The Burdekin Shire supports national and local awareness campaigns to help provide a safer and more environmentally friendly society.

Check back here regularly for the current campaign.


December -The 12 Recycling Do’s of Christmas

Christmas is a busy and resource intense time of year. There are many simply ways you can recycle and reduce your waste over the Christmas Period.
Why not try these 12 recycling tips this Christmas and do your little bit towards waste minimisation and working towards a cleaner, greener Australia!

Between Christmas, New Year and Australia Day, Australians produce more waste than at any other time of year. There are many simple ways that you can recycle and reduce wastage and enjoy a cleaner and greener Christmas period.

Here are the 12 Do’s of Christmas:

1. Durable Decorations

Buy good quality decorations that can be reused or make your own.

2.  Celebrate waste reduction and recycling at parties!

Set up well-signed recycling options at your parties and choose the most environmentally friendly options where possible.

3. Give thoughtful gifts

Find out what your recipients really want, or choose an experience or charity gift.

4.  Re-wrap it up

Use reusable or recyclable wrapping paper.

5. Full tummy, empty bin

Prevent food wastage, only open what you need, serve smaller portions, store and use leftovers.

6. Useful scraps

Compost or worm farm your unavoidable food scraps.

7. Recycle Right

‘Tis the season for milk, juice and custard cartons, foil trays, glass bottles and aluminium cans. Ensure to keep up your recycling practices over the Christmas period.

8. Electrifying recycling

Many components and materials inside electronics can be re-used and recycled. If they are sent to the landfill, these precious resources are lost and there can be a risk of heavy metal contamination in the soil and waterways. Fortunately, you can recycle an ever-increasing variety of electronic goods for free.

9. Batteries Included

Give a recharger pack with any battery operated gifts – it’ll save money and reduce the gift’s impacts.

10. Cleaner transport

Ensure your car runs efficiently by inflating the tyres and tuning the engine and recycling your old car oil, tyres and batteries.

11. Recycle cards at home

Recycle your cards at home or use them for arts and crafts. Send an electronic card by email to friends and family – this will save on natural resources.

12. Love a tree

Live trees can have a second life as mulch or compost while artificial trees can be reused for decades if properly cared for.

Have an Appy Christmas with RecycleSmart – Powered by Planet Ark’s RecyclingNearYou

The new free RecycleSmart App is Australia’s most comprehensive recycling app using data drawn from Planet Ark’s RecyclingNearYou site to provide information for every council area in Australia. It enables residents to search for both kerbside and drop off services for a huge range of materials on your phone or tablet.

Download RecycleSmart from your app provider today


For more ideas about how to have a cleaner and greener Christmas visit Planet Ark’s 12 Do’s of Christmas website –


February – World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day is celebrated on 2nd February 2014. The theme for this year's World Wetlands Day is Wetlands and Agriculture. Wetlands are an essential part of our local environment and are inextricably linked to agriculture. Find out more about World Wetlands Day and what is happening in our region.

World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day is celebrated internationally each year on 2 February. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance in Ramsar, Iran, on 2 February 1971.

World Wetlands Day was first celebrated in 1997. Since then government agencies, non-government organisations and community groups have celebrated World Wetlands Day by undertaking actions to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits and promote the conservation and wise use of wetlands.

World Wetlands Day 2016

The international theme for World Wetlands Day 2016 is Wetlands for our future: sustainable livelihoods. This theme will be reflected in the February 2016 edition of Wetlands Australia and a series of fact sheets.

For more information on wetlands and conservation throughout Australia visit WetlandCare Australia –


National Tree Day Logo

July – National Tree Day

National Tree Day is traditionally held during July with partners Lower Burdekin Landcare and NQ Dry Tropics. National Tree Day was held at Juru Walk, Plantation Park in Ayr last year and was a great success. Gloves, tools, equipment for planting, watering cans/buckets and drinking water will be provided. The event is followed by a free BBQ [...]

National Tree Day is traditionally held during July with partners Lower Burdekin Landcare and NQ Dry Tropics.

National Tree Day was held at Juru Walk, Plantation Park in Ayr last year and was a great success.

