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We live in one of the most biodiverse regions in Australia and to ensure the same environment and opportunities are available for future generations, we can each take small steps today for a more sustainable tomorrow.

See the resources below for opportunities to reduce your household's impact whilst making it more economical to run.


Saving energy

Saving energy is not only good for your bank balance, it can reduce your household's carbon footprint. Find out about energy efficiency and renewable energy options for homes and body corporates.

Reducing waste

Helpful tips to reduce, reuse, recycle and responsibly dispose of the things we use.

Backyard biodiversity

Information to support our local environment with landscaping, pest control and responsible pet ownership.

Low carbon travel

Tips for efficient vehicle use, public transport and active travel to reduce green house gas emissions.

Saving water

Ways to conserve water in the home and garden (as well as the electricity used to treat and pump water across our region).

Food and shopping

Tips to make your dollar count, reduce waste, environmental impacts and support local businesses.

Tropical building design

Resources for renovating and designing in our tropical climate, while keeping the local environment, character and community in mind.

  • Your Energy Savings-  save on energy, water, waste and transport with information from the Australian Government, available in a range of languages.
  • Renters Guide to Sustainable Living- a handy checklist by the Alternative Technology Association for those who don't own their home.
Last updated: 03 February 2019

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🥳🤩😎 Congratulations to our winner of the trip for 2 to the Reef thanks to Tusa Dive to celebrate Plastic Free July. They went the extra mile with this #choosetorefuse and also got the most votes- nice job!
Cairns Regional Council had a great day at Cairns Central yesterday, speaking to over 150 people about single-use plastics reduction for Plastic Free July! It's not too late to post your own pic to go in the draw to win a trip to the Reef with Tusa Dive, just do a public post with the #choosetorefuse - entries close 31st Jul. You could also join Boomerang Bags Cairns - August Sewing Bee in making reusable bags for the community <3
📢 Can you help the Australian Red Cross deliver this effective disaster resilience program for children in Cairns?
Meet a mermaid this Sunday at Cairns Central from 10:30 - 4:30 for Plastic Free July 🐳 Celebrate with giveaways or take a photo and go in the draw to WIN a trip for 2 to the Great Barrier Reef with Tusa Dive! Cairns Regional Council, Boomerang Bags and the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre will be there with tips to help you #choosetorefuse
Head to Smithfield Library this Plastic Free July to learn tips and tricks for avoiding unnecessary plastics from local mum, Carmel of No Waste, No Worries. No bookings or payment needed thanks to Cairns Regional Council
There are now 23 Responsible Cafes in Cairns offering discounts when you BYO cup! Is your local one of them? Check the map to find out! ☕️☕️☕️ Not there? If you're a keen bean, just ask them this Plastic Free July! There's even a handy guide to help you out. P.S if you #choosetorefuse 1x single-use coffee cup each business day, you could save 250 a year from landfill! PPS. even a discount of 20c for BYOing your cup each working day adds up to $50 a year.
Did you know, that even after all recovery processes, around 40% of the region’s residual waste sent to landfill is plastics? Single-use plastics are also the most littered items found in local surveys! Is there an item you could #choosetorefuse? Visit and take the challenge 🌱🌏🌊
Your non-profit can access up to $5,000 in funding from Cairns Regional Council for projects and events which take action on sustainability. Apply now!
Just to keep it fresh for you, we've had a last minute change to the program. Take note dirtgirlworld, Costa the Garden Gnome & Formidable Vegetable fans🌱 — feeling excited.
Feeling lucky? Take your best festive snap or leave a comment in the Cairns Ecofiesta 2019 event page and you could be living your best tropical life thanks to these generous ecotourism providers!
The Cairns Ecofiesta 2019 Sunday session is shaping up to be super serene with the smooth sounds of Jelly Oshen Music. Bring a picnic blanket and settle into the Garden of Love, 2pm on the Main Stage 🌱
Just dropped and ready to be planted this Sunday, it might have a tiny house but the Cairns Ecofiesta 2019 sure has BIG heart! Free entry, 10am - 6pm at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal.
Check out the Tone Masons trikes, all ready for the Pimp Your Pedals: Bike Ride & Parade for the Cairns Ecofiesta 2019 this Sunday! The scenic ride with a big solar-powered sound will leave the Northern Esplanade Fun Ship playground at 10am & there'll be ecotourism prizes for the best threads and most tropical treadlies!
Known for his beard, loved for his passion... come get cosy with Costa Georgiadis Official at this year’s ECOfiesta 2019, June 2nd at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal. Follow ECOfiesta 2019 for more program announcements...because gardening is not just for the soil but the soul!
Lettuce entertain you at the ECOfiesta 2019 with the radish beets of Formidable Vegetable, Sunday, June 2nd at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal. With a wheelbarrow-load of dirty electro radish-beets, jazz ukulele, swingin’ strings and hyperactive horns, they're back with a new album to sow the garden of your mind with seeds of resilience, in the funkiest way possible of course! Make some thyme to follow the ECOfiesta 2019 event for program more announcements 🌱
#Getgrubby with dirtgirlworld at ECOfiesta 2019, Sunday 2 June at the Cruise Liner Terminal. Main stage show is at 11am, followed by a meet & greet with Dirt Girl herself! Plus, you can even #getgrubby and craft your own seed ball. Follow ECOfiesta 2019 for more program announcements.