Street Art for our Oceans (North Cairns)


Sat 14 Sep 2019

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Registration at Lily Creek, Martyn Street, near Grove Street


Contact person: Kate Melville-Rea

Phone: 4032 1746


Category: Community event; Arts & exhibitions

Hit the streets and spray paint the drain inlets with colourful marine animals and the message This drains to the Great Barrier Reef.


10:00am Registration at Lily Creek

10:10am Presentation about our stormwater drains and their impact on the oceans and our health

10:20am Split into teams of 8. Receive training by your team leaders on technique and safety precautions

10:30am to 11:30am One hour to spray-paint with your team. There will be bags too in case you come across any litter during the activity

11:30am to 12:00pm Meet back at Lily Creek to return materials, debrief, and enjoy complimentary morning tea

What to bring

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sun protection
  • Protective clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting dirty
  • A parent or guardian (if you are not an adult)

What is supplied

  • All art materials: Spray paints, stencils, brush etc.
  • Safety equipment: Gloves, masks, etc.
  • Morning tea

Whats the problem?

Every hour, 1580kg of plastic waste enters Australian oceans, much of this making its way from the land through our drains and creeks. There are more than 260 drains and waterways in the Cairns Region that flow out to the Great Barrier Reef. When it rains a variety of rubbish, oils, pesticides, and fertilisers are carried down the drains and into our local creeks that flow to the Ocean.

This stormwater is not treated, nor sieved for stuff that shouldn't be in there (like plastic litter). Dirty drains seriously damage our marine environments, and also increase our risk of floods on land. Luckily, most littering can be easily prevented, and just requires a bit of care and responsibility. Let's show our community why we should all care about our litter footprint.

The mission

By mixing art and education, the Drain Stencil Project teaches the community that our neighbourhoods are connected to the ocean via the urban stormwater drain system. Throwing rubbish on roads, gutters, and waterways hurt our Great Barrier Reef and also increases our own flood risk.

By bringing the community together to spray paint the message This drains to the Great Barrier Reef next to our waterways, we create informed advocates for our waters and leave a physical, long-lasting message behind for the entire community.

Terms of participation

By joining this event, you agree to:

  • The release of photos/video by CAFNEC that may include your name and image
  • Receiving email updates and news from the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre
  • Supervise any children under your care

This event is funded by Get Ready Queensland ( and supported by the Cairns Regional Council Disaster Coordination Centre.

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Last updated: 24 April 2019