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April 16, 2021

A splendid idea for used camping gear

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Splendour in the Grass campers donated everything from blow-up mattresses to tents and sleeping bags. Photo supplied.

Local not-for-profit Momentum Collective together with Splendour in The Grass put out a call pre-festival to collect unwanted camping gear from punters to be given to rough sleepers in the region.

In its fifth year in the initiative music lovers delivered in spades and hundreds of items will now help the homeless.

Sarah Walker, Acting Director of Service Delivery at Momentum Collective, was inspired to organise the campaign after many years camping at the festival near Byron Bay.

‘I’ve seen a lot of good camping gear left behind by festival goers and decided to set up a way to collect and donate the goods to people in need,’ she said.

‘We have more volunteers each year and more socially aware campers are leaving their gear packed up and ready to be re-homed.’

Ms Walker says as more and more people are being displaced because of the housing affordability crisis, the Collective is committed to working with all levels of government and other organisation to find a long-term solution to this growing problem.

Campers donated everything from blow-up mattresses to tents and sleeping bags.

Sarah Walker thanked Splendour campers and the festival organisers for the support. ‘Splendour have gotten behind this initiative from the start, as have the festival-goers,’ she said. ‘The benefits are two-fold – it helps people in our community who don’t have a home and prevents the unwanted gear from going straight to landfill.’


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1 COMMENT

  1. There is increasing numbers or residential houses being converted to holliday lets, both for Splendours punters and their bands. Splendour causes homelessness and then gets thanked for the detritus of abandoned goods that get passed on to people forced into sleeping in the bush, in a version of abusive trickle down economics

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