Thursday, December 1, 2016

mt alford artisan market

We'll be having a stall at the inaugural Mt Alford Artisans Market this Saturday.

The Mt Alford Artisans Market will be held in the beautiful Mt. Alford School of Arts. The art deco hall is situated at the entrance to Mt Alford, a tiny village 10 minutes south of Boonah in the heart of the Scenic Rim.

The market makers are endeavouring to create an environmentally friendly space where there is little to no non recyclable waste. They that people bring their own reusable bags for their purchases. There will also be bags on sale on the day.

The stalls include original artworks, old and new crafts, delicious food, pesticide free produce and delicious home-made food. There will also be live music, demonstrations and activities for children. This market is an ideal place to find unique Christmas gifts.

See the
facebook event for more info.

Friday, October 21, 2016

community clothes swap

 Saturday November 12
 Boonah Cultural Centre
         9am - 1pm

we'll be celebrating national recycling week with the community clothes swap. 

held together with the Boonah Book Fest, it's a great day to learn about recycling and revamp your wardrobe for free.

good quality men's, women's and children's clothing, footwear and accessories are all welcome. it's free to swap, and just a gold coin donation to purchase.

if you contribute by bringing donations, you are welcome to take as many items as you like.

we'll have displays and demonstrations supporting recycling, and we'd love to see you there.

anyone wanting to display or demonstrate some fun recycling ideas is welcome to particiopate. just get in touch via the phone on 0435 992 798 or email.

there's also opportunity to drop in items we collect for recycling. the list is online here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Our AGM which had been rescheduled to Sunday October 16, has now had to be rescheduled again to the following Sunday October 23.

Our president, Chris has been caught in the flooding of the Murray River, and won't be back in time for the 16th. 

so, it's 2.30 for a 3pm start at the Mt Alford School of Arts, on Sunday October 23.

Positions will be vacated and we encourage you to consider a place on our exec.

We are looking for our President, Vice President and Treasurer positions to be filled as current office bearers will be stepping down.

the nomination form can be downloaded from here. 

members and gusts are welcome. 

we'll look at our recent activities, and talk about upcoming projects.

please bring a plate to share. tea and coffee provided.

please RSVP via email to let us know if you can come. 


Our AGM is postponed to be held in the near future. The new date will be set soon.

Our AGM is scheduled for Sunday August 21, to be held in the activities building in the boonah primary school.

Positions will be vacated and we encourage you to consider a place on our exec.

We are looking for our President, Vice President and Treasurer positions to be filled as current office bearers will be stepping down.

the nomination form can be downloaded from here. 

everyone is welcome. 

please arrive at 10 for a 10.30 start where we'll look at our recent activities. 

please bring a plate to share for lunch. tea and coffee provided.

the plan for the day is

10 for 10.30        arrival, meet and greet, tea and coffee   
10.30 - 11.15      presentations
11.15- 11.45       AGM including reports and election of office bearers
12 noon              lunch

please RSVP via email to let us know if you can come. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

our fundraising raffle

thanks to our generous supporters, we are running a multi prize raffle to offset our investment made in this year's world environment day festival which sadly had to be cancelled due to the very bad weather. 

drawn at our AGM on the 21st August, the total prize pool is worth over $1500. 

tickets are $2 or three for $5. we'll be selling tickets at our street stall on Friday 15 July.

here are the prizes:

Mt Barney Lodge Homestead Haven Midweek Stay valued at $640

$100 Maynards Gift Voucher for Bamboo Products

One Hour Massage valued at $70 from Marina's Massage 

Poppi's Pantry $40 Gift Voucher 

Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm $50 Gift Voucher 

Eat Local Book by Brenda Fawden and Christine Sharp donated by BOSS 

Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard Verjuice 

Janine Gibson Framed Upcycled Original Tea Bag Art 

Scenic Rim Lavender Gift Pack 

Peak Organics $40 Gift Voucher 

Cambodia the Real Experience Upcycled Rice Bag Tote 

Under Sink Water Filter Pack from Tanks a Lot Mate 

Hand Felted Scarf by Gayle Van Der Veen 

KISS Kleaning Eco Travel Cup 

Basket of Herbs grown by BOSS 

Made from Alpaca 100% Alpaca Teddy Bear 

Knitting Nanas against Gas Surprise Pack 

Recycled Chaff Bag Satchel Bag handmade by Erica Bates 

SORT Recycling Precious Digital Earrings 

David Bland Picture Framing $50 Gift Voucher 

David Bland Clock Repairs $50 Gift Voucher 

Organic Mushroom Compost from Ken Rachow 

Six x General Admission Passes to the Scenic Rim Aquatic Fitness Centre 

BOSS Calico Bag

Thursday, June 2, 2016

world environment day festival cancelled

sorry everyone, it is with a heavy heart that we announce that we will not be going ahead on saturday with our world environment day festival.

