Sustainability Education

Phone 4044 3253 or contact via email sustainability@cairns.qld.gov.au

Would you like to make your school more sustainable? Are you looking for exciting and practical ideas to incorporate sustainability into your school program?

Council supports schools to implement sustainability education programs and initiatives.

At its core, sustainable living is about well-being: a connected community, education and employment, a healthy environment, sustainable industry and reliable infrastructure.

Note: For more information and curriculum aligned resources, visit www.cairns.qld.gov.au/sustainability

Cairns ECOfiesta

Phone 4044 3253 or contact via email sustainability@cairns.qld.gov.au

Opportunity for schools or individual classes to exhibit their sustainability projects and achievements to the wider community. The Cairns ECOfiesta celebrates our unique natural environment and the businesses and organisations working to balance environmental, social and economic considerations for a sustainable, secure and vibrant future.

ECOfiesta

Holloways Beach Environmental Education Centre

Phone 4055 9300 or contact via email the.principal@hollowayseec.eq.edu.au

Great excursion destination for schools in the Cairns area. The centre brings education to life, providing real-life learning experiences to foster knowledge, skills and values for building a sustainable future.

2015 Enrichment Program

In 2014 the Holloways Beach Environmental Education Centre (HBEEC) introduced a new program to cater for gifted and talented students at primary schools in the Cairns area called the Cairns District Schools Science and Environmental Sustainability Enrichment Program.

Council entered into an agreement to contribute funding towards The Program for a period of 3 years. The Program is aimed at engaging talented and gifted Year 5 students in applying science to real issues. Students are required to identify, develop and facilitate community sustainability initiatives and develop partnerships with industry experts.

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Reef Guardian School Program

Phone 4044 3253 or contact via email sustainability@cairns.qld.gov.au

Council is an active member of the Reef Guardian Program and can provide advice and support to schools who are also members of the Reef Guardian Program. The Reef Guardian Schools Program creates awareness, understanding and appreciation for the reef and its connected ecosystems.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) has some great resources to help students learn about the reef and the role we all share in protecting it.

Reef Guardian Logo

Stormwater Stencils

Turtle stencils cut from old street signs that can be used for temporary signage on pathways and walls through chalk art or reverse graffiti.

Badge your school drains and gutters with turtle and fish stencils to create a visual connection between the land and the sea.

Note: To book the stormwater stencils email sustainability@cairns.qld.gov.au

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Solar Briefcase

Learn how solar power works with a hands-on solar panel that powers a fan, radio, and lamp, all in a convenient briefcase for portability.

Note: To book the solar briefcase email sustainability@cairns.qld.gov.au

Solar Panels

Water and Waste Education

Learn more about water and waste and how it's managed here in Cairns in a fun, interactive way. Council offers exciting presentations and engaging activities to all schools within the Cairns region.

Re-think Waste: short film competition 2018

Calling all Cairns students – it’s time to get creative about re-thinking waste!  Here’s your chance to showcase your amazing filmmaking talents to tell as story about how a waste problem became a solution. You could win a class tour at the Cairns Aquarium or a class trip to Marine World Pontoon.

Entry is open to all primary and secondary students within the Cairns Regional Council area. The competition is open until 4pm on 20 September 2018.

Presentations and tours

Choose from a range of presentations and tours to suit your needs - from excursions to the Cairns Regional Council Re-Discovery Centre (to learn all about what happens to Waste and Resource Recovery in Cairns) to a visit from the Water Engagement & Training  (Wet) Van at your school - all FREE of charge.

Our educational services aim to reinforce Council's philosophy that 'there's no place like our place - let's keep it that way'.

For questions or more information, please contact our team:

Email:

Phone:

  • Customer Service at 1300 69 22 47.

Resources

WaterWhys Cairns provides schools with exciting resources enabling teachers to deliver engaging, meaningful in-school learning experiences. With more resources being added regularly, there are lots of fun, hands-on, interactive lesson plans and activities that are linked to the Australian Curriculum as well as Council's unique local water campaign and initiatives. Activities include topics such as monitoring rainfall in experiments to investigating Cairns water treatment and supply.

To add value to your school's Waste Education program, check out our Waste Activity Sheets in the 'For Download' section below.

