Dr Karl at The Cleantech Effect 2016

Dr Karl swamped by selfie-seekers at Coast event

CELEBRITY science commentator Dr Karl Kruszelnicki was swamped by Sunshine Coast residents wanting "selfies" with him at yesterday's business and sustainability conference, The Cleantech Effect 2016.

Held at Lake Kawana Community Centre, the event showcased environmentally sustainable technologies, many of which are developed by Sunshine Coast businesses and are available to solve problems and reduce costs in businesses and homes.

More than 100 representatives from a range of industries and professions were expected to attend, including health, airport, transport, government, sporting clubs, RSLs, surf clubs, developers and consultants as well as well as Sunshine Coast clean-tech businesses.

An attendee at The Cleantech Effect with his
An attendee at The Cleantech Effect with his "idol", Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, July 29, 2016. Nicky Moffat

The event was organised by Sunshine Coast Council in partnership with Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast Council's economic development portfolio councillor Stephen Robinson said it had been a "great success", connecting business leaders with innovators in the industry and demonstrate the cost-saving solutions that are available now.

It was the first time the conference had been inter-regional - a "real boon" for the Sunshine Coast, Cr Robinson said.

He said the council wanted to demonstrate its belief in and commitment to using smart clean technology solutions through major projects such as the new Maroochydore city centre under construction.

Smart street lighting and parking systems were among a host of energy-saving and other 'smart city' technology that will be used at Maroochydore, the Oceanside Health Hub and Caloundra Central Business District under the council's Smart City Framework.

Networking and Solutions showcase, The Cleantech Effect conference at Lake Kawana Community Centre on Friday, July 29, 2016.
Networking and Solutions showcase, The Cleantech Effect conference at Lake Kawana Community Centre on Friday, July 29, 2016. Erin van der Wyk

 

"We want to demonstrate...that local businesses also have a place," Cr Robinson said.

"We believe there'll be technologies on show here that'll have direct application to the smart city.

"It's all about motivating people to embrace the new future."

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