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.
- Visit the Water & Waste Short Film Competition webpage for full details and entry forms.
Presentations and tours
Choose from a range of presentations and tours to suit your needs - from excursions to the waste Re-Discovery Centre to a visit from the soon to be released Water Engagement & Training (Wet) Van to your school - all for FREE.
Our educational services aim to reinforce Council's philosophy that 'there's no place like our place - let's keep it that way'.
You can view and book all Water and Waste education services at Council's booking dashboard, below.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.