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Presidents Message December 2019

Monday, December 23, 2019 2:44 PM | Lesley Van Staveren (Administrator)

We are rapidly coming to the end of the decade, this is always a great time to look at what you have achieved and set your intentions for the new year.

In the last 12 months as an organization we have delivered multiple workshops educating in different ways to reduce waste either in business or at home.

We have continued to grow the membership base and are steadily creating a space for like minded individuals and businesses to connect. To share initiatives they are running that others can learn from as well as what their business does and how we can support it as a community.

Our whole board stepped forward to lead the Committee For Waste Reduction for another 12 months as well as 5 new members bringing an additional wealth of knowledge to the table.

Your 2020 board members are:

  • Tony McInnes (Fuji Xerox Business Centre) – Vice President
  • Dan Hannagan (Medalfield pty Ltd & Freshwater Buy Back Shop) – Vice President
  • Kylie Arantz – Secretary
  • Anne Naylor (ENJOpreneur) – Back up minutes secretary
  • Daniel Chalmers (FNQ Plastics) – Treasurer
  • Rebecca Steele Scott (Create More) – Deputy Treasurer
  • Robert Gale (Next Level Sustainability) – General Board Member
  • Michelle Torrens (The Junk Weavers) – General Board Member
  • Suzanne Rath (Wellness Embodied Cairns) – General Board Member
  • Tina O’Hagan-Holohan – General Board Member
  • Trevor Bostock (Omni Builders) – General Board Member
  • Lisa Costa (Neocon Homes) – General Board Member

2019 has marked a huge shift in attitudes towards what needs to be done to tackle the plastic, single use issue, climate change and the growth of working towards circular economy principles which reduces the fast consumerism trend and enhances reuse, reuse, remanufacture opportunities.

In 2020 we will be launching the Green Ripple Effect in partnership with Manoora Community Garden thanks to Cairns Regional Councils Community Sustainability Grant, we will be releasing more information in January. 

We are also hosting a design thinking workshop to find out what you wish to advocate for.
Is it waste wise events, more businesses on board with learning how to improve practices or perhaps how political campaigns can drastically reduce the amount of waste created election. There are so many possibilities on where to focus our energies so we wish to know what is important to you. BOOK HERE

We appreciate wholeheartedly your support through 2019 and look forward to driving more initiatives with impact in the new year.

Our top tips over Christmas are:

  • Think about what you a buying – is it needed? Will it last? How will it be disposed of in the long run?
  • Toys – is it cheap plastic? Is it over packaged? Are there more educational and fun toys that would be a better gift?
  • Visit op shops for gifts.
  • Support local – small business is what keeps our economy thriving and you can make a real difference to your community when you buy from a family business.
  • Wrapping gifts – Do you need wrapping paper? Can you wrap in fabric, old newspapers, jars, tins, Baskets? What are your top tips for sustainable wrapping paper.
  • No single use plates, cutlery or cups at parties. All pitch in to clean up and wash up, it’s a great way to retain the community feel.
  • Food – plan ahead. Prepare dishes that are great leftovers for a second meal. Think if there is too much how are you going to dispose of it? Composting, bokashi bins, worm farms or chickens are all great options.

These are just a couple of ideas, there are hundreds more! We’d love to hear your top tips for a green Christmas.
Look after each other, share love, kindness and respect. Reach out if someone is alone or struggling over the holiday.

With gratitude,

Lesley Van Staveren


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