Saturday, July 23, 2011

environmental arts

The Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire presents their 2011 Environmental Arts Program
Altered Art opens the program and involves turning something broken, old and useless into something new and exciting using the bare minimum of new materials. Turning junk into treasured pieces, Kris and Melinda Belfield will inspire participants to create wearable art, sculpture and ornaments using scrapbooking materials, stamps, stickers,old watches, fabric scraps, photos, bottle tops, old keys, coins and broken jewellery.
Therese Flynn-Clarke is a primary school arts teacher whose passion is fibre art, producing creative pieces which are as much about beauty and looks as they are about practicality. Therese will present a weaving workshop working with natural fibres like leaves, reeds and grasses, and incorporating things like coloured plastic onion bags.
MOSAIC WITH MARCIA GIBBS Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August $50
Marcia Gibbs, a skilful community arts worker will present a mosaic workshop utlising old mirrors and broken crockery. Participants will create a beautiful mosaic piece from materials provided, or bring their own additional ‘tesserae’ such as jewellery, shells, broken crockery, glass beads or special tiles to add to their work. Old floral plates or those with other colourful designs would be appropriate.
FABRIC DYEING WITH PATENA MOESKER Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 August $50
Patena Moesker, local artist and teacher will share her skills and fascination with fabric dyeing methods with natural dyes. Patena has been attending workshops herself to learning new skills in fabric dyeing. Participants will be able to give a new lease of life to clothing with new colours in an environmentally friendly way.
Julie Maddocks has explored many avenues of art including painting, leadlight, sculpture, and porcelain work. Participants will create colourful stepping stones for the garden, using discarded coloured glass and concrete.
All workshops will be held at the Outlook, catered and include all materials, except those where participants wish to incorporate their own special items into their own creations.
To register, phone Julie on 0435 992 798 or email
The program was made possible thanks to funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Scenic Rim Regional Council and Arts Queensland to support local arts and culture; and with the support of the Department of Communities, the Outlook.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

recycled arts workshop

in preparation for world environment day, BOSS is hosting a workshop creating decorations to grace the outlook.

everyone is welcome to come down and craft some art from steel and aluminium cans, plastic bottles, pvc pipe (big enough to fit over star pickets), hanging basket frames, and whatever else turns up.

neils van amsterdam will be gracing us with his presence. here is his 'stupor' from a swell sculpture festival a few years back. some may remember niels was in boonah in 2007 guiding the workshop which culminated in a great piece of community art which stood adjacent to the dugandan hotel.

we'll be there between 10 and 4 on saturday and sunday 14 and 15 may, at the outlook artspace (down the hill)

feel free to come for an hour, or a day or more. bring any recyclable contributions and tools like pliers, drills, secateurs, cable ties and wires. Email with any queries, or phone 0435 992 798.

Monday, April 25, 2011

world environment day

come celebrate world environment day with great local organic food and produce, live entertainment, free creative workshops, and loads of stalls and demonstrations !!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

World Environment Day 2010

Archive Posting from 2010 - this page is an archive from the WED 2010 page. Celebrating all things for a sustainable lifestyle, the Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire, is hosting a World Environment Day event at the Outlook on Saturday June 5 from 9am to 3pm.Stalls, demonstrations,talks, information, activities, hand made goods, local produce, great food, entertainment. program includes:welcome to country with the ugarapul aboriginal corporation, drumming workshops with adrian davis, altered art workshops with kris and mel belfield, christopher trotter recycled art display, real live wildlife with toby gowland, sustainability talks with adrian stephan, earth mama belly dance, the junk orchestra, recycled fashion parade, scott bennie sustainable building solutions, worm farm waste systems, wild child creations kids clothes, kids competition for the best zero waste ideas, madam mulch, trees, land carbon, air solar, gelato, organic fruit and veg, massage, sustainability assessments, aromatherapy, soapnuts, normanby wines, barney creek wines, bunjurgen estate wines, food, coffee, fresh juices, crepes, gelato, falafels, staged entertainment with bernie carson, eat them like apples, woodskin and more multi prize raffle including mt barney lodge mid week accommodation package, six bottles of barney creek vineyard wines, story tree gift pack, david bland picture framing $75 gift voucher, david bland clock repairs $75 gift voucher, five class yoga course with jo, welded steel bowl crafted by max gordon, fassifern rail trail polo shirt, courtesy of the fassifern trails team, ‘couture’ by cherie strong – mixed media on canvas See you there.Stallholders welcome. Email if you'd like to get involved. All possible through funding from the Department of Environment and Resource Management, and support from the Department of Communities and the Scenic Rim Regional Council.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

earth hour 2011

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Earth Hour 2011 will take place on Saturday 26 March at 8.30pm

