Magic of Christmas event certified as carbon neutral

26/11/2019

Georges River Council’s much-loved Magic of Christmas event has been certified a carbon neutral event by Climate Active. Council has implemented a number of strategies to reduce and offset carbon emissions at the event, which is taking place this Sunday 1 December 2019, at Carss Bush Park. 
 
The certification means that all activities associated with running the event have resulted in net zero emissions. This includes electricity used for stage light and sound, transport, diesel used in generators, food and catering, food waste and fireworks. 
 
Council has offset emissions for the event by purchasing carbon credits that support tree protection. This prevents the release of carbon stored in these trees, which would otherwise occur as a result of the logging, processing and use of timber. The project also helps to protect and restore valuable native forests, which provide a habitat for a number of species. 
 
The Magic of Christmas event will also feature a number of emissions reduction measures. These include: renewable energy (solar panels), promoting sustainable transport, banning single-use plastic bags, balloons and straws, and providing a water refill station to decrease the amount of single-use plastic bottles at the event. 
 
Climate Active, an Australian Government-backed program, is the most rigorous and credible carbon neutral certification available in Australia enabling individuals, businesses and government to work together to protect our environment now and for the future. 
 
Magic of Christmas event 
 
Community members are encouraged to attend the Magic of Christmas event, a family-friendly day out with wonderful activities to keep people of all ages entertained. 
 
Popular entertainer Colin Buchanan is returning with his Aussie summer-themed festive tunes, and the day will feature a series of performances and market stalls to keep you busy. Santa will be on hand to pose for free photos, and children can meet characters from Paw Patrol and Sesame Street.  
 
Pack a picnic rug and camping chairs and join in the joy of singing carols and celebrating our community - and be sure to stay on for the spectacular fireworks finale over Kogarah Bay! 
 
When: Sunday 1 December 2019, 3.00pm-9.00pm
Where: Carss Bush Park, Carwar Avenue Carss Park 
 
For more information on Christmas events in the Georges River including a map of what’s on, please visit https://www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Community/Events/Council-Events/Christmasin-Georges-River. For more information on Georges River Council please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.