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Transition Tatura encourages no waste Christmas

Transition Tatura is encouraging Tatura residents to have a ‘No Waste Christmas’ this year.

December 18, 2013 9:45am

‘‘These days, Christmas seems to be all about buying (often things as cheap as possible, which invariably come from overseas), consumption of food, energy, goods and services, then more purchases and finally throwing masses of surplus and unwanted products away and disposing of oodles of waste,’’ spokesman Ross Musolino said.

‘‘We all want to live well in a world worth living in and we can make a start in our great little town. We encourage people to buy Christmas presents from small local businesses and self-employed people.

‘‘You could choose from gifts of services (haircut, massage, garden maintenance . . .) or an experience (shout a cuppa or a meal, buy local produce, watch a DVD with a friend). Spend time with someone you care about rather than time with more stuff.

‘‘We can make a choice to invest our hard earned with small, local businesses (people we know), rather than faceless multi-national companies. This way, more local people will have a better Christmas.’’

Mr Musolino said after the Christmas fun was all over, think about what could be done with the waste that had accumulated.

He said the Tatura Christmas decorations committee were busy this year making Christmas decorations from a variety of recycled, up-cycled, pre-loved, pre-used, repurposed, rescued and non-manufactured (homemade) items.

‘‘Developed by a group of locals and proudly supported by Transition Tatura, Tatura Community Plan, Tatura Art Group, Tatura Mens Shed, Waterwheel Art Supplies and Studio, Moyola, Tatura Primary School and Sacred Heart Primary School and a number of enthusiastic people, the decorations produced have shown what can be achieved with materials that may normally be discarded and thrown away,’’ Mr Musolino said.

‘‘The amount of new materials used in the Christmas decorations were kept to a minimum. Grants and donations from The Greater Shepparton City Council, Tatura Lions Club and North West Mooroopna Land Management Group have helped greatly with this well-intentioned project.

‘‘If you feel you can contribute, or want to see some changes for next year’s decorations, come and join the committee for next year.’’

Mr Musolino said as the world’s supply of cheap oil (one of our primary sources of inexpensive energy and many consumer products) rapidly diminished, we had to realise that in the near future we would experience life with dramatically lower energy consumption and the loss of many conveniences and everyday items we take for granted.

‘‘If our community can act collectively (and act now), by doing such things as reducing our consumption, reusing and recycling many items, goods and consumer durables, this will allow us to prepare and plan for future energy shocks and loss of conveniences rather than to be taken by surprise,’’ he said.

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