FESTIVALGOERS could save a pretty penny and help protect the environment at this year's Caloundra Music Festival.

In an Australian first, the festival will not sell disposable water bottles and instead introduce a BYO bottle campaign.

Councillor Tim Dwyer said it was another important step in creating an environmentally sustainable event.

"By not selling disposable bottled water, it will reduce the accumulated waste in the festival site by about 20,000 bottles over the four-day event," he said.

"We hope this campaign will encourage other festivals to follow suit across the country."

Australian Marine Conservation spokeswoman Jacki Boyce said the initiative could help to change public attitudes.

How it's going to happen:

•  CMF is asking all festival-goers, crew and artists to bring a re-usable water bottle to the festival.
•  Multiple refill stations will be available across the festival site.
•  Not selling bottled water across the festival site.
•  Reef Check Australia will host water refill stations. Chilled and filtered spring water will be available to purchase from three site locations.
•  Unitywater Hydration Station will have town water on tap FREE for festival-goers.
•  Providing quality re-usable bottles for sale, for those who forget to BYO.
•  Water refill backstage for artists and volunteers.



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