Sunday, March 17, 2019

international day of the forests

together with boonah and district landcare, we'll be celebrating international day of the forests with a morning at the fassifern reserve on saturday 23 march between 8am and 10am.

back in 2011, we planted 2000 trees with the help of a federal grant from the department of environment and support from the scenic rim regional council. 

a community day saw 100 trees planted to kickstart the project. more photos from this great day are on facebook.

these trees were planted to provide a better environment for our local animal and bird species. they've done well, and it's time we went back to check out how they're going. 

we'll walk amongst the site, identifying trees, shrubs and the under-story layer of plants, look for birds and animals, hopefully spotting a koala or two, and learn how to manage weeds. 

everyone is welcome, and RSVPs would be helpful so we can estimate numbers for morning tea. 

please wear closed in shoes, a hat, and bring a water bottle. 

BYO chair, plate and cup would be helpful. 

the fassifern reserve is the picnic area on the cunningham highway near the intersection with the boonah fassifern road. 


the BOSS AGM will be held at the band hall, walter street, boonah on sunday 31 march. 

if you would like to nominate for a position, please complete a nomination form and return it via email by thursday 28 march. 

2.30 for a 3pm start to hear from our exec and subcommittees. 

tea and coffee will be provided, and please bring a plate to share. 

RSVPs would be appreciated via email. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

stop adani boonah on the march

A great turnout to last Thursday night’s Guarding the Galilee movie at the Boonah Cultural Centre, has fired up locals with their desire to stop the Adani coalmine.

Alison Green, a new Boonah resident who organised the event said, “I’m thrilled with the passion of Boonah people with more than fifty coming along to the screening and discussion.”

Adani is a multi-billion-dollar mining giant that wants to build the biggest coal mine in Australia’s history in Central Queensland’s Galilee Basin. If this mine goes ahead it would open up a coal resource that, if burned, would double Australia’s carbon emissions.

Alison said, “We’ve already had a follow up meeting with plans for future local action.”

“Next event is the School Strike 4 Climate which is happening on Friday at 1pm in Brisbane. This will be one of the largest global actions with almost 100 countries participating, and around 1,000 events worldwide.”

“Led by students, we’re proud to support their actions. And it’s not just for students. Everyone is invited - young or old - to stand with them and demand climate justice.”

Anyone interested in joining the Boonah contingent on Friday is welcome to get in touch.

Look for the new Stop Adani Boonah Facebook page to connect and keep up to date with activities. Please like, share and invite your friends. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

community clothes swap

Coming up next on our calendar is our celebration for National Recycling Week with our annual Community Clothes Swap at the Cultural Centre on Saturday 3 November between 9am and 1pm.

Held simultaneously with the Cultural Foundation's Bookfest, another great recycling event, the Clothes Swap includes women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories.

If you bring along some clothes, shoes or accessories to participate, then it's free to swap, or otherwise, only a gold coin donation to buy. There's no limits - bring along some stuff, and you're free to take away what you desire.

Upcycled shopping bags and produce bags will be available to purchase, and there'll be displays and demonstrations of some great upcycled textile ideas.

Clothes Swaps promote the perks of reuse and recycling and are great for the environment, but they’re also a fun and interactive way to refresh your wardrobes and cleanse your collections for free, making it a budget-friendly alternative to buying new.

Swapping just one suitcase (20kg) of clothes saves enough energy to run a TV non-stop for 1.7 years.

We invite people to participate and bring along a few items to swap, or just come and talk to us and learn more about the broader theme of minimising waste.

As well as the focus on clothes, it's a great opportunity to bring along things which BOSS collects for recycling initiatives, which include

  • mobile phones and accessories for the mobile muster
  • xrays and corks for recycling
  • old plastic store cards to be upcycled into guitar picks
  • bras and swimmers for the uplift project 
  • hearing aid and household batteries
  • fabric for bags and other crafts, including tablecloths, tshirts, curtains and sheets.

We’ll also have information there on recent innovations in recycling, including toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes, and other cleaning and beauty product packaging, soft plastics and ewaste, plus info on the upcoming container deposit scheme.

check out our facebook event here

thank you

thank you to everyone who made our World environment day festival 2018 event such a success. thank you all for coming and sharing your special wares and skills, your talents and creativity. thanks to all our participants, supporters, visitors and volunteers. you are all awesome.

we've had heaps of great feedback, and already planning things for next year. 
see you next year on saturday 20 july 💖

if you went, please think about completing our feedback form. we'd love to know what you thought, and get any suggestions you have for future events.

