Local MP the Hon Jacqui Dean was in town on Thursday 20 April to lend support to the Totally Locally Boomerang Bag project.  Project leader Lisa Pilgrim explained, “a band of volunteer sewers have made over 200 tote bags out of recycled fabric. The bags are now out on the main street ready for use by shoppers who have forgotten to bring a bag of their own and would prefer not to use plastic.” Totally Locally town champion Merran Blake added, “it is surprising how many customers refuse any kind of packaging, the conservation message is really getting through.”

Jacqui Dean was impressed that the bags were available for use at no charge. “It is wonderful that a community shows such trust. It’s a great idea. It is just the kind of project that makes Geraldine a special place”.  She suggested that her Personal Assistant, Elizabeth Hayes, who lives in Kurow might like to take the idea back there. “And I’ll take a bag to see whether there is some interest in Oamaru“, she said, “I know it’s a boomerang – I’ll bring it back."

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Jacqui Dean admires the workmanship of the Boomerang Bags - Left to right: Lisa Pilgrim, the Hon Jacqui Dean, Elizabeth Hayes, Merran Blake