Monday, April 25, 2016

festival participants

World Environment Day Festival - Saturday 4 June

here is the growing list of festival participants:

Artisan Stalls
Australian Wellness Advocates with Debbie
Cambodia the real Experience
Cedarvale Aquaponics
Chicken Crossing
Cuppa-licious Mobile Coffee
Days for Girls
Denise Summers Upcycled Bags
Doterra Essential Oils - Pure Natural Essentials with Anna
Eagle Originals
Empress Tea
Evolution Solar and Hot Water Experts
Fassifern Gymnastics Club
Ferrol Critter Creations
Freshwater Fishing and Stocking Association of QLD
(Logan Albert Fish Management Association and
Moogerah Maroon Fish Management Asssociation)

Green Bean Coffee Buggy
Henna Tattoos with Kirri
JZ Deity
KISS Kleaning
Knitting Nannas against Gas
Krazy Kaatz Guitars
Meekz Contemporary Jewellery
Ms Daisy Ice Cream Emporium
Our Goat Soap
Peak Organics
Sandy's Confectionary
SORT Recycling Boonah
Spinners and Weavers
Stuart and Rob Olver Dawn til Dusk Publications

Real Life Wildlife
Tallara's Creative Wildlife Workshop
Talkin' the Drum Drumming Workshop

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

better bags for boonah - competition and workshops

BOSS is running a bag making competition and associated workshops across the months of March, April, May and June.

We are working together with Common Threads, the local Chapter of the Australian Sewing Guild, and Boonah SORT Recycling, as well as with support from Boonah Ritchies IGA.

This is part of a campaign to reduce the number of single use plastic bags in our town, and get people to start considering options.

The Queensland and New South Wales state Governments are currently looking at implementing a joint ban to follow in the footsteps of the four other Australian states and territories who have already ‘banned the bag’.

Discussions are underway to consider how to reduce the fatal impact of plastic bags on marine life and the impact on the environment, and Dr Steven Miles, Queensland’s Environment Minister is pushing for a nationwide ban.

We want to encourage people to bring their own bags shopping, and encourage business owners to offer alternatives.

We invite people to participate by getting creative and making a bag for the Better Bags for Boonah competition.

The competition features three categories of bags and is free to enter.

Two shopping bag categories feature, with one made from any fabric - the Better Boonah Bag - and the other created from recycled materials – the Regen-a-Bag. These bags are to be made to fit supermarket counters, and have specific dimensions, which are outlined in the conditions of entry.

The third is a bag for personal use – the Create-a-Bag, where creativity is key. Some suggestions for this category include tote bags, man bags, handbags etc, with the design and decoration completely open to the imagination.

Age is no barrier in entering with three age sections, being primary school, high school and an open section.

Judging will be conducted by local identities from the art, education and business community.

The shopping bag categories will be judged on their adherence to design specifications and practicality, with the added theme of creativity for the bag made from recycled materials. Judging will focus on originality and design for the personal use bag.

The competition is open to all residents of the Boonah region.

Entries close on Monday July 4 (extended from May 6 due to delays with IGA refurbishment), with the winners announced at the grand opening of the refurbished Ritchies Boonah IGA store.

Prizes include cash and local gift vouchers, and the winning entries will be on display for the public to see.

BAG Making Workshops
To support the competition, bag making workshops are being held during March and April. These will be with Hazel Heck at SORT Recycling, and with Common Threads at the Girl Guide Hut.

Entry forms and conditions of entry are available online here and at the Boonah Library, Council Chambers, Boonah IGA, Common Threads and Boonah SORT Recycling.

To support this endeavour, we will very happily accept any donations of sturdy fabric from which to make bags. These could even be old curtaining or table cloths. These items can be dropped in Monday to Thursday to Boonah’s community recycling hub SORT Recycling at 9 Church Street, Boonah.

Competition Categories

  • Better Boonah Shopping Bag – a shopping bag to fit the supermarket counter
  • Regen-A-Bag– a shopping bag to fit the supermarket counter - using recycled fabric
  • Create-A-Bag – no design specifications 


  • Primary School
  • High School
  • Open Section
Bagmaking Workshops 
  • Saturday 5 March 12.30pm – 3pm       enquiries and registrations 
  • Saturday 12 March 12.30pm – 3pm   ` to Hazel on 0407 734 053


  • Tuesday 1 March 9.30am – 12.30pm    enquiries and registrations
  • Tuesday 5 April 9.30am – 12.30pm      to Jacqui on 5463 5933
  • Tuesday 3 May 9.30am – 12.30pm 

Fabric, sewing machines and notions provided, 
or participants are welcome to bring their own.

Entry Forms available from Boonah Library, Council Chambers, Boonah IGA,
Common Threads and Boonah SORT Recycling.
For more information regarding the campaign and competition, contact Elizabeth on 5463 2408 or Julie on 0435 992 798 or send an email.

The entry form can be downloaded here. 

