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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: 07 February 2018

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🎬🎞️📽️ Re-think Waste Short Film Comp!🎬🎞️📽️ Cairns Regional Council is calling all Cairns primary and secondary student film makers to showcase new ways to reduce waste, entries close 20 September. Find out more:
Congratulations to Tammy Berry who has won the Plastic Free July Photo Comp with a massive 254 votes! Tammy took out the top prize with her photograph of her dad who uses his Stockman's Quart-Pot in place of disposable cups. Thanks to everyone for entering! You can continue your waste reduction journey with more tips & tricks on their website: A massive thanks to Thala Beach Nature Reserve & Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas for providing this year's prize.
Do you know of a public spot that deserves a good clean up? 🚮We'd like to identify the best spots to tackle when we undertake the Great Northern Clean Up. 🚮Let us know your suggestions! Read more about the Great Northern Clean Up on their website:, or ours:
Plastic Free July Photo Compitition Show us how you #choosetoreuse in Plastic Free July and you could win a stay at Thala Beach nature Reserve & Breakfast with the Birds at Nature Habitat. Make sure you re-share, the post with the most votes wins!
Plastic Free July​: Week 3 ☕☕☕ Do you have a takeaway coffee each day? That's 365 times this year you could #choosetoreuse! Simply dine in or B.Y.O cup - your local café may even offer a discount! Show us how you're turning the tide on the 1 billion single-use coffee cups used each year in Australia and you could even win a stay Thala Beach Nature Reserve​. Enter at:
Plastic Free July: Week 3 ☕☕☕ Do you have a takeaway coffee each day? That's 365 times this year you could #choosetoreuse! Simply dine in or B.Y.O cup - your local café may even offer a discount! Show us how you're turning the tide on the 1 billion single-use coffee cups used each year in Australia and you could even win a stay Thala Beach Nature Reserve. Enter at:
Plastic Free July: Week 2 Next time you order, make sure to hold the straw. You could even ask your local cafe to join the The Last Straw on the Great Barrier Reef and make the switch, with alternatives available only on request. In the words of the Straw No More Project, straws really, do suck.
Plastic bags, bottles and packaging are among the top items found in litter clean ups around Cairns. You can help turn the tide by stopping it at the source - simply #choosetoreuse. A great time to start a new habit is in Plastic Free July. You could even clean up with prizes, including a stay at Thala Beach Nature Reserve! Join the competition today: Data from the Tangaroa Blue Australian Marine Debris Database
Did you know that around 40% of what Cairns sends to landfill is plastic? A great way to reduce waste is by making the switch from these Top 4 single-use items in Plastic Free July. Post a pic of how you #choosetoreuse and you could even win a trip to Thala Beach Nature Reserve! ENTER NOW:
Challenge yourself to reduce single-use plastics during Plastic Free July& you could WIN a stay at Thala Beach Nature Reserve and Breakfast with the Birds at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Just show us how you how you #choosetoreuse - the post with the most votes wins! Click to the link to enter: UN Urban Thinkers Campus Event on this Friday. Examining Urban Health and Liveability in Tropical Australia
Celebrate the reef and rainforest at the Cairns ECOfiesta 2018 with over $5,000 worth of prizes up for grabs! Simply post your pic on the day to the event page with the #ecofiesta to be in the running. Prize winners will be announced at 12:45, 1:45 and 2.45 on the Main Stage. Special thanks to our 2018 prize partners Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises Cairns Harbour Cruises Passions of Paradise Great Barrier Reef Day Tour - Cairns Australia The Woolshed The Cotton Club Mission Beach Dunk Island Water Taxi Mission Beach Dive Paronella Park Ocean Free Ocean Freedom Great Barrier Reef Tours The Adventure Company Cairns BILLY TEA SAFARIS Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Behana Canyoning Ocean Safari Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns Mondo on the Waterfront Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas Salt House Cairns Canyoning Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours Thala Beach Nature Reserve
This Cairns ECOfiesta 2018, take the Plastic Free July pledge at the Cairns Regional Council stall and you could win a single-use plastic free survival set! How do you #choosetoreuse? #ecofiesta #cairns #worldenvironmentday #beatplasticpollution
Forecast for Sunday at Cairns ECOfiesta 2018: Fun with an amazing atmosphere. Strong workshops rolling in all day, and a dazzling array of kids activities. Hundreds of local eco-business and organisation stalls shining throughout the day. Significant possibility of dancing predicted. #ECOfiesta #Cairns