Drift­wood or­na­ment wins com­pe­ti­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

Christ­mas is a time when a lot can go to waste, and a Kar­ratha com­mu­nity en­gage­ment group’s re­cent com­pe­ti­tion aims to draw at­ten­tion to that prob­lem.

Em­pow­er­ing Peo­ple in Com­mu­ni­ties Inc, or EPIC, held a Trash to Trea­sure com­pe­ti­tion through­out the first half of De­cem­ber ask­ing peo­ple to make a Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tion out of re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

It at­tracted 19 en­tries and last week Taiyah Owens, 9, was an­nounced the win­ner at the Kar­ratha Li­brary for her drift­wood Christ­mas tree dec­o­ra­tion.

EPIC work­force de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor Tea­gan Brown said the com­pe­ti­tion aimed to teach peo­ple more about re­cy­cling.

“The idea for this com­pe­ti­tion was to have peo­ple think­ing out­side the box about science and re­cy­cling and how we can trans­form items from around the house we no longer use,” she said. “The idea for do­ing this com­pe­ti­tion stemmed from our de­sire to see peo­ple not recre­at­ing the wheel.

“Why do we feel the need to buy some­thing new when we could be a lit­tle more cre­ative with our choices?”

The com­pe­ti­tion was run in con­junc­tion with the Kar­ratha Science and En­gage­ment Net­work and was spon­sored by Tran­spa­cific Clean­away.

Taiyah’s mother At­lanta Owens said her daugh­ter was thrilled to win.

Pic­ture: Tea­gan Brown

Kar­ratha Li­brary of­fi­cer Helena Mead, EPIC’s Tea­gan Brown, win­ner Taiyah Owens, 9, and Tran­spa­cific Clean­away’s Dave Mul­der.

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