Council’s Water YouTube and Waste YouTube channels provide you with further information on what happens to Water and Waste here in Cairns

Council also offers a FREE recycling service to all schools within the Cairns region. If your school does not have recycling, please contact Council on 1300 69 22 47.

Please refer to For Download below for more resources

Phone 4044 8352 or contact via email council@cairns.qld.gov.au

Exciting Water and Waste educational resources, presentations and engaging activities are offered to all schools within the Cairns region.

Visit the Water and Waste Education page on Council’s website to make a booking for a tour or school incursion through the online booking calendar system.

Note: Bookings are essential and due to high demand, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Water Education

Book online on the Water and Waste Education page or contact via email  WWMarketing&Comms@cairns.qld.gov.au

WaterWhys Cairns Education Resources

The Thrive campaign is designed to educate Cairns residents on outdoor water use as part of a strategy to reduce demand.

As part of this campaign, Council has developed WaterWhys Cairns educational resources aimed at:

  • Providing teachers with exciting resources
  • Enabling teachers to deliver engaging and meaningful in-school learning experiences
  • Fun, hands-on, interactive lesson plans and activities that are linked to the Australian Curriculum
  • Local links with Council’s unique local water campaign and initiatives
  • Local Indigenous connections with water

Resources are presented in 3 educational kits for Lower primary, upper primary and secondary students, including topics such as monitoring rainfall in Cairns to track when we need to be watering our gardens, home and school water audits to help identify water savings as well as experiments to investigate Cairns water treatment and supply.

Note: Council also offers professional development to both primary and secondary teachers on water education.

Great Northern Clean Up

This year Council is hosting community clean ups across the city during September. These community clean-ups will help target litter hotspots.

To participate, simply select your preferred clean up from the list below. PLUS post your clean up pictures to the ECOevents Cairns Facebook for your chance to win a trip for two to the Great Barrier Reef. Terms and & Conditions Apply.

To find out more about other community-led clean ups in September or to register your own clean up, visit https://www.cleanup.org.au/

Council-hosted Clean Ups

Ability First Workshop

Date: Tue 26 Jun
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Cairns Library 15 Abbott Street Cairns

Contact: Jane Grant 4759 2000

First Steps Workshops is a free workshop for parents who have a child with a support needs. More

Space+Place: Deadly Choices + Indigenous Tennis @ Mooroobool

Date: Thu 16 May
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: Mooroobool Hub & Shang Park, Shang Street, Mooroobool

Cost: FREE. TO REGISTER CALL 4080 1000.

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123 Magic & Emotion Coaching

Date: Thu 13 Jun
Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Hambledon House Community Centre

Cost: FREE

3-week program for parents and carers of children aged 2 – 12. More

Thursday history tours of the Tanks and Botanic Gardens Precinct

Date: Thu 7 Mar
Time: 10:00am - 11:15am
Location: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, Collins Ave, Edge Hill

Cost: Free

Free history tour of the Tanks and Botanic Gardens every Thursday commencing at 10:00am More

Active Living Fitness Playground - Trinity Beach

Date: Thu 25 Apr
Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Northern Beachfront, Vasey Esplanade, Trinity Beach

Cost: Free

Contact: Jean McNeil 07 4044 3715

Free entry level fitness program for adults of all genders. More

Space+Place: Boyz 2 Gentlemen @ Manoora Centre

Date: Thu 16 May
Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: Manoora Centre, Murray Street, Manoora

Cost: FREE

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Active Living Fitness Playground - Yorkeys Knob

Date: Thu 25 Apr
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Simms Esplanade, Yorkeys Knob

Cost: Free

Contact: Jean McNeil 07 4044 3715

Free entry level body weight and fitness playground program at Yorkeys Knob. More

Space+Place: Deadly Runners & Walkers @ Murray Street Park

Date: Fri 17 May
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Murray Street Park, Manoora

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Active Living Zumba - Edmonton

Date: Fri 26 Apr
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Ravizza Park, Edmonton

Cost: Free

Contact: Jean McNeil 07 4044 3715

Zumba classes for all ages, genders and abilities. Zumba features exotic rhythms set to high energy Latin and international beats. More

