Manly’s Boomerang Bags celebrates 6 years. To-date the local Boomerang Bags volunteers have delivered 10,000+ FREE reusable bags for the Manly community to borrow and reuse when they forget their own. They were there in the supermarkets when we all had to adjust to no free plastic bags, they have been there supplying bags for essential packs for the women’s shelters, fire and flood effected evacuation centres, as well as animal pouches for animal rescue groups and laundry bags for frontline health workers during Covid.
This has been made possible by the generous support of local organisations, including Royal Far West for the past 2 years, providing the Manly Boomerang Bags volunteers with a dedicated space to store materials and make the bags and other products.
The Manly community has embraced and rallied behind this project and the amazing crew of passionate local volunteers who have held bag drives in schools, holiday workshops, library working bees, market stall fundraisers, film nights and worked with local businesses to promote reuse and reduce plastic pollution.
This initiative has had an amazing ripple effect in connecting and empowering the local and wider communities to make a difference in reducing plastic pollution and diverting fabric waste from landfill.
Manly Boomerang Bags is financially self-sustaining, has demonstrated longevity with it projects and could even pay a small peppercorn rent for premises. Despite winning accolades from the Northern Beaches Council, the Council has repeatedly refused to offer support to this group by the way of providing permanent, or even semi-permanent storage or a space to operate from.
The deadline to move out of the Royal Far West is December 2022 so if you know of a local business, warehouse, church, retirement village etc that has a small room that might have some storage and/or a space for some happy volunteers to work from between Manly and Dee Why, please contact us here via messenger or email Manly Boomerang Bags at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also welcome would be the opportunity to collaborate or share a space with other like minded groups to further facilitate and promote the #UPCYCLE movement on the Northern Beaches.