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

Waste Education

Waste Education Support

Cairns Regional Council provides a number of different services to help Cairns schools and community groups reduce, reuse their waste and recycle right. These include presentations for students, teachers, and community groups, free Waste & Resource Recovery facility tours (via the Rediscovery Centre) and free school recycling services.

Schools are entitled to the following services:

  • 240 Litre wheelie bin recycling services
  • Waste & resource recovery tours of Council facilities
  • Waste & resource recovery presentations (in-school)
  • Information for waste and recycling school audits
  • Waste education resources

Further information about School Recycling services

Council is offering a free recycling service to all schools within the Cairns region. The allocation of recycling bins has been based on the number of students per school, service during the school terms. If your school does not have recycling, please contact  Customer Service on 1300 69 22 47 or email the waste services team: wasteservices@cairns.qld.gov.au

Waste and Resource Recovery Tours

Have you ever wondered what happens to Waste & Recycling in Cairns?

Book a Council facilities excursion or an in-school presentation to find out!

Cairns Regional Council also offers schools and community groups guided tours of it's Waste & Resource Recovery facilities including the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), Advanced Resource Recovery Facility (ARRF) and the CRC Buy Back Shop. Along the way, participants will get a behind the scenes look at each step of the recycling sorting process, from the receival of recyclables into the MRF, right through to the bailing of products ready to be transported to market. Our facilities boast a dedicated education room called the “Rediscovery Centre” which offers an air-conditioned, safe, birds-eye view of the MRF processing plant as well as high-quality cameras located inside the machinery allowing visitors to see up-close how everything works.

For bookings, questions or more information, please contact Customer Service on 1300 69 22 47 or via the email address: wasteservices@cairns.qld.gov.au

Waste education resources

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

  • Recycle Right Cairns Regional Council's Recycle Right website helps you figure out which common household rubbish items can/can't be recycled and tells you which bin to put them in.
  • Recycling your waste around the house How and why to reduce waste in your wheelie bins.
  • Reuse to reduce waste Re-using things is great way to reduce our waste. See how and why to reuse your items instead of throwing them away.
  • Our Region's waste / recycling story This is a great educational tool for schools. A complete detailed description of what happens to waste and recycling in the Cairns Region.
  • Our recycling story A great educational tool for schools. Provides more detailed on recycling in the Cairns region.
  • Contaminated recycling Contaminated recyclables such as gas bottles, dirty nappies, sharps and hazardous waste can be harmful and dangerous to the people who sort out your rubbish at the materials recovery facility.
  • Recycling hazardous items Hazardous items are dangerous for the people who sort our rubbish and recyclables in the Cairns region.
  • Sorting out the silly season Watch this video to learn about taking care of the environment by recycling thoughtfully during the Christmas and New Year period.

Additional Information:

  • Planet Ark has multiple education resources for teachers and students available
  • ABC Television's War on Waste program website has 25 education resources to assist students with Reducing, Reusing and Recycling their waste better
  • Cool Australia has a series of curriculum aligned lesson plans and resources for educators on Waste Reduction and greater sustainability

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

Water Education

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

Smarter with our Water: Cairns Water Education Program

WaterWhys Ed Program

FREE education program

The 'Smarter with our Water: Cairns Water Education Program' is designed and delivered by Council's Water Education Officers using the purpose built Water Education and Training (WET) Van.

The fun and interactive lessons encourage a deeper understanding of Cairns' water story, the urban water cycle and why our water is too precious to waste.

Download and complete a WET Van Booking Application form to request a visit to your school and for all full terms and conditions.

For all inquiries please contact Polly or Danora by emailing WWMarketing&Comms@cairns.qld.gov.au.

Water education and resources

Information on where our water comes from and how it is treated can be found on our Water Sources and Supply page.

Discover more information on WASTEWATER treatment by checking out our Wastewater Management page.

Cairns Regional Council is committed to ensuring that water run-off from river catchments in the region does not negatively impact the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.

With funding support from the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs program we are leading the Smart Catchments: Saltwater Creek pilot study in partnership with James Cook University, the Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership and Itron Australasia.

WET Van kids

Water education and resources

Information on where our water comes from and how it is treated can be found on our Water Sources and Supply page.

