Start Small, Think Big
Start Small, Think Big

Tiny Norfolk Island as seen from uninhabited Phillip Island. Our small size is our vulnerability, but also our strength.

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Start Small, Think Big
Start Small, Think Big

The community consultation crowd answers "Who would like to see Norfolk transformed into a true circular economy?".

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Start Small, Think Big
Start Small, Think Big

Majestic sharks keep Norfolk's underwater ecosystem in balance.

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Start Small, Think Big
Start Small, Think Big

Tiny Norfolk Island as seen from uninhabited Phillip Island. Our small size is our vulnerability, but also our strength.

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SINK SAF : LOW TIDE

In the Norf'k language, sink saf literally means low tide. Metaphorically, the Islanders may say sink saf in reference to something becoming calm.

The current waste situation on Norfolk is alarming. Many island residents are ashamed of what must happen to remove our rubbish from view. The Norfolk Wave campaign aims to calm down the big saf by resourcing and educating the island residents and visitors on better waste practices. By combining significant local knowledge with visiting expertise, we have a powerful tool to create lasting change.

 

In a recent survey run through this campaign, we discovered that almost all island residents want the burning at Headstone tip to cease. Ninety percent of respondents were concerned about the impact of plastic debris on Norfolk’s marine environment. Pleasingly, ninety percent were also willing to change their lifestyle to reduce damage to the environment and were supportive of a ban on single use plastic. 

 

Great news! So … where to from here? 

 

Shutting down Headstone Tip is not a simple fix. Generally, anything that cannot fit into the baler at the Waste Management Centre to be flown offshore, needs to be disposed of on-island. This is a big challenge, especially for construction and demolition (C&D) waste which is difficult to dismantle.

 

Currently C&D waste is being stockpiled as the community works toward a better solution. This is a great step forward, as this waste stream is no longer ending up in the ocean. The only waste stream that is still ending up in our ocean, is glass waste. Recently the Waste Management team were successful in procuring a grant for a commercial glass crusher, which will 

What was once a goal of 'zero ocean outfall' of our waste, has now become a 

 

As individuals and as a community, we need to take stock of what our small island can sustain, and really look at our habits and practices. How can we become a truly circular economy and drastically reduce our reliance on the outside world? 

 

To begin with, we need a better way to sort our waste.

 

 

Once the Recyclapod system is functioning, the Norfolk Wave campaign will create a film for incoming tourists, aimed at educating our 30,000 visitors each year, asking them to support Norfolk Island’s sustainable goal by doing their part. Well known film maker and environmental activist Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film, 2040) will present this film alongside Norfolk Island talent. 

 

Also, Norfolk’s first dramatic short film will be part of the Norfolk Wave deliverables…so stay tuned!

 

This is just the beginning. More will be revealed to the Norfolk Island community as we forge ahead into a sustainable future!