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๐ŸŸLove fishing and healthy waterways? Ozfish are urgently looking for volunteers to support their fish habitat surveys in Saltwater Creek Catchment. You would pull in nets, collect data, record fish measurements and review and record habitat conditions - plus receive free training. ๐Ÿ‘‰Find out more below! Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef Waterway Warriors Cairns and Far North Environment Centre Cairns Airport Cairns Regional Council
๐Ÿ‘Plastic Free Cairns is giving away a prize hamper with Star 102.7 Cairns! ๐Ÿ‘‰The prize pack includes everything you need to start your plastic free lifestyle, including a: 1L Stainless Steel Water Bottle Artisan Glass Reusable Coffee Cup Stainless Steel Bento Snack Box Bamboo Cutlery, Straw & Chopsticks Travel Pack 8 x Fresh Produce Bags (Boomerang Bags) 6 x Carry Bags (Boomerang Bags) Palm Cove Solid Hair Care Bar Crystal Cascades Moisturising Body Bar Bamboo Toothbrush 2x Bamboo Sporks 2x Loofah Kitchen Sponges To enter the competition, fill in your details on the Star 102.7 FM website This Plastic Free July, support local Plastic Free Cairns member cafes at: Cairns and Far North Environment Centre Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef Parley for the Oceans Keep It In Cairns Straw No More #plasticfreejuly #plasticfreecairns #greatbarrierreef #seathechange #behaviourchange #cairnsaustralia #plasticfree #starfm
Get some great low-emissions household tips from Renew - the folks behind the annual Sustainable House Dayโ˜€๏ธ
And that's how you celebrate Plastic Free July! In a sing along with Jack Johnson, and by choosing to refuse single-use plastics of course! ๐Ÿ‘‰Here's our top three tips, in the times of Covid: โ˜•๏ธChoose to dine in or get take away from a Plastic Free Cairns cafe ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‡BYO bags for loose produce/ grab a paper mushroom bag or box ๐Ÿšฐ ๐ŸดBYO water bottle and cutlery for eating on the go
Join the Plastic Free July challenge today and make a personal commitment to reduce your single-use plastics and add your voice to the Plastic Free Cairns program.
Congratulations to Blackbird Espresso Specialty Coffee and Blackbird Warehouse - the first Plastic Free Champion๐Ÿ† in the Plastic Free Cairns program to eliminate all six target single-use plastics! Plastic Free Cairns is a free service open to all Cairns cafes and restaurants doing takeaway - get a free consult, tailored advice and promotion! ๐Ÿ‘‰ Head to:
Happy World Oceans Day๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ. To mark the celebrations Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef launched the Reef RADicals video competition today in partnership with JCU: James Cook University, Australia. You can win heaps of cool prizes ๐Ÿค™. To find out more visit ๐Ÿ‘‰
Did you know that the University of Tasmania is offering a free online Diploma in Sustainability? It's tailored for individuals and communities to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals with themes on: ๐ŸŒEnvironment, Ecology and Planet ๐ŸŒResource Use and Design for Living ๐ŸŒWell-being and Health to Promote Sustainable Living ๐ŸŒSocial Justice, Equity, and Diversity. Apply here:
Zero Waste Victoria present a screening of โ€œThe Story of Plasticโ€ by the crew from The Story of Stuff Project, followed by an expert panel empowering action and solutions against plastic pollution. They will be joined by Fam Charko (Marine biologist, EcoCentre), Heidi Tait (Tangaroa Blue), Rebecca Prinz-Ruiz (Plastic Free July) and Dale Martin (Plastic Bag Free Victoria). The panel will be hosted by passionate educator Anthony Hill (Plastic Pollution Solution).
Are you a low income household and own a home, built prior to 1984? Grant funding from the Queensland Government is available to improve Cairns homes resilience to cyclones. Check it out ๐Ÿ› ๐Ÿงฐ
What is ecoBiz? CCIQ ecoBiz is a free program, funded by the Queensland Government, that helps businesses save money across their energy, water and waste bills. Why join ecoBiz? Through this free program they help businesses understand energy, water and waste costs and teach you to save money through sustainability initiatives. Join now ๐Ÿ‘‰
Do you or your team have an innovative idea or breakthrough for green business technology? Are you working on how to commercialise your idea or are you already in early stage startup? If so, ClimateLaunchpad, one of the worldโ€™s largest competitions for cleantech and green business ideas, may be of interest to you. The competition is free of charge, and provides training, mentoring and pitching opportunities at a local, national and global level to help participants grow their concept into a business. Applications close 18 June:
Who loves turtles ๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข? Today is WORLD TURTLE DAY!๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข. Did you know you can track turtles live through the Reef Tracks: Marine Life Tracker. Check out where Margaret, Francis, Diane and Midiri are right now ๐Ÿ‘‰
Its International Day for Biological Diversity!๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿฆœ๐ŸฆŒ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒต๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿธ๐Ÿจ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ๐Ÿข๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒด
Know an amazing Volunteer? Nominate them now ๐Ÿ‘‰ Although the 2020 Queensland Volunteering Awards have been postponed due to COVID-19, nominations have been extended until this Sunday May 24. Help celebrate National Volunteer Week 2020 May 18-24!
๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธClean Up Australia's PLOG-A-THON is the perfect way to get exercising and rid our neighbourhoods and neighbouring ocean of litter. A combination of the Swedish word for "jog" and "pick up" means to pick up litter as you jog (or plod!). This is a 3 month fundraiser to support Clean Up Australia's initiatives in schools, but if the cost is a challenge for you at this time, you can still request a free bag and gloves from Council by emailing:
๐Ÿฆ๐ŸŒ Happy World Migratory Bird Day! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿฆ. Did you know the Cairns foreshore is an important link in one of the worldโ€™s greatest bird migrations. Each year millions of shorebirds leave Alaska, Siberia, China, Mongolia and Japan after breeding in the northern tundras and fly south to Australia for our summer. Their network of refueling stops and final destinations is the โ€œEast Asian-Australasian Flywayโ€.
Its International Composting Awareness Week! (3-9 May). With a lot of people home at the moment, what a great time to start composting and learn about the benefits of composting. Join the competition #CelebrateICAW
Last updated: 16 June 2020