Petition for more water refill stations making the rounds


Howard Salkow

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A campaign is underway in the Douglas Shire to show community support for more water refill stations around the shire to promote the use of reusable water bottles.

Signatures are being collected and residents are encouraged to garner support from friends and family.

The following appears on the petition:

“We, the undersigned, would like to see water fountains installed in Port Douglas similar to the fountains in the attached photos to promote reducing the amount of single use plastic water bottles, by refilling your water bottle, protecting our waterways and reducing landfill.”

This initiative forms part of Plastic Free Douglas, a group comprising Douglas Shire Council, the Douglas Shire Sustainability Group, Low Isles Preservation Society, Tangaroa Blue, the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre and Bendigo Bank, who want to reduce the number of disposable plastic bags which end up as litter and landfill.

It is reported that Australians dispose of four billion plastic bags a year. The average bag is used for 12 minutes but takes 1000 years to break up.  

Plastic bags in the environment are detrimental to birds, marine animals and ecosystems, as well as human health and the economy.

Completed petitions must be sent to Douglas Shire Council by 4 June and will forwarded to the petition organiser.

Petition organiser is Maggie Kelly who can be contacted on


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