Garbage truck art on display

LOCAL primary school students have demonstrated their prowess in the area of garbage-themed art following the completion of Glenorchy City Council’s ‘Waste-Ed Art Competition.’

Run by Council’s waste services department, the competition invited school students to create an artwork around the theme of: “What does a litter free world look like?”

The joint winners were Springfield Gardens Primary School grade 3/4c and varied grades of St Therese’s Catholic School.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said she was delighted to be one of the judges, alongside general manager Tony McMullen and Aldermen Fraser, Dunsby and Richardson.

“This opportunity was great for the students to combine so many skills they will need in life such as team work, creativity and curiosity,” she said.

“It is a fantastic medium for them to learn about waste and get them thinking of how waste impacts on their world and what they can do to help this enormous issue.”

The artworks have now been made into large stickers, which will grace the side of a City of Glenorchy garbage truck.

Springfield Gardens Primary School grade four student Kiera Cornish, aged nine, said her artwork was inspired by the ocean being clean and sharks eating fish instead of rubbish.

“Eating fish will make him grow stronger and not kill him,” she said.

“I think it’s wicked seeing the artwork on the side of a truck.”

St Therese’s Catholic School sustainability teacher Karen Drew said the school was “pleasantly surprised” with the win.

“We entered to promote sustainability and caring for our environment,” she said.

St Therese’s grade six student Isabella Mihal, aged 11, said the students all did artwork then laid them out on the floor to see what they looked like all together.

Fellow grade six student Eleanor Blizzard said she never expected her art to be on a garbage truck.

“I’m shocked as we didn’t expect to win,” she said.

“We just thought we’d enter and see how we go.”

St Therese’s Catholic School also took out the People’s Choice vote, which was held over the recent school holidays.

They will receive a ‘friendship seat’ made from recycled soft plastics.

Council offers a free waste education program for schools and community groups in the local area.

Interested schools and groups can contact Council’s Customer Service for further enquiries by phoning 6216 6800.

Caption: From left, St Therese’s Catholic School sustainability teacher Karen Drew, Eleanor Blizzard, Glenorchy City Council general manager Tony McMullen, Isabelle Tew, Ayrton Brown, Nikolai Middendorp-Costa, St Therese’s principal Cam Brown, Isabella Mihal and Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston.