Community contributes to Best Newcomer honour


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Congratulations Whyalla ... we have won a National Sustainability Award for our efforts in the 2019 Garage Sale Trail.

The City of Whyalla-organised Garage Sale Trail took out the 2019 Best Newcomer Award recognising the way Council and the community embraced this year’s reuse program during the October 19-20 event.

Whyalla was one of just ten council partners to receive an award for its involvement in the campaign which is supported by 140 councils around Australia.

While Council kicked off the Garage Sale Trail campaign, Events and Tourism Development Partner Rebecca Neilson said the credit should be equally shared with the Whyalla community.

"In just our first year we had so many people embrace this nation-wide garage sale initiative and its environmental reuse and recycle theme," Rebecca said.

"There were so many garage sales throughout Whyalla on the two days of the event.

"It really was a party-like atmosphere around the city with a real buzz about all the sales and community events.

"We had reports of people selling lots of stuff and therefore lots of things being reused and recycled instead of going to landfill.

"Thank you and congratulations to everyone that took part, in any way, with the Whyalla Garage Sale Trail.

"Everyone that held a garage sale at their house, grouped together in their street, organised a community event and every single person that visited a sale, played a part in winning this award."


GREAT EFFORT: Garage sales around Whyalla reported good results on October 19 and 20.

Garage Sale Trail co-founder Darryl Nichols said the award is the result of a committed and passionate approach by all the Council officers and the community.

"Through their involvement and promotion of the program, the Whyalla Council demonstrated great leadership in sustainability and reuse and ultimately helped make this year's Garage Sale Trail such a success both locally and nationally," Darryl said.

“New to the campaign in 2019, Whyalla was a stand-out performer throughout.

"Driven by Rebecca Neilson and her Council team, the campaign encouraged residents to declutter, earn some money, and to highlight the benefits of being a part of connected, strong community."


Sitting comfortably in the top ten per capita nationally for the whole campaign, the Whyalla Council couldn’t have put it better when they said ... “It’s a party-like atmosphere with hundreds and hundreds of sales to go to, some combined gathering of sales, thousands of bargains to be grabbed and a chance to help the environment by recycling."

The Garage Sale Trail is Australia’s biggest reuse, waste education and community engagement program.  The event this year was powered by local councils and encouraged communities to rethink what they waste through the simple act of buying and selling at a garage sale over one weekend in October.

Nationally, Garage Sale Trail 2019 saw more than 400,000 Australians getting involved at over 24,000 garage sale events on just one weekend. 

Garage Sale Trail 2020 takes place on 17 & 18 October and residents can pre-register  at

For a full list of Garage Sale Trail council award winners visit



Garage Sale Trail is a not-for-profit social enterprise founded by Sydney mates, Darryl Nichols and Andrew Valder. It seeks to educate Australians on the importance of reuse, and the need to take individual responsibility for the impact of our consumption habit whilst also building stronger, more connected and more resilient communities.

Now in its ninth year nationally, the program has grown from a grass roots idea in Bondi Beach where it started in 2010. Garage Sale Trail is powered by over 140 councils nationally. 



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