Fashion event to put region on world stage



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(L-R) Eco Fashion Week Australia CEO Zuhal Kuvan Mills, Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu and EFWA Ambassador Angie Ayers.

ECO Fashion Week Australia’s (EFWA) Green Carpet event took place at QT Resort on Saturday night, with the global event being held in Port Douglas from November 4 to 10 this year.

Mayor Julia Leu said the event will be the region’s opportunity to be recognised on the world stage.

“All signs are pointing to our region becoming an eco-fashion hub. Council has the ability to drive a global culture shift towards ethical and sustainable fashion production. 

“There is a sense that there is an eco-revolution upon us and we have two huge environmental assets in the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics to leverage. This could realize economic results for the region.”

Douglas Shire Council hopes the EFWA event can become an annual fixture on the Port Douglas events calendar.

The Green Carpe featured a preview runway show, speakers and jazz music by the Cairns Stage Band.

A fashion gala will kick start an eco-packed week-long November event that will feature community-based activities such as clothes mending workshops, an eco-market with locally handmade goods, designer showroom and education seminar.

Reef Restoration CEO Stewart Christie heads a list of VIPs who will be attending and radio personality Angie Ayers has been announced as the 2018 Australian Ambassador for the global event.

Ayers said a passion for protecting the ocean inspired her involvement. 

“I’m thrilled to be in Port Douglas to represent Eco Fashion Week Australia and show the people of Tropical North Queensland how beautiful sustainability can be.

“With the Great Barrier Reef on one side and the rainforest on the other, this part of the world couldn’t be closer to the beauty and majesty of the systems that provide oxygen for the world.

“Our Fashion choices are just one way of helping these struggling systems. ‘This event isn’t just going to be a show for fashion lovers or eco-minded people, but for anyone who enjoys an evening out with mates, a dash of inspiration and a whole lot of wow factor,” she said.

EFWA Chief Executive Zuhal Kuvan Mills says the event will bring global attention to climate change and its impact on the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropic rainforest.

“We hope to encourage a sustainable way of living while protecting natural resources and the environment.

“We can achieve this goal by providing education on sustainability and showcasing talented, young and
creative people.”


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