the forecast for severe weather is too great a risk, and we must consider the duty of care we owe to everyone who would be a part of our day. this has been a very difficult decision to make, and we hope you understand.

predictions for boonah are up to 90mm of rain with winds up to 40km/hr.

we will refund money paid for stall fees, and we will let you know about any plans we make to reschedule.

see you next time, and stay safe. we need the rain, just perhaps not this much.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

World Environment Day Festival

Boonah’s World Environment Day Festival is on this Saturday. Again showcasing a huge array of exhibitors, workshops, demonstrations, art and performances, there’s lots of inspiration and celebration for everyone.  

keep up to date with what's happening via our facebook event page

and here's a list of festival participants

With live entertainment, free creative workshops, displays and demonstrations, quality organic food and local produce, loads of plants, artwork, native wildlife, recycling bays and there’s so much more for the whole family to get involved in.

The day will start with a moving traditional acknowledgment ceremony before the live entertainment gets underway.

There’s always a big focus on repurposing, with artwork, workshops and displays most worthy of the eco- conscious visitor.

There’ll be a wonderland of original designs created by eco-artists from materials which normally make their way to landfill. They can successfully transform trash into treasure, combining recycling and creativity to show innovative ways to save our resources.

Visitors will see guitars created from hubcaps, bunting made from grain bags and baling twine, letterboxes and garden ornaments from old gas bottles and garden tools, and precious digital jewellery created from computer parts,

Lorenzo from noosa-artisan-upcycle-unique at the Eumundi Markets will be selling his upcycled silver jewellery and will also help people make their own spoon ring in one-on-one workshops.  This will be popular and people are encouraged to register their time with Lorenzo early in the day. It’s also possible to bring a favourite silver spoon for the purpose.

A highlight of the day will be watching Terina Smith create art from landfill bound materials – in this case old electricity crossbeams, insulators and all fittings and fixtures. The piece will become a candelabra and will be a prize in the multi prize raffle.  

Terina has also put out the challenge to create something on the spot. She’s welcoming people to bring along four items - china, glass, enamel ware, cutlery, even small old car parts - anything long lived, but of course no plastic, and she will create at least one piece on the spot using those items.

The event is a plastic bag free event, and visitors are encouraged to bring their own bags or purchase from the array of innovative bag available on the day. These range from bags handmade from upcycled jeans and tshirts, grain bags and rice bags, tablecloths and curtains.

The junk orchestra will again feature, and on the entertainment stage, instruments include a petrol tank bass, a petrol tank slide guitar and a hub cap guitar.

Visitors can learn about chickens, composting, worm farming, wicking beds, aquaponics and permaculture with great displays and information. There’ll be a huge range of plants to choose from too, as well as local mushrooms to take home and farm.

And there’s a lot to learn about new solar and energy innovations.

Demonstrations include acrobatics, Zumba and Outback Wing Chun, and performances include the Boom Boom Boonah Drummers and local entertainers.

Workshops include a free drumming circle with Talkin’ the Drum, and a children’s creative recycled critter workshop, as well as native wildlife and koalas to learn about and pet.

With a big focus on organic, there’s loads of things available to purchase with organic natural haircare, cleaning and skincare products, as well as great local organic produce including local mushrooms, and tasty raw and whole foods.

Watch papermakers, metal workers, spinners and weavers, and learn how to make plarn – plastic yarn from the dreaded plastic bag.

Entry is via a gold coin.

The global theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations promotes zero tolerance of wildlife crime with the slogan ‘Wild for Life’, which visitors will see on specially screen printed tshirts.

The United Nations Environment Program encourages everyone to celebrate species under threat and take action to help safeguard them for future generations. The message is that whoever you are, and wherever you live; show zero tolerance for the illegal trade in wildlife which erodes precious biodiversity, robs our natural heritage and threatens the survival of species.

The killing and smuggling also undermines economies, fuels organised crime, and feeds corruption and insecurity across the globe.

Over the years World Environment Day has grown into a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries around the world. It serves as the people’s day for doing something positive for the environment, inspiring individual actions that collectively can generate a hugely positive impact on the planet.

It’s a day where we can we put aside our differences and celebrate the achievements we’ve made towards protecting the environment.

