Regeneration Weekend, Southern Highlands…..Starting Friday 25th October

2040 Documentary Inspires First Ever – Regeneration Weekend Starting Friday 25th October 2019

Damon Gameau’s documentary 2040 has inspired Southern Highlands locals WILDfest and Carousel Lifestyle to partner together along with the support of Quarter Acre Farmin the region’s first ever ReGeneration Weekend.

Damon Gameau & Charlie Arnott

From 6pm on Friday 25 October 2019, an exclusive Southern Highlands screening of the film, 2040 will take place in The Mill’s courtyard and be followed up by a panel discussion including filmmaker, Damon Gameau, Bob Hawke Landcare Award-winner, Charlie Arnott, Hamish Mackay Director of Biodynamics2024, 2018 Recipient of the National Individual Landcarer Award, David Marsh, as well as Lizzie Buscaino from Piccolo Farm, and Joanne Dodd from Quarter Acre Farm.  

Concerned about his young daughter’s future, filmmaker Damon Gameau travels the world in search of new approaches and solutions to global warming. What he found is that we have the tools to make a difference.  This event is about connecting the Highland community to move from inspiration to action. 

The Mill

On Saturday from 10am until 5pm, The Mill will come alive with more 2040 film screenings, sustainability workshops including Quarter Acre Farm’s Kickstarting Your Food Growing Adventure, expert speakers, local fresh produce for sale as well as artisan stalls to enable locals to be informed and take immediate action.   

Together with Hamish Mackay, (renowned biodynamic practitioner and educator), Charlie Arnott from Boorowa NSW, (2018 Bob Hawke Landcare Award recipient and recent winner of the delicious. Produce Award for Outstanding Innovation, Sustainability and Community), will run two workshops at the event.   

“With so many great local businesses and people in the Southern Highlands working to change our habits, be sustainable and protect our environment, we wanted a forum to join everyone together to consolidate our impact.  To take it from inspiration to action, on Saturday we will have a commitment table to ask everyone to commit to one new action.  We will be following 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 as such, my chosen garden project never really started beyond herbs.  So, if we just do one thing, it sticks. Now I have solar power, I 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 so let’s choose actions we can succeed at and then when we can, do more,” said WILDfest’s Co-Organiser Amanda Fry. 

Fellow Co-Organiser Jessian Polk with her business, Carousel Lifestyle at The Mill said, “Having 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 for the industry and the Carousel ethos has always been to collaborate and join forces to inform and activate our younger customer base as well as our community about editing, restyling and buying well.  Having moved to the Highlands to be reconnected with nature and now hand feeding our horses daily, the reality of our food security and the lack of water in Australia is an absolute truth we must acknowledge.  Our ReGeneration weekend is just the start of further work we all can do to take this message to the young, into our homes and across all generations,”. 

Piccolo Farm Vegie Box

Local businesses already committed to take part include Living Earth Farm, Piccolo Farm, Environment Team at Wingecarribee Council, 1910 Blacksmith, Lyndall Dalley Environmental Scientist, Quarter Acre Farm, Wildlife Rescue South Coast, Brillig Farm and The Fold. Also, on board to support the initiative are The Mill residents Bare Body Beauty, Green Guys Solar, Plant Life and Tziallas Omeara Architects, with more set to confirm over the coming weeks along with a schedule of expert speaker timings for Saturday 26 2019. 


DATE: Friday 25 October 2019 

TIME: 6pm – 

LOCATION: 210-224 Bong Bong St, Bowral2575 

COST: Gold coin donation

RSVP ESSENTIAL Wildfest Festival


DATE: Saturday 26 October 2019

TIME: 10am until 5pm

LOCATION: 210-224 Bong Bong St, Bowral2575 

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