Cairns Regional Council has announced on the 11th of April during the Planning and Environment Committee Meeting to take steps to remove single-use plastics from Council events and venues in a mission to lead by example to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns is one of the first few councils in Australia to make such a commitment.
Molly Steer, a 10-year-old girl, who has been actively working in her campaign “Straw No More” since 2017, encouraged this action. Molly was only 9 years old when she watched the documentary “A Plastic Ocean”, and decided to start her own campaign to remove the use straws in an attempt to reduce the impact of straws on sea animals, especially sea turtles. She initially started in her own school and now more than 90 schools in Australia and overseas have banned the use of straws.