Gloves, tools, equipment for planting, watering cans/buckets and drinking water will be provided. The event is followed by a free BBQ with refreshments.

Please watch this space for more information.



March – Earth Hour

Celebrate your commitment to doing something more for the planet by turning your lights off for an hour from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on Saturday 28th March 2015.
Visit the Earth Hour website

On Saturday March 19, millions of Australians will take part in Earth Hour from 8:30-9.30pm to show their support of a low pollution, clean energy future, one in which we can continue to enjoy the best of nature and our great Aussie outdoor lifestyle.

Earth Hour is an annual event encouraging everyone to turn off their lights and electrical appliances for one hour to show your commitment to reducing our impact on the environment.

The event also raises awareness of the importance of our daily actions outside of Earth Hour. Earth Hour asks everyone to take personal accountability for their impact on the planet and make behavioural changes to facilitate a sustainable lifestyle. We can make many small changes to our lifestyles that can make big differences!

In 2016, Earth Hour in Australia will celebrate the places we love that make our outdoor lifestyle and the Aussie way of life so great: our breathtaking beaches, forests, reefs, national parks, snow-capped mountains, rivers and farmland which uniquely distinguish Australia as the “lucky country”.

Yet these iconic places are under threat from rising temperatures and more extreme weather. Small changes to our climate as a result of increased carbon pollution are messing up the delicate balance of nature that we enjoy so much. Rising temperatures will drive coral bleaching on our beloved Great Barrier Reef and a decline in snow season length and coverage in the Australian Alps, while rising sea levels are expected to erode our beaches and coastlines.

By 2050 it is predicted that around 95% of the Great Barrier Reef will be destroyed by rising ocean temperatures and increased carbon dioxide if we don’t pull our socks up and do something about this.

We have all felt the effects of climate change and global warming this passing summer with summer 2016 breaking records for the hottest days ever recorded and 2015 recording some of the driest months all over the country.

The production and use of energy in Australia provides 69% – the single largest source – of greenhouse gas emissions and is the greatest contributor to global warming. If Sydney achieves its Earth Hour target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by just 5%, it would be the equivalent of taking 75,000 cars off the road for a year. And this is just one city. Imagine the savings nation or worldwide if we all just switch off for a mere hour.

In 2015, worldwide, 3 billion homes and businesses along with world monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and Sydney Opera House switched off for Earth hour. The number is expected to grow this year.

It’s time to get pumped for Earth Hour 2016! Join us on Saturday 19 March at 8.30 p.m. local time, for the biggest grassroots movement for our environment. Together, let’s shine a light on climate action and take a stand to #ChangeClimateChange!

Donate your social power here:

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Here are some ideas:

