Council swapping fast fashion for sustainability

Published on 18 June 2024

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Do you have clothing in your wardrobe that you no longer wear, but you're loathe to throw away? That jacket that's now a bit tight, or the dress that isn't quite the right colour for your new look?

Join likeminded people at the upcoming Benalla Clothing Swap event on Sunday 7 July from 2pm – 4pm and allow these garments to find a new, appreciative home while helping to reduce the waste associated with the clothing industry.

Mayor Cr Danny Claridge said the Benalla Clothing Swap is an example of Council working with the community to shape a better, more sustainable future.

“This will be a unique gathering where people can come together to exchange high-quality clothing and accessories and it's the perfect opportunity to refresh your wardrobe in a sustainable way, guilt-free.

"The Clothing Swap promotes the values of sustainability and community and is a fantastic initiative that allows residents to make a positive impact on the environment while enjoying a fun and fashionable experience."

The Benalla Town Hall located at 82-86 Nunn Street, Benalla, will be the venue for this exciting event. To participate, simply register your interest via

Bring up to five items of clothing or accessories, including dresses, pants, skirts, tops, jumpers, coats, jumpsuits, shoes, bags, scarves, hats, sunglasses, and jewellery.

Please ensure that the items you bring are clean, good quality, and in good condition, as we aim to provide a delightful selection for all attendees. Hangers will be provided for easy display.

While event organisers can't guarantee specific clothing in your taste or size, the Clothing Swap encourages people from all genders and body shapes to get involved, ensuring there will be something for everyone. Additionally, accessories are included in the pool of items, offering a variety of choices to suit different preferences.

The Benalla Clothing Swap is being run by Benalla Rural City Council’s Economic Development and Sustainability teams and a team of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please email   

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