World Environment Day will be celebrated in style this year at Boonah and after the success of 2010’s inaugural event many are looking forward to this full-day festival on Saturday June 4 at The Outlook.
Hosted by the Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire (BOSS), the day’s events include live entertainment, market stalls, free creative workshops, local organic food, and lots of innovations for a cooler, cleaner, greener future.
Boss organiser Julie Jackson said, “the aim of WED 2011 is to showcase our local green economy, and raise awareness of the special place in which we live and what we have available at our fingertips.
“We’re proud to be associated with the many sustainable businesses and artists in the Scenic Rim who together, contribute to the growing success of the event, and more broadly our region.
“Everything from aromatherapy to Zumba will feature, together with electric bikes, native wildlife, worm farms, lavender products, handmade soaps, local organic produce and environmentally friendly products for the home and garden.
“BOSS will again be cooking up a storm at the slow food low food mile food stall, with fresh organic ingredients locally sourced. Other tempting treats include Italian gelato, olives, wine, billy tea and damper, and organic fair trade coffee and chai.
“The day’s program also includes live entertainment with local musicians and Kiribati and belly dancers, an interactive discussion focusing on sustainable building and landscape design ideas, and a community painting created through ‘The Rim’ art and ecology project.
“Recycling features heavily with internationally acclaimed artist Christopher Trotter’s sculptures on show, Altered Art and Junk Orchestra workshops, and recycling bays for corks, running shoes, mobile phones and accessories, bread tags, and preloved baby and toddler clothes.
“Creations made at a recent community arts workshop featuring recycled materials like tin cans, plastic bottles and bottle tops will decorate the site.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, the multi- prize raffle includes a Mt Barney Lodge eco walk, local wine and artwork, a cheese making kit, gift vouchers and a hampers of local produce” Julie said.
A community planting day will be held at the Fassifern Reserve later in 2011 in an effort to offset the carbon emissions related to running the festival.
BOSS is very pleased to be partnering again with the Department of Communities to stage the event, and thanks WED sponsors Scenic Rim Regional Council for its generous support.