Scarecrows descend on Islington

THEY’RE more familiar in paddocks of crops than city streets, but a band of scarecrows has descended on  Islington.

The suburb – now branding itself as the  sustainable food hub of Newcastle – is celebrating by filling the streets with scarecrows.

Islington’s push to locally produce and sell their own food and become Newcastle’s destination for environmentally friendly eating is a response to the market domination of large supermarket chains.

Around 80per cent of supermarket retail in Australia is controlled by two companies, which means consumers are highly vulnerable to price fluctuation.

‘‘Our idea was to get the local community involved in making scarecrows that could be displayed in front of local businesses to get people talking about sustainable food available in the local area,’’ exhibition manager Bonnie McBain said. 

Local businesses have jumped on board by displaying the scarecrows, which are made from organic and recycled materials and dressed in clothes donated by op shops.

The exhibition, at the intersection of Beaumont Street and Maitland Road, began at the weekend  and will continue until Sunday, February3.

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