Council was awarded the Best Newcomer award for bringing the Garage Sale Trail to life for the first time in the City of Brimbank.
The Garage Sale Trail is Australia’s largest reuse, waste education and community event held on the weekend of Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said that Council is thrilled with the recognition and more importantly the fantastic response from the local community who participated in the Garage Sale Trail.
“The Garage Sale Trail is an excellent grassroots program that encourages communities like ours to declutter, fundraise, meet neighbours and reuse and recycle items rather than throw them out.
“The Garage Sale Trail is proving to be a favourite event amongst the community and a fun way to create positive social and environmental change.
“Brimbank did a fabulous job supporting the program that led to over 94 sales and stalls registered over the weekend – exceptional results for the first year of the program.
“The program attracted over 2,000 shoppers and over 18,500 items were listed for sale in Brimbank. The result showing that the average participating household in Brimbank made $238 per sale.
“It is important that Council identify sensible ways to promote reuse and waste minimisation to help build a cleaner, greener Brimbank.
“It’s a great way for communities to connect and interact with their neighbourhood around the issue of resource consumption and the environmental benefits of reuse and recycling,” Cr Giudice said.
Now in its seventh year, Garage Sale Trail broke all proceeding records. The 136 participating councils generated over 2.4 million items listed for sale and a total approximate value of over $15 million. There were over 375,000 participating Australians shopping and selling at 15,469 garage sales and stalls.
Garage Sale Trail Local Government Awards for Excellence recognise areas of outstanding achievement from the supporting Councils.