Contribute to sustainability

By Zoe McMaugh

The environmental future of the district is in good hands, thanks to the Edward River Sustainability Group.

The group participate in projects designed to benefit the Edward River Council region, which has included the creation of plastic replacing Boomerang Bags.

The bags are sold at the Lions Community Market in Deniliquin, where the group also hosts a 'food swap' initiative.

Its members also provide keep cups and champion the use of bees wax wraps, made by Delena Gaffney, to replace throw-away cling wraps.

Group member Sonya Robinson said with more members, the reach of the group could also expand.

"As we build our ranks we will ask members to bring their own ideas of projects we could work on," she said.

"The whole premise of our group is getting people together to work on solutions to everyday, local sustainability issues.

"We can communicate some of those issues to Edward River Council, and we also have partnerships with the Deniliquilters, the lagoons restoration committee, Naponda Hospital Auxiliary.

"Our main priority now is having enough members to cover our existing projects, but we have discussed perhaps launching a 'more food, less waste' campaign for the home and business.

"A reducing litter campaign could also be another possibility."

The Edward River Sustainability Group's monthly Boomerang Bags session for September will be tomorrow, from 10am to 12pm. It will be held at the Deniliquin Multi Arts Hall in  in Cressy St, Deniliquin.

Ms Robinson said anyone interested in learning more about the group or its projects is invited to come along.

Membership of the group is just $5, and each member received a keep cup.

You can also reach out the Edward River Sustainability Group via its Facebook page.