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February 07, 2018

Boomerang Bags drive grassroots community action in Indi

Federal Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan has acknowledged the work of Indi’s community groups, schools and individuals who are using recycled materials to make more than 6,000 Boomerang Bags and create a sustainable alternative to plastic bags.


Ms McGowan said one of the best alternatives to plastic bags has been the growth of the Boomerang Bag movement.


“Thanks to hundreds of amazing supporters and thousands of dedicated volunteers, Boomerang Bags has now become a global movement of grassroots, community action. Communities across my electorate are part of this action,” Ms McGowan said.


“There are more than a dozen groups throughout Indi, including Alexandra, Bright, Beechworth, Benalla, Bonnie Doon, Kiewa Valley, Kinglake, Mansfield, Moyhu, Mt Beauty and Tawonga, Myrtleford, Wangaratta, Yackandandah, Yarck, Yea and Wodonga. They have dedicated bag making sessions, producing as many as 6,000 reusable bags a year.


“I am pleased that in October 2017, the Victorian Labor Government committed to banning single-use lightweight plastic shopping bags.”


Ms McGowan has supported a Private Members’ Motion in Parliament by the Member for Mayo, Ms Rebekha Sharkie, calling for those state governments yet to enact a ban on lightweight non-biodegradable plastic shopping bags to do so urgently. The motion also calls upon the Australian Government to implement a national ban on lightweight non-biodegradable plastic shopping bags by the end of 2018.



Cathy’s speech on Boomerang Bags in Indi is here https://youtu.be/3BK1BaQZN4U



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