Scaife, Maldon Climate Action Network, Mobile 0439 088 458

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