Hi Boomerang Bag crew,
Thanks so much to everyone who came along to our first sewing bee. For those who weren’t able to make it we look forward to meeting you soon!
The numbers are in for the first sewing bee:
|‘Very, nearly, almost’ complete bags||14|
|Bag pieces with pockets pre-attached||10|
|Cut bag pieces||65|
|Sewn or ironed handles||20 sets|
|Cut handles||60 sets|
|Cut tags||Lots and lots and lots|
Boomerang Bags national recommend that each community should reach a ‘critical mass’ of 1000 bags before launching them into the community. So we have a few to go if we aim for this target but I’m sure each sewing bee we will get more and more efficient!
Drawing on the learning of the first meet up we’ve had a few ideas to streamline the process that we’ll implement at the next sewing bee:
We want your feedback: what creative ideas do you have to build Boomerang Bags Cairns? What ideas do you have from the first meeting? Let us know in this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DG8GN2K (It’s anonymous!)
NEXT MEET UP: NEXT WEEK!
When: Thursday 2nd March 4.30pm – 7.30 pm (that’s next week!)
Where: Downstairs of Cominos House 27-29 Greenslopes St, Cairns North
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1150285245069411/
What to bring: sewing machine or overlocker (if you have one), recycled fabric, snacks to share, or just yourself 🙂
A lot of people asked if they should bring their machine (or overlocker) along: yes, if you do have one then bring it along as it seems the back log in our production line so far has been the sewing stage. In saying this if you don’t have a machine don’t let that stop you from coming at all: there are so many other tasks that need to be done Eg cutting, printing, ironing, sorting, organising chatting 😛 You can also sit in with a sewer and learn.
Can’t come along but still want to help?
Do you have any fabric at home that may never be used? Donate it and we will turn it into Boomerang Bags. Anything will do so long as it isn’t overly thick or stretchy, even old sheets can be chopped up to be given a second life. We will also be gladly accepting donations of thread and any sewing accessories. Please bring in to the CAFNEC office (we will also have a donation box on the veranda for when office is closed).
One more thing:
In case you missed it: the Queensland Government has committed to banning single-use plastic bags in 2018 – hoorah! A discussion paper has been released and public input is being sought via an online survey into what a ban may look like in practice. To help you out the Cafnec Marine Response Team have put together some points which may help you guide your response. The survey closes on Monday 27th March so have your say now! http://www.marineteam.org/response-guide-qld-gov-survey-on-plastic-bag-ban/
Further reading: check out the national website http://boomerangbags.org/ or join the national Boomerang Bags Facebook group as a great place to get ideas on how others are running Boomerang Bags (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1039774889391899/)
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Bess, Community Engagement Coordinator at CAFNEC on 4032 1746 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This year’s Marine Response Team Raffle 2015 has been a successful fundraiser for the team, thanks to all involved! Special thanks to the local businesses that donated prizes. Click here to see our generous sponsors!
Paris was one of our youngest and cherished team members. Her contributions to the Marine Response Team will remain here for the years to come. Paris was a young girl who could see the importance of the reef in her future. Standing alongside Bob Irwin at the 2014 Reef Rally in Cairns she helped to inform, inspire and rally the people of Cairns to take action for The Great Barrier Reef.
Unfortunately Paris left us early and we pay tribute to her efforts for marine conservation and continue to draw inspiration and dedication from her loving memory.
Rest in Peace Paris,
You will never be forgotten
We continue to celebrate your passion and inspiration through our work here at the Marine Response Team
On April 6th 2014 the Cairns and Far North Community came together to express their concern with proposals to dredge to expand Cairns Port, and other dredging / port expansions along the Queensland coast.
This highly successful event was attended by a broad range of community members and featured talks from Bob Irwin, Josh Coates, June Norman and Paris Chadburn, music and a march through town.
Click here for more information on this event.
The Marine Team puts large amounts of time in to establishing what is proposed and providing that information in simple terms. Also the team puts together many other resources that will help community members understand the proposals and what they mean for our marine ecosystems.
Cairns Port Dredging proposal (Cairns Shipping Development Project)
The results of the community survey indicate an overwhelmingly high level of concern regarding the proposal to dredge over 5 million cubic meters of mud to expand the shipping channel into Trinity Inlet.
When survey participants were asked how concerned they were about the proposal over 95% of respondents indicated they were concerned and 75% stated they were ‘very concerned’.
85.5% of respondents support a ban on dumping of dredge spoil in Great Barrier Reef waters.