FSF media stories

Media stories about the Fair Share Festival

The Tiny House on Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens (3 February 2017)

Building a house on a limited budget is definitely a challenge, but this week Adam is meeting some inspiring teenagers from Newcastle who are proving it can be done… and they have a bit of a unique approach! Believe it or not, Larni and Jasmine are building a house on a trailer, and it’s made entirely from recycled materials. Adam’s stopping by to lend a helping hand, and to find out just how impressive a ‘tiny house’ can be.

Watch on Better Homes and Gardens (The link is to just the segment on the tiny house)


The building of a tiny house

Owner Builder Magazine (Feb/March 2017)

When I was little, I remember watching my parents (mainly Mum) renovating our house and wanting to help, and being excited watching it all come together. I never imagined that I would be building my own house, albeit a tiny one, in the not too distant future.

Larni and I met early in 2016 at a denim upcycling workshop and soon after decided we would like to build a tiny house together. She wanted to move out of home into her backyard, I wanted the challenge of a much larger project than I had worked on before in woodwork, and we were both keen to learn new skills in design and construction. An important consideration for us was to build the house sustainably, both environmentally and cost wise, by making it (as much as possible) out of waste materials. We are both in year 10 and have gained basic practical skills in woodwork and metalwork at school, but had no idea the time and effort a tiny house would require.

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Fair Share Festival 2016 Living Better with Less

intouch (1 November 2016)

green-upcycled-dressFor the past six months, Lambton resident Cathy Stuart has been channeling her creative energy into helping organise the Fair Share Festival 2016 at Hamilton Public School on November 12 and 13.

“The aim of the festival is to inspire people, to share ideas, spark creativity and stimulate better community connections, for a sustainable, fairer life,” says Cathy.

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Two girls and a tiny house

Sustaining Community blog (25 October 2016)

Jasmine (my 15-year old daughter) and a friend Larni (16) are building a Tiny House out of second-hand, discarded and waste material for the Fair Share Festival next month. As the theme of the Festival is over-consumption, waste and upcyling, their project is attracting a lot of interest in the lead up to the event.

They became friends at an Upcycling workshop and both have a passion for creativity and upcycling. As you can tell from the above video, they already have an impressive collection of upcycled items. The Tiny House, however, is a whole nother level.

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Where caring counts: Fair Share Festival practises what it preaches

by Louise Fraser in the Newcastle Herald (22 October 2016)

Tiny house door

WHEN you’re expecting 1000 people to attend a two-day event that includes food and drink, it might seem sensible to have more than two standard household rubbish bins.

But organisers of the Fair Share Festival at Hamilton Primary School  on November 12 and 13 are aiming to lead by example, illustrating how with a little effort and planning, people and businesses can drastically reduce their waste and live more sustainably.

“It’s going to be a challenge. At most events of this size you would expect dozens of full rubbish bins at the end of the day, but the Fair Share Festival is all about minimising waste and addressing over-consumption,” festival organiser Cathy Stuart says.

Continue reading in the Newcastle Herald


Feedback Organic Recovery: Urban farmer David Sivyer is leading by example

by Louise Fraser in the Newcastle Herald (8 October 2016)


Four years ago, David Sivyer found life was drawing him back to his parents’ farm at the foot of the Barrington Tops.

Like many farming businesses, the family was looking for opportunities to diversify.

Working in hospitality management, Sivyer had witnessed huge amounts of organic material from restaurants and cafes being thrown away, literally going to waste.

“It wasn’t until I moved back to the farm that I put two and two together,” he says.

Continue reading in the Newcastle Herald


Finding joy in recycled fashion

by Louise Fraser in the Newcastle Herald (10 August 2016)

From the The Newcastle Herald

“THE reason $2 shirts are so cheap is that resources and people are being exploited.”

For Jane Milburn, this harsh fact is only part of a global problem. Milburn, a former agricultural scientist and journalist, is an advocate of the slow clothing movement. Slow clothing, she says, is the antithesis of industrial fast fashion.

Continue reading in the Newcastle Herald