Life change part of process, lit­er­ally

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

NED­LANDS res­i­dent Dar­ren Lom­man has sold his house and quit his job to launch WA’S first plas­tic re­pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity and will dis­cuss his ini­tia­tive at his very first TEDXUWA talk.

Lom­man is the founder of Green­batch, an or­gan­i­sa­tion giv­ing waste plas­tic a new life.

The fa­ther of one said he made a sig­nif­i­cant turn­ing point to get his plas­tic re­pro­cess­ing plant set for an of­fi­cial open­ing next year.

“I piv­oted in my past life, as I was de­sign­ing and mod­i­fy­ing equip­ment for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties,” he said.

He said a TV ad sparked his in­ter­est in chang­ing WA’S re­cy­cling scene.

“I saw a TV ad­ver­tise­ment be­fore Christ­mas in 2016 where a nar­ra­tor said that by 2050 there would be more plas­tic in the ocean than fish,” he said.

“I got cu­ri­ous so I Googled it and I stum­bled upon in­ter­na­tional science re­search and dis­cov­ered we have zero re­pro­cess­ing here in WA.”

Lom­man said he pulled to­gether a team, launched one of WA’S big­gest crowd fund­ing cam­paigns in Octo- ber last year, sold his house and quit his job to cre­ate the fa­cil­ity.

“Af­ter two years of re­search, in­ves­ti­gat­ing, de­vel­op­ing a net­work of sup­port and en­gag­ing with all stake­hold­ers, it’s get­ting to an in­ter­est­ing tip­ping point,” he said.

“We se­cured UWA as a part­ner and they gave us a build­ing to home the fa­cil­ity in Shen­ton Park, without hav­ing to pay rent; an engi­neer­ing and gas com­pany came on board as well as Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion.

“We also have about 168 schools on our wait­ing list to col­lect plas­tic ready to be re­pro­cessed.”

Lom­man said the fa­cil­ity will al­low the con­ver­sion of waste plas­tic to 3D printer fil­a­ment, and al­low the pro­duc­tion of prod­ucts to be made out of re­cy­cled plas­tic.­mu­ni­ d487449

Dar­ren Lom­man has put lit­er­ally ev­ery­thing he has into his lat­estven­ture to re­pro­cess plas­tic.Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie A MAN in his 20s is in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion in Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal af­ter an al­leged onepunch at­tack near KingStreet, Perth about 9pm last Satur­day.Po­lice said the at­tacker, the vic­tim and his brother ar­gued in a nearby li­censed premises, and when the broth­ers left they were fol­lowed by the at­tacker.The man punched his vic­tim in the jaw, who fell and hit his head on the pave­ment.The at­tacker was chased to James Street, North­bridge. The at­tacker was aged 20-25, with a slim to medium build and short dark hair, wear­ing a long-sleeve white shirt, dark long pants and dark shoes. A MAN has been re­ported act­ing strangely be­fore ex­pos­ing him­self to chil­dren near a cafe in Hamp­ton Road, Ned­lands. Po­lice said the man was seen get­ting the at­ten­tion of the chil­dren, ex­pos­ing him­self and com­mit­ting an in­de­cent act about 3.50pm, Septem­ber 27. He was de­scribed as 65-70, about 183cm, fair-skinned with a red­dish com­plex­ion or red face, over­weight with blue eyes and thin­ning grey hair. The man was wear­ing a lemon-coloured polo shirt. DIVER­SITY came to the fore at the of­fi­cial open­ing of Tre­sil­lian Arts Cen­tre’s 2018 Stu­dent and Tu­tor Ex­hi­bi­tion on Fri­day night.The an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion will run un­til Oc­to­ber 14 and show­case the work of stu­dents who have learned new art skills over the past 18 months at the cen­tre.City of Ned­lands chief ex­ec­u­tive Greg Trevaskis said it was a favourite event among stu­dents and the com­mu­nity.

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