Ori­gin of an idea

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

YOUNG in­ven­tor Olive Forbes’ dream came true when she was named a fi­nal­ist of Ori­gins lit­tleBigidea com­pe­ti­tion.

“I don’t want to for­get this be­cause it’s been one of the most amaz­ing things in my life,” the 11-year-old said.

The Year 6 Iona Pre­sen­ta­tion Ju­nior School stu­dent is the only stu­dent in WA to be named one of 11 top young in­ven­tors in Aus­tralia.

The Coogee res­i­dent, who is part of the com­pe­ti­tion’s Year 5 and 6 cat­e­gory, has cre­ated a pol­lu­tion so­lu­tion com­post bin de­signed to re­duce plas­tic pol­lu­tion through the use of wax moth lar­vae to break down plas­tic.

Her pro­to­type fea­tures a home-based hu­mid­ity con­trolled glass dome where wax worms can breed, eat and live safely.

Olive said the liq­uid worm waste pro­duced by her in­ven­tion would be used as fer­tiliser when di­luted.

“I did this project on plas­tic and started re­search­ing about the hor­ri­ble ef­fects it has on the en­vi­ron­ment and came across wax worms,” she said.

“If we had th­ese wax worms in our houses to break down 1.25 bil­lion tonnes of plas­tic we pro­duce ev­ery year, it could save the world and so I in­vented a home based wax worm com­post bin.”

Olive has a one in four chance of be­ing crowned one of Ori­gin’s lit­tlebigidea na­tional win­ners, which would win her a trip to NASA’S Kennedy Space Cen­tre in the US.

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Olive Forbes has been recog­nised as one of Aus­tralia’s top young in­ven­tors. Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie COL­LIE man Sean Fisher (22) has been re­manded in custody to ap­pear at Perth Mag­is­trates Court for the al­leged bash­ing and rob­bery of an Ira­nian grand­mother (59) who suf­fered a bro­ken jaw at Cottes­loe Beach on Oc­to­ber 16.At Bun­bury Mag­is­trates Court last Fri­day, Mr Fisher did not en­ter pleas for two charges of griev­ous bod­ily harm, rob­bery and ag­gra­vated rob­bery.It is al­leged the tourist, who was vis­it­ing her fam­ily in Cottes­loe, was hit and her hand­bag, cash and iphone taken af­ter she re­fused a re­quest for cig­a­rettes while sit­ting near beach steps close to the Cottes­loe Surf Life­sav­ing Club.Po­lice will also al­lege Mr Fisher grabbed an­other woman from be­hind and stole her hand­bag at Warn­bro train sta­tion sev­eral hours later.

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