World Environment Day to be celebrated this weekend in Coolum

Local artist Chony Bowden will be facilitating an arts workshop at the World Environment Day celebrations this Sunday in Jack Morgan Park, Coolum. Chony, who is the Monday morning arts facilitator at Coolum HeARTs will be hosting a ‘Collective Collage’ workshop on Sunday. All events, workshops and music are entirely free for all. Photo: Contributed 

This Sunday, June 5 the Coolum Civic Centre along with the adjoining Jack Morgan Park will play host to a day of free family fun as the United Nation’s 50th World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated with music, entertainment, and activities – all with an environmental twist.  

The community are being asked to come and enjoy some of the finest eco-tainment on the Sunshine Coast from 10am–4pm with local musicians, including the highly energised guitar artistry and heartfelt melodies of SoLar, indie-folk duos JC and the Tree plus Anna & Jordan, as well as the soft silky tones and high energy rhythms of Solua. 

A jam-packed program will let participants choose from a range of hands-on eco-art experiences designed to delight the young and young-at-heart. 

Or participants can wander the exhibits and soak up the latest in ideas for sustainable living and local environment and sustainability programs – make sure you visit the team to give a final cheer for our Sunshine Coast biosphere nomination

Stay for an hour or stay for the day – this event will keep the whole family entertained as well as celebrating our beautiful environment and how we can preserve it and look after it.  

Sunshine Coast Council Division 9 Councillor Maria Suarez said the region was lucky to have so many dedicated environment groups. 

“They have been undertaking transformative actions for many years and this significant day is an acknowledgement of the great work they do,” Cr Suarez said. 

“They contribute to the environment and start conversations for future ideas and actions and it’s exciting to think that this year marks 50 years of this event and that’s certainly something to celebrate.” 

Venue 114 and Community Spaces Manager Louise Thompson said she was pleased to see Coolum Civic Centre host the event. 

“This adds to Venue 114’s EarthCheck Evaluate Status and our community spaces working towards a commitment to supporting sustainable outcomes,” Ms Thompson said.   

Green art activities will run throughout the event with local artist Chony Bowden who facilitates the Monday morning art class at Coolum HeARTs running a Collective Collage where participants can contribute to a shared visual story of the Sunshine Coast.  

The event run by Chony will celebrate the past, present and future of our environmental values through mixed-media mark-making and Chony said it was a privilege to be asked to participate at the WED event.  

“I will be providing carbon printed images of local flora and fauna that live on the Sunshine Coast and people who attend the event will have the opportunity to use eucalyptus oil to transfer the image onto a large piece of beautiful cartridge paper.  

“Once the chosen image has been transferred, a variety of materials such as pens, charcoal and crayons can be used to ‘highlight’ or work into the transferred image,” Chony said.  

“The aim of this workshop is to create a collective community mural, that highlights the beauty and diversity of our flora and fauna while exploring an art technique that has minimal environmental impact and mixes science with art.” 

Other free arts workshops include: 

*Glossie Cockatoo Mural with Damien and Jarrah Kamholtz. 

*Upcycled fashion with Shaye Hardisty and Ketakii Jewson-Brown. 

*Weaving Time with Kilagi Nielsen and Renè Baloo. 

*Milk-bottle Micro-Sculpture with Yanni Van Zijlm. 

*Be a Birdwing with Liz Capelin - See a super-sized butterfly and get your photo taken as the magnificent and vivid Richmond bird-wing butterfly. 

*Clay Bugs with Kim Schoenberger - Come and play with clay. 

Plus, attendees will have the opportunity to take home free plants from the lovely team at BushCare Sunshine Coast. 

The 2022 WED campaign #OnlyOneEarth calls for collective, transformative action on a global scale to celebrate, protect and restore our planet. Sunshine Coast Council is proud to host this event as part of the month-long 2022WED Fest program. 

For further information on this event and more, visit If you’d like to learn more about sustainable living on the Sunshine Coast visit the Living Smart website and Sunshine Coast Council’s website

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