Group offers salvation to roadside refuse
SHOCKED by the thought of second-hand treasures being destroyed by compactor garbage trucks, Subiaco mum Cath Price took matters into her own hands.
The Western Salvation cofounder said she was inspired to start the community-based upcycle and repurposing business to leave the planet in a better condition for her two children.
“I have always been the type of person who feels sentimental about old things, and I have no shame collecting stuff off the side of the road that still has some good life left in it,” Ms Price said.
“After doing the earth carers course with the Western Metropolitan Regional Council and then a living smart course shortly after, I just felt very strongly there had to be a better way to deal with the waste from the verge-throw outs.”
After Ms Price teamed up with her brother Dave Price and cousin Sian Sugars (24), Western Salvation won the Spacemarket Launch Pad scholarship for a free three-month workshop and retail space at MANY 6160 (the old Fremantle Myer building).
She said they planned to open this month.
“My favourite product lines are our dollhouses made from old drawers and timber,” she said.
“It’s pretty exciting because there are not many projects like this, it’s all pretty new.
“One of my crazy pipe dreams is to construct a ninehole mini-golf playground out of recovered waste items for the community to enjoy. You might even see your old toaster in there somewhere.”
Ms Sugars said they had saved some amazing things from becoming landfill.
Concept co-founders Cath Price, Dave Price and Sian Sugars.