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March 2015

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1 MarGordonvale Half Marathon, 10km and Family Fun Run Fundraiser

Starts: 01 Mar 2015 07:00 am
Ends: 01 Mar 2015 12:00 pm
Location: Johnson Park, Gordonvale

Gordonvale Half Marathon, 10km and Family Fun Run Fundraiser for the Cairns to Karumba Bike ride.

1 MarTreeforce Clean Up & Tree Planting

Starts: 01 Mar 2015 07:00 am
Ends: 01 Mar 2015 10:00 am
Web: Treeforce Cairns Facebook page
Contact: 0435 016 906

Clean Up Australia Day Clean Up and Tree Planting with Treeforce leaving from two locations 

  1. Goomboora Park and 
  2. Redlynch Intake Rd opposite Redlynch State College.

Bring sunsmart gear,gloves & water.

6 MarFNQ Suicide Prevention Taskforce present Mates Matter!

Starts: 06 Mar 2015 05:00 pm
Ends: 06 Mar 2015 07:00 pm
Location: Brothers Leagues Club, 99-105 Anderson Street, Cairns

Do you or a mate need help? 

Are you feeling like you are the only one or there's no one to talk to about how you're feeling?

Come along and join us for a free, informative presentation by four international and national speakers focusing on how people like you are not alone.

Many men face issues that put them at risk, but these can be dealt with.  We will present coping skills and further support that is available.

No need to RSVP.  Just bring a mate and come along.

For immediate support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Mensline on 1300 789 978.

6 MarSorority Gallery Exhibition

Starts: 06 Mar 2015 06:00 pm
Ends: 06 Mar 2015 10:00 pm
Location: Tanks Art Centre - Tank 4
Web: Tanks Arts Centre

When the sisterhood unites, the possibilities are endless - and this IWD exhibition spotlights women working in the arts and the unique affinity they share.

For this exhibition, the Tanks Team invited women artists from around Far North Queensland to present their artworks together in ways that say something about the bonds that tie these creative women to each other, sister to sister, mother to daughter, teacher to student, comrades and colleagues, friends and neighbours.

Throughout the term of this exhibition, women are invited to come together and create around tables, decked with art and craft materials. These workshops will be run by the women who attend, sharing skills. knowledge, ideas and inspiration.

LAUNCH: Friday 6 March, 6:00pm 

COST: Free

VENUE: Tank 4 Open 9:30am - 4:30pm Weekdays, 10:00am - 2:30pm Weekends.

WORKSHOPS: 11:00am Saturdays and Sundays

COST: Donation for materials

6 Mar14th Annual Women in Song

Starts: 06 Mar 2015 07:00 pm
Ends: 06 Mar 2015 11:00 pm
Location: Tanks Art Centre - Tank 5
Web: Tanks Art Centre

Tanks´ 14th annual musical IWD evening celebrates the next generation - featuring Mahalia Barnes, Maddy & Memphis Kelly and Greta Stanley.

Over the years, the Women In Song line-up has boasted some of the best international & local female performers on the scene, and on this occasion we are proud to welcome the daughters of Australian music royalty - including powerhouse vocalist, Mahalia Barnes (who performed with her famous father Jimmy Barnes at Tanks last year) - and Maddy and Memphis Kelly, a.k.a Wishful (daughters of our national treasure - singer/songwriter, Paul Kelly).

With the sweet sound of local up and coming artist, Greta Stanley - and hosting duties in the capable hands of ABC Local Radio´s, Fiona Sewell, this must attend event on the local calendar is set to deliver yet another memorable year.

COST: $40/$35 (Conc.) (PG) - Parental Guidance Recommended

DOORS/BAR: 6:00pm

SHOW STARTS: 7:00pm (Greta Stanley), 8:00pm Maddy and Memphis Kelly (Wishful) and 9:00pm Mahalai Barnes

VENUE: Tanks 5 - Fully seated

FOOD: Flavours of India

7 MarCairns Esplanade Markets

Starts: 07 Mar 2015 08:00 am
Ends: 07 Mar 2015 04:00 pm
Frequency: Every week on Saturday, until further notice
Location: Cairns Esplanade by the lagoon
Web: Cairns Esplande Markets

Every Saturday, between 8am and 4pm, the market stalls showcase items crafted by the people who sell them. The quality stalls include jewellery, leather work, pottery, airbrush tattoos, clothes, skincare and more.

7 MarBotanical Drawing Workshop with Julie McEnerny

Starts: 07 Mar 2015 10:00 am
Ends: 07 Mar 2015 04:00 pm
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

During this one day workshop, Julie will assist you in completing an A4 size botanical drawing using watecolour pencils. 

For bookings please email or phone 4032 6650.

