It All Adds Up: Family Fun Beach Day

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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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Bag It film screening & how to fundraise for Plastic Free July

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Join us the night before Plastic Free July kicks off for some motivation – courtesy of Bag It! – the film


Date : Thursday, June 30
Time: 06:00 – 09:00 PM
Location: Hammock Cafe, 70 Abbott St, Cairns City, QLD 4870

Bring along your pillows, blankets and snacks to settle in for a passion-igniting story of an average man’s journey to discovering the issue of plastic and ways to overcome its consumptive powers.

Tickets are FREE, but must be booked via Eventbrite.

“Try going a day without plastic. Plastic is everywhere and infiltrates our lives in unimaginable and frightening ways. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier, who is admittedly not a tree hugger, as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effects on our waterways, oceans, and even our own bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now.”

Pssst… we will also be launching our very own short film on plastic pollution – be amongst the first to see it!

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. We will also have a discussion on tips and tricks for fundraising for Plastic Free July to help people along the journey.

Want to get involved in Plastic Free July?
1. Make your Plastic Free July Pledge.
2. Help us fundraise (or make a donation yourself).
3. Follow our facebook and subscribe to our upcoming events.


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Seventy One Percent – marine conservation themed art exhibition

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A group of James Cook University students is presenting an art exhibition this June on the theme of our positive and negative relationship with the ocean. Titled Seventy One Percent – the percentage of the earth’s surface that is water – the event is a group exhibition comprised of emerging and established artists who share a concern for the environment.

You are invited! – Join the facebook event here.

logoThe event is being hosted through the Cairns Regional Council’s Urban Spaces program, with the space a pop-up gallery at 33 Lake Street. Free to the public, the event will officially open on Saturday, 13th June at 6:30pm. Local emerging musician Micki will provide entertainment throughout the night. The CAFNEC Marine Response Team will be on hand to provide information to the attendees. The exhibition will remain open every day until the 23rd June.

The diverse exhibition will showcase work from dresses made of plastic – a comment on marine pollution – to colour field paintings exploring the colours and vibrancy of the ocean. Projection, assemblage, sculpture, digital prints, and paintings will create an immersive experience that the curators hope will raise awareness of the beauty and fragility of the marine environment, and our role in looking after it.

The organising team behind this project are all studying Creative Industries at James Cook University, and as senior students will soon be joining the creative community of Cairns. They are fundraising for the project and any excess funds will be donated to the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre for the Cairns Drain Stencil Project.

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World Heritage Day event Cairns – message in a bottle

Join us for a picnic at the Esplanade this Saturday (April 18th) to celebrate World Heritage Day .

Let’s make sure Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, gets the message that we want our national treasure “the Reef” protected.


Where: Cairns Esplanade Eastern events lawn, (East of the Lagoon) – map link below.

What: Picnic and opportunity to send your ‘message in a bottle’ to Greg Hunt

 When: Sat 18th April, 12-2:00pm


Our aim this World Heritage Day is to send as many ‘messages in a bottle’ to Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt so he knows how precious and fragile the Reef is to all Australians.

Communities around the country will be coming together on World Heritage Day to send their messages to Greg Hunt and stand up for the Reef.

Join us for a sausage, a cold drink, some good conversation, maybe some acoustic music and a chance to send your message on reef protection.

Meet members of the CAFNEC Marine Response Team and other like-minded people for a pleasant picnic with a purpose – see you there :)

Facebook event page – Please hit the ‘I’m going’ button, share the event with your friends and family. Also please consider heading to the Cafnec Marine Response Team facebook page and supporting us with a ‘like’. Thank you.