The Cairns esplanade – commonly referred to as the doorstep to the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). With thousands of tourists visiting Cairns and the GBR each year, it is our own social responsibility as locals to set the scene for our visitors by showing them that we care about the environment and are making environmentally conscious decisions to reduce our waste, states Nicole Nash founder of The Last Straw on the Great Barrier Reef. 

Cairns Esplanade Photo by ozbabyhire

Over the last 6 months The Last Straw on the GBR has been specifically targeting venues along Harbour Lights, The Pier shopping centre and the Cairns Esplanade to encourage them to reduce their usage of single-use plastic straws. 

“Venues going plastic straw free has increased dramatically in the last month along the Cairns waterfront, the biggest trouble that we are having now is getting venues to submit their venue name and details through our website and actually registering their venue!”

The Last Straw on the GBR is a sister campaign to The Last Straw Australia, who have an Australian wide database of plastic straw free venues. The Last Straw and sister campaigns Australia wide hope to one day have enough evidence of venues who have gone single-use plastic straw free to take to parliament and create a policy change. “Without a database and evidence of success its like applying for a job without a resume,” states Nicole. Registration takes just two minutes for venues in the GBR catchment head to
Venues along the esplanade who have registered as being plastic straw free (only offering reusable straws or paper) include:

  • The Pier Bar
  • The Salt House
  • Tha Fish
  • Piato
  • The Waterbar and Grill
  • Ochre
  • The Pacific Hotel
  • Bushfire Cairns
  • The Raw Prawn
  • Cairns RSL
  • Holiday Inn Cairns Esplanade

The Last Straw is aware of several other businesses who have gone to paper straws but simply have not registered. 

Venues who register with The Last Straw receive official bar signs. Customers have stated to The Last Straw and hospitality venues that they look for these signs when dining out- choosing to support venues who are supporting the change in behaviour and no longer using single-use plastic straws. You too can dine/stay/travel/dive on board/at an official venue – checkout the list of 330+ venues along the GBR here! 

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