The Swanpool and district community have come up with a creative solution for recycling, the inaugural Swanpool Creative Recycled Art Prize (SCRAP).
While the format is big in Europe and America, scrap art is in its formative stages in Australia.
The 2018 first annual SCRAP aims to put north east Victoria at the forefront of the concept in the southern hemisphere.
With recycling being at the centre of conversations across the world, specifically with the Benalla Ensign-backed National Geographic campaign to shine a spotlight on the issue, communities are looking at new creative ways to reuse waste.
The issue of mounting rubbish is pushing people to focus on recycling, and the replacement of products and packaging with more sustainable recyclable, and short-term biodegradable products.
While the figures, worldwide and in Australia are alarming, there are creative solutions we can implement to tackle the overall problem.
It is one such creative initiative, developed by community volunteers from the small rural hamlet of Swanpool, that has led to the creation of SCRAP.
After attracting record-breaking crowds to a controversial art exhibition over the past five years, Swanpool has decided to play its part in the recycling battle and focus community attention on the issue of waste reduction.
The SCRAP competition and exhibition is believed to be the only one of its type in Victoria.
Entries of wearable and functional items, along with artistic creations using recycled, salvaged or repurposed materials, will be accepted.
The $3500 major SCRAP award is combined with seven other prizes of $500 each, offering professional and amateur artisans, an attractive incentive to enter.
Entry forms can be downloaded from www.swanpoolanddistrict.com.au
Entries close 5pm on July 13.
The 2018 SCRAP exhibition finalists will be on display in the Swanpool and District Memorial Hall, 2386 Midland Hwy, Swanpool, from August 4 to 19, which will be open 10am to 4pm each day.
Admission is $5 adults and $2 for students.
The dining room, which has developed a well-earned reputation for fine food and service, will be open each day, offering morning and afternoon teas for $6 and lunches at $12 or $17.
All meals come with unlimited self-serve tea and coffee.
Bookings for the dining room can be made on 0422370389 or by emailing [email protected]