The waste problem requires everyone, young and old to get involved and do the right things to help care for the environment.
Blue Mountains was awarded first prize in the Community 3D category, at the Regional Waste To Art Community Exhibition. The exhibition featured about 120 artworks, from 14 NetWaste councils, that were all made from everyday rubbish.
The winning Blue Mountains artwork was a collaborative community art project made by weaving together discarded fabric and soft plastics to make a powerful owl’s nest.
The regional exhibition at the Malachi Gilmore Hall, Oberon, will run until 17 August 2019. The Blue Mountains Community art work will then be featured at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre from 7 September 2019.
Waste to Art aims to encourage the whole community to rethink their own waste and promote a low waste lifestyle. By taking action to Reduce, Reuse and Repair over buying new, it saves resources like water and energy that go into manufacturing new items. Our collective efforts do make a difference and also help threatened species like the Powerful-Owl which is found across the Blue Mountains in old growth forests.
Waste to Art is an initiative of NetWaste, a voluntary local government waste network with 28 member councils across regional NSW.
The winner of the Waste to Art Facebook competition was Eliana Echeverria, from Springwood. Eliana, who moved to the Blue Mountains in 2018, won an iPad mini for her pledge to “grow my favourite herbs and salad greens”. Springwood’s Margaret Hickey also won a 10 pass visit to the Springwood Aquatic & Fitness Centre and Blaxland’s Cath Gordon won a Blue Mountains Theatre & Hub gift voucher.