Monday, April 25, 2016

festival participants

World Environment Day Festival - Saturday 4 June

keep up to date with what's happening via our facebook event page 

here is the growing list of festival participants:

Health and Wellness
Australian Wellness Advocates with Debbie
Doterra Essential Oils - Pure Natural Essentials with Anna
JZ Deity
Natural Botanical Cosmecutical Skin and Bodycare Range
Days for Girls
Knitting Nannas against Gas

Home and Lifestyle
KISS Kleaning
Our Goat Soap
Stuart and Rob Olver Dawn til Dusk Publications
Patena's Waxed Food Covers and Vintage Fabrics
Woodlands Gypsy
Scenic Rim Lavender
Eagle Originals
Spinners and Weavers
Tupperware with Kym
Made with Alpaca
Felting with Colour
Denise Summers Upcycled Bags
Meekz Contemporary Jewellery
Lesa Hepburn Botanical Fibre
Colchameleon Design
Cambodia the real Experience 
Krazy Kaatz Guitars

Outdoors and Garden
Aquaponics and Wicking Beds with Mark
Boonah Community Garden
Cedarvale Aquaponics
Native Plants QLD
Pigeon Peas
Ferrol Critter Creations
Chicken Crossing
Freshwater Fishing and Stocking Association of QLD
(Logan Albert Fish Management Association and
Moogerah Maroon Fis
h Management Asssociation)
Scenic Rim Wildlife
Scenic Rim Regional Council
Evolution Solar and Hot Water Experts

Food and Produce
BOSS Food Stall
Pots of Produce
Turkish Kebabs and Breads
BBQ with Fassifern Gymnastics Club
Ms Daisy Ice Cream Emporium
Scenic Rim Expresso
Cuppa-licious Mobile Coffee
Raw on the Rim
Organic Mushrooms and Mushroom Compost
Peak Organics
Sandy's Confectionery
Empress Tea and flowers

Workshops and Happenings
Spoon Rings with Lorenzo 
Junk Orchestra
Real Life Wildlife
Recycled Critters with Janine
Talkin' the Drum Drumming Workshop
Community Crochet with Janine
Live Art Demonstration with TC Recycled Designs
Face Painting with the Fassifern Scout Troop
Henna Tattoos with Kirri

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, here's a list of the wonderful raffle prizes.

Mt Barney Lodge Homestead Haven Midweek Stay valued at $640

Through to the Light, Candle Holder handmade by Terina Smith
from Reclaimed Timber and Hand Turned Vitreous China Insulators created on the day

Fassifern Gymnastics Term Pass valued at $120

One Hour Massage valued at $70 from Marina's Massage

Poppi's Pantry $40 Gift Voucher       Lana Ross CD Pack

doTERRA Aroma Touch Technique Treatment valued at $60

Natural Botanical Gift Basket from Maryanne Carlile valued at $60

Handcrafted Whale Tail Pendant from a silver spoon and silk ties from Lorenzo

Outback Wing Chun One Year’s Membership and Insurance

Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm $50 Gift Voucher

Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard Verjuice

Cedarvale Aquaponics Indoor Float Rafts Setup

Janine Gibson Upcycled Original Tea Bag Art

Scenic Rim Lavender Gift Pack           Peak Organics $40 gift voucher

Under Sink Water Filter Pack from Tanks a Lot Mate

Red Hot Fibre Handmade Paper Stationary and Card Pack

Hand Felted Scarf by Gayle Van Der Veen

Made from Alpaca 100% Alpaca Teddy Bear

The Scenic Rim book by Stuart Olver      Tupperware Prize from Kym Simpson

Scenic Rim Expresso Coffee Giftpack     Solar Camp Light from Evolution Solar

Native Plants QLD Instant Mini Native Garden          BOSS Calico Bag

Eagle Originals Prize Pack       Sandy’s Confectionary Pack

Our Goat Soap Gift Basket of Soaps and Lotions

Ms Daisy Ice Cream Emporium Mega Tower Ice Cream

Surprise Pack from Knitting Nanas against Gas provided by Erica Bates

David Bland Picture Framing  $50 Gift Voucher 

     David Bland Clock Repairs  $50 Gift Voucher       

Fishing Lure from Freshwater Fishing and Stocking Association QLD

6 x General Admission Passes to the Scenic Rim Aquatic Fitness Centre

drawn in three separate draws @ approx 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

better bags for boonah - competition and workshops

BOSS is running a bag making competition and associated workshops across the months of March, April, May and June.

We are working together with Common Threads, the local Chapter of the Australian Sewing Guild, and Boonah SORT Recycling, as well as with support from Boonah Ritchies IGA.

This is part of a campaign to reduce the number of single use plastic bags in our town, and get people to start considering options.

