The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has been awarded an “Outstanding Achievement” award recognising the way in which both council and the local community have embraced the nationwide reuse program, Garage Sale Trail. The City was one of just 14 councils to receive an award for its involvement in the national campaign which is supported by 150 councils and regional groups Australia wide.
“This award is the result of a committed and passionate approach to the project by the Council staff involved," commented Co-Founder of Garage Sale Trail, Darryl Nichols.
"Through their involvement and promotion of the program, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder demonstrated great leadership in sustainability and reuse and ultimately helped make this year's Garage Sale Trail such a success both locally and nationally.”
In 2018, Deputy Mayor Allan Pendal donned the Garage Sale Trail Blazer to encourage Goldfields residents to register a sale and join the reuse movement and for the second year running, Garage Sale Trail was held at the historic Lord Forrest Precinct with a Sunday morning festival-feel.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder acting CEO, Stuart Devenish, said, "We had 24 events taking place in the local community on October 20 & 21, with an estimated 234 people getting involved. Importantly every garage sale on the Trail saw a national average of 438 kgs of items diverted from landfill.”
Mr Devenish added, “The Garage Sale Trail event went very well, and was a fun and social way to encourage reuse. The initiative was driven by the City’s Waste Management Officer Rachael White. The Kalgoorlie-Boulder community were integral to this success and we applaud their commitment to get involved and embrace sustainable living.”
Garage Sale Trail is Australia’s biggest reuse, waste education and community engagement program. The event is powered by local councils and encourages communities to rethink what they waste through the simple act of buying and selling at a garage sale over one weekend in October. Nationally, Garage Sale Trail 2018 saw almost 350,000 Australians getting involved at over 18,000 garage sale events on just one weekend. Garage Sale Trail 2019 takes place on October 19 & 20. Find out more at www.garagesaletrail.com.a