Want to know which drains have been stencilled near you?
Have a look at this page to see where the Marine Response Team has been, and which Suburbs have come out to help us spread the message “this Drains to the Great Barrier Reef”.
June & August 2018
We were lucky enough to avoid most of Babinda’s rain in July with only one session being rescheduled to August. With amazing community enthusiasm from residents of Babinda and surrounding townships. We spent a whole day, split into two sessions, stencilling the main street of Babinda. There were many onlookers peering from their cafe seat or as they drove by. The street of Babinda became brightened by colours of red, yellow, turquoise, blue and orange, and the large message emboldened on the drain inlet “this drains to the reef”.
The participants had a wonderful time, taking ownership of the streets and the side walk, making their work and the message be known.
3 M Suburbs
This map below shows you the drains that were stencilled in Manoora and Mooroobool. Brown Markings indicate that the drains are yet to be stencilled, while Blue Markings indicate the drains that have been stencilled.
In May the last suburb of the 3 M’s, MANUNDA, was spray painted and filled with colour. We had three events organised in Manunda, with over 50 participants and more than 30 drains spray painted. Similar to our time in Mooroobool we had to avoid the rain as the Wet Season decided to stay around longer this year but it was perfect timing to get the community out together as the surprise of the April floods subsided. The Marine Response Team showed the participants the flood maps of Manunda and boy did they wish they had known earlier! But with the Drain Stencil Project the community will now be prepared, and they have realised the implications of rubbish on the streets.
Photos of our time in Manunda
The Marine Response Team has finished their involvement in the second M suburb – MOOROOBOOL, which took place throughout February. We had three events that occurred throughout Mooroobool, with over 15 participants and over 20 drains spray painted. Although we were battered by the rain in this strange Wet Season we have had this year, we still managed to get the community together for some fun spray painting. The Marine Response Team showed the participants the flood maps of Mooroobool and it revealed a somewhat scary situation – that it would be completely inundated with water! But with the Drain Stencil Project we taught the community ways in which we can mitigate flooding by cleaning up our drains and removing any leaf litter that may be lying around, as well as to stop polluting and littering our streets, as all this rubbish flows directly to our oceans. We finished our last stencilling session with a delicious BBQ, and a chat about what we can do to help make a change.
With our second M suburb bringing together the community, with the streets now full of colour and flare from the stencils, and with children amazed at what they have achieved and what they can now tell all their friends, the Marine Response Team is ready to set off to the next suburb MANUNDA to instil the same sense of pride and ownership.
Photos of our time in Mooroobool
As part of a campaign in changing people’s perspective and attitudes to the three M suburbs – Manoora, Mooroobool and Manunda, CAFNEC’s Marine Response Team have partnered with 3MPride and PCYC Cairns West to bring the Drain Stencil Project to these areas. The project provides an activity to challenge the stigma of anti-social behaviour and crime that surround these suburbs by facilitating and providing the opportunity for interactions and connections to occur, and for people be aware of their environment, take ownership and be proud of where they live.
Before heading out to stencil the streets of these 3 M suburbs, we asked students from Trinity Bay State High School if they would like to be involved in the project, and become custodians of the message it imparts. Through an Drain Stencil Art Competition, students designed new stencils that were to be used during the on-ground stencilling. Read more about what happened here.
The Marine Response Team has just recently finished their involvement in the first M suburb – MANOORA, which took place throughout September. We had three events that occurred throughout Manoora, with over 30 participants and more than 60 drains spray painted. We are happy to say it was a great success! Our last stencilling session in the suburb concluded with a lovely barbecue, and family get-together at the Manoora Community Gardens. There was some light hearted discussions about what we all need to be doing to help reduce our waste, and what other opportunities we could create that would help bring more people from the community together to act towards environmental issues. We also noticed that people from the neighbouring streets were stopping by and having a look at the stencilled drains, curious as to what was going on.
With our first M suburb bringing together the community, with the streets now full of colour and flare from the stencils, and with children amazed at what they have achieved and what they can now tell all their friends, the Marine Response Team is ready to set off to the next suburb MOOROOBOOL to instil the same sense of pride and ownership.
Photos of our time in Manoora