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Mayor’s Poster Challenge winners announced

Wednesday 13 September

The Mayor’s Poster Challenge is a competition for young people across East Gippsland to design a poster promoting recycling and good waste management practices.


There was a great response to the challenge, with fantastic entries submitted from schools across the region. A whopping 235 entries were submitted, up from 150 entries last year.


Winners were selected through a judging process which involved East Gippsland Shire Council’s Youth Ambassadors, representatives from Sustainability Victoria and Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group, and Mayor Cr Joe Rettino.


The judges were looking for posters that had a strong message and understanding of a waste issue, were bright and colourful and stood out from the crowd.


Cr Rettino said selecting the winners was no easy feat.


“It was fantastic to receive so many entries and it is great to see how much our young people care for the environment and understand the importance of managing waste properly. My fellow judges and I were very impressed with the quality and diversity of waste issues explored by the posters in the Challenge,” Cr Rettino said.


“Congratulations to all winners and well done to all who participated in the Mayor’s Poster Challenge.”


The winners and runners-up received prizes including solar-powered gadgets, art supplies, bags and stainless-steel drink bottles.


Results for the Mayor’s Poster Challenge 2017:


Ages 5 to 7 Years

Winner:          Indigo Mackay            Gippsland Grammar

Runner-up:    Darcee Young             Gippsland Grammar


Ages 8 to 10 Years

Winner:          Pippa Young               Gippsland Grammar

Runner-up:    David Mongta-Porter  Cann River P-12 College


Ages 11 to 13 Years

Winner:          Nelson Martin             Orbost Secondary College

Runner-up:    Mackenzie Johnson    Swan Reach Primary School


Mayor’s Poster Challenge School Prize – 240 Litre Worms Down Under worm farm


This prize is given to a school that participated in the Mayor’s Poster Challenge and has shown significant interest and commitment to waste management throughout the year, and participated in the Mayor’s Poster Challenge.


Winner: Buchan Primary School


 Group of children in uniform.

Buchan Primary School students were excited to receive their worm farm prize from East Gippsland Shire Council’s waste education officer Michelle Kearns (centre back).


A woman and two men sitting at a table looking at colourful children's drawings.

East Gippsland Shire Council’s waste education officer Michelle Kearns, Mayor Cr Joe Rettino and Director Operations Chris Waites
had a tough assignment trying to select this year’s winners.


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