Council's Sustainability program, known as ECOlogic has two key objectives:

  1. To embed  triple bottom line (economic, community and environmental) decision making into Council operations.
  2. To support a prosperous community that values and protects the environment.

Initiatives delivered under the sustainability program include:


A festival of fun, friendship and eco-inspiration. The ECOfiesta celebrates and showcases our unique natural environment, tropical lifestyle and green economy. More

Sustainability at Council
Council Operations

From policy to practice, Council is working towards environmental, economic, social and cultural sustainability. More

Sustainability education
ECO Schools

Supporting sustainability from kindergarten to Year 12 and beyond. More

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ECOlogic Business

Resources, programs and support for a sustainable and prosperous business. More

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ECOlogic Community

Find out about local sustainability groups, on-ground programs, grants, how to run a sustainable event and the annual ECOfiesta. More

Sustainable buildings
Tropical Building Design

Designing for the tropics is essential in our climate. Use our resources to help design a home or building that responds to our environment, climate, local character and community needs. More

Last updated: 13 December 2017

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Christmas, a time of sharing and generosity. There are many ways to ensure it is an ecoevent itself! Here's today's tip for reducing waste when wrapping your gifts: the Japanese art of furoshiki!
Centacare FNQ has launched its second School Savvy program assisting families in our community who need access to low cost school uniforms and supplies. They'll be running this pop up in January in the Cairns CBD but you can donate new or used quality goods now at Centacare or any Vinnies store. 📞 (07) 4044 0130 📧 🌐 #schoolsavvy #centacarefnq #getinvolved #makeadifference
Croaks, whistles, bleats and barks - every frog species makes a different sound. And now with Frog ID, these sounds can contribute to the national citizen science effort to better understand our frogs. Download the app for free now- there's 54 species in the Wet Tropics alone and we gotta catch 'em all!
Are you interested in learning about keeping native bees? Join this practical demonstration of splitting a native beehive from this Saturday at the Cairns Botanic Gardens, presented by The Friends of the Botanic Gardens Cairns.
Have you played Hungry Bins? Local year 5 student, Curtis has created an ap to help you learn how to sort your waste and recycling with a challenging race against time. Get your game on! Head to:
Can your business survive a disaster? That's the question being asked ahead of the summer season. Learn how to keep your business running with business continuity expert Graham Nisbet and Cairns Regional Council at this forum on the 14th of November.