  • Install water-saving showerhead. This will reduce the amount of hot water and electricity used.
  • Take shorter showers rather than longer showers or baths.
  • Only run the washing machine on a full load. Use cold water to wash clothes. Choose low phosphate detergents.
  • Use a clothesline instead of a dryer wherever possible – the sunshine is free and we are not in short supply!
  • Only use a dryer with a full load and ensure clothes are wrung out well first. Keep the lint filter clean.
  • Use the economy cycle on your dishwasher. Only run the dishwasher when it’s full.
  • Set your fridge at 4-5ºc and your freezer between -15 and -18ºc.
  • Keep items away from vents to avoid blockage and freezing of items
  • Keep in a cool, well-ventilated spot away from the oven and sun to save electricity.
  • Keep a generous gap around your fridge/freezer so air can circulate freely and allow more efficient energy use.
  • Keep seals clean and in good condition on fridges and freezers.
  • Switch off your second fridge.
  • Turn off lights you are not using.
  • Use energy-saving globes
  • Use lamps instead of the main light if you only need to use a small area.
  • Put outside lights on a timer/sensor
  • Use a fan instead of an air-conditioner – 20 times less energy.
  • Microwaves use less energy than hotplates.
  • A plasma TV uses more energy than an LCD.
  • A laptop uses less energy than a desktop computer.
  • Look for ‘Energy Star’ labels when buying appliances.
  • Consider using an extra blanket/jumper to reduce heating costs
  • Use trees to shade your home.
  • Use the BBQ to save heating up your kitchen in your house.
  • Try a front loader washing machine – they use less water and 60% less energy.
  • Watch your food purchases – Australians throw away $8 billion worth of food annually. Plan your meals and try and buy what you need.
  • Fill up your own water bottle with tap water rather than buying bottled water.
  • More energy is used in every extra stage of the manufacturing process. Choose less processed foods – save energy and make healthier choices at the same time.
  • Some packaging is necessary, but avoid buying packaged goods where you can. For example, choose to buy a large packet of biscuits or chips and put them into your own reusable container, rather than buying individually packaged items.
  • Buy to last – buy durable goods that will not require replacement as often, rather than disposable and cheap goods.
  • Buy second-hand goods – there is no extra energy involved in making these goods.
  • Repair things wherever possible, rather than buying new.
  • Change your electric water heater for gas/solar, could cut electricity bill in half.
  • Drive less – almost all of the greenhouse gases produced by transport comes from the petrol you use in your car.
  • Smoother driving/braking can save 1/3 of your greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Use recycled products wherever possible.
  • Use your organic scraps and green waste for compost. You’ll save yourself the costs of buying gardening products and minimise the waste going to landfill.
  • Buy local produce – this will save on the cost and the energy used in transportation as well as supporting local business and farms.
  • Collect rainwater for you plants or consider investing in a rainwater tank.

For more information visit –

May is Compost Awareness Month and the perfect time to start your own compost bin and begin turning your green waste into fertiliser.

May – Composting Awareness Month

International Composting Awareness Week runs from 5-11 May. See how you can benefit from composting and using your organic waste.

To promote awareness about composting, Council is holding a competition in the month of May. You could win one of three 400L compost for your garden!

The Compost Awareness Month Competition is open to all Burdekin residents who complete an entry form at one of the three compost display stalls or answer a simple question on Council’s Facebook page.

The competition will close on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 with the three winners announced at the end of that week.

Visit the display stalls at the Burdekin Library Ayr and Home Hill branches as well as Council’s Customer Service Centre to learn more about the benefits of recycling.

International Composting Awareness Week is held on 2 – 8 May 2016. The aims of this campaign are to:

  • increase the diversion of organics from the main waste stream through awareness of home and community composting
  • increased awareness and proper utilisation of composts and mulches
  • highlight the environmental, social and economic benefits of composting

Over half our rubbish is made up of food and garden waste that can be recycled. Such a large amount of organically active material buried anaerobically (without air) in landfill causes over 3% of total greenhouse gas emissions annually through the production of methane gas.

By turning food scraps and organic garden waste into compost you can:

  • improve soil quality and garden vitality by releasing nutrients from compost into your soil.
  • improve drainage in clay soils and help sandy soils retain water
  • assist plant growth and disease resistance
  • help absorb and filter runoff, protecting streams from erosion and pollution
  • reduce unwanted insects, limiting the need for commercial herbicides and pests.
  • recycle valuable nutrients
  • reduce the use of artificial fertilizers
  • prevent greenhouse gas emissions
  • reduce the amount of waste going to landfill
  • save water (using mulch and compost on your garden can reduce water usage by up to 30%)
  • save money (that you would spend on fertilizers, soil conditioners, water)

What to add to your compost bin

  • vegetable and fruit scraps
  • vegetable oil
  • prunings and lawns clippings
  • tea bags and coffee
  • vacuum dust
  • shredded paper and cardboard
  • used potting mix
  • eggshells
  • flowers

What not to add to your compost bin

  • meat and bones
  • dairy products
  • diseased plants
  • metals
  • plastics and glass
  • animal manures
  • fat
  • magazines
  • large branches
  • weeds that have seeds or underground stems
  • sawdust from treated timber
  • pet droppings
  • synthetic chemicals

A four step guide to creating great compost

  1. Choose a site.

Place your compost heap or bin in a well-drained sit that has some shade. Too much sun will dry out your compost.

