Sus­tain­able Xmas bling

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

WANTED - any sec­ond-hand items which could be re­cy­cled and made into shiny and dec­o­ra­tive Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions.

As part of a Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil ini­tia­tive to build a sus­tain­able com­mu­nity, Sus­tain­able Bling is a com­mu­nity project to make Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions for trees around the re­gion.

Port Dou­glas artist Melis­sah Nor­ris is fa­cil­i­tat­ing the work­shops to as­sist any­one who wants get in­volved to make trash into trea­sure.

“Sus­tain­able Bling is re­cy­cling ma­te­ri­als and in my mind that can be any­thing and cre­at­ing some­thing from it,” she said.

“We have so many ma­te­ri­als in so­ci­ety to­day that are still very use­ful in the environment we live in and if we can utilise and re­uti­lise things the less we rub­bish and lit­ter our environment.

“And from an artist’s point of view it’s just so ex­cit­ing, this year we are do­ing Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions and giv­ing that per­sonal touch of the com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.”

There will be re­cy­clable de­pots where peo­ple can drop off any un­wanted items that could be of use at the Coun­cil’s Moss­man ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fice, Moss­man li­brary, the Port Dou­glas li­brary kiosk and Water Smart info cen­tre in Macrossan St.

Coun­cil’s re­gional man­ager for Dou­glas Liz Col­lyer en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to not only do­nate their un­wanted goods but to come along to the work­shops and cre­ate the dec­o­ra­tions.

“Re­cy­cling old ma­te­ri­als with a bit of artis­tic vi­sion that turns them into spec­tac­u­lar Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions is an­other way we can con­trib­ute to be­ing an even more sus­tain­able com­mu­nity,” she said.

“These work­shops pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether for the start of our Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions.”

The work­shops are on Novem­ber 2 from 9.30am-11.30am, Novem­ber 7 from 10.30am-12.30pm at the Water Smart Info Cen­tre and Novem­ber 9 and 10 from 3pm-5pm at the Moss­man Shire Hall.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact coun­cil’s com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment team 4099 9444.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Bring on the bling: artist

Melis­sah Nor­ris

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