WHO ARE WE?
We're glad you asked! Plastic Free Noosa is a project run by The Boomerang Alliance, and we've been doing this kind of work for a while!
Boomerang Alliance is a national peak not-for-profit formed in 2003 with the aim of a zero waste society - to give local communities power in their struggle to stem the massive waste of discarded resources polluting our environment.
We have run successful campaigns around container deposit schemes, plastic bags, E-waste, toxic toxic tyre dumping, mircroplastics and microbeads.
Plastic Free Noosa is the pilot community of our Plastic Free Places Campaign.
THE PLASTIC FREE NOOSA TEAM
The Noosa team works on the ground (and behind the scenes) to deliver to our members the best advice, information and products to help them switch away from single use plastic. This may sound simple, but in fact it takes a lot of work, knowledge, experience and passion to deliver this program!
Meet the Boomerang Alliance staff that make up this awesome team:
Chad Buxton - Project Coordinator
If you're one of our members, you've probably met Chad - his enthusiasm is hard to forget!
Very knowledgeable on plastic alternatives, Chad has been instrumental in helping to develop the project. He does most of the work with our members and says he considers himself fortunate to have positive conversations daily and be part of a great team facilitating change and providing solutions that work.
Originally from California, Chad holds a marine science degree and has a keen love for the ocean. He has even worked with Jacques Cousteau (the pioneer of marine conservation)!
Kellie Lindsay- Program Manager
Kellie oversees the management of the Plastic Free Places program and helps develop the systems and partnerships that drive it.
Previously, she worked on the Qld container refund scheme campaign, and says Noosa played a central role in this thanks to a media stunt on Main Beach that got statewide exposure. When Boomerang Alliance was deciding on a pilot community for the Plastic Free Places program, she suggested Noosa would be perfect!
Kellie obtained business and science degrees before pursuing an environmental career, further obtaining a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management.
Toby Hutcheon - State Manager
Toby has worked on environmental issues for 30 years. He started at Greenpeace on the Nuclear Free Seas campaign, dividing his time between the office and the bows of nuclear warships. He was Greenpeace Australia’s first Action Coordinator, managed the Communications Division, and helped initiate the ‘green’ Sydney Olympics. Toby moved to Europe in 1996, working on the Chernobyl Campaign for Greenpeace International in Moscow.
Since then, Toby worked with the NSW Government on waste issues and ran a consultancy business, advising government on zero waste initiatives.
Toby was the Executive Director of the Queensland Conservation Council from 2004-2014. Toby has tertiary qualifications in Education, Marketing and Journalism. He believes that we can all make a difference.
Want to join Plastic Free Noosa and work with us?