Sunday, February 27, 2011

barney view coal

Fifty concerned Scenic Rim residents met at Mt Barney Lodge recently to plan how to best respond to the recent bombshell that there is a current and a pending coal exploration tenement at Barney View, with similar mining exploration leases across other significant parts of the Scenic Rim.

Mt Barney Lodge owner Innes Larkin said “the diversity and number of people attending the meeting and the level of preparation most of them went to undertake their own research on Carabella Resources and State Government legislation, shows how seriously this threat is being taken by the community.”

Community members from across the Scenic Rim were represented, as well as 3 traditional owners from the Ugarapul aboriginal group. Ruth James, a Ugarapul elder, said that “The mountains and valleys of the Scenic Rim are very significant to our people, for our stories and our connection. We would like to offer whatever support we can to help protect them.”

Cr Dave Cockburn and Cr Kathy Bensted attended as concerned residents, but they were also able to clarify Council’s actions in the last week and offered constructive suggestions on how to best proceed.

An initial action plan was distributed as part of the briefing which encourages all concerned residents to start a letter writing campaign to State and Federal Members of Parliament.

Innes Larkin said, “there is no better way to gain traction with government than by writing an original heartfelt letter containing all the relevant facts.”

Residents were also strongly advised to contribute to the Scenic Rim Community Plan. Cr. Dave Cockburn said “the Community Plan is a powerful document that community has direct input into. It will overarch even the SRRC Corporate Plan and is a document that will be submitted to the State Government.

“The State Government will be required to take community views into account because of the strength of this document,” he said.

The attending Councillors were thanked for their positive commitment at the meeting. Tricia Stinson challenged Mayor John Brent, who was not present at the meeting, to “send out an early and clear message to Federal and State bodies and industry, both formally and informally, that coal exploration and mining in the Scenic Rim is not welcome or tolerated.”

A Committee of volunteers was elected and they now have a mandate to act on behalf of the community. The new committee members are Bill Parke, Tricia Stinson, Cr Kathy Benstead, Leona Taylor, Anita Smith and Innes Larkin. Their first task after meeting is to formalise the committee structure and develop an action plan.

Further communication with the community is a priority and supporting information will soon be available on posters, emails, Facebook, and via letterbox drops.

Contact Innes Larkin for more information:

Information about Carabella Resources can be found at:

Input into the Scenic Rim Community Plan can be made at:

Friday, February 18, 2011

sugarloaf win

as of Tuesday 15th February 2011 the application to quarry iconic Sugarloaf has lapsed. no requests for further information from the various Government stakeholders were met by the applicants.

thanks to everyone for their interest and efforts in fighting to save both Sugarloaf and our unique lifestyle. I’m sure the community outrage at this proposal did much to ensure it didn’t proceed.
to ensure council understands the community's attachment to and appreciation for our beautiful scenic rim landscapes, please take the time to contribute to the Scenic Rim Community Plan. you can have your say through the online survey or talk to council at events across the region over the coming months.

Friday, February 4, 2011

boonah to ipswich trail community consultation sessions

Community consultation sessions are scheduled for the Boonah to Ipswich Trail Draft Plan, and the Department of Infrastructure and Planning invites you to provide feedback to help finalise the plan and deliver a new recreation trail for non-motorised trail users in South East Queensland.
Sessions will be held at The Outlook, Boonah Ipswich Road, Boonah, between 6pm and 7.30pm with refreshments provided. Details of the sessions are:

  • horse riders and enthusiasts Wednesday February 16

  • mountain bike riders and enthusiasts Thursday February 17

  • general trail users Wednesday February 23

  • local business and tourism operators Thursday February 24

You can view the Boonah to Ipswich Trail Draft Plan at and also at the Boonah Library.

We would love to get as many people as possible to participate in these sessions, to ensure the trail is the best that it can be.

Please RSVP via phone on 5463 4774 or email