40th Scavenge!!

The last scavenge of our west coast tour concreted just how good the wild west is! Set-up in Dusnborough in the Margaret River Region, on one of their busiest weekends of the year, Gourmet Escape, we still had 70 scavengers pour through the event.

Even more importantly an inspiring crew of 10 people pulled it off! Huge thanks to the City of Busselton, Bessie Mulhall and Deputy Mayor John McCallum for all the leg-work in getting the Scavenge there and opening the event with an acknowledgment of the local Nyungar people.

We sorted through 58.5kg of trash, that included 1,171 cigarette butts, 442 pieces of soft plastic packaging and 331 pieces of cardboard and paper.

As with all Scavenge’s we had a line-up of delectable local musos to keep the good vibes rolling; huge shout out to Gini Paris, Jay Woods, Martin Lee Cooper and Mac Diarmada for blessing the Scavenge stage. And thanks for bearing with us on the bike generator front!

Not only did we have local musos up there but the magic settled upon the Scavenge with a visit from the amazing Eco-Faeries. This inspiring trio bought the crowds in from town and hosted a native bush-craft workshop using clay and gum-nuts to create all the beautiful things!

The wider Dunsborough community donated 143kg+ of pre-loved stuff, the Dunsborough Tavern donated 100 thirst quenching beers for our hard working Scavenge’s AND we had a bundle of prizes from local businesses like Naturaliste Charters, Peace Pizza and Artezen.

We’ve awarded the $50 voucher for Yallingup Coffee Roasting to Kalya and Tyler who picked up 700+ cigarette butts!!

The weirdest item was a hard one, but in the end it went to Victoria and her family with the odd discovery of a starter motor in the bushes – scoring $50 to The Pour House!

And best photo?! Well we got some good ones but @House_Of_Jes took the cake and can now enjoy $25 at Wild & Woods

As we know, picking up litter is the end of the line and really we need to tackle waste at its source. That starts with us and our consumer choices!

Fortunately there were a number of legendary businesses that took the Plastic-Free Pledge by avoiding straws, going topless on coffees (no lids) and to Peace Pizza for transitioning from plastic bottled water to boxed!

Thank you for paving the way in consumer culture.

This thriving hub of happiness is home to a bunch of legendary community groups doing inspiring things to respect our oceans and the wider environment. Huge thanks to Jo from the Australian Coastal Society and Loz from Spread the Froth for, well, spreading the those caring, sharing vibes which we love so much.

Dunsborough, it was a pleasure. Here’s to the next one!

Anna Jane Linke