Gosnells school wins re-invention prize

Published on Monday 19 November, 2018

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Ashburton Drive Primary School in Gosnells has won equal first place in the primary school category of Switch your thinking’s Young Re-inventor of the Year competition, for an innovative water conservation system.

The school entered a model, by student Liliana Jones, which demonstrated a filtering system where water used in your house is filtered and re-used again and again, in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry, before finally ending up in the garden to water plants. The model was created out of upcycled wood and used glass jars.

Their prize includes an incursion from the Worm Shed, which will help the students reduce waste by recycling food waste through worm farms.

In the individual category, Canning Vale home school student Joshua Michel took out first prize with his creation of a dolphin sculpture made of rubbish.

The beautiful creation was made from salvaged chicken wire, which was stuffed with soft plastics and covered with blue bottle caps that were collected over a period of years. Joshua has won a $500 sustainability prize pack.

“Reducing waste is one of the biggest challenges facing local governments and our communities, so it’s been great to see the level of innovation and inventiveness from our younger residents,” City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said.

“I’d love to see some of these ideas come to fruition in the future.”

Young Re-inventor of the Year challenges young people to re-think waste. In 2018, Young Re-inventor of the Year adopted a water theme and asked young people to re-invent rubbish into something that helps keep our waterways clean or conserves water.

The annual re-use program attracted 138 entries created by more than 400 young people from across Western Australia. Equal first place winners in the primary schools category alongside Ashburton Drive Primary School were Coolbinia Primary School, for a 3D printed water filter that fits onto a soft drink bottle, and St Anthony’s School in Wanneroo, for a bottle top mosaic with a ‘save our oceans’ message.

Switch your thinking is a local government sustainability initiative inspiring sustainable action in schools, businesses and the community. It is a joint initiative of the cities of Gosnells and Armadale, and the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale. 

Young Re-inventor of the Year is funded through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account administered by the Waste Authority.