Category Archives: Cairns Drain Stencil Project

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Adopt a Drain: Great new initiative in Cairns!

Everyone needs to check out this AMAZING stop motion video put together by Riley Luckett, a Cairns primary school student who has been a part of the Holloways Beach Environmental Education Centre‘s enrichment program this year. Riley is asking the residents of Cairns to ‘Adopt a Drain in their street to reduce the urban waste entering our oceans via the storm water network. Go Riley!! How do you adopt a drain? Simply go outside and pick one, then it’s your responsibility to make sure the drain remains clean – pick up the rubbish in your street and make sure the drains aren’t clogged with palm fronds and other garden debris, you’ll be thanking Riley when the wet season comes!

Check out Riley’s website here

If you’re interested in reducing rubbish entering our stormwater network and oceans why not come and do some drain stencilling with the Cafnec Marine Team? To find out more and register click here

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The Plastic Puzzle: Great blog by primary student!

Check out this great blog, ‘The Plastic Puzzle’ by primary school student, Oliver. Oliver has participated in the Holloway’s Beach Environmental Education Centre’s enrichment program this year and has put together a fantastic blog on single use plastic and its prevalence in our society. We have a lot to learn from the next generation, well done Oliver!


Read Oliver’s blog now

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Plastic Free July: Family Fun Beach Day pictures

We had a great day at Yorkeys Knob on Saturday 25th of June launching Plastic Free July FNQ with our Family Fun Beach Day!

Sandcastles, BBQ, drain stencilling, bag painting, colouring in, singing, plastic free living demos and giveaways!

Check out some of the pictures and a special video made by PhlipVids above, and coverage in the Cairns Post below.


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Bags hand screen printed with our ‘Plastic: It All Adds Up’ logo for the event


Some of the great prizes for sand castle building!


Paint your own bag


Drain stencil project


Colouring in (want to print and colour your own? Download it here)


No Waste No Worries plastic free living display


Purging Plastics display


Tangaroa Blue


Ditch plastic straws!


Plastic bag and coffee cup waste display


Lovely tunes


Sand castle comp in action


Sand castle comp in action


Drain stencil project


Nemo facepaint


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It All Adds Up: Family Fun Beach Day


Join our Family Fun Beach Day!


Date : Saturday, June 25
Time: 02:00 – 05:30 PM
Location: Yorkeys Knob Foreshore Park (Northern Sims Esplanade)

A family friendly event for all ages that aims to raise awareness about plastic consumption and its effects on our environment.

With Plastic Free July just around the corner, we would love to show the community what the every-day person can do to reduce their plastic usage, in a fun way!

This event is part of the team’s new campaign called “It All Adds Up”, which hopes to send a positive message and empower the community to make a change.

Some activities planned for the day include:
1. Sand competition
2. Paint your own re-usable calico bag
3. Drain stencilling drains with the message “This Drains to the Great Barrier Reef” – council approved activity
4. Marine Debris – “Where Does This Come From?” game
5. Colouring in activities
6. Tips and ideas for living plastic free

There will also be a sausage sizzle, and there are awesome prizes to be won!

So come on down to the esplanade (North end near the playground) for some fun outdoor activities, we hope to see you all there!

Contact person: Bess Murphy – 0409 696 939


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