Reinvention challenge to re-think waste

Published on Friday 24 November, 2017

Young Re-inventor of the Year

Quirky planters made from old jeans and shoes, a garden bench made from a 44-gallon drum and a dog sculpture made from an old hula skirt are just some of the winning entries in Young Re-inventor of the Year 2017.

Young people from schools and community groups across the State, including the City of Gosnells, took part in the Switch your thinking competition.

City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said participants in this year’s competition were asked to reinvent rubbish into something that brought their garden to life. The annual re-use program attracted 136 entries created by more than 400 young people from across Western Australia.

“The Young Re-inventor of the Year competition challenges our younger generation to think creatively about reducing the amount of waste going to landfill,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

“It’s easy to throw something in a bin, but that waste doesn’t disappear, it goes to landfill.

“The winners of this year’s Young Re-inventor of the Year should provide a little inspiration to each of us as we work together to reduce waste.”

Switch your thinking is a sustainable living initiative of the cities of Armadale, Gosnells and the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, which now involves 16 local governments across metropolitan Perth.

The Young Re-inventor of the Year competition is the only Switch your thinking program extended across the State, thanks to funding from the Waste Authority.

Regional areas were strongly represented in this year’s competition, with Boyanup Primary School and Donnybrook District High School taking out the top spots for the school categories and winning a tailored sustainability prize pack to the value of $1,000 each.

Two entrants in the community/individual category couldn’t be separated and so equal first place was awarded to Zy Child from Coral Bay, for his bottle-top mosaic, and Liam from Landsdale, who made a dog sculpture from an old paint roller and hula skirt.

Josiah Truss earned the Switch your thinking commendation for his upcycled raised garden bed and worm farm. Zy, Liam and Josiah each took home a sustainability prize pack valued at $500 to support their environmental action.

Groups in the City of Gosnells that took part included St Munchin’s Primary School, Yule Brook College, Bramfield Park Primary School, Save the Children, Thornlie Senior High School and Campbell Primary School.

See the full list of the winners and their creations at