Street Art for our Oceans [14 September – North Cairns]

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Intersection of Lily Creek and Charles Street

North Cairns, QLD


Event description


Hit the streets and spray paint the drain inlets with colourful marine animals and the message "This drains to the Great Barrier Reef".


10:00 – 10:10: Registration at Lily Creek. Location:
10:10 – 10:20: Presentation about our storm water drains and their impact on the oceans and our health.
10:20 – 10:30: Split into teams of 8. Get trained by Team Leaders on technique and safety precautions.
10:30 – 11:30: One hour to spray-paint with your team. We'll have bags too in case you come across any litter during the activity.
11:30 – 12:00: Meet back at Lily Creek to return materials, debrief, and enjoy complimentary morning tea.

How to get there

  • By Car: There are opportunities to park around the park. Let's carpool when possible.
  • By Bus: There is a bus stop right next to our meeting place. Get off at "Martyn St near Grove st". Click here for relevant bus timetable.

What to bring

  • Reusable waterbottle
  • Sun protection
  • Protective clothes and shoes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • A parent or guardian (if you are not an adult).

What we provide

  • All art materials: Spray paints, stencils, brush.
  • Safety equipment: Gloves, masks.
  • Morning tea

What's the Problem?

Every hour, 1580kg of plastic waste enters Australian oceans – much of this making it way from land through our drains and creeks. There are more than 260 drains and waterways in the Cairns Region that flow out to the Great Barrier Reef. When it rains a variety of rubbish, oils, pesticides, and fertilisers are carried down the drains and into our local creeks that flow to the Ocean. This stormwater is not treated, nor sieved for stuff that shouldn't be in there (like plastic litter). Dirty drains seriously damage our marine environments, and also increase our risk of floods on land. Luckily, most littering can be easily prevented, and just requires a bit of care and responsibility. Let's show our community why should should all care about our litter footprint.

Our Mission:

By mixing art and education, the Drain Stencil Project teaches the community that our neighborhoods are connected to the ocean via the urban stormwater drain system. Throwing rubbish on roads, gutters, and waterways hurts our Great Barrier Reef, and also increases our own flood risk. By bringing the community together to spray paint the message "This drains to the Great Barrier Reef" next to our waterways, we create informed advocated for our waters, and leave a physical, long-lasting message behind for the entire community.

Terms of participation:

By joining this event, you agree to:

  • The release of photos/video by CAFNEC that may include your name and image.
  • Receive email updates and news from the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre.
  • Supervise any children under your care.

Our partners

This event is funded by Get Ready Queensland ( and supported by the Cairns Regional Council Disaster Coordination Centre.

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Intersection of Lily Creek and Charles Street

North Cairns, QLD


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