Monday, May 27, 2019

world environment day festival 2019

Save the date for this year's World Environment Day Festival.

It’s happening on Saturday 20 July at the Outlook, Boonah and will again showcase a huge array of exhibitors, workshops, displays, demonstrations, art and performances to celebrate and inspire sustainable communities.

Hosted by the Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire (BOSS), Secretary Julie Jackson explains the global theme for this year’s celebrations is about air pollution.

“It’s about encouraging governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together to explore renewable energy and green technologies, and improve air quality in cities and regions across the world.”

“Our event always aims to be single use plastic free, and also coincides with the growing Plastic Free July campaign.”

The event attracts many with a focus on sustainability and organisers are keen to hear from people who would like to participate.

“World Environment Day is all about providing people with information through demonstrations and practical application of how to make sustainable changes to their lives. It’s about sharing ideas, old and new, so if you would like to participate on the day as a stall holder, workshop presenter, demonstrator or volunteer, please contact us,” says Julie.

“We have a clear focus on best environmental practice, and an alignment to ecological or social sustainability is essential.”

An exciting program is already being planned with some very topical discussions on the transition to renewable energy and electric vehicles, some great creative workshops and free trees.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

our new exec

belated news, but thanks to everyone who came to our AGM. 

we may not have had anyone nominate at the time, but since the meeting max nominated and we welcome him back as our president. 

thank you to alison hosken for your efforts and support as treasurer for the previous three years. 

our new exec is -

president max gordon
vice president vicki marshall
secretary  julie jackson
treasurer  nita cooper

minutes and subcommittee reports will be uploaded very soon. 

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.