2. What to compost

  • Green ingredients – a mixture of nitrogen rich organic material such as fruit and vegetable peelings and green garden vegetation such as fresh grass clippings and green leaves.
  • Brown ingredients – nitrogen poor, carbon-rich materials such as dry leaves, woody twigs, paper and straw.
  • Water.
  • Some soil or completed compost to introduce composting microorganisms.

3. Layering

  • Start with a thick layer of course material such as twigs or mulch to allow for drainage.
  • Layer garden clippings and kitchen scraps with dry leaves and paper
  • Add water after each layer to keep heap moist but not wet
  • Finish by sprinkling soil or completed compost on top of food scraps which will make a richer compost and help reduce odours.

4. Maintaining your compost

Keep your compost well aerated by turning it on a weekly basis. This will help prevent foul odours and methane buildup.

Depending on the mix of ingredients, the duration for the compost to turn into rich soil can be anything from 6 weeks to 6 months.


Check out the International Composting Awareness Week Australia website for more information about events and competitions.

For more information about starting up your own compost see the Clean Up Australia website.

Burdekin Shire Council has a green waste collection service and free green waste disposal for non-commercial rate payers at our transfer stations and landfill. This green waste is then mulched up and is available to residents for free. Mulch needs to be loaded by the person taking it, as Council does not provide a loader on site. If you require a large amount of mulch you can arrange to bring a loader on site providing the operator has all the relevant tickets and liability.


Food Safety First Logo3

November – Food Safety Week

Learn about the temperature danger zone and the importance of keeping hot food hot and cold food cold.

Australian Food Safety Week is the major activity of the Food Safety Information Council which aims to address the estimated 4.1 million cases of food borne illness in Australia each year. Food poisoning results, on average, in 31,920 hospitalisations, 86 deaths and 1 million visits to doctors each year.

The theme for Australian Food Safety Week 2015 is

  • Did you know? (busting the food safety myths).

There are a lot of myths out there about what causes food poisoning so during the Week the Food Safety Information Council will be releasing the latest consumer research about what Australians understand about food safety, plus some simple tips to help people reduce their risk of getting sick.

For more information visit the Food Safety Information Council.

Australian Food Safety Week runs from 9-16 November.

For more information visit the Food Safety website at


Recycling Materials Facility

November – National Recycling Week

Everyone can recycle and make a difference!
Our key messages for National Recycling Week promoting kerbside recycling and recycling at our local waste facilities. Remember don't bag your recyclables!

National Recycling Week is held every November to promote recycling and waste reduction. Watch this space for more information about the 2016 National Recycle Week celebrations.

Every recyclable item that community members place into their recycle bin at home or at work makes a difference in reducing the waste that ends up in landfill. This reduces the costs to the community as well as having added environmental benefits.

Most residential and commercial properties have a waste service through council and this includes a yellow lidded recycle bin. Recycle facilities are also available at our waste transfer stations at Ayr, Home Hill, Giru and Clare and Kirknie Landfill.

By sorting your waste into recyclables and non-recyclables, again you are decreasing the amount of waste that ends up in landfill. Our transfer station operators are happy to direct you to where your items can go. You will also reduce the cost of your trip to the waste facility – sorted waste is free for residents with domestic waste.

Many items can also be put into our second hand stores at Ayr and Home Hill where they can be purchased and reused by other residents.

For more information see the National Recycling Week website.




Safety First Sign

October – Safe Work Week

Most working Queenslanders put in a good, hard day’s work and come home a little tired or dirty, but safe.
Tragically though, around 25 Queenslanders die each year as a result of traumatic workplace incidents, and over 5000 suffer a permanent injury.
Safety at work is an issue that concerns everyone — employers, employees, their families and the community.
Have a read through this page and see how you can live and work safer.

Safe Work Week is the perfect time to remind people how they can continue to make Queensland workplaces safer.

What is Safe Work Week?

Safe Work Week (SWW) 2013 is part of a national event that encourages all working Queenslanders to get involved in health and safety in their workplace, helping to reduce death, injury and disease.

Why is it important?

