Wednesday, June 6, 2018

world environment day festival

saturday july 21
9am - 4pm at the Outlook
4001 boonah-ipswich road

our great celebration of sustainability is coming up soon, and it will again be jam-packed with innovative artisan stalls, informative displays, discussions and demonstrations; native wildlife and free creative workshops; loads of quality food and local organic produce, plants, a huge multi prize raffle, live entertainment and practical and fun vintage and upcycled wares.   

to keep up to date with what to expect, head over to the facebook event page, click going, and maybe even invite your friends - they won't want to miss out :) 

remember we aim for this to be a zero waste event, and it is plastic free july. so please BYO bags and water bottles or purchase one of the many available there. there'll be lovely clean rain water to refill your bottles, and lots to purchase to fill your bags.

all organic waste including the 'disposable' 100% compostable crockery and cutlery will be composted, so please look out for our designated bins.

here's what's happening so far: 

douglas james aboriginal culture  
fassifern gymnastics club
nobody's baby
lunadorn gypsy caravan tribal bellydance
elliott orr talkin' the drum

polynesian floral garlands
magic tie dye
australian bush buddies native wildlife
hidden treasures from kitchen plastics
african drumming with elliott orr talkin' the drum

artisan stalls 
lorenzo noosa artisan
the shed
deni bags
waterlily beads
made from alpaca
ferrol critter creations
raw on the rim

around the home
bee-cause wax wraps
far outdoors
doTerra australian wellness advocates

artists on show

christopher trotter 
colchameleon design
terina smith recycling artist

pots of produce
scenic rim soulfood
BOSS soups and sweets
boonah scouts bbq
cuppalicious mobile coffee
scenic rim expresso
kooroomba gully

green corner
scenic rim regional council 
byron community college permaculture 
BOSS plant stall
made from alpaca poo
bindarrabi community
peace valley
freshwater fishing and stocking association 

social change

days for girls
tree sisters 
knitting nannas against gas

entry is via a gold coin donation.  

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Boonah Long Table

Joy, Renata and Jo with our table centrepieces
BOSS is proud to be a part of next week’s Boonah Long Table event for the Scenic Rim’s Shared Fire Celebration.

The Thursday Night Creatives group have been busy over the past weeks producing the eco theming decorations for the ninety metres of tables and eleven fire pits stretching along High Street and parts of Church, Park and Railway Streets.

Adorning each table will be centrepieces fashioned from branches, hessian, glass chandelier drops and other jewels, and uplit with LED candles.

Hundreds of metres of bunting will hang across the streets, and community made flags will fly.

Boonah’s composting queen, Madam Mulch will traverse the streets and chat to diners about recycling to ensure the compostable table ware goes into the right bins.

Coordinator, Julie Jackson says, “We’re pleased to be involved in this event, and increase the level of sustainability to the evening. Our decorations contain local natural resources as well as recycled items, which is always the approach to our endeavours to minimise consumerism.”

“And we’re very happy to be taking away the organic waste for composting on a nearby property, rather than it ending up in landfill where it would feed bacteria and produce carbon dioxide and methane.”

“We’d like to thank the Scenic Rim Regional Council and the Boonah Art Society Inc for supporting us in this project. “

Thursday, December 21, 2017

seasons greetings

 Seasons greetings from the Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire. 

We wish you all the best for the festive season, and hope that you also consider that our planet needs our Christmas wishes too.

The season can be challenging, with Christmas feasting and gift giving. 

Most of us won’t be feeding fifty people, so think about how much food is really required, reduce your food waste and get creative with your leftovers.

It's the thought that counts with giving, and the personal touch makes any gift more meaningful and memorable. With a little planning, you can give more without taking from the planet and spending less.

Consider your presence instead of presents or experiences instead of things.

Think of gifts that are meaningful, useful and fun, and in the process, try to shop locally and support local individuals and small business. Remember, when you spend $100 at a local business, on average 58% more of your money stays in your community compared to spending that $100 at a multinational store.

Perhaps a voucher for a massage or dinner, creative workshops or yoga classes, maybe some good quality tools, a vegie garden, fruit trees, or build that chook pen. 

Local wines, artwork, or natural cosmetics, or support a charity where you can find everything from T shirts to tea on the online shops of Amnesty International, Oxfam, Greenpeace, or the Wilderness Society. 

For the kids, a trip to Wet and Wild; a voucher from dad to read bedtime stories or play in the sand pit; a quality head torch; vouchers to the movies; good quality children’s construction kits or art materials like paints paper and clay or playdough. What about helping them to repair and repaint the old bicycle instead of buying another one. Spend time with them. Do some special cooking together. 

