Mornington Peninsula  Boomerang Bags Collective

Engage, Educate and Sustain

























Photo courtesy Herald Sun News      Photographer Chris Eastman

 Congratulations to the Sorrento Community Centre on receiving Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Placemaking and Community grants to work towards establishing new hubs and rolling out an educational program to reduce single-use plastic bags across the Peninsula. 


"Boomerang Bags is a grassroots, community-driven movement tackling plastic pollution at its source".


A sell out on Saturday 7 April at the Sorrento Cinema.

“BLUE is a cinematic song for our oceans; beautiful, intimate and grand. Fearlessly truth-telling, yet passionately hopeful. See this film and you will want to rise up with the waves.”



Mornington Peninsula Boomerang Bags Collective

is a project of the Sorrento Community Centre


Local Hubs you can join are listed below or email if you belong to a not for profit organisation on the Mornington Peninsula and are thinking of starting a group or have an event that could make a difference we could offer support.

Meets at Crib Point Community House
Contact: Mary Budd
Contact: Robyn Ruhl
7 Park Rd, Crib Point VIC 3919
Phone: (03) 5983 9888
Thursdays 9 am to 3 pm Contact: Shelle Hepburn
Phone 59 84 3360
Seawinds Capel Sound
Seawinds Community Hub
11a Allambi Avenue, Capel Sound 03 5982 2204
Contact: Val Rowe
Red Hill
Contact: Cheryl
Rye Community House
27 Nelson St, Rye
Contact: Kerryn Ladell
Phone: (03) 5985 4462
Contact: Marita Hardbottle
Meets Mondays
Contact: Karen Tatman
15 Gibson St, Dromana 3936
Phone: (03) 5987 2631
Contact: Gwen
Meets at Balnarring Primary School
Contact: Marnee Fraser
Mt Martha
Meets Mondays at 1pm
Contact: Becca Smith
Leader: Robyn Ruhl
466 Esplanade, Mount Martha VIC 3934
Phone: 1300 850 600
Contact: Lisa Glover
185 High St, Hastings 3915
Phone: (03) 5979 2918
Mt Eliza
Contact: Janet Johns
Leader: Sandie
We have six sewing machines ready to use!
Bentons square
Contact Kelly
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Welcome friends, Boomerang Bags ‘communities’ are areas in which groups of volunteers get together to make bags regularly for the wider community to use. We are committed to the philosophy of Boomerang Bags


"Boomerang Bags is a grassroots, community-driven movement tackling plastic pollution at its source".


Volunteers from all walks of life get together to make re-useable ‘boomerang bags’ using recycled materials, as a means to provide a sustainable alternative to plastic bags.

The bags are given away to friends, family, colleagues, bagless strangers and so on, as a plastic bag alternative that can be used and reused, or passed on to others in need.

The bags create a platform to start conversations, make friends, up-cycled materials and work towards shifting society’s throw away mentality to a more sustainable revolution of re-use – one community, needle and thread at a time!

We launched at Sorrento Community Centre on March 8th, 2017 with the hard work and dedication of the Sorrento hub, and supported by Rosebud and district hub as well as Balnarring, Red Hill, Somers and Westernport.

We are indebted to the local volunteers who want to make a difference at the Sorrento Community Centre. The name was updated to clarify that this new "collective" is for all hubs on the Mornington Peninsula and also for others supporters to join as interested followers.

In 2018 the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council will support the project through a Community Grant given to the Sorrento Community Centre to develop sustainable models for the hubs by seeking support through the Neighbourhood Houses and with the particular focus on establishing new hubs on the Peninsula with an educational focus.

