The Drain Stencil Project was initiated in February 2015 by volunteers of the CAFNEC Marine Response Team. Volunteers were concerned about the level of plastic in our community, and recognised that there was a lack of education. After going through the hoops of Council approval, the project was officially launched on Friday, 5th of June 2015 at Yorkey’s Knob.
The first drain stencilling event was a beautiful sunny day and was celebrated by many members from the Cairns region and Yorkeys Knob community. The launch was exciting and a great success. From the launch date until the end of 2015 six stencil sessions were held in other suburbs around Cairns, managing to stencil over 40 drains. The project was able to continue in to 2016, where a suburb-intensive program was initiated, allowing us to focus on one suburb at a time. With the help of schools and communities we were able to stencil over 100 drains.
We know that kids are the future and make the best teachers to their friends and parents. That’s why we’ve been excited to bring this project into classrooms and after-school groups. We’ve been impressed at how the Drain Stencil Project ignited new passions among students; everything from recycling schemes, litter monitoring groups, and waterway-related speeches!
Five years in, we have stencilled hundreds of drains with thousands of people from Gordonvale to the Northern beaches of Cairns. We have shared our love for our waterways and demonstrated ways anyone can protect our waters through simple solutions like plastic-free lunches, monitoring local creeks, and riding a bicycle instead of a car. This project continues thanks to the support and passion we receive from volunteers, schools, neighbourhoods, businesses, and donors. Keep scrolling to find out the different ways you can get involved.
Volunteer with us
Do you enjoy working with children? At CAFNEC we hope to provide you with a positive opportunity to get involved with the community, develop skills and be amongst like-minded people. The time you put into the projects and events is up to you, however, we like to maintain a reliable community to be able to continue to grow and build a stronger message. We run stenciling events throughout the year in schools, with community groups, and with neighbourhoods throughout the year.
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Invite us to your school or community group
CAFNEC has worked with a number of school and community groups, stencilling hundreds of drains within campuses and in the community. Depending on the location and number of participants, CAFNEC can host stencilling sessions starting at $200. If you would like CAFNEC to host a stencilling session with your group, or school, check out our Event Request page.
Run your own Stencilling Event
Become a Sponsor
Are you an individual or business interested in sponsoring a project that works with the community to spread the word that our precious reef must be cared for?
Please take a minute to consider the sponsorship proposal: Cairns Drain Stencil Project Sponsorship Proposal.
By supporting the project, sponsors will contribute to an all-round positive conservation initiative that allows the local community to get involved and take on-ground action to promote better outcomes for the local marine environment.
The project is driven by our amazing CAFNEC Marine Response Team volunteers and your support will go a long way, providing volunteers with the coordination and materials required to work with the community.