Discover more information on WASTEWATER treatment by checking out our Wastewater Management page.

Cairns Regional Council is committed to ensuring that water run-off from river catchments in the region does not negatively impact the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.

With funding support from the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs program we are leading the Smart Catchments: Saltwater Creek pilot study in partnership with James Cook University, the Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership and Itron Australasia.

Please view the Cairns Regional Council YouTube education resources:

The Queensland Government's water wise program has a number of resources to assist schools and community groups in saving water.

Council’s FREE water education program ‘Smarter with our Water’, is designed and delivered by Council’s Water Education Officers using the purpose-built Water Education and Training (WET) Van.

The fun and interactive lessons encourage a deeper understanding of Cairns’ water story, the urban water cycle and why our water is too precious to waste.

For further program information please see the Water Education page or contact WWMarketing&Comms@cairns.qld.gov.au-

Great Northern Clean Up

Join the crew near you this September

Council is hosting community clean ups across the city during September to help clean up our parks, beaches and public areas before the monsoon rains arrive.  

It's so easy to get involved - simply visit the Great Northern Clean Up website to find a site near you. All ages are welcome to take part, and site coordinators will provide Clean Up kits for you to use on the day!

You can also register your own site (must be over 18 years), so why not get your school, community group or business involved?

UMI Arts Artistic Showcase

Date: Fri 11 Oct
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: UMI Arts Shop 4, 1 Jensen Street, Manoora

Contact: UMI Arts 40417542

Indigenous women’s business in artistic showcase, curated by Trish Barnard. More

Free green waste drop-off and sandbag collection

Date: Sat 12 Oct - Sun 20 Oct
Time: 12:00am - 12:00am
Location: Portsmith, Gordonvale, Smithfield, Babinda

Clean up your yard and drop off domestic green waste and sandbags for FREE, 12 October to 20 October More

Edmonton Guides Garage Sale

Date: Sun 20 Oct
Time: 7:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Edmonton Girl Guide hut, Jubilee St, Edmonton

Contact: Trish Piltz 40542981

Find a bargain - toys, clothes, books, tools, bric-a-brac and more! More

SANDS Walk To Remember

Date: Sun 20 Oct
Time: 8:00am - 10:00am
Location: Fun Ship Playground, northern end of the Cairns Esplanade

Contact: Tania Bryson 0419 521 439

Memorial service, buttterfly release and ceremonial walk. More

Cairns Pride Festival Fair Day

Date: Sun 20 Oct
Time: 10:00am - 10:00am
Location: Tanks Art Centre, 46 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

Contact: Cairns Pride Festival team 0740415451

A family-friendly day to celebrate diversity, pride and resilience in an all inclusive, safe environment. More

Sunday on Shields 'Farm comes back to Town': October 20

Date: Sun 20 Oct
Time: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Location: Shields Street

Cost: FREE

Join in the FREE events on Shields Street as the Farm Comes to Town ... More

Active Living Tai Chi - Edmonton

Date: Mon 15 Jul
Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Ravizza Park, Edmonton

Cost: Free

Contact: Activities & Program Officer 07 4044 3715

Free weekly Tai Chi class at Ravizza Park. More

Full Circle Sustainability Workshop at JCU

Date: Mon 21 Oct
Time: 12:00am - 12:00am
Location: James Cook University Smithfield Campus, McGregor Road, Smithfield

Contact: JCU Connect 4781 5011

A one day sustainability workshop held at JCU Cairns More

Aussie Backyard Bird Count (21-27 October 2019)

Date: Mon 21 Oct - Sun 27 Oct
Time: 12:00am - 12:00am

Get to know the birds in your local area with this free, fun, all-ages activity. More

Active Living Zumba - Brinsmead

Date: Mon 15 Jul
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Loridan Drive Park, Brinsmead

Cost: Free

Contact: Activities & Program Officer 07 4044 3715

Free Zumba fitness class, held weekly at Loridan Drive Park. More

Active Living Fitness for All - Mooroobool

Date: Mon 15 Jul
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Shang Park, Mooroobool