Welcome to Dromana, Mornington Hastings and Mt Martha in March 2018 This project is supported by the Rye and District Bendigo Community Bank



Global Hair Design, Balnarring
Balnarring Op Shop
Village People Cafe Balnarring
Tulum Store, Balnarring Beach
Nourish Organic Foods Balnarring
Red Hill Bakery Balnarring
Bendigo Bank Balnarring

Ritchies IGA Balnarring


Blairgowrie Chemist


Capel Sound and Rosebud

Seawinds Community Hub, Capel Sounds
Josie's Nails, Capel Sounds

Gordons Harvest

Rosebud Bendigo Bank

Crib Point
Crib Point Community House

Bendigo Bank, Dromana
Torello Farm Produce, Dromana

Wombat Vegan Cafe

Little Woolie, Hastings
High on Fruit, Hastings
Petersen's Bookstore, Hastings
Hastings Health Food Store

Hastings Community House

Red Hill
Red Hill Cellar and Pantry Grocery

La Casa Nostra Deli, Rosebud
Bendigo Bank Rosebud
Bryant’s Organic Vegetable Farm, Rosebud
Gordon’s Harvest, Rosebud
Rosebud Bookbarn
Rosebud Health Store
Angel Op Shop, Rosebud

Habitat for Humanity

Mt Eliza

Mt Martha

Bendigo Bank Rye
Rye Vision Australia Op Shop
Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad Opportunity Shop, Rye
Rye Community House

Somers General Store
Coolart homestead, Somers


Sorrento Community Centre
JacknAndys Opportunity Shop, Sorrento


Surf Shop

Sorrento Visitors Centre


The Sorrento Community Centre launched the "sew sustainable" project Mornington Peninsula Boomerang Bags in March 2017.

Shelle Hepburn leads a group of women who were passionate about the beautiful environment that we live and work in and have learned to make re-useable shopping bags that will  "make a difference" and reduce the use of plastic shopping bags.


The creative production of the bags using upcycled durable cotton and opportunity shop donations produces highly desirable one of a kind bags.

The aim is to reduce single-use plastic bags in our shopping villages and to educate the community to care for the environment.


Over 130 children have created artworks that depict their local postcode and their illustrations show their passion and connectedness to the local area.  Sea life and the beach are usually the main themes on the bags.

This idea is so well received especially when completed bags are given back to the children.  At the sessions, we talk about the bags travelling around the world and the postcode being recognised.


Working with children has been inspirational, they are the future and already have an understanding of environment and sustainability, we learn from them.


The local opportunity shops and schools together with the community have been generous with donations of recycled fabrics.

Gwen Guidici energetically leads the Rosebud hub and is passionate about a sustainable peninsula.

The Capel Sands/ Seawinds hub is lead by Val Rowe and held at the Seawinds Hub.

Marita is another fantastic volunteer who has produced over a 1,000 bags and set up the Mornington hub. 

Robyn Ruhl who is part of the Westernport group is working with Becca Smith leading a group in Mt Martha.

The Dromana Group will be lead by Karen Tatman the Neighbourhood House Coordinator.

Red Hill and Somers sew from home and Balnarring sew at the local primary school

So you can see all have developed in their own way and are true community projects based on volunteerism, collaboration and social connectedness.


Boomerang Bags Mornington Peninsula Collective is part of Boomerang Bags which is growing to be a worldwide movement and has many resources available on the website.

You are welcome to join the HUBS as there are many jobs needed to be done and as we grow we need all hands on deck. From sorting, cutting, packaging, marketing and delivering there is a job for anyone. You can join and learn or share skills too.

The project is ideal for those wanting to build employment skills in small business, retail, marketing, social media, administration and dressmaking skills. Work for the Dole participants are welcome at Sorrento and Rye via Centrelink.

We are seeking donations of fabrics, cotton, scissors and good will.

All proceeds or donations raised go back into producing more bags to reduce plastic bags being used


Shelle Hepburn and Tracey Trueman are available to assist your group with a kick start - we say "Keep it simple, start sewing and it will grow"

The project is proudly supported by the Rye and District Community Branch Bendigo Bank and funding will go towards the purchase of equipment, supplies and to support and educate new groups and the communities within the Mornington Peninsula