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January 29, 2023

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Bundjalung host Byron Shire Survival Day 

Main Beach Park in Cavanbah – Byron Bay, was the place where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered yesterday to celebrate the longest-living culture in the world – people who are now living on unceded land.

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Arlian, Plastic Free Boy, is inspiring people to reduce their use of plastic. Photo supplied.

Byron’s Plastic Free Boy, Arlian has been taking to the screen and was recently featured on Channel Ten’s The Project last Thursday as well as presenting his film Plastic Alarm to schools both locally and in Brisbane.

Having been to Brisbane last week he presented his film to hundreds of kids in different schools said his mother Karin Ecker.

His film is not only educating kids about the problems and solutions of plastic but creating an instant impact,’ said Karin.

A contribution of $5 per child is split between helping pay for the costs of making the film while fifty per cent of this stays at the school where Arlian has presented to help the school take on the challenge of improving their waste management.

‘Inspired by all this amazing feedback from now thousands of fans on the internet, Arlian is ready for action. The videos broadcast by The Project on Channel 10 and Uplift Connect has gone viral and reached people from all over the world. Channel 10 did a beautiful feature story, came up from Melbourne and filmed with us all day,’ Karin commented.

Byron Public goes plastic staw free

At Arlian’s own school Byron Bay Public School he and number of other students collected 200 signatures asking the canteen to stop using plastic straws.

‘A whole group of kids then proudly delivered the paper straws to the canteen. It looks like the plastic straw are history and Arlian, 250 kids, teachers and some parents have created a plastic straw free Byron Bay Public School,’ said Karin.

The school will now have paper straws and their supplier Al Packs has donated a box of 2,400 paper straws to the school and said the will not sell plastic stars in the future.

‘This is only the beginning,’ said Arlian.

‘We hope we can get kids to follow this in every school and become plastic straw free. In fact single use plastic free.’

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