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Green art exhibition at Wollongong uni

THE University of Wollongong Environment Collective, in conjunction with the university’s photography club, the Delta Initiative and the Happy Bellies Food Cooperative, is hosting the opening of their ‘Green Art Exhibition on Thursday May 31.

The exhibition will showcase a variety of environmentally related artworks by both students and community members.

Collective member, Claire Johnston said the event will also see the handing over of the Environment Collective’s three-year running petition calling upon the university to purchase more of its electricity from renewable sources. The petition has been the centrepiece of the Collective’s passionate campaign to encourage the University to gradually increase their percentage of green power to 100 percent and has collected over 3,500 signatures.

“There have been many dedicated students who have worked very hard on this petition and on the renewables campaign,”she said.

We are excited to have the opportunity to hand it over during such a beautiful event.

“Given the catastrophic effects that climate change will have on the Illawarra, the Environment Collective is strongly urging the university, now the biggest employer on the South Coast, to lead the way on purchasing renewable energy.”

The exhibition will showcase a variety of photography, fine art, pottery, graphic/ digital design and sculpture, including a selection of student posters about environmental issues from Faculty of Creative Arts students. The student-run Happy Bellies Food Cooperative will be catering organic vegetarian food and there will also be free drinks available.

The exhibition will be held on Thursday May 31 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm at the CSE Student Space, Building 11. Entry is free. For more information call Claire Johnston on 0401873176

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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