Bring on the Bush Bags
A PROJECT that is both eco-friendly and helping women learn new skills is taking shape in Dubbo. Coordinator Taya Johnston said that Bush Bags stemmed from a Landcare idea to make reusable bags.
“With Coles and Woolworths both going bagless soon, it started a discussion,” she explained.
Joblink Plus and the Emmanuel Care Centre came on board and the Emmanuel Care Studio was born.
It’s a space where women can create, learn and share life.
“It’s bringing skills and confidence for women locally,” Taya told Dubbo Photo News. “It will also help them to get a job later. Our aim is to empower young women to lead rich and fulfilling lives with confidence, passion and purpose.”
For participants, the ability to take something from being a piece of material and turn it into a saleable item is an achievement.
“They enjoy the sense of doing something they couldn’t do previously,” Taya says.
The bagmaking is becoming increasingly popular, and has a regular stream of participants.
Taya is really pleased with the progress and says it’s a wonderful concept.
“It’s going really well.it’s been going for two months and we have made 100 bags so far. They are also reversible. “We are selling them for $1 at the Emmanuel Care Centre shop.”
The group aims to make many more bags in the coming months and to extend the project if possible.
“We need donation of materials, second-hand materials are fine.
“It’s a six-month project, but we are looking to go longer.”
The Bush Bags project is held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30am to 2.30pm at the old CWA Hall in Wingewarra St.
For more information or to become involved, please contact Taya on 0415 554 535.
Supervisor Anne Zinnack and project manager Taya Johnston with some of the bags created by the group. PHOTO: SARAH HARVEY