Truck Art winners highlight the importance of sustainability

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    Talitha Altundag - Kincoppal Rose Bay
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    Max Silva - Sydney Grammar School
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    Anton-James Loutfi - Scots College
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    Joe Fernandez - Scots College
    Sustainability; Youth and families

Published 30 September 2019

What would a world without plastic look like? What impacts can plastic waste have on our environment, and how can we help others to change their habits?

These are the questions more than 200 primary students from schools across the Woollahra area answered through imaginative artworks submitted to Woollahra Council’s Truck Art Competition.

Four colourful and creative winning entries have been enlarged and displayed on two Council waste trucks, helping to spread the message ‘Choose to refuse plastic’ throughout the Woollahra community.

Created by students Talitha Altundag, age 10, from Kincoppal-Rose Bay, Max Silva, age 9, from Sydney Grammar School, and Anton-James Loutfi and Joe Fernandez, both 9 from The Scots College, the vibrant artworks are, “a thought-provoking illustration of our younger generation’s awareness of the importance of environmental sustainability,” said Woollahra Mayor Susan Wynne.

“The students have shown a great understanding of problems plastic waste can cause, and their creativity will benefit the wider community as their artwork will now help to spread the word about sustainability, which is an important priority for Council in managing waste,” Mayor Wynne said.

“My inspiration was, ‘It’s really important for us to be aware of the impact our choices have on the environment’,” said Talitha Altundag, who also helped to organise a plastic bottle recycling program at her school.

“Talitha is passionate about the environment and she was therefore very excited to participate in this competition and her artwork is reflective of the changes she is creating within her own life and the life of our school,” Kincoppal-Rose Bay teacher Olivia Gordon said.

The winning artists received a $50 book voucher and four runners-up – Lucy McGillvray from Ascham School, Lila Tapper from Kincoppal-Rose Bay, Hunter Norburn from The Scots College and Tasha Rogoff from Bellevue Hill Public School received a $25 book voucher. The school with the most entries, The Scots College, received a $200 cash prize to spend on environmental projects within the school.

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For more information on rubbish and recycling visit Council’s website.

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