In 2003 Dave West and a group of passionate people began to campaign for a container deposit system across Australia and decided to create an alliance among all sorts of environmental groups – from surfers to recyclers, to clean up and neighbourhood groups - to give local communities power and influence in their struggle to stem the massive waste of discarded resources polluting our playgrounds, parks, rivers and beaches. The Boomerang Alliance quickly grew from 9 groups and now comprises 47 national, state and local allies. Boomerang is managed by the Total Environment Centre, which provides campaign capacity and strategy. Each of our allies has the right to their own policies, and decides the level of support they give to our campaigns.
We have an Advisory Committee currently comprising: Robert Purves, Purves Environmental Fund; Jennifer Hughes, Partner, Baker and McKenzie; Cam Walker, Friends of the Earth; Jeff Angel, Director, Boomerang Alliance; and Erika Hosoyama, Secretariat.