This Friday marks the first ever Southern Highlands ReGeneration weekend. It is inspired by Damon Gameau’s documentary 2040. Organisers are WildFest and Carousel Lifestyle, with support from Quarter Acre Farm.

About 2040

The documentary film is named 2040, as that’s the approximate year science has given us to clean up our planet or face unthinkable disaster.

Damon, as a concerned father, travels the world in search of new approaches and solutions to global warming. Indeed, he finds that we do have the tools to make a difference. This event is about connecting the Highland community to move from inspiration to action. I just love it.

Friday Night Lights

The weekend kicks off on Friday afternoon at 6pm at The Mill in Bowral. There will be an exclusive screening of the documentary  followed  by a panel discussion. The discussion will include filmmaker, Damon Gameau, Bob Hawke Landcare Award winner, Charlie Arnott, Hamish Mackay Director of Biodynamics20242018 Recipient of the National Individual Landcare Award, David Marsh, as well as Lizzie Buscaino from Piccolo Farm, and Joanne Dodd from Quarter Acre Farm.  

Saturday Events

From 10am to 5pm on Saturday from The Mill will certainly come alive! Expect more 2040 film screenings and sustainability workshops, including Quarter Acre Farm’s ‘Kickstarting Your Food Growing Adventure. You’ll also be treated to expert speakers, local fresh produce for sale as well as artisan stalls.   

You’ll hear from and be able to talk to Hamish Mackay and Charlie Arnott who will run two workshops at the event, amongst others.

Filmaker Damon Gameau with Bob Hawke Landcare Winner Charlie Arnott.

What’s the ‘why’?

“There are so many great local businesses and people in the Southern Highlands working to change our habits. We want to be sustainable and protect our environment. So, we created a forum to join everyone together and consolidate our impact,” explains event organiser Amanda Fry. 

“On Saturday we will have a commitment table to ask everyone to commit to one new action.  We will follow up with them to inspire them to stay with it. So, in essence we are challenging Highlanders to be the ReGeneration of our region.”  

“When I first moved to the Southern Highlands, I tried to do too much, too fast and I failed. Consequently, my garden project never evolved beyond herbs!  If we just do one thing at a time, we are likely to do it better and make it stick! 

“Today, I have solar power. I also recycle and upcycle everything from old tools to coffee grinds for my plants. I am composting my waste, and this spring, the vegetable garden will finally be sown. Life is busy. Let’s choose actions we can succeed at and then when we can, do more!”

Fashion Forward

Fellow Co-Organiser Jessian Polk said, “I have worked in the fashion industry for over 20 years, from production to retail to wholesale. The amount of waste and carbon footprint we produce has always been a concern. 

“The rise of fast fashion and constant consumerism is a double-edged sword. My ethos has always been to collaborate and join forces to inform and activate younger consumers, as well as our community, about editing, restyling and buying well. 

“The reality of our food security and the lack of water in Australia is an absolute truth. Our ReGeneration weekend is just the start of further work to take this message to the young, into our homes and across all generations.”.

Local businesses committed to take part include Living Earth Farm, Piccolo Farm and Environment Team at Wingecarribee Council. Also involved are 1910 Blacksmith, Lyndall Dalley Environmental Scientist and Quarter Acre Farm. Then, there’s Wildlife Rescue South Coast and Brillig Farm.

Let the regeneration revolution in the Highlands, begin #whatsyour2040


DATE: Friday 25 October 2019 

TIME: 6pm – 

LOCATION: 210-224 Bong Bong St, Bowral2575

COST: Gold coin donation



DATE: Saturday 26 October 2019

TIME: 10am until 5pm

LOCATION: 210-224 Bong Bong St, Bowral2575

Events for free but we ask for RSVP to manage numbers and a gold coin donation

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