Students from Mapoon and Western Cape College will learn about environmental management through the creation of art works from recycled rubbish and will exhibit their work at the upcoming Weipa Fishing Classic.

The Cape Create Crew, is an initiative of Cape York Natural Resource Management and UMI Arts, through the Combating Litter & Illegal Dumping Creatively on Cape York Project.

The Crew have spent the week at Mapoon State School and will next week visit Western Cape College delivering an environmental awareness program called Litter-Ed to educate students about the impacts of rubbish, particularly plastics, on the environment and wildlife. 

Project coordinators Waratah Nicholls and Andrea Gower said the Cape Create Crew will visit Mapoon State School and Western Cape College in the coming weeks to deliver the Litter-Ed Program to school students. 

“We will be teaching about the horrific impacts that rubbish has on our environment and creating recycled art pieces and an installation from locally collected rubbish” said Waratah Nicholls.

“We will also be at the Weipa Fishing Classic; everyone is very welcome to come along to meet the Cape Create Crew and learn more about caring for country at Fishing Classic this weekend with our Transforming Trash Art Stall” Waratah said.

Andrea Gower said children’s activities would be a focus at the Fishing Classic.

“Last year we created an incredible fish from recycled rubbish. This year we want to build on that idea, creating artworks while highlighting key messages about waste disposal, littering and the impact it has on environmental, social, cultural and economic values of Cape York” she said.

Cape Create will be at a shared stall with Cape York NRM, Western Cape Landcare and Umi Arts.

Donate Your Rubbish

The Cape Create Crew is calling for donations of clean recyclable rubbish, but no glass.

Please deliver them to our stall at the Weipa Fishing Classic

Materials needed include:

Plastic bottles (no glass), plastic containers, hard plastics, polystyrene, plastic bags, bubble wrap, cardboard boxes, magazines, rope, string, wire, fishing net, bottle lids, tops, tin cans, backing board for mosaics, e.g old table tops, doors, ply wood boards etc.

Found objects: e.g. shells, seeds, pods, drift wood.

Unique objects: e.g. thongs, toothbrushes, fishing reels/rods.


For more information about the project contact:

Waratah Nicholls Ph: 0429695533

The Combating Litter & Illegal Dumping Creatively on Cape York Project was supported by the Queensland Government's Litter and Illegal Dumping Community and Industry Partnerships Program, Cape York NRM and Umi Arts.

Media Contact:  Lyndal Scobell, Communications Manager, Cape York NRM 0488 656 690