World Environment Day was a testament to the innovation of our region, and celebrated our people, our places and our stories. It was an immensely successful day encouraging local community engagement and spirit.
Truly one with a local focus and flavour, it was clear that this will be an ongoing annual celebration in Boonah, giving a human face to environmental issues, empowering people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development, promoting an understanding that communities are pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues, and advocating partnerships which ensure people can enjoy a safer and more prosperous future.
We were proud to be finalists in the Scenic Rim Escapes Biggest Carbon Loser Program and participants in the Strategic Sustainability Leaders Forum.
A total of 17 primary schools were visited by Madame Mulch in the Waste Minimisation Education Program funded by the Scenic Rim Regional Council. We also celebrated National Recycling Week which featured Madame Mulch and the Junk Orchestra.
Our Caring for our Country Fassifern Reserve Revegetation Project is taking shape with over 1000 trees on site, including 250 planted in a recent community planting day. Twenty varieties including specialty timber trees will in time attract native birds, koalas, insects and butterflies. When complete, there will be over 2,000 trees, with a Field Day planned for the new year.
Other projects we’re looking forward to in 2011, include:
- hosting a coal seam gas information session presented by the Environmental Defenders Office
- thanks to RADF, presenting our Environmental Arts Program with basket weaving, mosaic, altered art and fabric dyeing workshops focusing on using natural resources and recycling and reusing items
- celebrating the opening of the proposed Helen Houghton Reserve
- contributing to the success of the Boonah to Ipswich Trail through participation on the Steering Committee
- initiating a community garden for Boonah, and continuing to contribute to the Scenic Rim Food Strategy
- building on the Boonah Recycling Register and initiating more opportunities for keeping things from landfill
- continuing to deliver the Waste Minimisation Education Program across the Scenic Rim
- ongoing tree plantings to offset carbon emissions
We thank our many members, the general public, local businesses and likeminded community groups who have supported our ventures, celebrated and collaborated with us.
We thank our funding bodies, including the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, the Department of Environment and Resource Management, Department of Communities, Department of Infrastructure and Planning, the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and the Scenic Rim Regional Council for their support and belief in our vision for a sustainable future for our region.