Most working Queenslanders put in a good, hard day’s work and come home a little tired or dirty, but safe.

Tragically though, around 25 Queenslanders die each year as a result of traumatic workplace incidents, and over 5000 suffer a permanent injury.

These deaths and injuries carry with them a devastating and personal impact on workers and their families, with a significant financial cost to the Queensland community.


Forever young – Tim’s story

Forever young – Tim’s story highlights the emotional struggles and wider impacts on family and friends for Bill Martin whose son, Tim Martin, died at the age of 17 after he received an electric shock at work.

Mr Martin shared the personal story of his son to raise awareness of the need to make electrical and workplace safety a priority for every business.

Watch Forever Young – Tim’s story on YouTube

Who is at risk of workplace injury or illness?

National data on work related injuries shows that in Queensland, the rural industry recorded the highest rate of serious injuries in 2005–06 and 2010–11, followed closely the manufacturing industry.

Across those six years, construction, transport and storage, manufacturing and rural were consistently in the top five industries with significantly high rates of injury among workers, well above the average rate for all industries of 15 serious injuries per 1000 workers.

Young workers are at high risk of injury and illness at work, because they have limited work experience, are still developing and maturing and are less likely to speak up about unsafe work environments or practices.

On average, 16 young workers are killed in Queensland every year.

But there is good news – Queensland’s performance has seen significant improvement over the last three years with the injury rate improving by 19.6 per cent since 2007-08.

What you can do to improve work health and safety?

Safety at work is an issue that concerns everyone — employers, employees, their families and the community.

At work

Everyone at work plays a role in reducing the risk of injury, illness and death in a workplace.

  • Hold your own event during Safe Work Week to highlight what your company is doing  to make the workplace safer.
  • Ensure staff are involved in identifying risks and finding solutions on a regular basis and work with companies in your supply chain to ensure the safety of all workers involved in producing your product or service.

At school

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has produced a range of materials designed specifically for young workers. Visit for information on young workers.

At home

For most of us, the most important reason for being safe at work is our family and friends. Take some time to reflect on your most important reason and the things you can do to make sure you arrive home safe each day.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

WHSQ Facebook photo gallery

Last year around 9000 people attended work-based events held for Safe Work Week. This year WHSQ would love to see what your workplace is doing so send them a photo of your event and it could appear on their Facebook photo gallery.

How are you going to recognise Safe Work Week and celebrate your most important reasons to work safe?

Don’t forget to like their page so you can see when they post your photo and you can share it with your friends.

WHSQ on Twitter!

Twitter provides a convenient way to receive updates and stay in touch with all things health and safety in Queensland as they happen. Follow @WorkSafeQld and #whsq to get updates on topics such as:

  • workplace health and safety legislation
  • latest published items
  • workplace health and safety tips for managers, safety advisors and workers
  • upcoming events
  • general workplace health and safety information
  • incident alerts.

Event Checklist

Use this as a guide to ensure you have not missed any important planning details.

Have you…

  • Decided on your event theme, objectives and audience?
  • Selected a few key messages to support your overall theme and objectives?
  • Selected an event date and time?
  • Allocated an event budget?
  • Selected an event team, started a planning timeline and allocated team tasks to help organise the event?
  • Uploaded your event to the Safe Work Week calendar
  • Sourced and booked any audio-visual (AV) requirements? (see VENUE/AV checklist)
  • Chosen your venue? (see VENUE/AV checklist)
  • Prepared an attendees list and distributed invitations?
  • Sourced and booked any catering?
  • Developed an event run sheet?
  • Confirmed who will do what on the day and provided them with task instructions?
  • Organised a photographer who can capture your event?
  • Sourced and confirmed any approvals you may need from your team members, manager or director?
  • Contacted any local media to get involved with your event, e.g. local newspapers, community magazines?
  • Printed suitable hand out materials for attendees, e.g. fact sheets, posters, agenda?
  • Designed thank you letters or certificates for any sponsors or key volunteers, acknowledging their support?
  • Received RSVPs and confirmed final catering numbers to your suppliers?
  • Scheduled in people to help you pack down the event?
  • Held a briefing session prior to the event to ensure all equipment is working properly, speakers have had a practice run through and everyone is comfortable with their tasks for the day?
  • Don’t forget to arrive at the venue early to ensure everything is set up in time, set up the day before if possible. Hold a de-brief after the event to discuss how successful it was and considerations for next time?
  • Check that your venue has an up to date first aid kit or that you have a kit you can use in case of emergency?
  • Packed an ‘event toolkit’ that includes items such as blu tack, pins, sticky tape, double sided tape, gaffer tape, stapler, lots of pens or pencils, eraser, black marker pen, scissors, paper clips, rubber bands, spare name badges, safety pins, needle and thread, paracetamol, bandaids and post it notes?


