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Council wins Community Engagement Award for promoting waste education

11 December 2017

Gunnedah Shire Council has been recognised with a Community Engagement Award for its part in promoting waste education as part of the national Garage Sale Trail. Gunnedah Shire Council joined the Trail for the third year in a row this year, with a one-day mega garage sale held at the Gunnedah Showground.

Now in its seventh year, the event broke all preceding records, with over 379,959 Australians choosing to reuse by participating at over 15,469 garage sale events across the country on one weekend in October. The annual event saw over 2.4 million items listed for sale with a total approximate value of over $15 million.

Garage Sale Trail recently announced the winners of its annual Local Government Awards Program. Gunnedah Shire Council was awarded the Community Engagement Award for outstanding achievement in increasing community participation and community engagement for the event.

“It is a grassroots program powered by Local Government that encourages communities to rethink what they waste through the simple act of buying and selling at a garage sale instead of filling up landfill. It comes back to that saying ‘Someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure’. We were more than happy to once again join the Trail and promote waste education,” Waste Management Superintendent Sheridan Cameron said.

“It is something we are very passionate about and to be recognised for our efforts is very rewarding.”
Garage Sale Trail Co-Founder Andrew Valder said it is inspiring to see Councils continue to embrace the program in new and innovative ways.

“We would like to extend our congratulations to Gunnedah Shire Council for the way in which they have led the charge in 2017 by promoting and encouraging reuse in their local community.”


Media Contact: Ashley Gardner 6740 2100.