Boonah's third World Environment Day Festival showcases a huge range of exhibitors, talks, workshops, demonstrations, art and performances celebrating and inspiring sustainable communities.
Organised by the Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire (BOSS), the event kicks off at 9am Saturday June 2 at the Outlook, Boonah.
With around 50 stalls, there's something for everyone, with everything from aquaponics to zumba, electric bikes, Madam Mulch, a moving welcome to country, delicious homemade fare, lots of local organic food and more, all showcasing the global Green Economy theme and providing practical and innovative ways to tread more lightly on our earth.
Live entertainment all day includes Brisbane pop / folk/ rock band Pop Properly headlining some great local talent including a performance of Save our Scenic Rim, a song written to highlight the potential impacts of Coal Seam Gas (CSG) on our community.
There's plenty of focus on local wildlife with Furry Maclean and his Crocodiles and Dragons workshop, and Scenic Rim Wildlife who'll also be celebrating Wildlife Queensland's 50th anniversary with Wild Poetry of the Scenic Rim at 4.30pm.
Greening Australia and Queensland Bush Foods will be in attendance offering advice to support keen gardeners who want to grab a bargain at the BOSS plant stall.
Other highlights include a raw food demonstration, a discussion on industrial ecology, the workshopping of "The Rim" art and ecology community story, Boonah's bulk buy community, and a clothes swap where preloved good quality clothes can be swapped for 'new' items.
Recycling features heavily in the sculptural displays by Christopher Trotter and Mark Paddick, the Junk Orchestra interactive workshops, the community weaving table, market stalls with repurposed furniture, jewellery and clothing, together with innovative recycling bays.
Old runners are collected for the Nike Reuse-a-Shoe Campaign where 100% of old athletic shoes are recycled into Nike Grind and used in the making of new shoes, running tracks and playground surfaces.
Unwanted new and second hand bras can be donated for Project Uplift which provides bras for women in third world countries who have difficulty in obtaining or affording them.
Baby and toddler winter clothes can be donated for the Mornington Island indigenous children who participate in the Drumley Walk.
Visitors can also bring along their corks which are recycled for the Girl Guides, phones and accessories for the Mobile Muster, and old plastic store cards to be refashioned into guitar picks on the day.
Thanks to community generosity, the multi prize raffle has some excellent prizes including a Mt Barney interpretive Eco Walk, Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard wines, an Italian cooking class pass, lots of gift vouchers and a local produce hamper.
This year's event is proudly supported by event sponsor NRMA Insurance, the Scenic Rim Regional Council through their Environmental Program, and the Department of Communities, the Outlook who are again partnering with BOSS to stage the event.
BOSS looks forward to sharing this fabulous day with our great community.