The first Food for the Future Fair in 2008 attracted between 5,000 and 6,000 people, and the second fair in 2009 attracted 8,000 people. In fact, it was so successful it sparked the formation of the Chippendale Food Co-operative, which now delivers more than 30 organic food boxes every week, and runs a weekend grocery outlet on Kensington Street in premises donated by Frasers Property.
“Sustainability is about making small steps and changes and encouraging families to engage their kids to in sustainable activities. A lot of people go green when they have children and realize, ‘My life is not just about me, it’s about my children and their future’,” says Kao.
Other sustainable initiatives in and around Chippendale include the ‘Chippo dollar’ (a local incentive to help small businesses sell their wares), community gardens, and The Watershed Sustainability Resource Centre, which is located on King Street in Newtown.
Kao believes Central Park will contribute to Chippendale’s sustainable future: “Cities have an inevitable need to provide office and residential spaces close to the city. By bringing people closer to where they work, there are less vehicles on the road, people can walk to more places, and travel shorter distances to work.”
As for Tina’s dream for Sydney: “I would love to see a whole array of community-initiated events that engage people in sustainability. That’s absolutely the way to get people into action by showing them ways to make their lives more sustainable,” she says.