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

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. The list wil be updated as sites are confirmed.

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

Active Living Zumba - Edmonton

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

Cost: Free

Contact: Activities & Program Officer 07 4044 3715

Free weekly Zumba class in Ravizza Park. More

Space+Place: Drama + Kichido @ Plaza Palms, Manunda

Date: Fri 26 Jul
Time: 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: Plaza Palms, McLachlan Street, Manunda

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Space+Place: Street Soccer @ Pumeri Park, Gough Street, Manunda

Date: Fri 26 Jul
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Pumeri Park, Gough Street, Manunda

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Space+Place: Deadly Running + Walking @ Murray Street Park

Date: Fri 26 Jul
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Murray Street Park, Manoora

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Cairns Festival (23 Aug - 1 Sept)

Date: Fri 23 Aug
Time: 12:00am - 12:00am
Location: Various locations around Cairns

The biggest annual event on the Cairns calendar (23 Aug-1 Sept), celebrating art, culture and the beauty of tropical living. More

Positive Ageing Fair

Date: Fri 23 Aug
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Cannon Park Racecourse, Mulgrave Road, Woree

Cost: FREE

There will be workshops, musical performances, speeches, and lots fabulous entertainment! More

Old time Germany - A trip down memory lane with Walter Mar, the Red Baron

Date: Fri 23 Aug
Time: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Location: The German Club, 57 Winkworth Street, Bungalow

Contact: Lotte Bullerjahn https://www.facebook.com/events/400078340608134/

Old time Germany, part of Cairns Multicultural Month celebrations More

Space+Place: Tennis Hot Shots @ Shang Park, Mooroobool

Date: Sat 27 Jul
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Shang Park, Long Street, Mooroobool

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Shields Street market: celebrating Cairns Festival

Date: Sat 24 Aug
Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Shields Street, between Abbott and Grafton streets

The regular Saturday Esplanade Market is moving to Shields Street as part of the Cairns Festival celebrations. Find local, quality products from contemporary jewellery, leather work, pottery, clothes and skincare. More

Hekili Outrigger Canoe Club - GBROC National Changeover Titles

Date: Sat 24 Aug
Time: 8:00am - 3:30pm
Location: Race commences from Yorkeys Knob Main Beach, Sims Esplanade

Contact: Rhys Morgan - President 0419 024 041

Come along to cheer the competitors on their way! More

Cairns Ride Walk Roll

Date: Sun 25 Aug
Time: 7:00am - 11:00am
Location: Cairns Esplanade

Cost: Cycle: $100 60km or 100km distance. Walk or Roll: $40 10km or 5km distances

Contact: Celeste Baker 07 3243 9700

Raising money for families living with muscular dystropy More

Hekili Outrigger Canoe Club - GBROC Mini G

Date: Sun 25 Aug
Time: 7:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Sugar Terminal Boat Ramp, Trawler Base Road, Portsmith

Contact: Rhys Morgan 0419 024 041

Come along to cheer the competitors on their way! More

James Cook University Open Day

Date: Sun 25 Aug
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: James Cook University, Smithfield

Contact: JCU Events

Check out James Cook University's cutting-edge virtual reality, roll up your sleeves and have a go at being a palaeontologist, or learn more about how smart technology will shape the future at the JCU Open Day More

Sunday on Shields: The Mad Hatter Musical August 25

Date: Sun 25 Aug
Time: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Location: Shields Street

Cost: FREE

Join in the FREE events on Shields Street and learn about native animals ... More

Good Harvest Traditional Puppet Theatre Joururi from Minami

Date: Sun 25 Aug
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Eastern Events Lawn, Cairns Esplanade Parklands

Contact: Community Services 4044 3095

Cultural celebration of sister cities Cairns and Minami. More

City Faces of 100 Years book launch

Date: Sun 25 Aug
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: 59 Sheridan Street, Cairns

Contact: Priscilla Ong

Photographic and journalistic project showcasing portraits and stories of 100 Cairns residents aged 1 to 100. 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

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

Space+Place: Reading in the Park @ Murray Street Park

Date: Mon 22 Jul
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Murray Street Park, Manoora

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Space+Place: Hula Hoops in the Park @ Murray Street Park

Date: Mon 22 Jul
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Murray Street Park, Manoora

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Youth Social Games: Bentley Park

Date: Mon 22 Jul
Time: 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Location: Todd Park, Bentley Park.

Cost: FREE

Come and play, every Tuesday afternoon ... More

Space+Place: Basketballl @ Shang Park

Date: Mon 22 Jul
Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: Shang Park, Long Street, Mooroobool

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... 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

Space+Place: Karate Kids @ Balaclava School

Date: Tue 23 Jul
Time: 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Location: Balaclava School, Mulgrave Road, Mooroobool.

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... 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

'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

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

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

Space+Place: Street Soccer @ Cairns West School, Manunda

Date: Tue 23 Jul
Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Location: Cairns West School, Mayers Street, Manunda

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Free road safety child seatbelt checks

Date: Tue 27 Aug
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: SES Cairns carpark, 44-50 McNamara Street, Manunda

Cost: Free

Free event to have your child restraints checked by approved Kidsafe inspectors. 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