Thursday, December 1, 2016

mt alford artisan market

We'll be having a stall at the inaugural Mt Alford Artisans Market this Saturday.

The Mt Alford Artisans Market will be held in the beautiful Mt. Alford School of Arts. The art deco hall is situated at the entrance to Mt Alford, a tiny village 10 minutes south of Boonah in the heart of the Scenic Rim.

The market makers are endeavouring to create an environmentally friendly space where there is little to no non recyclable waste. They that people bring their own reusable bags for their purchases. There will also be bags on sale on the day.

The stalls include original artworks, old and new crafts, delicious food, pesticide free produce and delicious home-made food. There will also be live music, demonstrations and activities for children. This market is an ideal place to find unique Christmas gifts.

See the
facebook event for more info.

Friday, October 21, 2016

community clothes swap

 Saturday November 12
 Boonah Cultural Centre
         9am - 1pm

we'll be celebrating national recycling week with the community clothes swap. 

held together with the Boonah Book Fest, it's a great day to learn about recycling and revamp your wardrobe for free.

good quality men's, women's and children's clothing, footwear and accessories are all welcome. it's free to swap, and just a gold coin donation to purchase.

if you contribute by bringing donations, you are welcome to take as many items as you like.

we'll have displays and demonstrations supporting recycling, and we'd love to see you there.

anyone wanting to display or demonstrate some fun recycling ideas is welcome to particiopate. just get in touch via the phone on 0435 992 798 or email.

there's also opportunity to drop in items we collect for recycling. the list is online here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Our AGM which had been rescheduled to Sunday October 16, has now had to be rescheduled again to the following Sunday October 23.

Our president, Chris has been caught in the flooding of the Murray River, and won't be back in time for the 16th. 

so, it's 2.30 for a 3pm start at the Mt Alford School of Arts, on Sunday October 23.

Positions will be vacated and we encourage you to consider a place on our exec.

We are looking for our President, Vice President and Treasurer positions to be filled as current office bearers will be stepping down.

the nomination form can be downloaded from here. 

members and gusts are welcome. 

we'll look at our recent activities, and talk about upcoming projects.

please bring a plate to share. tea and coffee provided.

please RSVP via email to let us know if you can come. 


Our AGM is postponed to be held in the near future. The new date will be set soon.

Our AGM is scheduled for Sunday August 21, to be held in the activities building in the boonah primary school.

Positions will be vacated and we encourage you to consider a place on our exec.

We are looking for our President, Vice President and Treasurer positions to be filled as current office bearers will be stepping down.

the nomination form can be downloaded from here. 

everyone is welcome. 

please arrive at 10 for a 10.30 start where we'll look at our recent activities. 

please bring a plate to share for lunch. tea and coffee provided.

the plan for the day is

10 for 10.30        arrival, meet and greet, tea and coffee   
10.30 - 11.15      presentations
11.15- 11.45       AGM including reports and election of office bearers
12 noon              lunch

please RSVP via email to let us know if you can come. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

our fundraising raffle

thanks to our generous supporters, we are running a multi prize raffle to offset our investment made in this year's world environment day festival which sadly had to be cancelled due to the very bad weather. 

drawn at our AGM on the 21st August, the total prize pool is worth over $1500. 

tickets are $2 or three for $5. we'll be selling tickets at our street stall on Friday 15 July.

here are the prizes:

Mt Barney Lodge Homestead Haven Midweek Stay valued at $640

$100 Maynards Gift Voucher for Bamboo Products

One Hour Massage valued at $70 from Marina's Massage 

Poppi's Pantry $40 Gift Voucher 

Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm $50 Gift Voucher 

Eat Local Book by Brenda Fawden and Christine Sharp donated by BOSS 

Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard Verjuice 

Janine Gibson Framed Upcycled Original Tea Bag Art 

Scenic Rim Lavender Gift Pack 

Peak Organics $40 Gift Voucher 

Cambodia the Real Experience Upcycled Rice Bag Tote 

Under Sink Water Filter Pack from Tanks a Lot Mate 

Hand Felted Scarf by Gayle Van Der Veen 

KISS Kleaning Eco Travel Cup 

Basket of Herbs grown by BOSS 

Made from Alpaca 100% Alpaca Teddy Bear 

Knitting Nanas against Gas Surprise Pack 

Recycled Chaff Bag Satchel Bag handmade by Erica Bates 

SORT Recycling Precious Digital Earrings 

David Bland Picture Framing $50 Gift Voucher 

David Bland Clock Repairs $50 Gift Voucher 

Organic Mushroom Compost from Ken Rachow 

Six x General Admission Passes to the Scenic Rim Aquatic Fitness Centre 

BOSS Calico Bag

Thursday, June 2, 2016

world environment day festival cancelled

sorry everyone, it is with a heavy heart that we announce that we will not be going ahead on saturday with our world environment day festival.