There are so many options which are kinder to our Earth. 

Enjoy your time with family and friends.

Please save the date for our 2018 Boonah World Environment Day Festival – Saturday 21 July. It will again be jam-packed with awesome artisan stalls, the best wholesome food, free creative workshops, native wildlife, live entertainment and loads of displays, demonstrations and information to support a sustainable lifestyle.

Keep up to date with us via our Facebook page at

Friday, October 13, 2017


our AGM is scheduled for sunday 29 october, to be held in the activities building in the boonah primary school.

if you are interested in nominating for a committee position, please complete the  nomination form which can be downloaded from here, and return via email to the secretary by wednesday 25 october. nominations must be from current financial members.

everyone is welcome. 

please arrive at 2.30 for a 3.00 start where we'll hear from our subcommittees and conduct the election for executive positions.

please bring a plate to share and let us know by email if you are coming. tea and coffee provided.



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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 4 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 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
  • corks and household batteries for recycling
  • old plastic store cards to be upcycled into guitar picks
  • bras and swimmers for project uplift
  • 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 single use plastic bag ban and the container deposit scheme.

check out our facebook event here

Friday, August 11, 2017

what a great day we had

Boonah’s annual World Environment Day Festival was again a marvellous success, and perhaps best summed up by a Boonah local who said “World Environment Day Festival at the Outlook in Boonah - open for all and everyone, young or old, to celebrate, and what a great day it was. 

Just when you think it can't get any better or more creative it does, so keep shining bright and digging for new ideas. 

If you've never been, make sure you get there next year because it's your loss, So many creative beings from our local community or afar with ideas you may have never dreamed of doing to help save our beautiful planet.”

Thanks Chris - awesome feedback :)

From the fabulous impromptu tribal dancing with the drumming circle, the brilliant enviro poetry, great entertainment, awesome displays, demonstrations and artisan stalls, fabulous wholesome food, the terrific support to Stop Adani, to the Vomitor in action, the connection made with our indigenous people and lively participation in the creative workshops, the whole day was truly tremendous and organisers are very happy with the result.

Visitors came from all over South East Queensland and beyond, and left with high praise for what they experienced, and their new knowledge to make a difference in their every day actions.

We thank everyone who were involved, including all our supporters, participants, visitors, and especially our volunteers who contributed so much to the success of the day.

We'd love you to complete our online survey to hear your feedback and ideas for the future.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

so, what can you expect to see and do ?

Celebrating all things for a sustainable lifestyle, Boonah's World Environment Day Festival is jam-packed with innovative artisan stalls, informative displays and demonstrations; native wildlife and free creative workshops; loads of quality food and local organic produce, plants, a huge multi prize raffle, live entertainment and practical and fun vintage and upcycled wares. 

This is a plastic bag free event, so please BYO bags or purchase one of the many available there.

All 'disposable' crockery and cutlery used is 100% compostable, made from cornstarch, sugarcane bagasse and bamboo. Look for the organics bins for these and any food waste.

Entry is via a gold coin donation.

So, what can you do on the day ? 
  • Experience a moving traditional 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 guitars created from hubcaps and petrol tanks, 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 shopping and produce bags, water bottles and keep cups.
  • Get a discount on your coffee when you use your keep cup.
  • View the Guarding the Galilee documentary.
  • Get your portrait drawn
  • Check out the Batmobile with Bat Rescue and Conservation QLD
  • Learn how to make natural skincare and cleaning products.
  • Interact with the Australian Bush Buddies native wildlife.
  • Watch Gypsy Caravan tribal dancers.
  • Hear a bush poet.
  • Watch recycled artwork being created from old shovels, cross beams and ceramic insulators.
  • Have a go with the junk orchestra.
  • See plastic waste weaving.
  • Tie dye a tshirt.
  • Join the African drumming circle.
  • See the thousand flower community made Flowers of the Fassifern tree jumper.
  • Choose a spoon ring, and watch it being made.
  • Watch spinners and weavers.
  • Learn about the Days for Girls project.
  • Learn from the Scenic Rim Wildlife group
  • Watch the famous Vomitor in action - it's the pinnacle of upcycled art.
  • Contribute to the nature based community poem.
  • Learn about composting, worm farming, wicking beds, aquaponics and permaculture.
  • See a koala up close.
  • Learn about native and introduced fish from the Fresh Water Fishing and Stocking Association
  • Hang out in the tepee
  • Buy some plants and some 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.


You can see the list of fabulous prizes in the multi draw raffle here, and full details of the festival program here.