Event’s global mes­sage

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Louise Shan­non

MORE than 100 Boomerang Bags have been com­mis­sioned for this year’s Air­lie Beach Race Week Fes­ti­val of Sail­ing, high­light­ing to the world the com­mit­ment of Whit­sun­day res­i­dents in their roles as care­tak­ers of the reef.

Co-or­di­na­tor of Boomerang Bags Whit­sun­days Barb Adamson said Race Week or­gan­is­ers had ap­proached her to sew 120 bags from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als to be used for the event’s wel­come kits.

So far, 100 ves­sels have reg­is­tered for the event, and the bags, which will con­tain re­gatta hand­books and help­ful lo­cal in­for­ma­tion, will be given to each skip­per.

Ms Adamson said she had be­gun the Whit­sun­day wing of the Boomerang Bags op­er­a­tion in Fe­bru­ary this year, and had now made 800 re­cy­cled bags.

She said even though the State Gov­ern­ment would be in­tro­duc­ing a plas­tic bag ban early to mid next year, it was im­por­tant the com­mu­nity took re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own en­vi­ron­ment.

“I don’t think we should ex­pect the gov­ern­ment to fix our prob­lems all the time. I think we can fix this one our­selves,” she said.

Boomerang Bags started in Aus­tralia four years ago, and now in­volves 400 com­mu­ni­ties world­wide.

Ms Adamson said the bags that had been made in the Whit­sun­days had re­placed po­ten­tially thou­sands of bags that would have oth­er­wise gone to land­fill.

Air­lie Beach Race Week mar­ket­ing man­ager Adrian Bram said, as an event that at­tracted sail­ing peo­ple from all around Aus­tralia and of­ten in­clud­ing a cou­ple of in­ter­na­tional boats, it was im­por­tant to high­light the im­por­tance of car­ing for our ocean en­vi­ron­ment.

“The eyes of the sail­ing world are on us at this time every year, and it’s al­ways nice to be able to put out an eco­log­i­cal mes­sage,” he said.

SKIP­PER'S BAGS: Adrian Bram and Race Week vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor David How­ells with some Boomerang Bags.

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