Space+Place: Street Soccer @ Shang Park Mooroobool

Date: Fri 17 May
Time: 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: Shang Park, Shang Street, Mooroobool

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Sugarworld Playtime / First Five Forever

Date: Fri 26 Apr
Time: 9:30am - 11:00am
Location: Sugarland Parklands (under the raintree)

Cost: FREE

Fun activities for families with young children. More

Active Living Shang Fitness for All - Mooroobool

Date: Fri 26 Apr
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Shang Park, Mooroobool

Cost: Free

Contact: Jean McNeil 07 4044 3715

Free entry level fitness program for adults of all genders. More

Esplanade Market

Date: Sat 15 Jun
Time: 4:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Esplanade Plaza (near the Lagoon)

Cairns Esplanade markets for the second half of 2019 More

Anglicare garage sale

Date: Sat 22 Jun
Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Anglicare/Food Bank carpark, cnr Lake and Minnie streets, Cairns

New and pre-loved treasures. Bargains galore! Plus sausage sizzle. More

Tell a story in linocut - workshop

Date: Sat 22 Jun - Sun 23 Jun
Time: 8:04am - 4:00pm
Location: Inkmasters Print Workshop, 55 Greenslopes Street, Edge Hill

Cost: Members $190, Non-members $230

Contact: Margaret Genever 0439 996 141

Expressive and story-telling potential of linocut as a medium More

Inkmasters: Tell your story in art

Date: Sat 22 Jun - Wed 26 Jun
Time: 8:45am - 4:00pm
Location: InkMasters Print Workshop 55 Greenslopes Street, Edge Hill, Cairns

Contact: Margaret Genever 0439996141

A beginners guide to creative image making using linocut More

Honey & Backyard Beekeeping talk

Date: Sat 22 Jun
Time: 9:30am - 11:30am
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens visitor centre, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

Contact: Lorraine Smith 4041 3067

Local guest speaker organised by the Friends of Cairns Botanic Gardens. More

Maltese Feast Madona ta Pinu

Date: Sat 22 Jun
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Holy Cross Church, Reed Road, Trinity Park

Contact: Vicky Portelli 0409 551 527

There will be Maltese food and activities for all the family More

CPAC Open Day

Date: Sat 22 Jun
Time: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Location: Cairns Performing Arts Centre, corner Sheridan and Grafton Streets, Cairns

Behind-the-scenes tours, free live music and tasty local food stalls. More

MacKillop Catholic Cent Sale

Date: Sat 22 Jun
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 1 MacKiilop Road, Mount Peter (Edmonton)

Contact: Tracey McCarthy 0419026176

Fundraiser, great prizes on offer, doors open 12:30pm. More

St Gerard Majella school fete

Date: Sat 22 Jun
Time: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: St Gerard Majella School, 63 Anderson Road, Woree

Bi-Annual Fete with fun for all, 3-8pm. More

Solstice Nocturna Costume Gala Ball

Date: Sat 22 Jun
Time: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: Tanks Art Centre

Contact: Lisa Costa 0432 084 781

Helping to support Cancer Council Queensland More

Treeforce Tree Planting on Freshwater Creek

Date: Sun 23 Jun
Time: 7:30am - 10:00am
Location: From Cairns, turn left at the lights opposite Coles at Redlynch Central shopping centre on Redlynch Connection Rd and follow the signs

Contact: Lisa O'Mara 0435 016 906

Aiming to have 5000 trees planted befoe July More

Open Day Nth Qld Amateur Gem Cutters and Jewellers Assn

Date: Sun 23 Jun
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 85 Greenslopes Street, Edge Hill

Cost: FREE

Contact: Leesa 0403 246 178

Free family event with sand sieving and fossicking for children More

Active Living Impact Women’s Fitness - Mooroobool

Date: Mon 29 Apr
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Shang Park - Mooroobool

Contact: Jean McNeil 07 4044 3715

A women’s only fitness group designed for entry level fitness. More

Active Living Tai Chi for Health - Edmonton

Date: Mon 22 Apr
Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Ravizza Park, Edmonton