7 MarWest Papua Concert Planning Meeting

Starts: 07 Mar 2015 02:00 pm
Ends: 07 Mar 2015 04:00 pm
Location: 287 McLeod Street, Cairns North
Contact: Flora Pondrilei

An event committee is to be formed to plan and execute a West Papuan concert for August/September.

This is also an opportunity to meet and greet interested members of the Cairns community and start generating ideas and concepts that will be part of a West Papuan awareness campaign for human rights.

9 MarGals and Ukes

Starts: 09 Mar 2015 09:00 am
Ends: 09 Mar 2015 11:00 am
Location: Hambledon House Community Centre, Edmonton

Ever wanted to play a ukulele without sounding like you are skinning a cat ? Well now's your chance.

Cairns own ukulele queen Gabby Thomasz will show you a few simple chords to get you started (ukes provided).  Expressions of Interest's will be taken for further workshops.

Join us for this fun and entertaining workshop, morning tea and inspirational guest speaker Anita Veivers, CEO of Cairns largest disability services provider.

Cost: $5 includes workshop and morning tea.

To attend RSVP to 4044 3410.

14 MarCaring for native birds

Starts: 14 Mar 2015 01:00 pm
Ends: 14 Mar 2015 03:00 pm
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
Web: FNQ Wildlife Rescue

Come to our introductory course on how to care for our feathered friends.

There are 25 place available and bookings are essential. 

Call FNQ Wildlife Rescue on 4053 4467 to reserve your place. Entry is free.

16 MarEnergy workshop for business

Starts: 16 Mar 2015 09:00 am
Ends: 16 Mar 2015 11:00 am
Location: Civic Reception Room, Cairns Regional Council, 119-145 Spence St, Cairns
Contact: 40443366

Boost your business with renewable energy and energy efficiency

With technology costs plummeting and Federal Government incentives on offer, now's a great time for your business to benefit from renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Council and Frontier Carbon are presenting a free 2-hour workshop on Monday 16 March (9-11am) discussing energy efficiency, carbon reduction and renewable energy solutions for businesses. It will also cover financing opportunities offered by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and other banks.

The session will be presented by Jennifer Lauber Patterson, Managing Director of Frontier Carbon. Jennifer has more than 25 years experience in the energy and banking sector, specialising in the provision of financial, energy and carbon risk advisory services. As Managing Director of Frontier Carbon, Jen's philosophy is to develop proven, innovative programs, advise others of how to do it and to provide support for businesses and communities to benefit.

The Federal Government Renewable Energy Target (RET) and the Emission Reduction Fund (ERF) provide business with opportunities to save money by investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The ERF alone is providing $2.55 billion for funding of eligible projects and there are a wide range of opportunities.

  • Emission Reduction Fund (ERF) - The ERF is designed to make energy efficiency improvements more affordable by being able to claim carbon credits that can be sold to the Federal Government. Under the scheme, business can invest in a number of energy efficiency reduction opportunities.
  • Renewable Energy Target (RET) - The RET scheme is a Federal Scheme that is designed to encourage investment in renewable energy technology. The investment in Renewable Energy Projects entitles you to receive environmental credits called Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)

Bookings essential – email or phone 4044 3366 to book.

16 MarADFAS Cairns

Starts: 16 Mar 2015 06:30 pm
Ends: 16 Mar 2015 09:00 pm
Location: Edge Hill State School Performing Arts Centre
Contact: Jenny Glaze

The first in the series of 8 lectures, Dr. Paul Atterbury presents Sculpture Today. 

Coming to us from the UK Paul Atterbury is a well know presenter on the Antiques Roadshow. The topic we have chosen is Sculpture Today, a more modern theme given his prowess with all that is collectible, no doubt this will sneak into the evening even from the audience themselves who generally have an opportunity to personally meet the lecturers.

 Following the lecture which starts at 7:00pm sharp and runs for at least an hour there will be complimentary refreshments. Admission is $20, students $15.

17 MarPermaculture Cairns Public Meeting

Starts: 17 Mar 2015 06:00 pm
Ends: 17 Mar 2015 08:30 pm
Location: Flexible Learning Centre, 90-92 Clarke St, Manunda
Web: Permaculture Cairns
Contact: Jenny McGrath

Permaculture Cairns meets third Tuesday of every month (except January & December).

Doors open at 6pm and meeting starts at 6.30pm.

Guest Speakers, Tool of the month, Plant of the month, Book of the month, and more.

Members Free Non-members $5.00

19 MarFeast of Cultures

Starts: 19 Mar 2015 10:00 am
Ends: 19 Mar 2015 02:00 pm
Location: Serbian Cultural Centre
Contact: Marcela Fischer

FREE community event to celebrate Harmony Day.

This event aims to bring people from a Culturally and Linguistic Diverse Background (CALD) together to enjoy FREE lunch and entertainment while getting informed about the community services available in the area.

