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United front: Ritchies IGA manager Matt Skiller with members of the Balnarring Boomerang Bags group. Picture: Yanni

Supermarket’s backing in the bag Stephen Taylor steve@mpnews.com.au BALNARRING Boomerang Bags is the first group to have its own stall in a supermarket. Ritchies’ IGA manager Matt Skiller has given the group space as the 30 June deadline for the statewide banning of single use plastic bags in supermarkets approaches. “The cloth bags are going really well with everyone right behind the group’s work,” Mr Skiller said. “Customers are dropping off cloth for them to use in making the bags which can be bought for a dollar coin

donation. Money earned goes back to the group to buy more cloth or sewing machine equipment.” The Balnarring Boomerang Bags group is aiming to educate people about a sustainable alternative to plastic bags. They meet in the Balnarring Primary School art room, 1.30pm on Mondays to collect supplies and create kits. Sewers and non-sewers wanting to join them are welcome. “Fabric is sourced from St Marks Op Shop or donated by ex-sewers, Hastings Upholstery and Warwick Fabrics,” organiser Cheryl McDonald said. “All this fabric is saved from landfill. We have made more than 1500 bags since starting in October 2017.”

Donations are also used to help cover the group’s costs of printing, buying display stands, purchasing labels and screen printing materials. Ms McDonald said the group aimed to educate people about plastic pollution, reduce fabric going to landfill, eliminate the need for plastic bags and create a community of like-minded people “who can make a real difference”. “There are now at least 10 Boomerang Bag communities across the peninsula pumping out thousands of reusable bags made from fabric diverted from landfill,” Ms McDonald said. “It’s pretty amazing stuff.” Details: boomerangbags.org



Upcoming changes to the Frankston Line Works along the Frankston Line are being carried out simultaneously to allow the level crossing removal at Skye/Overton Road and new Frankston Station works to progress faster and minimise disruptions to passengers. To allow for this, changes have been made to replacement bus services on the Frankston Line. This will affect the way you travel. The sooner we get this done, the sooner you’ll be on your way.

Buses replace trains

Frankston Station closure

• On the Frankston Line between Carrum and Frankston from now until last service on Sunday 17 June. • On the Stony Point Line between Carrum and Stony Point from now until last service on Sunday 17 June. • On the Frankston Line between Flinders Street and Moorabbin from Saturday 9 June until last service on Monday 11 June.

Road closures

• Frankston station will remain closed to passengers until Monday 18 June when train services resume running to the station.

• To allow for parts of the current station to be demolished, the southbound lane of Young Street, Frankston will be closed from now until Monday 25 June.

• A temporary station will be in the Fletcher Road carpark to service replacement buses before, during and after this period.

• To allow for works to continue to remove the Skye/Overton level crossing, Skye/ Overton Road will be closed at the level crossing until Sunday 17 June. • There will also be changes to traffic conditions and reduced speed limits in the vicinity of the Skye/Overton Road level crossing until mid June.

Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey. Local traders will be open for business during this time, so please support businesses in the area.

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