Cost: Free

Contact: Jean McNeil 07 4044 3715

A free park-based Tai Chi for Health program at Ravizza Park, Edmonton. More

Active Living Fitter Mums and Dads - Yorkeys Knob

Date: Mon 29 Apr
Time: 6:00am - 7:00am
Location: Simms Esplanade, Yorkeys Knob

Cost: Free

Contact: Jean McNeil 07 4044 3715

Free park based program for entry level fitness aimed at all ages and abilities held at Simms Esplanade, Yorkeys Knob More

Cairns Shipping Development Project Committee - 24 June 2019

Date: Mon 24 Jun
Time: 12:30pm - 6:00pm
Location: Committee Room, 3rd Floor, 119-145 Spence Street Cairns

Cairns Shipping Development Project Standing Committee - 24 June 2019 More

Active Living Off Your Rockers Seniors Fitness Class - Trinity Beach

Date: Tue 23 Apr
Time: 6:30am - 10:00am
Location: Northern Beachfront, Vasey Esplanade, Trinity Beach

Cost: Free

Contact: Jean McNeil 07 4044 3715

Free entry level fitness program for adults of all genders. More

Free guided birdwatching tour

Date: Tue 5 Feb
Time: 8:30am - 10:30am
Location: Meet at Friends House in the Flecker Garden.

Free bird watching guided walk every Tuesday commencing at 8.30am. Bring binoculars and wear walking shoes. More

Council is here to help

Every September Cairns Regional Council supports the Great Northern Clean Up (Northern Australia’s version of Clean up Australia Day) through community promotion and the collection of rubbish bags at pre-arranged pick up points. Support provided by Council includes:

  • Planning and Environment: provides a single point of contact for community and school enquiries and
    identification of pick-up points.
  • Infrastructure Services: a collection of rubbish at pick-up points.
  • Water and Waste: free entry to waste and recycling facilities.

Note: Council will also provide clean up resources (e.g. bags and gloves) for school clean-up events held at any time of year. For more information email sustainability@cairns.qld.gov.au

Sustainability grants

Phone 4044 3253 or contact via email sustainability@cairns.qld.gov.au

Community Sustainability Grant

Bring your project to life with a Community Sustainability Grant from Cairns Regional Council!

If you are part of a non-profit group operating in the Cairns local government area, you can apply for up to $5000 to deliver a project across a range of sustainability topics from energy and water efficiency through to food sovereignty, biodiversity conservation, and community education.

Nature-based Learning Grant

With sustainability being recognised as a cross-curriculum priority in the National Curriculum, the scope for innovative, holistic outdoor learning is greater than it ever has been. In the Cairns region, this scope is further enhanced by the educational opportunities presented by the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Schools in the Cairns local government area can apply for up to $2000 per year to help fund nature-based excursions to a range of locations including rainforest or reef, farms, community gardens, wildlife parks, environmental education centres and places of cultural heritage.

Tropical building design

Phone 4044 3253 or contact via email sustainability@cairns.qld.gov.au

Cool Homes: smart design for the tropics

Designing for the tropics is essential in our climate. If your home is not designed correctly, you run the risk of having a hot home that is expensive to keep cool, particularly over the long, hot and humid summer.

Cool Homes Guide

Showcasing environmentally sustainable design, crucial for emerging builders and architects in the region, whilst aligning with the cross-curriculum priority of sustainability. The guide can also assist students studying Graphic and those entering the Business Liaison Association’s Industrial Technology and Design (INTAD) Awards to design a tropical home. Contact the Cairns Regional Council Sustainability team to request a hard copy.

The Cool Homes Plan Analysis Tool

Essential for anyone building, buying or renovating in the tropics.  You can use this transparent overlay to assess the sustainability of your house plans. Print the overlay on tracing paper, or contact the Cairns Regional Council Sustainability team and request a transparent hard copy.

Cairns Style Guide

The Cairns Style Guide showcases the distinct and unique character of the region's built environment. It encourages the development industry to provide streetscapes, housing and building designs that retain and enhance this character and respond to our tropical environment, climate, local character, and community needs.

Cairns Style is a broad concept ranging from the overall pattern and rhythm of streets to the detail of window awnings and balustrades. Retaining and enhancing the distinct tropical style and character of Cairns will improve the region's aesthetics, amenity, and livability.

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Last updated: 30 October 2017