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15 February 2020

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Billy carts made from old "wheelie bins"

When the Moyne Shire Council decided to changeover all "wheelie bins" in the Shire's households in 2010, the local Lions and Rotary Clubs chipped in to collect the old bins that were not needed by residents.  The collected bins were then put to a variety of uses with horse feeders being a popular option. 

However, one of the more novel uses was taken on board by the Port Fairy Men's Shed.  Responding to a call from the organisers of the Koroit Festival who wanted to include billy-cart races in their Festival, the Shed decided that an old wheelie bin could easily be turned into an excellent billy-cart. 

A prototype design was mocked up and this design was enhanced before making seven billy-carts for Koroit. 

It is highly anticipated that carts will also be made to service activities in Port Fairy!  Our challenge now is to be able to get enough old wheelie bins to convert into billy carts!

An alternative use for the wheelie bins was also pursued when Max McLaren used a bin to build  planters for climbing plants. 

 Billy Cart prototype

(A prototype of the billy-cart - the final design and assembly was much more elaborate!) 

Max McLaren shows off the garden planter made from an old wheelie bin