the forecast for severe weather is too great a risk, and we must consider the duty of care we owe to everyone who would be a part of our day. this has been a very difficult decision to make, and we hope you understand.

predictions for boonah are up to 90mm of rain with winds up to 40km/hr.

we will refund money paid for stall fees, and we will let you know about any plans we make to reschedule.

see you next time, and stay safe. we need the rain, just perhaps not this much.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

World Environment Day Festival

Boonah’s World Environment Day Festival is on this Saturday. Again showcasing a huge array of exhibitors, workshops, demonstrations, art and performances, there’s lots of inspiration and celebration for everyone.  

keep up to date with what's happening via our facebook event page

and here's a list of festival participants

With live entertainment, free creative workshops, displays and demonstrations, quality organic food and local produce, loads of plants, artwork, native wildlife, recycling bays and there’s so much more for the whole family to get involved in.

The day will start with a moving traditional acknowledgment ceremony before the live entertainment gets underway.

There’s always a big focus on repurposing, with artwork, workshops and displays most worthy of the eco- conscious visitor.

There’ll be a wonderland of original designs created by eco-artists from materials which normally make their way to landfill. They can successfully transform trash into treasure, combining recycling and creativity to show innovative ways to save our resources.

Visitors will see guitars created from hubcaps, bunting made from grain bags and baling twine, letterboxes and garden ornaments from old gas bottles and garden tools, and precious digital jewellery created from computer parts,

Lorenzo from noosa-artisan-upcycle-unique at the Eumundi Markets will be selling his upcycled silver jewellery and will also help people make their own spoon ring in one-on-one workshops.  This will be popular and people are encouraged to register their time with Lorenzo early in the day. It’s also possible to bring a favourite silver spoon for the purpose.

A highlight of the day will be watching Terina Smith create art from landfill bound materials – in this case old electricity crossbeams, insulators and all fittings and fixtures. The piece will become a candelabra and will be a prize in the multi prize raffle.  

Terina has also put out the challenge to create something on the spot. She’s welcoming people to bring along four items - china, glass, enamel ware, cutlery, even small old car parts - anything long lived, but of course no plastic, and she will create at least one piece on the spot using those items.

The event is a plastic bag free event, and visitors are encouraged to bring their own bags or purchase from the array of innovative bag available on the day. These range from bags handmade from upcycled jeans and tshirts, grain bags and rice bags, tablecloths and curtains.

The junk orchestra will again feature, and on the entertainment stage, instruments include a petrol tank bass, a petrol tank slide guitar and a hub cap guitar.

Visitors can learn about chickens, composting, worm farming, wicking beds, aquaponics and permaculture with great displays and information. There’ll be a huge range of plants to choose from too, as well as local mushrooms to take home and farm.

And there’s a lot to learn about new solar and energy innovations.

Demonstrations include acrobatics, Zumba and Outback Wing Chun, and performances include the Boom Boom Boonah Drummers and local entertainers.

Workshops include a free drumming circle with Talkin’ the Drum, and a children’s creative recycled critter workshop, as well as native wildlife and koalas to learn about and pet.

With a big focus on organic, there’s loads of things available to purchase with organic natural haircare, cleaning and skincare products, as well as great local organic produce including local mushrooms, and tasty raw and whole foods.

Watch papermakers, metal workers, spinners and weavers, and learn how to make plarn – plastic yarn from the dreaded plastic bag.

Entry is via a gold coin.

The global theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations promotes zero tolerance of wildlife crime with the slogan ‘Wild for Life’, which visitors will see on specially screen printed tshirts.

The United Nations Environment Program encourages everyone to celebrate species under threat and take action to help safeguard them for future generations. The message is that whoever you are, and wherever you live; show zero tolerance for the illegal trade in wildlife which erodes precious biodiversity, robs our natural heritage and threatens the survival of species.

The killing and smuggling also undermines economies, fuels organised crime, and feeds corruption and insecurity across the globe.

Over the years World Environment Day has grown into a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries around the world. It serves as the people’s day for doing something positive for the environment, inspiring individual actions that collectively can generate a hugely positive impact on the planet.

It’s a day where we can we put aside our differences and celebrate the achievements we’ve made towards protecting the environment.