Workshops program


Environmental Sustainability Awareness Program – workshop series

Information sessions for families, people with disability and mental health who use disposable single-use packaging to learn how to comply with the Qld plastic ban

About this event

From September 1st 2021, certain single-use plastic items will be banned in Qld, including plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates, bowls and expanded polystyrene cups and containers.

It is understandable that making a commitment is challenging due to families facing stress from social, financial, and mental health challenges they experience during their lives.

These barriers are commonly impacting the way they live their lives. due to pressure from prolonged unemployment, being discriminated against impacting their mental wellbeing and being socially isolated.

This program enables Nature Freedom to deliver practical workshops to improve their environmental sustainability at home. We support families, individuals living with a disability and mental health who have faced barriers to reducing their ecological footprint.

The workshops are co-designed to understand the issues and impacts between the environment and social aspects.

To help you prepare we are conducting a workshop series providing support across the Greater Brisbane Region to answer your questions on:

  • What items are included in the ban?
  • What environmental impacts are faced from single-use plastics?
  • What are the alternative products or ways to be used?

Forums are held in the mornings consisting of a 45 minutes presentation followed by a Q&A session. 

You will be provided with a take-home brief on the ban, how to find alternatives and resources to help your families.

Locations are listed below and you can register for one of those sessions through the booking link. Please note that places are limited due to COVID restrictions at those venues, and respect your presence of turning up as there will be a waitlist. 

For questions, contact us on

Donations are kindly accepted – to cover the resources and handouts for families. 

Nature Freedom is a NFP social enterprise organisation supporting young people, people with disabilities and mental health finding their meaningful access and participation in outdoor activities and environmental projects.

About the presenter

Mathew Townsend – founder of the organisation possesses a Master of Environmental Management degree at University of Queensland. He has disabilities, and lived experiences with anxiety and depression. He values and is passionate about inclusive society for everybody from all walks of life. He has public speaking and facilitation skills and experiences since 2014. Has worked at the Brisbane City Council’s environmental branch and Queensland government’s Disability Connect Qld.


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