TWO local schools were abuzz with excitement last month when Glenorchy City Council unveiled its litter truck, donning the schools’ artworks chosen as winners of the 2019 Waste-Ed Art competition.
Students from Rosetta Primary School and Bowen Road Primary School watched on in anticipation as the curtain was dropped, revealing their larger-than-life winning artworks.
The schools were joint winners of Council’s Waste-Ed Art Competition, in which students were asked to produce a collaborative, 2D painting, drawing or collage in response to the question, ‘what happens to the food we don’t eat?’
Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said it was exciting to see the artworks – applied as giant stickers – driving around Glenorchy, promoting Council’s important message to the community to make positive changes around their waste habits.
“Children are great advocates for change and I’m so encouraged to see the effort and dedication the students have put into this project,” she said.
“It is lovely to see them continue to be engaged in the waste reduction message, from the conceptualisation of their artwork, through the competition and judging process, to now seeing the fruits of their labour driving around the community.”
Eight local primary schools, comprising around 500 students, entered the competition and the winners were selected by Mayor Johnston and announced at a presentation ceremony at Moonah Arts Centre earlier in the year.
Glenorchy City Council waste education officer Danielle Hall said the competition, now in its second year, was a great way to engage young people in conversations around waste management and the importance of reducing waste.
“The students at Bowen Road and Rosetta primaries are dedicated to educating themselves and others about food and organic waste management,” she said.
“On behalf of Glenorchy City Council and our Waste Services Team, I congratulate the students on taking positive action and look forward to seeing our litter truck sharing their important messages of change throughout our municipality.”
Kids Choice winner Goodwood Primary School was also celebrated in a small ceremony where it received a seat made from recycled plastic by Replas as a prize.
Caption: Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston, students from Rosetta Primary school and Glenorchy City Council general manager Tony McMullen.