Imagine wandering through a magical rainforest and revelling in
the beauty of the trees and plants and the calls of the wildlife, then taking a
closer look and realising that everything - down to the last leaf and the last
birdcall - has been intricately crafted from everyday waste that we usually
You will have the chance to enjoy this unique experience then ‘The
Frugal Forest’ free exhibition goes on show in the Theatre Foyer at the Coffs
Harbour Education Campus from May 2-6.
Created over three years by not-for profit group Frugal Arts Inc
with the help of artists, musicians, students and community across the Mid
North Coast, the project involved over 6,000 hours of handwork and had more
than 1170 participants.
As a member of Midwaste, Coffs Harbour
City Council has supported the development of the Frugal Forest, which comes to
Coffs Harbour Education Campus to provide workshops, free online education
resources for schools, and a very unique educational and sensory experience.
Why build a forest? Bryony Anderson, co-director of
the project with Chay Khamsone, says that it’s been a way to talk about
the idea of a circular economy in a way that’s positive and fun. “We see
it as a challenge,” she said. “In a world of dwindling resources and a growing
waste problem, waste is a big opportunity. An ecosystem like a forest provides
the perfect analogy for this idea. In a forest, nothing is wasted and there is
no such thing as a dump. Every scrap is digested and reinvented to become an
opportunity for new life, in a circular and endlessly sustainable system.”
You can learn more at frugalforest.oneoffmakery.net.au or find
them on Facebook at Frugal Forest.
Schools and groups can book a free workshop by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org before April 22.
Entry to the Frugal Forest is free and the
exhibition is open from 8am to 7pm daily May 2-6.
The visit of the Frugal Forest also coincides with the 20th
Coffs Harbour Waste Conference which
will be held at Opal Cove Resort from May 3-5.
nearly 100 presenters from across Australia and overseas, the conference is
well-established as the country’s premier national waste management forum.
Delegates include waste processors, recyclers, academics, educators, consultants and
local government staff.