Bring on the Bush Bags

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By NATALIE HOLMES

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

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