Green idea wins Josie a trip of a lifetime

March 2, 2012

Josie Huck will be going on a trip of a lifetime thanks to her support of Murdoch University’s people-powered pedi cabs at this year’s Southbound Music Camping and Arts Festival.

Josie , who happens to be in the final year of a sustainable development and environmental restoration degree at Murdoch University, won the competition for posting a photo in the pedi cab on Murdoch’s Facebook page together with her idea to make next year’s festival even more sustainable.

Thanks to Josie’s idea for a piezoelectric dance floor, where the light show is powered by movement and dance, she was shortlisted by members of Murdoch University’s Facebook site for one of the best green ideas for festival organisers Sunset Events to consider for Southbound 2013.

A panel of Murdoch’s sustainability experts and a Sunset Events representative then picked the winner from the finalists.

Judge Dr Brad Pettitt, lecturer in sustainability at Murdoch and the Mayor of Fremantle, said Josie’s idea stood out because “it combines fun, dancing and a celebration of life with energy efficiency and sustainability”.

“I love the creativity behind the idea and look forward to the first one in WA.”

Josie and her boyfriend will soon be winging their way to an exotic destination of their choice thanks to a $5,000 travel voucher with Intrepid My Adventure Store, Perth.

Josie said she was hoping to use the vouchers to help fund a trip to South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

“Because this is a prize for a sustainable idea we’re looking into volunteering for a reforestation or community development program while we’re there,” she said.

“I have one semester left of my degree and so we’re hoping to go once I’ve finished that.

“I was unbelievably excited when I found out.  I want to say a big thanks to Murdoch University for this amazing opportunity.”

Those involved in helping to pick the winning entry also had the chance to win some great prizes.  Jeremy Segal’s vote for Josie’s idea won him a guitar signed by several of the Southbound artists including Arctic Monkeys, Pnau and Kimbra.

Jeremy, who at 14 is already an accomplished rock guitarist, said he voted for Josie’s idea because it was the most interesting and was shocked to be named as one of the winners.

“The prize is perfect for me,” he said. “It’s not something you can walk into a shop and buy.”

The other prize winner was Phoebe Laing who has won double passes to either Groovin’ the Moo or the Blues ‘n’ Roots festivals in 2012.

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