Bluesfest director Peter Noble and Byron Mayor Jan Barham with the prestigious International Greener Festival award for 2009.
Bluesfest director Peter Noble and Byron Mayor Jan Barham with the prestigious International Greener Festival award for 2009.

Bluesfest’s green credentials grow

They’re known for bringing some of the world’s best musicians to Byron Bay, but the iconic Bluesfest music festival is now gaining a growing reputation for its ‘green’ credentials.

Last week the festival was awarded the prestigious International Greener Festival award for 2009 – for the third consecutive year.

The award was announced by A Greener festival Ltd – a UK-based, not-for-profit organisation which acknowledges the efforts of certain festivals to reduce their environmental impact and promote green awareness.

“Bluesfest had to undergo a 56-point checklist to get the award, so we are very proud of our achievements,” festival director Peter Noble said.

“We walk the walk, we don’t just talk the talk.

“It’s nice that we were acknowledged, but really Bluesfest has been waste-wise since 1997.”

Mr Noble said that this year’s festival had recycled 36.2 tonnes of waste.

 He said that with the move to its permanent site at Tyagarah next year, Bluesfest would be greener than ever with the installation of solar and wind power, plus biodiesel fuel.

Byron Mayor Jan Barham has congratulated Bluesfest on winning the award.

“Bluesfest is my most favourite music festival. I was at the first and I will be at the last, hopefully,” she said.

Australian Awards Co-ordinator with A Greener Festival Amie Green said Bluesfest did an incredible job year after year with its amazing initiatives.

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