Ditch the Disposables: Say No to Single-use Plastic


Plastic – it’s strong, it’s durable, it’s versatile. Impressive, right? Unfortunately, the majority of plastics are only used once before entering our waterways.

Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing global environmental issues. According to National Geographic, the production of plastic has increased exponentially, from 2.3 million tons in 1950 to 448 million tons by 2015, and is expected to double by 2050.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) states that on average, Australians use 130kg of plastic per person, each year, and only 12 per cent of that is recyclable. Furthermore, plastic pollution contributes to the deaths of more than 100, 000 marine mammals every year, and 80 per cent of this is estimated to come from land-based sources.

But wait, there’s more. Plastic contamination is also now affecting our health. According to WWF, a recent Australian study has determined that globally, we are ingesting an average of five grams of plastic every week – the equivalent of a credit card.

The solution is to simply prevent plastic waste from entering our rivers and oceans in the first place. To achieve this, we need to work together.

The Aim
CQUniversity is not only working hard to educate staff and students on the harmful impacts of single-use plastic but also aims to lead by example. The University has embarked on a long-term sustainability journey and is working with particular areas to demonstrate its commitment to the environment.

Capricornia College: Phase out single-use plastic containers and implement a reusable container system. Introduce multi-use or composting catering containers.

Birdcage Bar: Launch a loan the container initiative or implement a bring-in container app. Only offer 100 per cent compostable single-use products for takeaway items.

Bookshop: Transition to plastic-free products and source eco-friendly compostable stationery products. The long-term aim is that all University-branded products should be single-use plastic-free (such as packaging, cover, etc.)

Community Sports Centre/ University Events: Stop single-use plastic products being used at University-organised sporting events (such as plastic water bottles). Transition to plastic-free products and source eco-friendly compostable stationery products. The long-term aim is that all University-branded products should be single-use plastic-free (such as packaging, cover, etc.)

Vending Machine: Transition from single-use plastic products to aluminum cans. Introduce a single-use plastic offset plan, while a more effective solution is found.

Purchasing/Finance and Planning Division: Reduce the amount of single-use plastic products that are purchased, through a modified purchasing policy. Try to consolidate orders to use less packing. Implement a stationary inventory so that items aren’t ordered unnecessarily.

How Can I Help?
To help you, help the environment, we’ve put together a range of engaging activities that will equip you with the knowledge and means to reduce your single-use plastic consumption.

Ditch the Disposables Social Campaign: In May 2020, reusable straws will be made available to you in common areas at all major CQUniversity campuses. You’re encouraged to use, snap and post a selfie to social media with a @CQUniversity tag (Instagram) or @CQUniversity Official Group tag (Facebook), and the #DitchTheDisposables hashtag. Let’s work together to help generate impactful conversations around single-use plastic.

Expert Information Sessions: Participate in one of our upcoming expert information sessions. CQUniversity has partnered with local councils in nominated regions to host tailored information sessions about how to recycle the right way. Details to come.

Simple Alternatives: In the meantime, forget the convenience of single-use plastic and opt for one of three simple alternatives; dine-in, bring your own or compost.

Stay tuned for campaign-branded activity communication via your student email. And, remember, little changes will have a big impact.

Unit evaluations with a difference

The future is you! You’re encouraged to complete the Term 2 Student Unit and Teacher Evaluations (SUTE) – previously known as unit evaluations – to help shape future decisions at CQUniversity.

To complete the survey, look for the red button in your online Moodle unit.

It’s a busy time, but submitting an evaluation is worth it. Here’s why…

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Studying in Australia – Achieving career aspirations

As international students deciding to come to Australia, our decision to study here is often made based on the pursuit of our career aspirations. When we arrive, we need to develop our language skills, and understand the environment and cultural trends to get a job and gather enough financial resources to afford our daily and study-related expenses. How can we achieve our career aspirations while we are doing all this? By identifying our personal strengths and weaknesses, defining our life goals and career purpose, targeting the roles we want to perform, identifying the skills we need to develop, volunteering and leadership involvement. These are all great strategies to help us work towards our desired careers.

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From China to Rockhampton — a unique learning experience and internship opportunity

My name is Kaixiang Zhu and I come from Guangzhou, China. I am currently studying a Master of Information Technology at the Rockhampton campus.

Before I came to Australia, I was told this is a country extremely close to nature. “Animals there are much bigger in size than any other place in the world, such as spiders, ants, crabs, lizards, etc.”

With anxiety, I flew to Rockhampton (Rocky) in Central Queensland, which was the first place I arrived in Australia, and thus my first impression of every aspect I gained of Australia is based on Rocky.

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Enhance your employability and skills at the 2019 Student Leadership Conference

Do you ever wonder how on earth you’re supposed to find employment in your future field when the job market is insanely competitive? I often stress endlessly over all of the qualities and skills I am yet to develop. Is my resume good enough? Do I have enough experience? Will I embarrass myself in the interview? These questions can set you up to fail before you’re even qualified enough to apply for the job!

In an effort to ease these daunting thoughts, I’m always on the hunt for opportunities that can put me one step ahead of the rest. Conferences, forums, leadership positions and programs, the list goes on and on. The upcoming 3-day Student Leadership Conference at Rockhampton North campus is another incredible opportunity to develop employability and skills.

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Need help finding information for your assignment?

Assessments looming? On the hunt for the right information? At CQUni Library we understand that the weeks leading up to the end of term can be stressful and confusing. That’s why we’re here to share some great library hacks to get you on the road to your best results.

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Five reasons to make feedback your friend

So, you’ve submitted your first assignments, and you’re anxiously awaiting your results. While there’s a huge sense of relief when you find out that you have passed and your hard work has paid off for you, it’s important to take the time to carefully read the marker’s feedback. Feedback can be a powerful tool that you can use to further your skills as a student and minimise stress moving forward.

Here’s five reasons to make feedback your friend, courtesy of the Academic Learning Centre (ALC)…

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A scholarship made all the difference

A CQUniCares Appeal Scholarship helped Bachelor of Physiotherapy graduate Casey Pomeroy complete required placement while studying, and enabled her to provide physiotherapy to disadvantaged children living with disability.

As part of her physiotherapy degree, Casey was required to complete 25 weeks of clinical placement. Clinical placements – often unpaid – are common requirements for students to undertake as part of their course, particularly in health-related fields.

Scholarship support can make a huge difference in these times, giving students the help they need to juggle study, work and clinical placements.

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Easing the pressure valve of life.

Lou Warwick is Bachelor of Building Design student at CQUniversity. Following a workplace accident, and with the support of her lecturer, Lou applied and received a CQUniCares Emergency Grant to help her overcome the obstacles she was facing.

Earlier this year, Lou was also awarded a CQUniCares Appeal Scholarship, made possible by generous alumni, staff, students and friends of the University who supported the 2018 CQUniCares Annual Appeal.

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2019 International Student Leaders Forum

As a Study Sunshine Coast Student Ambassador and a CQUniversity Student Representative Council Member, I was invited to attend the 2019 International Student Leaders Forum and 2019 International Student Leaders Meet Parliament Event in August. 

During these events, I had the incredible opportunity to meet a variety of like-minded students, develop networks with parliamentary members, and gain extensive knowledge on global talent, global skills, and global workforce.

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