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 :)

Monday, October 5, 2015

community clothes swap

We'll be celebrating National Recycling Week again this year with our annual community Clothes Swap at the Cultural Centre on Saturday November 7 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.

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
  • old running shoes for the nike re-use-a-shoe campaign, and
  • bras and swimmers for project uplift
  • household batteries
  • fabric for bags and other crafts, including tablecloths, 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.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

our new committee

our recent AGM elected a new committee with
  • President           Chris Bowman
  • Vice President    Barb Williams
  • Secretary          Julie Jackson
  • Treasurer          Alison Hosken
thank you to our outgoing executive members, JTax Accounting who audited our accounts, and our subcommittee chairs who provided reports outlining our efforts of the last year.

we look forward to a new year with some meaningful and fun projects and events.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

BOSS AGM and general meetings

members and friends are invited to our AGM and general meeting. we aim to plant a couple of trees and have some afternoon tea prior to our meeting.
the meeting will be held in the activities room at the Boonah primary school, and will start at 3pm on sunday august 16. 

please consider a position on the executive or maybe as a committee member.

please arrive around 2pm and bring a plate to share. we'll have tea and coffee available. 
RSVPs would be appreciated.

remember our meetings are now held monthly on the third sunday. all the dates are listed online for 2015 on our calendar of events.

we would love to see some new (and old) faces. everyone is welcome.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

the program

Official Opening 9.30am

Live Entertainment 10am - 4pm


Raw Food 11am

Bag Making 10.30am and 12.30pm

Sauerkraut 12.15pm

Sourdough 1.15pm

Guitar Pick Punching 2pm

Spinning 10am – 3pm


Native Wildlife 10.30am and 1.30pm

Junkyard Dogs Upcycled Marching Band
Rhythms and Parade 11.15am – 12noon

Cute Corky Companions 12.15pm – 2.15pm

African Drumming 1pm


this year's stallholders

We welcome this year's stallholders:

BOSS Food Stall

BOSS Plant Stall and Permaculture Display

Green Bean Buggy - Coffee On Wheels 


Fassifern Gymnastics Club BBQ and Facepainting

Turkish Gozlemes

Kirabatis Handicrafts

Fassifern Boy Scouts

Days for Girls

Boonah Girl Guides

Scenic Rim Hydrotherapy Pool

Hunni Candles

Sunshine Healing Haven

Doterra Essential Oils

Farmers Fresh Choice


Denise Summers

Pinkle and Co

Eagle Originals

Peak Organics

Scenic Roots Organic Produce

Greenlee Farm Macadamias and Honey

Liz Hans Healing Crystals

Liz Hans Health Books

Meekz Contemporary Jewellery

Knitting Nannas Against Gas

Dorothy's Salvias

Freshwater Fishing and Stocking Assoc QLD

Tanks A Lot Mate

Nathan’s Natives

Chicken Crossing

Kirri’s Henna Tattoos  

Darryl's Pottery

Jim's Unique Letterboxes

Native Wildlife   

Bill’s Camp Fire Ovens        


Colleen and Pam's Manchester

Sandy's Confectionary

Sunday, May 31, 2015

multi prize raffle

Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful supporters, we have some amazing prizes.  
Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and will be drawn at world environment day festival
via  three separate draws at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Here's the growing list of fabulous prizes (in no particular order)

Mt Barney Lodge Two Night Midweek Homestead Heaven Stay valued at $640

Cunningham's Gap, candle holder handmade by Terina Smith
from reclaimed timber and hand turned vitreous china insulators, valued at $580
Maynards Gift Voucher to the value of $100 for bamboo products

90 min Private Yoga Session for two valued at $90 from Yoga with Jo

60 min Relaxation/Remedial Massage valued at $70 from Marina's Massage
45 minute Aromatouch Massage from Trish Mitchell

Dinner for Two to the value of $50 at Wild Grain Restaurant

David Bland Picture Framing $50 Gift Voucher

David Bland Clock Repairs $50 Gift Voucher 

Macadamia Selection from Greenlee Farms

Your Inspiration At Home herb mix from Kate Kovacs

Pinkle and Co handmade Upcycled Coffee Bag Tote Bag

hand painted reclaimed leather ring handmade by Marta Walender 

Scenic Rim Olives Olive Oil x 2

Set of two Scenic Rim 4 Real Milk Glasses

Family pass to the Robotic Dairy Scenic Rim 4 Real Milk valued at $50

Inflatable Solar Lantern from Far Outdoors

20 Native Seedlings of your choice from Trees Land Carbon

Farmers Fresh Choice Bottle of Fermented Hot Chillies

250g bag Montville Coffee Woodford Blend Espresso Ground Coffee
from Green Bean Buggy – Coffee on Wheels

Bag of polished tumbled stones from Liz Hans

Scenic Rim Lavender Gift Pack
$25 voucher from Elite Meats 

$20 Gift Voucher from Poppi's Pantry

Jewellery by Denise Summers

15 metre Garden hose from Boonah Mitre 10

 $15 voucher from Fassifern Quality Butchers

$10 gift voucher from the Story Tree
BOSS Calico Bag

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

the global theme for world environment day 2015

the well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. Evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide.

many of the earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development. by 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we'll need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.

the world environment day theme this year as set by the united nations environment program is therefore "Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet, Consume with Care."

living within planetary boundaries is the most promising strategy for ensuring a healthy future. human prosperity need not cost the earth. living sustainably is about doing more and better with less. it is about knowing that rising rates of natural resource use and the environmental impacts that occur are not a necessary by-product of economic growth.

see how we're celebrating here in Boonah.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

seven billion dreams, one planet, consume with care

this year's World Environment Day Festival will again showcase a huge array of exhibitors, workshops, displays, demonstrations, discussions, art and performances to celebrate and inspire sustainability.

we're celebrating again on Saturday 6 June 2015 at the Outlook, 4001 Boonah Ipswich Road, Boonah between 9am and 4pm.

if you're a food vendor, stall holder or workshop presenter who is interested in getting involved, please get in touch with us. this is a plastic bag free event, and participants must be associated with the theme of sustainability in some way (in its broadest sense - social, ecological, community etc). you can find the participant info pack online here, if you'd like to be a part of this great day, please complete the application and email it to us.

expect lots of great food - organic, raw and real, vintage and upcycled wares, and loads of innovative ideas for sustainable living.

stay tuned to see this year's entertainment program, and check out last year's program
online here.

similarly, you can check out details of last year's free creative workshop program
online here.

read more about the theme here.