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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: 16 June 2020

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It's #useyourowncupday tomorrow! Just BYO cup and you could score a free coffee☕️! Blackbird Warehouse, a Plastic Free Cairns champion cafe has been working with their customers this January to go 100% reusable for coffee cups. Can't make it down? Make today the start/retsart of your BYO habit - reusables are allowed again in QLD, so get amongst it! Blackbird Espresso Specialty Coffee
👉🌏Join some of the world’s leading climate scientists and expert analysts for a deep dive into the depths of major impacts, risks, and actions that will shape climate advocacy in the decade ahead. A free online event.
Much needed in these heavy rains!
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Our friends at Plastic Free Cairns are supercharging reusables this year! ⁣ They're working with Blackbird Warehouse, helping customers build a new year's habit to BYO cup. Then, on #UseYourOwnCupDay, Jan 28th - they're aiming for 100% reusable cups, with no single-use cups available. At all. 😱⁣ It takes 21 days (or 3 weeks) to form a new habit. With personal reusable cups allowed throughout QLD again, what are you waiting for?? Plastic Free Cairns makes it easy to avoid packaging. 👉 Head to #plasticfreecairns #useyourowncupday #useyourowncup #byo #byokeepcup #reusables #stopsingleuse #stopplasticpollution#byomugshot Plastic Free Byron Plastic Free Townsville WA Plastic Free
Been feeling the heat recently? Try your hand at designing the coolest home for the tropics this Minecraft competition the whole family can play these holidays!
📣Personal reusable cups aka. keep cups are allowed again in QLD! It has been confirmed by QLD Health, as long as there are contactless pour arrangements in place. The Australian Restaurant and Catering Association recommends 5 steps for a contactless pour:⁣ ⁣ 1. Pour the coffee shot into an in-house vessel⁣ 2. Have the customer place the cup on counter⁣ 3. Pour the shot into the cup without touching it⁣ 4. Carefully pour steamed milk ⁣without touching the cup lid 5. Have the customer place their own lid on the cup⁣ ⁣ If your favourite cafe is still unsure, they can get free advice from Plastic Free Cairns. Remember, this service is at each cafe's discretion. If they're not ready, you can also dine in (and then pour into your own personal cup) or get a takeaway cup without a plastic lid.
The Queensland Government is proposing to include a ban on polystyrene (along with cutlery, stirrers, straws and plates) - likely starting mid 2021. Have your say on this important matter.
👉Funding available for community events!
Practical advice for investing your superannuation in a more sustainable future 🌱🕰💰
Learn how we can reap the rewards of carbon storage in healthy soil 👨‍🌾👩‍🌾🌱
Want to learn about collectively owned renewable energy? This is the webinar for you! 🌞 🤓
🐦🐦Tweet tweet! It's time to step outside and record the backyard birds you've spotted in the name of citizen science and biodiversity 🐦🐦
⏳ Last chance to do the Our Cairns Survey, closing today, 5pm Friday the 16th. Have your say on the future of Cairns! 👉
Join Victor Steffensen to talk about his best selling book Fire Country, with Barry Hunter talking about Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers in what looks to be a fantastic webinar.🌱
📣 Calling all parents, students, teachers and school leaders - do not miss this online event from the Sustainable Schools Network. Featuring Craig Reucassel (War on Waste, Fight for Planet A), young leaders, workshops and a finale of a Regional Queensland School Showcase, make sure you register now: 👉
TODAY 3:30- 6PM! Connections for Resilience - FNQ Educators Professional Development Event. Please join the Zoom event,: CHECK OUT THE PROGRAM BELOW!! You can switch between streams in the second half of the event any time using these links: - Community Wellbeing and a Smart Green Economy: - Reef and Rainforest Resilience - Networking and Questions:
A fundraising (and hair raising) event for FNQ Wildlife Rescue
👉Check out the speakers for the Connections for Resilience - Cairns Educators Professional Development Event 👉Register: This is great opportunity to learn how we can collectively inspire constructive hope in a changing world 🌱 Anyone working in education and all who are interested are very welcome to join. Australian Association for Environmental Education Inc. Cairns Regional Council Tangaroa Blue Wet Tropics World Heritage Area Terrain NRM Cairns and Far North Environment Centre JCU: James Cook University, Australia