What better way to bring colour to the topic of trash than to paint a few bins?
That must be the thinking behind the Shire of Perenjori’s recent initiative to bring together local youth and Perth artist Steve Browne to paint bin enclosures destined for instalation in the main street of Perenjori.
Adding a fantastic NRM flavour, local flora and fauna species were identified for painting on the bins – with the aim of increasing public awareness of these precious species and of course, to create some school holiday fun.
Each species painted was selected with input from Perenjori Primary School students and NACC’s Perenjori Natural Resource Management Officer, Sarah Gilleland.
The enthusiasm of the youth involved in the project was highly contagious – with everybody who passed-by the activity wanting to have a shot with the paint brush, including parents, community members and staff members from the Shire of Perenjori.
Shire of Perenjori Community Development Officer Christina Laue described the event as a huge success, and said that whilst it was aimed at youth, the project got many people involved.
She said she learnt a lot about Perenjori’s flora and fauna with help from NACC staff, and is now looking forward to learning more about, and identifying, some of the species painted.
The final results were ten colourful, beautifully painted bin enclosures which will be distributed along the main street in Perenjori next month.
Casey, 13, said: “thanks for the great two days. I cannot wait to see the bins around town!”
This project was support by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.