Someone's trash could be your treasure

WHILE we are spoilt with rolling green hills (thank you rain), fresh country air and Lions and Freemasons who clean up our towns, the negative affects of the want-it-now and want-it-new mentality are more obvious in other parts of the world.

Air pollution, water pollution and land contamination are all affects of rising consumerism and although we could sit pretty in our crisp haven, we can also do our part to help.

Recycling, reusing and repurposing goods are great ways to lessen our burden on the planet when we're in the market for something new and, if you don't already, what better time to start than this weekend?

This weekend we have the opportunity to get involved in the eighth annual Garage Sale Trail - one big weekend where Australians will shop and sell at more than 15,000 garage sales nation-wide.

Events are happening across the North Burnett at community groups, households, schools and even railway stations.

So while one garage sale on its own won't make much difference, when hundreds of thousands of Australians get together this weekend they can make a big impact.

Not only do you help the environment and save money when you buy used items but you're also shopping local, supporting your community and possibly giving a child a start on their savings.

The event is also an opportunity to connect and have fun. See page 31.


Graduates ring in their freedom

Graduates ring in their freedom

The atmosphere was electric as Year 12 students rang the bell.

Family inspires country girl to make a difference

Family inspires country girl to make a difference

Nanango student off to the nation's capital.

Gayndah lights up for Christmas

Gayndah lights up for Christmas

Bright start to Christmas festivities.

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