Cost: Free

Contact: Activities & Program Officer 07 4044 3715

Free entry-level fitness class for the whole family, held Mondays at Shang Park. More

Water Week display

Date: Mon 21 Oct
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Esplanade Lagoon Plaza

Water Week interactive display More

'Jabiru' Cattana Wetlands volunteers

Date: Tue 12 Mar
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Cattana Wetlands, Dunne Road, Smithfield,

Contact: Louisa Grandy, volunteer supervisor 4032 6648

Lend a hand to weed, plant and maintain the beautiful Cattana Wetlands in this monthly volunteer group. More

Active Living Seniors Fitness - Trinity Beach

Date: Tue 16 Jul
Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Northern Beachfront, Vasey Esplanade, Trinity Beach

Cost: Free

Contact: Activities & Program Officer 07 4044 3715

Beginner level seniors’ interval training class, held weekly on the beachfront. More

Tuesday history tours of the Tanks and Botanic Gardens Precinct

Date: Tue 5 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 Tuesday commencing at 10:00am More

Active Living Fitness for All - Redlynch

Date: Tue 16 Jul
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Byron Park, Redlynch

Cost: Free

Contact: Activities & Program Officer 07 4044 3715

Free entry-level fitness class for the whole family, held weekly at Byron Park. More

Pride of Place: Earlville Henley's Hill Workshops

Date: Tue 22 Oct - Thu 24 Oct
Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: Henley's Hill Park, 17-43 De Jarlais, Earlville.

Cost: FREE

Beautify local public spaces through exciting mural works. More

Understanding SEO Workshop

Date: Tue 22 Oct
Time: 9:00am - 10:30am
Location: 4/194 McLeod Street, North Cairns 4870

Contact: Y(E)P Entrepreneurship Facilitators Cairns 0488047111

Understanding SEO Workshop More

Cairns Lioness Club Fashion and Luncheon

Date: Tue 22 Oct
Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Kangaroo's Leagues Club, 172-184 Irene Street, Mooroobool

Cost: Gold coin donation. Lunch will be $22 per person

Contact: Cassie 0408 747 147

Lioness Fashions and Luncheon to raise money for the music program for Dementia More

Active Living Tai Chi - Yorkeys Knob

Date: Wed 17 Jul
Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Sims Esplanade, Yorkeys Knob

Cost: Free

Contact: Activities & Program Officer 07 4044 3715

Free, weekly Tai Chi fitness class on Sims Esplanade. More

Active Living Fitness for All - Edmonton

Date: Wed 17 Jul
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Ravizza Park, Edmonton

Cost: Free

Contact: Activities & Program Officer 07 4044 3715

Free entry-level fitness class for the whole family, held weekly at Ravizza Park. More

Pride of Place: Earlville Henley's Hill Workshops

Date: Tue 22 Oct - Thu 24 Oct
Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: Henley's Hill Park, 17-43 De Jarlais, Earlville.

Cost: FREE

Beautify local public spaces through exciting mural works. More

Active Living Fitness for All - Mooroobool (Weds)

Date: Wed 17 Jul
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Shang Park, Mooroobool

Cost: Free

Contact: Activities & Program Officer 07 4044 3715

Free entry-level fitness class for the whole family, held Wednesdays at Shang Park. More

Ordinary Meeting - 23 October 2019

Date: Wed 23 Oct
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Location to be confirmed

Ordinary Meeting - 23 October 2019 More

JCU Inspiration on Tap

Date: Wed 23 Oct
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Salt House, Marina Point, 6/2 Pierpoint Road, Cairns

Contact: James Cook University 423 21008

Listen to some of JCU's top lecturers. More

Pride of Place: Earlville Henley's Hill Workshops

Date: Tue 22 Oct - Thu 24 Oct
Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: Henley's Hill Park, 17-43 De Jarlais, Earlville.

Cost: FREE

Beautify local public spaces through exciting mural works. More

Active Living Fitness for All - Trinity Beach

Date: Thu 18 Jul
Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Northern Beachfront, Vasey Esplanade, Trinity Beach

Cost: Free

Contact: Activities & Program Officer 07 4044 3715

Free entry-level fitness class for the whole family, held weekly on the foreshore at Trinity Beach. 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

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