WATCH: Kids turn unwanted junk into beautiful garden
KINDERGARTENS, primary and secondary schools across the Fraser Coast can now enter this year's Water and Waste Wise Challenge, organised by the Fraser Coast Regional Council.
Last year's winner, Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, won for using recycled materials to build a school garden.
The school won the 2015 Spring Garden Competition, now called the Water and Waste Wise Challenge, for creating a play area and garden from old plastic bottles, tyres, furniture and toys.
As part of the competition, the kids were taught about the importance of recycling and conserving water.
Rory Neville, grade six, said his favourite thing to recycle were bottles.
"Because you can just do so much with them," Rory said.
"If we keep recycling it'll help the world be cleaner and become a better place."
The challenge involves creating a project which influences the behaviours of others to reduce, reuse and recycle water and waste.
Deputy Mayor George Seymour said the previous competition was broadened this year to encourage behavioural change in participating schools and the wider community.
"The projects need to raise awareness and make others understand that our water and natural resources are not endless," Cr Seymour said.
"We have expanded the competition criteria this year so students can create projects such as drama or musical routines, an invention or science experiment.
"Hopefully it attracts a lot more entries from senior students."
The theme of the competition is 'be seen teaching blue and green' and entries will be judged during the 2016 National Water Week from October 17 to 21.
Every entry will receive a $20 voucher from Bunnings to spend on items needed for their project.
The winners will be announced during National Recycling Week, 7 to 13 November 2016.
For more information or to download an entry form, visit www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au.