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Competition Winners Announced

The Carpentaria Ghost Nets Programme hosted the Design for a Sea Change Competition. Participants were requested to design a product reusing ghost nets that Indigenous Communities around the Gulf of Carpentaria can manufacture and sell through Indigenous enterprise.

The competition was judged and announced at the Garma Festival in NE Arnhem Land on the 6 August 2006.

Vice-Chariman Horace Nona introduces the competition and announces the judges. Judges Barbara McCarthy and Mitra Gusheh announce the winners at the Garma Festival.
The judging panel was impressed with the entries and found it a difficult task to choose the winners. The judges were:

  • Mandawuy Yunupingu – Yothu Yindi Foundation
  • Barbara McCarthy – Member for Arnhem
  • Mitra Gusheh – Ilk Media

Entries were judged by their ability to reuse ghost nets, be easily manufactured on location by communities and offer economic opportunities. We are pleased to announce and congratulate the following winning entries:


1st Prize – Guitar Strap, Chantal Cordey

1st prize
The guitar strap uses ghost nets as a base and is weaved with fibers from other ghost nets. Included in the design are thongs, plastic bags and tyre tubes, all of which are available in communities. The judges were impressed with the weaving aspect of the product which makes use of extensive weaving skills available in communities around the gulf. The judges also felt that the design could easily be creatively adapted to make belts, mats and many more ideas.

Mandawuy is keen to use the strap in his next Yothu Yindi concert.

Prize – trip for four people to Arnhem Land to visit the Dhimurru and Anindilyakwa Rangers, learn about bush tucker and share your design with community groups, kindly donated by Qantas.



2nd Prize – Ghost Net Collection, John Vanzella

The ghost net collection was an impressive array of goods with many practical purposes. Comfortable chairs, fruit bowls and innovative kitchen hangers will find their way into people's homes. Easy to manufacture with high retail value gave this entry a cutting edge.

Prize – Larrakitj (sacred memorial pole), donated by Buku Larrnggay Art Centre, Yirrkala

2nd prize


3rd Prize – Ghost Net Bag, Kristyne Love

3rd prize
The Ghost Net Bag is a simple and effective use of ghost nets. It seems so obvious that we should all use a bag like this every time that we visit the shops. Let's hope that these can make use of ghost nets as a valuable resource, and minimize the use of plastic bags!

Prize – screen print, donated by Buku Larrnggay Art Centre, Yirrkala



Kid's Choice

The kids at Garma made their choice clear! The hammock constructed by the Rangers for display created endless entertainment


Judges commendations go to entries that showed special initiative

  • Steven Green and Adam Flannery – Sit down hammock
  • Ross, Sue, Braden and Lewyn McDonald – Fun in the Garden
  • Gavan Bromilow – Fruit Tree Protectors
  • Dean Miller, Glenn Almany, Alana Crech – Ghost Bags
  • Tania Leahy – Various Ideas
  • Hilary Kuhn – Hammocks from Ghost Nets
  • Patricia Delvin – Mat Sample
Thanks to all that entered the competition. It was a rewarding process and we look forward to developing economic opportunities in communities in the future.

Engineering Award

Left to right:
Scott McCall – Qantas, our kind sponsor of the award
Chantal Cordey – our award winning artist
Mitra Gusheh ? – Sydney based judge of the award
Ian Kiernan AO – Chairman, Clean Up Australia.



Special thanks to sponsors




The ghost nets display attracted many visitors at Garma, including Leader of the Opposition Kym Beazley, Peter Garrett and Warren Snowdon

Photographer: Jane Dermer