Can-do attitude for charity

With all the talk of interest rates and the credit crisis gripping the slowing economy, the Note thought a story on a different type of bank might make a nice change. The Foodbank of Western Australia is calling on Perth businesses to deposit foodstuffs this year at one of its branches, all in the name of charity. However, the transaction does have a twist. Organisations are being asked to demonstrate design, engineering or construction skills – either solo or teamed with another company – to design a structure made from cans of food for the inaugural Canstruction Competition. Structures will be judged by a professional panel and will be open to public viewing at the architecture building at Curtin University of Technology between December 5 and 7. Foodbank spokesperson Vicki Scott said although the structures will be built with new and unused cans, all of them will be distributed to those in need for Christmas through various welfare agencies. “Some of these structures, historically, have been made up of 5,000 even up to 15,000 cans of food,” she told the Note. “We’re looking at getting 10,000 entries, so this will be a huge boost to Foodbank.” The inaugural event is being organised by Foodbank with assistance from Engineers Australia, Association of Consulting Engineers, the Australian Institute of Architects and the Design Institute of Australia. Registrations must be made by September 30 and entry costs $200, at

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