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Buddy Bench creates a safe place to connect at Bredbo Public School

Ian Campbell 27 October 2019
Isobel Collits, Edwina Lowe - Resource and Waste Education Officer, Leanne Oliver -Bredbo Public School Principal and Cr John Rooney. Photo: Supplied,

Isobel Collits and her winning artwork with Edwina Lowe – Resource and Waste Education Officer, Leanne Oliver -Bredbo Public School Principal and Cr John Rooney. Photo: Supplied,

Students at Bredbo Public School now have a place to retreat to when they are feeling left out or bullied.

The artistic talents of Year 6 student Isobel Collits have been rewarded with a Buddy Bench for her school following an artistic competition to raise awareness of recycling.

Snowy Monaro Regional Councillor John Rooney joined Council’s Resource and Waste Education Officers to present the bench, made of recycled plastic to Isobel and Bredbo Public School Principal Leanne Oliver.

Isobel’s artwork will feature in future recycling campaigns, in efforts to encourage the community to reduce waste and increase recycling.

“Council would like to thank the Cooma, Bredbo, Michelago and Nimmitabel students who participated in Council’s Resource and Waste team’s artwork competition,” Cr Rooney says.

Students drew and painted designs to spread the message of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

“Council received many creative entries in the competition and a select few artworks will feature on the side of the new kerbside recycling collection vehicle.

“A Buddy Bench is a permanent place in the school with a special purpose. If a classmate sees a student sitting on the bench they are encouraged to invite them to play, walk or talk with them.”

Replas produce Buddy Benches made from durable recycled plastics, closing the loop for recycled materials.

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