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Bin art transforms the mundane into the magical
by Josie Jones

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It’s hard to imagine life outside of where we stand. That’s often why we like to travel and explore new horizons. We know – all too well at the moment – that unique situations bring unique challenges, and the past 18 months have certainly proved that. While the world seemingly stood still, reports of rare sightings in nature began to emerge, along with moments of inspiration being shared across neighbourhoods and then across nations.

We looked for what united us and what we shared; the simple things we had in common. Restricted to our homes, what once seemed mundane and day-to-day became important rituals, even down to putting out the bin.  Unique to the Mornington Peninsula, a competition was inspired by 2020 Victorian Local Hero and 2019 Mornington Peninsula Australia Day Citizen of the Year Josie Jones, along with local artist Jackie Green who brought Josie’s bin to life.

All households were encouraged by Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Arts and Culture department to paint their wheelie bins, inspired by what they loved most about the Mornington Peninsula: their favourite beach spot, local flora, local footy club, whatever made them love where they live. The project was not possible without the support of Cr David Gill and the Shire’s CEO John Baker.

Six winners were chosen from more than 100 entries. Using their Instagram handle, please follow for the Incredible Birdlife bin, @byclairemonique for her Beach Sunset, Rye Back Beach and Support Local Businesses bins, @emjay_paints for the Fish, Frogs, Flowers bin, Cedar & Ochre for the Wildflowers bin, @min.clements for the Rosebud Pier bin, Julie Kozaris for the Fox bin, and @teena1950 for the Beach Boxes bin.

The winners were awarded a Zero Waste Living pack that included a keep cup, reusable kitchen and shopping products, and the choice of a compost bin, worm farm or bokashi bin. These packs are designed to inspire residents to minimise waste sent to landfill.

The competition was recently nominated for the 2021 Keep Victoria Beautiful Tidy Town Awards and is now a finalist for the Culture and Heritage Award. Winners will be announced on October 16. The community continues to request to run the competition again, so if you’re out and about and you see a painted bin, be inspired to paint your bin for the next competition and let’s hope they throw in some tip tickets. #MPbinspiration

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