Venue/AV Checklist

Use this as a guide to ensure you have not missed any important planning details.

Make sure you…

  • Conduct site inspection.
  • Check room capacity and ensure it suits your event requirements. Will it fit your estimated number of attendees?
  • Confirm with the venue how you would like the room set up (theatre style, classroom, cocktail, U-shape etc) and provide them with a seating chart if necessary.
  • Decide where you will position your catering area, water/coffee/tea station, AV, computer, decorations and where guests will sit/stand.
  • Check where electrical power points are located in the room and ensure it suits your event requirements. If playing music or having entertainment check sound restrictions with your venue as this may impact performers and your AV requirements.
  • Read any terms and conditions thoroughly.
  • Book and pay deposit.
  • Check what equipment you will need, e.g. PowerPoint, projector, microphone, TV or DVD player and if any of these are provided free of charge. Always consider having a back up microphone and a second copy of any presentation files on hand. Remember to sound check the microphone before the event begins.
  • Do not forget about the registration area, you may need name badges for your guests. This area needs to be large enough to get guests in and out without blocking access to the room.
  • Check what time you can set up and pack down, some venues let you access the room the day before a big event.
  • Check the parking requirements at the venue.
  • Do vehicles need permits or car park vouchers?
  • Consider whether any guests require special access such as wheelchair ramps or a lift.
  • Always check the toilet facilities. Make sure they are clean and presentable for guests and that the number of toilets can cater for your number of guests.
  • Check for hazards, for example slippery floor surfaces.
  • If your event is held outdoors, consider hazards such as wind, heat or even wildlife (snakes, ant bites) and ensure you have ways to manage or minimise the risk.

Visit for more information on risk management.


September – Biodiversity Month

Biodiversity month promotes the importance of biodiversity and the programs and initiatives that ensure that our environments and habitats are conserved, improved and protected.

The Australian Government through the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities is committed to protecting Australia’s unique biodiversity. Biodiversity month is held in September each year to promote the importance of biodiversity and the programs and initiatives that ensure that our environments and habitats are conserved, improved and protected.

What is biodiversity?

Biodiversity encompasses every living thing that exists on our planet and the environment in which they live. From the smallest one-cell microbe to the enormous majesty of the blue whale. From the depths of the Pacific Ocean to peaks of our tallest mountains, biodiversity forms part of an intricate and interdependent web of life in which we are all a part.

Australia is home to between 600,000 and 700,000 species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. About 84 per cent of our plants, 83 per cent of our mammals, and 45 per cent of our birds are endemic — that is, they are only found in Australia.

The marine environment is home to thousands of marine species, some of which are unique to Australia and all of which contribute to making Australia the most biodiversity-rich developed country in the world. This includes at least 45 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Why is biodiversity important?

Human beings depend for their sustenance, health, well-being and enjoyment of life on biodiversity. We derive all of our food and many medicines and industrial products from the wild and domesticated components of biological diversity. Biodiversity is the basis for much of our recreation and tourism, and includes the ecosystems which provide us with many services such as clean water.

There are a number of ways individuals and communities can help protect biodiversity in their local area.