The event aims to get older members of our community to get informed and able to make their own decision in regards of their health and well being.

If a particular community group wants to attend, transport and translator (when possible) will be available.

Contact Marcela Fischer from Diversicare at

20 MarUsing DNA for Genealogy

Starts: 20 Mar 2015 06:00 pm
Ends: 20 Mar 2015 08:00 pm
Location: City Library Meeting Room
Web: Cairns Libraries
Contact: Sandy Sayaxang

Join Louise Coakley to learn how DNA can reveal ancestral information, confirm family relationships and identify your ethnic makeup.  

Bookings essential through the City Library - ph: 4044 3720.

21 MarFree green waste disposal

Starts: 21 Mar 2015
Ends: 29 Mar 2015
Location: Council's waste transfer stations, see below
Contact: Customer Service Team on 4044 3044

It's time to clean up your overgrown gardens and dispose of your domestic green waste (tree clippings, palm fronds, grass cuttings etc) for FREE at Council's Transfer Stations. 

Remember, illegal dumping can incur a fine: it affects the environment, its flora and fauna and may affect the safety of individuals and provide dengue breeding grounds.  Please report any illegal dumping to
4044 3044.

Where and when:

  • Portsmith Transfer Station, open Monday-Sunday 8.30am to 5.15pm
  • Smithfield Transfer Station, open Monday-Saturday 7am to 5.15pm, Sunday 9am
    to 5.15pm
  • Gordonvale Transfer Station, open Monday-Sunday 8.30am to 5.15pm
  • Babinda Transfer Station, open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday 8.30am to 4.30pm


Please note: this offer is only for domestic cars, utes and/or trailers and light trucks (vehicle weights to GVM 4 tonnes).  Normal rates apply for disposal of any other waste during this period, including green waste from garden maintenance contractors on behalf of residents.  For enquiries regarding Electric or Crazy Ant quarantine details, please contact he Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) on 13 25 23.

21 MarFNQ Hmong Youth Society Talent Show

Starts: 21 Mar 2015 05:00 pm
Ends: 21 Mar 2015 09:00 pm
Location: Isabella State School Performing Arts Centre
Web: FNQ Hmong Youth Society Talent Show
Contact: Maranda Vue

FNQ Hmong Youth Society presents the 2015 Talent Show.

First Prize: $300
Second Prize: $100
People Choice Prize: $100

Lucky door and raffles held throughout the night.  Food and drinks available.

Entry Fee: Gold Coin Donation.

The Talent Show is open to everyone. To register your performance (Group or Solo) please contact:
Sue Yang on or Andrea Xiong on

27 MarFASD Parents Support Group

Starts: 27 Mar 2015 05:30 pm
Ends: 27 Mar 2015 07:00 pm
Location: FASD Parents Support Group
Web: Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association
Contact: Anne Russell

The Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association [rffada] in Cairns has organised monthly face to face support group meetings for parents of children with FASD.

The first part of the meeting will be a short presentation on FASD and then we will devote the remainder of the session on issues that parents are having with their children and will include suggestions about interventions, strategies and accommodations. 

Birth, adoptive and foster parents all welcome. Coffee, tea and biscuits supplied by My Pathway as a community service.

28 MarBotanic Gardens Basketry

Starts: 28 Mar 2015 10:00 am
Ends: 28 Mar 2015 01:00 pm
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens, Visitor Centre

Join Saltwater Creek Basketry Group in a fun morning of basketry and other weaving craft using natural products from the gardens. 

All skill levels, and beginners are welcome and entry is free.

28 MarGraphite Saturday with Julie McEnerny

Starts: 28 Mar 2015 10:00 am
Ends: 28 Mar 2015 03:00 pm
Frequency: Every month on the last Saturday of the month, until 25th Jul 2015
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre and outdoors

We sketch outdoors in the Botanic Gardens in the morning so remember to dress for the weather!  After lunch we reconvene in the Visitor Centre to refine our drawings and learn new skills.  

Bring your own materials for this workshop:  sketchbook/journal and pencils (eg 2H, HB, 2B).

Lunch can be purchased at either of the Garden's eateries or byo (fridge available).  Tea and coffee provided.

Last Saturday of every month.  Cost: $80

Bookings essential (small groups): or phone 4032 6650.

28 MarTreeforce Pre-Earth Hour Tree Planting

Starts: 28 Mar 2015 03:30 pm
Ends: 28 Mar 2015 05:30 pm
Location: Behind St. Andrew's Catholic College
Contact: Lisa O'Mara

Bring the family along and help to plant 700 trees.

There's a Gumboot competition, best decorated & throw a gumboot.  The lucky gate prize is the new 'Planet to Plate' Earth Hour Cookbook.

Followed by afternoon tea - weather permitting.