Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire – Spring update

Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire – Spring update

22 August 2011

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Helen Houghton Reserve Opening

Boonah celebrated National Tree Day with the opening of the Helen Houghton Reserve on Sunday July 31. A moving ceremony was conducted by celebrant Kitty Lyons, and the reserve was officially opened by Councillor Kathy Bensted.

BOSS Secretary Julie Jackson said, “a wonderful morning tea was had and over 100 trees were planted in a morning activity involving young and old. It was very clear that the saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ is truly evident here in Boonah.”

The Helen Houghton Reserve is a lovely space to visit with access to the Teviot Brook. It is a place to contemplate and be inspired by the memory of Helen and all the things she did to make a difference in our world.

BOSS thanks Scenic Rim Regional Council for its support in setting aside this space in honour of Helen and their financial contribution to the day. 


Environmental Arts Workshop Program

BOSS is midway through the 2011 Environmental Arts Workshop Program. The common theme across the program is to offer creative ideas and processes to reuse items which would normally go to landfill, and focus on using natural resources and environmentally friendly products.

Successful workshops have already been run with Altered Art and Natural Fibre Weaving.

Still to come on the program is Natural Fabric Dyeing with Patena Moesker on 27 and 28 August, Leadlight Stepping Stones with Julie Maddocks on 10 and 11 September.

The Mosaic weekend is currently being rescheduled due to presenter Marcia Gibbs catching a bad case of the flu.

The workshop program is made possible with funding from the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Scenic Rim Regional Council and Arts Queensland to support local arts and culture. Great inkind support has also been received from the Department of Communities, The Outlook.


Fassifern Reserve Open Day

An open day will be held at the Fassifern Reserve on Sunday September 18. This is the culmination of a Caring for our Country project which has seen 2,000 trees planted at the site.  The day will showcase innovative and practical revegetation practices. Please contact BOSS if you’d like to be involved.

BOSS will also be holding a Community Tree Planting at the site in November in an effort to offset the carbon emission from their 2011 projects.


World Environment Day

The 2011 World Environment Day Festival was a tremendous success with a day filled with creativity focusing on inspirational and practical approaches to living more sustainably, with appreciation and respect for the environment.

Informative stalls, interactive workshops, talks, displays and live entertainment all day focused on the sustainability and environmental message and brought together a wonderful blend of concepts, thoughts and ideas to develop a solid and sound green future in the Scenic Rim.

BOSS Secretary Julie Jackson said “the day’s success belongs with all our creative, innovative participants, our hard working volunteers, our generous supporters and the hundreds of visitors, both local and from further afield who celebrated our day.”

The 2012 World Environment Day celebrations will be held on Saturday 2 June, and BOSS is proud to announce NRMA as its sponsor for the event. It’s not too early to contact BOSS if you’d like to be involved.


Eat Local Week

BOSS celebrated Eat Local Week (a fantastic initiative of Scenic Rim Regional Council and part of a week long promotional campaign) at the Australian Hotel with local musicians and local food, at a Winter Solstice Gathering on Saturday June 25.  Local food featured mini pizzas created with Scenic Rim Olives and specially cured pepperoni by award winning Elite Meats incorporating organic Mt French chillies and Roadvale garlic. To keep abreast of BOSS events and activities, follow us on Facebook. For more information about upcoming events contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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