Boomerang bags were launched in Kyneton in August last year, and just five months later there have been more than 2000 bags made and distributed to the community.
The colourful and distinctive fabric bags are regularly spotted being used around town so we're happy to know each one is replacing many single-use plastic bags.
Many groups and individuals in the community have helped with this achievement. Kyneton Transition Hub partnered with Kyneton Community and Learning Centre (KCLC) for this project and they have provided a sewing bee venue, storage and lots of other help. Both RM Begg and BUPA have welcomed our volunteers for sewing bees and the volunteers and residents have had lots of fun times together. Kyneton Men's Shed, CWA Twilighters, Kyneton Show Committee, Kyneton Connections and Kyneton Library have all provided support along with many other local schools and groups. The local op shops have helped immensely in providing fabric donations. KTH and MRSC provided initial funding to purchase equipment and service donated machines.
Of course, the project is an ongoing one and although we have a bunch of dedicated volunteers we're always looking for new ones. You don't need to be able to sew to get involved as there are lots of other jobs. And we've had a few people join so we can help them learn to sew. The "sewing" bees will continue and all comers are welcome. This includes all ages and all abilities.
We also have volunteers who collect kits of bags already cut out and do their sewing at home. You can collect kits from Kyneton Community & Learning Centre or the produce swap at the farmers' market.
Sewing bees are held regularly at BUPA, RM Begg and KCLC and occasionally at other venues. We plan school holiday events as well.
If you would prefer to help behind the scenes contact us about joining our steering group which meets only as required. This group has a number of roles: encouraging others; liaising with local schools, community groups, shops and businesses; organising fabric donations; promoting this initiative.
For more information find us on Facebook
, email Kynetonboomerangbags@gmail.com
or call KCLC on 5422 3433.