State MP’s Kate Washington challenge to ban plastic bags

BOOMERANG BAG INITIATIVE: Brooke Allen, Kate Washington and Julie Sims.
BOOMERANG BAG INITIATIVE: Brooke Allen, Kate Washington and Julie Sims.

 

LOCAL State MP Kate Washington proudly showed off her hand sewn ‘Boomerang Bag’ when she took to the floor of the New South Wales Parliament last week in support of the ban the plastic bag movement.

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“C’mon Premier, if Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest can do it, you can too,” Ms Washington told Parliament.

“I commend the work of local volunteers in the townships of Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest who are part of the ‘Boomerang Bag’ movement.”

“These remarkable volunteers sew ‘Boomerang Bags’ for use instead of plastic shopping bags,” the Port Stephens MP said.

“The group is supported by the Myall Lakes University of the Third Age craft groups, sponsored by local Ray White Real Estate and local businesses.”

“The group has been selling their beautiful hand sewn community made bags at local markets and I was fortunate enough to be gifted one.”

Ms Washington went on to thank the local volunteers Brooke Allen, Ingrid Feltis, Margaret Gooding, Sam Allen, Dalene Ding, Marley Allen and Caroline Price and the many other volunteers for their efforts to get the project off the ground.

Boomerang Bags says it’s not too late for volunteers to get on board.

“We are in need of people to cut fabric for us, no sewing experience is necessary.”

“If you can trace around a square and cut it out then you can help.”

To volunteer your services simply head to the Boomerang Bags Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Facebook Page.

The group is also holding another Sewing Bee on Saturday 26 August at the Pindimar Bundabah Community Association Hall.

 

By Margie TIERNEY

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