  • Create a natural habitat in your backyard. Look at plants that are native to your region and help create a backyard sanctuary for local birds and wildlife.
  • Get rid of weeds. What seems like a perfectly harmless plant can turn into a noxious weed if it jumps your back fence and heads into bushland. Check out what’s considered a weed in your part of the country at Weeds in Australia (link is external)
  • Be a responsible pet owner. If you can no longer keep your pet do not release it into the wild. This includes pet fish — do not flush them down the toilet or put them into local streams. Make sure your cat is de-sexed and either keep it indoors or invest in an outdoor cat run — domestic cats can have a devastating effect on local wildlife. Keep your dog contained and on leash so that they cannot attack or scare wildlife. This is especially important on our beaches where migratory birds and turtles breed.
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle. Look at ways to reduce the amount of rubbish that ends up in landfill and the waterways. Many things can now be recycled. For more information on what you can recycle in your local area go to Recycling Near You (link is external) or Waste and recycling
  • Start your own compost bin. Organic matter like vegetable peelings which usually ends up landfill is great for your garden. Start composting and you can reduce the need for chemicals and fertilizers in the garden and improve the health of your soil.
  • Only put water down the drains. Things like oils and chemicals may start at the kitchen sink but end up in our waterways and seas and can affect animals and plants living in streams and rivers. Instead of using commercial cleaning chemicals try using white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.
  • Be an informed seafood eater. Don’t eat threatened fish species. To find out what species you should avoid at the fish market go to Find a Fish — (link is external)
  • Understand what you can and can’t take with you when you travel. Some tourist souvenirs and items you buy over the internet are made from or contain derivatives of plants and animals. If you are bringing plants or animals into or out of Australia, go to Information for travellers and online shoppers beforehand.
  • When you’re sailing, don’t get too close to whales and dolphins. Worldwide, whales, dolphins and porpoises face many threats, from being directly hunted to being caught in fishing nets. Ship strike, pollution, climate change, ocean noise, tourism, discarded fishing gear or other rubbish may also affect the population. They can also be loved to death by overenthusiastic whale watchers. To find out more about how to help, go to Whales, dolphins and porpoises.

What is the Australian Government doing to protect biodiversity?

The Australian Government’s national environment law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, promotes the conservation of biodiversity by providing strong protection for threatened species and ecological communities, migratory, marine and other protected species.

The Australian Government has announced significant reforms to the EPBC Act in response to an independent review of the Act by Allan Hawke AC.

For further information go to About the EPBC Act.

The Australian Government has recognised the role of biodiversity in tackling climate change, and the need to make it central to climate change policies affecting land management. The Government’s Clean Energy Future package includes funding to complement and build upon the Australian Government’s existing natural resource management activities.

The Australian Government is looking at biodiversity from a number of angles. From research through to wildlife corridors, there are a range of programs aimed at protecting Australia’s unique biodiversity.

For more information on biodiversity and related programs go to Biodiversity.



Tangaroa Blue Alva Beach Clean Up

Come and join in the Tangaroa Blue Alva Beach Clean Up on Saturday 11th April from 10am. Enjoy a free sausage sizzle after doing your bit to clean up our coastline!

Tangaroa Blue Foundation is holding a community beach clean up at Alva Beach to clean up our local beach and also gather information for the Australia Marine Debris Initiative.

This event runs over 2 days, Saturday, 16 April and Sunday, 17 April 2016 from 8am to 1pm both days.  Meeting point is the Ayr Surf Life Saving Club at Alva Beach.  There is no obligation to attend both days.  Stay as little or as long as you like.

Please bring a reusable water bottle, sturdy shoes, hat, sunnies, sun smart clothing, heaps of energy and a smile.

Enjoy a free sausage sizzle after doing your bit to clean up our coastline!

For more information and to register please contactor click on the below link.

Tangaroa Blue Foundation Alva Beach Cleanup

Tangaroa Blue Foundation

Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australian charity focused on the health of our marine environment. They coordinate with the Australian Marine Debris Initiative, who are a network of volunteers, communities and organisations around the country monitoring the impacts of marine debris along their stretch of coastline. Since the program started in 2004, more than 3 million pieces of marine debris have been removed from the Australian coastline and the data on this debris has been recorded in the Australian Marine Debris Database.

For more information visit the Tangaroa Foundation website.



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