The Queensland and New South Wales state Governments are currently looking at implementing a joint ban to follow in the footsteps of the four other Australian states and territories who have already ‘banned the bag’.

Discussions are underway to consider how to reduce the fatal impact of plastic bags on marine life and the impact on the environment, and Dr Steven Miles, Queensland’s Environment Minister is pushing for a nationwide ban.

We want to encourage people to bring their own bags shopping, and encourage business owners to offer alternatives.

We invite people to participate by getting creative and making a bag for the Better Bags for Boonah competition.

The competition features three categories of bags and is free to enter.

Two shopping bag categories feature, with one made from any fabric - the Better Boonah Bag - and the other created from recycled materials – the Regen-a-Bag. These bags are to be made to fit supermarket counters, and have specific dimensions, which are outlined in the conditions of entry.

The third is a bag for personal use – the Create-a-Bag, where creativity is key. Some suggestions for this category include tote bags, man bags, handbags etc, with the design and decoration completely open to the imagination.

Age is no barrier in entering with three age sections, being primary school, high school and an open section.

Judging will be conducted by local identities from the art, education and business community.

The shopping bag categories will be judged on their adherence to design specifications and practicality, with the added theme of creativity for the bag made from recycled materials. Judging will focus on originality and design for the personal use bag.

The competition is open to all residents of the Boonah region.

Entries close on Monday July 4 (extended from May 6 due to delays with IGA refurbishment), with the winners announced at the grand opening of the refurbished Ritchies Boonah IGA store.

Prizes include cash and local gift vouchers, and the winning entries will be on display for the public to see.

BAG Making Workshops
To support the competition, bag making workshops are being held during March and April. These will be with Hazel Heck at SORT Recycling, and with Common Threads at the Girl Guide Hut.

Entry forms and conditions of entry are available online here and at the Boonah Library, Council Chambers, Boonah IGA, Common Threads and Boonah SORT Recycling.

To support this endeavour, we will very happily accept any donations of sturdy fabric from which to make bags. These could even be old curtaining or table cloths. These items can be dropped in Monday to Thursday to Boonah’s community recycling hub SORT Recycling at 9 Church Street, Boonah.

Competition Categories

  • Better Boonah Shopping Bag – a shopping bag to fit the supermarket counter
  • Regen-A-Bag– a shopping bag to fit the supermarket counter - using recycled fabric
  • Create-A-Bag – no design specifications 


  • Primary School
  • High School
  • Open Section
Bagmaking Workshops 
  • Saturday 5 March 12.30pm – 3pm       enquiries and registrations 
  • Saturday 12 March 12.30pm – 3pm   ` to Hazel on 0407 734 053


  • Tuesday 1 March 9.30am – 12.30pm    enquiries and registrations
  • Tuesday 5 April 9.30am – 12.30pm      to Jacqui on 5463 5933
  • Tuesday 3 May 9.30am – 12.30pm 

Fabric, sewing machines and notions provided, 
or participants are welcome to bring their own.

Entry Forms available from Boonah Library, Council Chambers, Boonah IGA,
Common Threads and Boonah SORT Recycling.
For more information regarding the campaign and competition, contact Elizabeth on 5463 2408 or Julie on 0435 992 798 or send an email.

The entry form can be downloaded here. 

Conditions of Entry

  • Competition open to residents of the Boonah region
  • The Better Boonah Shopping Bag and the Regen-A-Bag must fit a supermarket counter and be according to the required dimensions
  • The Regen-A-Bag is to be made from recycled materials
  • The Create-A-Bag has no design specifications and can be for any purpose
  • Finished dimensions of the supermarket bags are 32cm high x 30cm wide x 20cm base x 20cm sides, with 52cm long x 3cm wide handles
  • Each entry must be the work of the entrant
  • Entrants give permission for their work to be reproduced for publicity purposes. 
  • All prizes will be divided at the discretion of the judges
  • Entry forms and bags to be delivered to SORT Boonah, in the basement of 9 Church Street Boonah which is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Thursday

Sunday, February 28, 2016

world environment day festival 2016

our seventh celebratory World Environment Day Festival us coming up on Saturday June 4.

The global theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations promotes zero tolerance of wildlife crime.

if you're
a stallholder who'd like to be a part of this great event, please get a copy of our participant info pack online here, complete it and email it back to  us. 

this year's entertainment program is being organised, but you can see a  previous program online here.

similarly the free creative workshop program is being organised, but you can see details from last year online here

and here's a link to many photos from a past event.

check out our facebook event page for up to date info on what's going on at world environment day this year.