Monday, July 16, 2018

festival program

Courtyard Main Stage

 9.45 Official Opening with Jennifer Howard,
Member for Ipswich, and
Assistant Minister of State assisting the Premier

         Senator Chris Ketter 

         Councillor Greg Christensen, 
Mayor Scenic Rim Regional Council

10.00 Fassifern Gymnastics Acro Display

10.30 Lilly and Steve 

11.00 Roman Sakzewski and Buddy Moyes

11.20 Tradition of Acknowledgement with Douglas James 

11.30 Talkin' the Drum Performance

12.00 Nobody’s Baby 

12.30 African Drumming Circle for Children

1.00 Centi Pede

1.40 Ian Gasking Bush Poet

1.50 Raffle Draw One

2.00 Dan White

2.30 Raffle Draw Two

2.40 Lunadorn Gypsy Caravan Tribal Dancers

3.00 African Drumming Circle

Discussions - Media Room

 Trevor Berrill, award winning, private sustainable energy consultant will present 

10.45 - 11.15 Solar PV with storage revolution – the pros and cons of going off-grid

12.30 -  1.00  Sustainable Housing – good design for a changing climate

  1.00 -  1.30  Electric Vehicles – shifting even more away from our fossil fuel addiction


 10.30 - 11.30 Native Wildlife  (grassed area right of entrance)

10.30 - 11.30 and 1.00 - 2.00   Floral Garlands (courtyard)

12.00 - 2.00   Magic Tie Dye (grassed entrance)

10.30 - 12.00 and 1.00 - 2.30   Treasures from the Kitchen (grassed entrance)

12.30 - 1.00   African Drumming (children's workshop)   (courtyard)

3.00 - 3.30    African Drumming Circle  (courtyard)


Laser Cutting a Fire Pit with Colchameleon Designs

Treasure from Landfill Bound Materials with Terina Smith

Plastic Waste Weaving with Susan Nitz

Spoon Ring Making with Lorenzo

Days for Girls Components Making with Hazel Overfield

Here's what you can to expect to see and do on the day - 

  • Experience a moving tradition of acknowledgement ceremony
  • Choose from the wonderland of original designs created by eco-artists from materials normally destined for landfill - combining recycling and imagination to create practical and beautiful bespoke homewares and artwork, jewellery, bags and clothing
  • See bunting made from grain bags and baling twine, mail boxes and garden ornaments from old gas bottles and garden tools, and loads more
  • Buy from a range of environmentally friendly stalls stocking reusable products like stainless steel straws, shopping and produce bags, water bottles and keep cups
  • Learn about solar, sustainable housing and electric vehicles
  • Get a discount on your coffee when you use your keep cup
  • Make a Polynesian floral garland
  • Try beeswax wraps
  • Interact with the Australian Bush Buddies native wildlife
  • Watch Gypsy Caravan tribal dancers
  • Hear a bush poet
  • Watch a fire pit be created by laser cutting a 44 gallon drum
  • Tie dye a tshirt
  • Watch recycled artwork being created from old cross beams and ceramic insulators
  • Watch components of a Days for Girls kit get made
  • See plastic waste weaving and learn how 
  • Join the African drumming circle
  • See the thousand flower community made Flowers of the Fassifern tree jumper
  • Choose a spoon, and watch it being made into a ring
  • Get a free tree from Stinky Bill 
  • Get inspired by the TreeSisters
  • Make a treasure from kitchen waste plastic
  • Learn about composting, worm farming, wicking beds, aquaponics and permaculture
  • Learn about native and introduced fish 
  • Get tips on recycling from Madam Mulch
  • Take home a mermaid
  • Buy some plants and alpaca poo for your garden
  • Get lucky in the multi prize raffle
  • Relax in the community cafe with delicious food while listening to local original musicians.
  • Stock up on fresh local produce.
  • See lots of alternatives to plastic - it can be done
  • Use the 100% compostable crockery and cutlery and use our organics bins

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

multi prize raffle

thanks to the generosity of our supporters, our multi prize raffle has a total value of over $1500. 

tickets are $2 each or three for $5. raffle will be drawn at the event on saturday 21 july. 

check out the wonderful prizes

Mt Barney Lodge Homestead Haven Midweek Stay 

Colchameleon Designs Fire Pit (hand made on the day)

Terina Smith Recycling Artist Sculpture (hand made on the day) 

$100 Maynards Store Bamboo Package 

Fassifern Gymnastics Term Pass 

Marina’s Massage One Hour Treatment 

Bee-Cause Wax Wraps Mega Pack 

 Rata Kai Steamed Pudding 

Wild Soul Woman Online Course Placement from the Tree Sisters 

Beautiful Batches / For the Earth Hamper of Handmade Soaps and Body Products 

BOSS Local Produce Hamper 

 Raw on the Rim Gift Basket 

Far Outdoors Eco Pack 

 Greenlee Farm Macadamia Pack 

Scenic Rim Lavender Gift Pack 

 Body Shop Gift Pack 

Amanda’s Succulent Ball 

 DoTerra Gift pack

SPoilT by Oils Gift Pack

Dianne Carr 'Questions for my Soulmate' Book

BeeJ Products Honey and Beeswax Gift Pack 

 Made from Alpaca Hat and Scarf

Ferrol Critter Creation 

 Deni’s Upcycled Denim Cushion Cover 

Gail’s Rust Calico Cards 

 Scenic Rim eXpresso Gift Pack 

BOSS Calico Bag 

 Days for Girls Shopping Bag

Fresh Water Fishing and Stocking Association of QLD Fishing Lures