LOCALS Emily McNally and Alison Phillips are attempting to bring an Australia-wide movement to Heathcote.
Boomerang Bags is a community based not-for-profit initiative working towards eliminating plastic bags around Australia.
The pair have two main goals — to limit waste, and to band the community together while doing it.
It is run fully by volunteers who — like Emily and Alison — have seen a need for a different type of bag for a long time.
The volunteers gather recycled materials and sew bags for day-to-day use.
“It was something Alison and I had been passionate about for a while now and we discussed it a few times and then finally did some research,” Mrs McNally said.
“With us both being working mums it was tough to get the idea going at first but then we attended an information day in Echuca and it really interested us.
“We knew it was something that is starting out small, but we thought it had the potential to really grow.”
The pair have organised a stall at the Heathcote night market on January 25 and will use the stall to educate the community on Boomerang Bags and what they are all about.
“That won’t be just for our bags, it is also for people who just want to find out some more information as well.’’
A sewing bee has also been set for February 2 between 12 noon and 2.30pm, and Mrs McNally is hoping to gather at least once a month to sew as many Boomerang Bags as possible.
“We think it’s a really good way to get small communities together and working toward the same goal.
‘‘Anyone can come on down to the sewing bee as long as they bring a positive attitude.
“We are also planning on having a sort of communal collection point outside the City of Greater Bendigo Heathcote Office where people can put materials that might be used.”
Mrs McNally and Mrs Phillips have already had prints for the bags created by children at the Heathcote Primary School and plan to try and distribute the bags throughout the town in the near future.
The pair are thankful for the support of the City of Greater Bendigo and also Mandalay Resources who are helping fund the operation.
If you are interested in helping Boomerang Bags get off the ground in Heathcote, head on down to the night market to hear more of what Boomerang Bags is all about, or email either [email protected] or [email protected]