Conditions of Entry

  • Competition open to residents of the Boonah region
  • The Better Boonah Shopping Bag and the Regen-A-Bag must fit a supermarket counter and be according to the required dimensions
  • The Regen-A-Bag is to be made from recycled materials
  • The Create-A-Bag has no design specifications and can be for any purpose
  • Finished dimensions of the supermarket bags are 32cm high x 30cm wide x 20cm base x 20cm sides, with 52cm long x 3cm wide handles
  • Each entry must be the work of the entrant
  • Entrants give permission for their work to be reproduced for publicity purposes. 
  • All prizes will be divided at the discretion of the judges
  • Entry forms and bags to be delivered to SORT Boonah, in the basement of 9 Church Street Boonah which is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Thursday

Sunday, February 28, 2016

world environment day festival 2016

our seventh celebratory World Environment Day Festival us coming up on Saturday June 4.

The global theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations promotes zero tolerance of wildlife crime.

if you're
a stallholder who'd like to be a part of this great event, please get a copy of our participant info pack online here, complete it and email it back to  us. 

this year's entertainment program is being organised, but you can see a  previous program online here.

similarly the free creative workshop program is being organised, but you can see details from last year online here

and here's a link to many photos from a past event.

check out our facebook event page for up to date info on what's going on at world environment day this year.

Monday, November 23, 2015

recycling at SORT boonah

Boonah SORT Recycling is our local community recycling hub. See our blogpost for more info. 

There are many varied items which can be taken to SORT to be reused or recycled. 

Drop in to SORT in the basement of the old church at 9 Church Street Boonah after 9am Monday to Thursday. Parking is available in the vacant lot accessed from Walter Street.

The following items are always welcome for community recycling initiatives: 

♦ IT equipment (working or not) including computers, monitors, keyboards, gaming consoles, mice, cables, printers, scanners etc
♦ sound and video media including VCRs, DVDs, stereos etc
♦ mobile phones and accessories for the Mobile Muster
♦ corks for the Girl Guides
♦ old plastic store and credit cards to fashion into guitar picks
♦ bras and swimmers for the Uplift Project
♦ household batteries for Aldi recycling
♦ aluminium cans for fundraising
♦ spectacles for the Lions Recycle for Sight Program
♦ cameras for Camera Recycle Australia
♦ printer cartridges for Cartridges 4 Planet Ark
♦ toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and floss containers for Terracycle
♦ beauty, cleaning and laundry triggers, pumps and taps for Terracycle
♦ sturdy fabric for bags, including tablecloths, curtains etc
♦ old tshirts and bed sheets for rug, bunting and bag making etc
♦ grain bags and hessian bags for bunting, bags and rugs
♦ pallets and crates for timberwork
♦ plant pots for the BOSS plant stall
♦ glass jars for jam makers

Phone them on 5463 1515 or send them an email if you'd like to get in touch. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

bus trip to the climate march

we're organising a bus to go to the people's climate march on Saturday November 28.

the march starts at 9am, so we'll be meeting at 7am for an early start.

after the march, we'll drop in somewhere for a tasty lunch before our trip home.

$10 per person, please email or phone if you'd like to reserve a seat.

Friday, October 23, 2015

SORT recycling boonah

a great new recycling opportunity has opened in Boonah.

SORT is a not-for-profit social enterprise that aims to enhance recycling while also creating new jobs for disadvantaged job-seekers.
they work on-the-ground in remote, regional and urban communities around Australia and have recently started in Boonah.
over the next six months, SORT Boonah aims to refurbish 100 Computers for local kids. SORT job seekers canvas donations of computers, learn how to check and disassemble computers before reviewing and refurbishing the computer to strict Microsoft Refurbisher standards.
SORT works with major national welfare agencies to co-ordinate the distribution of the ‘Computers for Boonah and District Kids.’
it’s expected that another 200 or so computers will be dismantled into parts for reuse or further recycling.
everyone is invited to contribute to the success of this venture by donating any surplus computers and related equipment, such as cables, keyboards, monitors, mice etc.
SORT is located in the basement at 9 Church Street, Boonah. for larger donations, they are happy to discuss suitable collection arrangements and can even provide a Certificate of Security for the destruction of any data on computer and printer hard drives at a small fee, if required.
contact them via phone on 5463 1515 email or find them on facebook.

other local SORT sites include Beaudesert, Ipswich and Inala. find them on facebook.

cow pat collecting

last year, we spent a lovely morning collecting cow manure in a high paddock in mt alford. so we're doing it again this weekend.

we're collecting it to mix with soil to make great potting mix for the plants at the BOSS plant stall.

we're meeting in front of the mt alford school of arts at 8.30am, to then go to the farmer's paddock to fill a couple of uteloads.

if you miss the convoy, the paddock is on anders road. just follow your nose til you see the cars.

please bring your water bottle, wear closed in shoes, gloves and a box to carry the poo to the ute.

this shouldn't take too long, and then we'll go back, have some brunch, and then a quick meeting.

please bring a plate of food to share. if you can make it, that would be great :)