WARRNAMBOOL residents are being encouraged to turn their trash into some else’s treasure in a national garage sale initiative in October.
Organisers are hoping to make it Australia’s biggest community and sustainability event and a platform for fund-raising.
The October 25 Garage Sale Trail is being co-ordinated through a national website where participants can register their sale which will be listed according to postcode or town.
Warrnambool City Council has suggested residents, clubs and organisations join in by registering on the website or completing a form available at the civic centre offices.
Mayor Michael Neoh said re-using an item was one of the best forms of recycling.
“Having garage sales on the same day will benefit buyers, sellers and the environment — it’s a win-win,” he said.
“It’s also a nice way to meet neighbours and build the local community.”
However, Colac Otway Shire Council has opted not to participate after joining the trail last year.
“Colac Otway already has a strong culture of garage sales to recycle unwanted items,” acting chief executive Phil Corluka said.
“We found that there were less garage sales registered through the trail website than there were registered in our local paper.
“We believe council’s resources could be better spent elsewhere than on a program that promotes what our community has already been doing well for many years.
“However, that does not prevent individuals from registering on the trail website.”
Last year 7000 garage sales were held in 112 local government areas and 33 per cent of sellers pledged some of their earnings to charity.