Stationery Aid Ltd in Bunya Shines as Finalist in the 2023 WasteSMART People’s Choice Award

Stationery Aid, based in Bunya, has secured a place among the top contenders for the esteemed 2023 WasteSMART People’s Choice Award, with residents rallying behind their local environmental champion in the voting process.

The WasteSMART People’s Choice Award is a prestigious recognition that honours individuals, community groups, and businesses for their dedication to waste-smart activities.

The award comes with a $350 prize, celebrating those who tirelessly work towards diverting various waste types from landfills, including food, clothing, textiles, and medical waste.

Stationery Aid has made remarkable strides in diverting used and unused school stationery and office supplies from landfills and giving them new life and use locally and abroad.

With the support of over 80 volunteers, they sort, clean, and renew these items, which are then distributed to vulnerable and disadvantaged school students in Brisbane and across Queensland. Any supplies that cannot be used are donated to other charities that provide educational resources to children overseas.

In addition to these efforts, Stationery Aid also runs a repurposing program, turning old pencils into earrings, paper into wastepaper bins, and reusable supermarket bags into pencil cases. Over the past 2.5 years, the charity has diverted approximately 46,000 litres of school stationery waste from landfills, equivalent to a 7×6 metre pool. Their work has benefited approximately 900 disadvantaged school students, mainly in Brisbane, by providing them with full yearly booklist and stationery packs.

Stationery Aid was founded in 2020 by Alison and Jan Schutt, who recognised the need to collect excess school stationery to prevent it from going to landfills. Their mission expanded to help students and families facing hardship, and they established partnerships with local community groups, schools, and volunteers to make Stationery Aid a reality.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner lauded the WasteSMART Awards as a means to encourage all residents to embrace sustainable practices. He also highlighted the various initiatives undertaken by the city to promote sustainability, including food waste recycling trials, compost and worm farm rebates, and reduced green waste disposal costs.

Public voting for the WasteSMART People’s Choice Award opened on Tuesday, 3 October, and will remain open until Monday, 16 October. Residents are encouraged to visit the WasteSMART Awards website to learn more about the 2023 finalists and cast their votes.

The WasteSMART Awards, managed by the Brisbane Sustainability Agency on behalf of the Brisbane City Council, are proudly sponsored by Containers for Change Queensland, Cleanaway, and The University of Queensland. A ceremony announcing the winners in the 12 WasteSMART Award categories, with a combined prize pool of over $4000, is scheduled to be held at Brisbane City Hall in November.

For more information about the awards and to cast your vote, visit WasteSMART Awards.

Published 16-Oct-2023

Tesla Owners Explore Bunya Biogas: A Unique Alternative Energy Initiative in Brisbane

Tesla owners from the Queensland sector of the Tesla Owners Club of Australia recently explored an innovative approach to alternative energy: tip mining. This unique visit took them to the Bunya Biogas to Renewable Power Project, shedding light on a lesser-known form of sustainable energy generation.

Tip mining, or landfill gas capture, aims to harness methane emissions from landfill sites across Australia. These sites, often located in regional areas without emission control systems, are rich sources of harmful methane. The goal is to reduce emissions and generate electricity profitably by capturing and destroying methane.

LGI (Landfill Gas Industries) is at the forefront of this green initiative. As explained by Katrina Nelson, LGI’s Business Development Manager, their mission is to save the planet one landfill at a time. 

The Tesla owners learned about LGI’s innovative methods during their visit to Bunya in early September 2023. 

Tesla Megapack Integration

LGI’s Bunya Biogas site is set to incorporate a Tesla Megapack, providing rapid response to market needs. The battery responds to price fluctuations in the National Electricity Market, optimizing power generation based on pricing.

Despite landfill sites’ unpleasant odour, the Tesla owners showed keen interest in LGI’s work. LGI’s biogas management systems effectively capture and convert harmful methane into renewable power, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

At the Bunya site, LGI also employs modular equipment housed in shipping containers for scalability. This modular approach allows LGI to easily adjust capacity as needed.

Bunya Biogas
Photo Credit: Laurence Walsh/Google Maps

ASX Listing Boosts Expansion

LGI is now listed on the ASX, the Australian Securities Exchange, providing the capital needed to expand their projects, per Matthew Tap, LGI’s project manager. This listing reflects confidence in LGI’s business plan and its potential to help local government authorities generate income from landfill sites.

Mr Tap highlighted several ongoing projects, including the expansion of the Canberra Mugga Lane Facility and a new site in Nowra, New South Wales. LGI is continually assessing gas generation rates, network connections, and investment optimization.

Toowoomba’s LGI project stands out as it powers the Wetalla Water Reclamation Facility. LGI’s innovation involved drilling under a railway line to connect the landfill gas pipeline to the water treatment plant, significantly reducing grid dependence.

Whilst there are currently no plans for EV chargers at the Bunya site, LGI is open to the idea as more councils electrify their vehicle fleets. These initiatives aim to increase the availability of renewable energy in the grid.

LGI’s pipeline of projects in collaboration with local governments promises emissions reduction, cost savings, and income streams for communities. The Tesla owners’ visit underscores the potential of alternative energy sources beyond the conventional solar and wind options. Alternative energy is truly beneficial for all.

Published 27-Sept-2023

First FC Barcelona School in Australia Set to Kick Off in Bunya

Global soccer giant FC Barcelona is giving talented Brisbane kids a chance to learn from one of the top soccer clubs in the world.

This year, Brisbane will be the home of the first FC Barcelona soccer school in Australia when the Spanish club officially opens FCB Escola in Bunya in July 2017.

At the academy, kids ages 6 to 16 years will have an exclusive opportunity to learn the Barça way of playing soccer. A technical director from FC Barcelona will move to Brisbane full time to oversee the weekly training and to impart the club’s techniques, methodology and values.

FC Barcelona’s youth academy is considered as one of the top soccer youth schools in the world. Barcelona is continuously looking for talented soccer players and its Escola programs worldwide offer a way for the club to find unique and outstanding talents in the sport.

There is a chance that players from FCB Escola could get into the fabled La Masia, which trained the likes of superstars Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez. La Masia was founded by Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff to be the youth academy that will feed the club’s senior team.

Andres Iniesta, Xavi and 5-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi are among the most decorated graduates of FC Barcelona’s youth academy. (Photo credit: FC Barcelona/Facebook)

Cruyff created the philosophy that now runs within the veins of every Barcelona player. The emphasis on possession and position allow Barcelona to delight fans of the beautiful game as they control the game at will.

With the help of its youth academy, Barcelona managed to win numerous titles for the team and its individual players. Aside from five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, other notable graduates of FC Barcelona youth academy include Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Cesc Fabregas, Sergio Busquets and Carles Puyol.

FC Barcelona Escola will officially open its winter season on 10 July 2017, which will run until 17 September 2017. The summer season will begin on 3 October 2017 and will run until 10 December 2017.


Not all players can join FCB Escola. To be accepted into Barça’s youth school, the player must have the talent. Every player is assessed and screened to see if they are qualified to join the academy.

Players can be selected through the official FCB soccer camps or at set trial sessions. The technical director will assess and accept eligible players.

To join FC Barcelona Escola, the player must pre-register for a trial. Visit the Brisbane FCBEscola website for more details on pre-registration.

FCBEscola Brisbane will be based at Pine Hills Football Club, James Drysdale Reserve in Bunya.