The South Coast Create No Waste program ran for 12 months on the South Coast of WA and included including 5 market days, 15 workshops and 3 tours, reaching over 4200 participants.
We partnered with community groups, schools, local government, NRM and waste management organisations to provide community education in sustainable living and waste avoidance.
Green Skills also partnered with 4 local governments for this project: the City of Albany, and the Shires of Denmark, Manjimup and Katanning, running events in Albany, Denmark, Walpole and Katanning.
Other organisations we partnered with included:
- Mia Mia Community Gardens
- Denmark Community Resource Centre
- Walpole Community Garden
- Denmark Primary School
- Walpole Primary School
- Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre
- Albany Community Environment Centre
- Katanning Landcare Centre
We also worked with many local businesses and individuals as tour locations and workshop presenters, including the following:
- Neal Collins,
- Radiant Being,
- Back In Style Furniture,
- Junk Funktion,
- Earth Parenting,
- Albany Drive-In Mart,
- Albany Chair Repair,
- Yann Toussaint,
- Tess Bryant,
- Oranje Tractor,
- Designer Dirt,
- Fossicker’s Tip Shop,
- Alderton’s Chickens,
- Fish Force, AVEG,
- The Health Nut and
- Solomon Merchants.
The Create No Waste Program exceeded our expectation in many ways:
We aimed to engage 1500 people and achieved 4000. There is community and business demand for meaningful and hands on engagement in waste avoidance.
Low cost stalls and free workshops dramatically increased the subscription and diversity of stall holders and workshop attendees. All the festivals that were full and lively had free stalls.
In general, it worked well partnering with a variety of groups at a variety of locations, as we reached more diverse demographics and were able to draw on the strengths of different people and organisations as well as spreading the administrative requirements and responsibilities. It was also useful to see how other organisations solved or pre-empted problems such as waste segregation at events, supporting festival stall holders, reaching isolated community members and event promotions.
For more information and some great stats and photos check out the full report here
We look forward to building on this program into the future.
This program was supported by the Waste Authority WA.