Our major partners drive our work through directly financing, supporting and promoting our programs and often assisting the communities with whom we work. Please support our Major Partners through visiting their website, frequenting their business(es) and following them on social media.
The Queensland Government have continued to deliver to assist us with our River Warriors projects. In 2017 their Community Sustainability Actions grant program provided a major grant for our inaugural River Warriors project on the Tallebudgera Creek on the Gold Coast. Then in 2019 they followed suit through the Community Benefit Fund to support the purchase of sailing boats, kayaks and equipment to expand our crew and take our team into new, unchartered territories in our quest to address marine debris and pollution! A huge thanks to the Queensland Government!
“Building better lives for the world’s poorest people”
Global Development Group, established in 2002, is a Brisbane-based, Australian-founded non-government overseas humanitarian development organisation. Our passion is to provide comprehensive quality management to help achieve development effectiveness, together with our partners, in our aid and development projects and activities around the world.
Target development sectors
Education and vocational training
Emergency relief and prevention
Gender equality and empowerment
WASH (Water and Sanitation for Hygiene)
Our Gold Sponsors are our major partners who drive our work. Through their valuable contributions and support we are able to run our projects and ensure success!
Please support our Gold Sponsors through visiting their website, frequenting their business(es) and following them on social media.
For over thirty-five years the Old Arts Factory in Byron Bay has been home to a rich history of live music. Today, it’s also the home of our brewery. It’s here that we experiment with refreshing new beer styles against a background of music performed by artists from all over the world. From Dragonfruit Sours and Coffee Porters to easy drinking lagers that are perfect for good times with friends, our range of beers and collabs are always inspired by the eclectic, creative spirit of our home, Byron Bay.
Over the past few years we have partnered with PCFML on a number of events, and during these we learnt of the incredible long-term initiatives they have developed to help tackle the issues facing our oceans. It’s time for us to address marine debris and pollution. Our oceans generate most of our oxygen, regulate our climate, and directly provide a critical food source for much of our population, we cannot prosper if our oceans do not prosper too. We’re very proud to announce our ongoing Gold Ocean Sponsorship with this amazing Byron-born charity.
Happy Travels is Australia’s leading independent Backpacker travel specialist and have been helping backpackers dreams come true for over 20 years! With stores throughout Australia and New Zealand, Happy Travels work with a wide range of tour companies to bring their customers the best deals possible. In 2018, Happy Travels formed a major partnership with us, working with our team to eliminate their single-use plastic travel wallets across their stores, instead replacing them with specially designed cotton bags produced at our Indian on-ground partner SISP’s fair-trade factory, employing women and youth from below the poverty line! We are proud to be educating backpackers and raising awareness through Happy Travels, Happy Tours and Travel Bugs stores as part of their new Happy Planet campaign, an exclusive partnership between PCFML and Happy Travels!
Founded by adventurer and environmentalist Yvon Chouinard in 1973 in the USA, Patagonia is a designer of outdoor clothing and gear for the silent sports: climbing, surfing, skiing and snowboarding, fly fishing, and trail running. We are honoured to have one of the biggest and most environmentally conscious outdoor clothing companies supporting our work in northern NSW and south-east QLD!
"To predict the future, you need to create it" - Abraham Lincoln
SustainDigital is an ethical recruitment partner. In an ever changing digital landscape their specialist consultants provide clear and transparent services for both clients and candidates.
Sustain Digital love what they do! Their consultants are passionate about the area in which their clients specialise in, they don’t just talk about it, they live and breathe it. They host Meet Ups and keep on top of industry trends so that they are best positioned to provide excellence to the market. Providing solutions across Permanent, Contract and Executive roles within Australia’s digital ecosystem.
They are passionate about the world and the impact they have on it! Sustain Digital recently chose to partner with a land-based and a marine-based charity to give back through their business. We are honoured to have been chosen as their marine-based charity of choice, with a percentage of their profits going back into our projects between January and June 2019!
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics believes in making products from fresh organic fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics. They are animal and planet friendly and 100% vegan. Lush have supported our work numerous times - from sponsoring our shark awareness projects along the Great Barrier Reef to kick-starting our Marine Conservation Masterplan in India.
Located in Melbourne, Hardcopy Cartel is a truly unique graphic design company. They specialise in branding and logo design, but their services range from web design, to copywriting, to booklets and pamphlets all the way to unorthodox greeting cards.
Hardcopy Cartel director, Lindsey, is passionate about making the typically 'boring' into something more exciting. Lindsey has been in the industry ten years and is extremely passionate about what she does and the services she provides. Like our campaign logos, booklets and other graphic design work? Chances are that Lindsey was behind them! Hardcopy Cartel are Gold Sponsors of PCFML and we really appreciate their efforts to assist is in creating long-term change!
Our Silver Sponsors fund specific projects and initiatives and have enabled us to expand our work and resource our campaigns. Through their support we have been able to launch new programs, and/or fund the continuation or expansion of existing ones. Please support our Silver Sponsors through visiting their website, frequenting their business(es) and following them on social media.
Adreno, formerly Adrenaline, is named in part by the innate human physiological energy response that is driven by excitement and fear of the unknown. Exploration of the unknown draws divers to the sea. Our passion for this has driven us to become the world’s best dive and ocean wear store - we are Ocean Outfitters.
Over 70 passionate team members work across our megastores in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and our online warehouse, helping divers get the right gear and advice. Every single one of our team shares a love of the ocean with our customers, and it shows!
We take it upon ourselves to ensure that the ocean we love stays clean and safe for marine life, now and in the future. Proudly, we’ve set great initiatives in place over the last 10 years to work towards a better future - from ocean trash collection incentive programs, to removing plastic bags and bleached cardboard boxes from our stores and online orders.
Our team has an unwavering commitment to creating a cascade of change in the water sports industry. Our priority isn’t only to enjoy and protect our oceans, but to help other businesses put the environment above their profits in our wake.
Adreno is thrilled to support PCFML in their local & global initiatives.
Located to the east of Brisbane on the beautiful Moreton Bay, The Redlands Coast has a diverse and healthy natural environment, with an abundance of native flora and fauna, habitats, ecosystems and waterways. Our River Warriors project in the Redlands aims to protect and restore the Tingalpa Creek, addressing the threat of marine debris currently to a multitude of species, as well as to the aesthetic value of the creek. Redland City Council is providing funding for this project as part of their Community Grants Program to assist the Redlands Community, as well as the local environment that makes the region so unique.
The Farm is well known in Byron Bay as a collection of micro-businesses that are working together to increase wellbeing from the soil up and to educate people about real food and the importance of sustainability in Australian agriculture. Owner’s of The Farm, Emma and Tom Lane have now set their sites on their next project - The Beach House East Coast. Just as The Farm has provided a green space for the community to gather, The Beach House is a space where people can connect to nature, create community and collectively give back. PCFML have been chosen as one of three environmental charities which the Beach House supports through their Environmental Trust.
It’s a place that connects celebration and conservation through the healing aspects of looking out across the ocean, through the coming together of friends, family and like-minded people, to create community. It’s a memorable location where ‘celebration meets conservation’. We are so excited to have The Beach House on board as a Gold Sponsor of our local, national and international projects!
It can be difficult for a small business to find the reuse, recycling and waste services they need. Many don’t have the time or the experience in finding these types of services. So the Waste Warriors project has been set up to make the job that much easier. Waste Warriors is a free service for businesses in the Northern Rivers region, and is made possible by the support of our local councils and the NSW EPA.
Waste Warriors are working with Positive Change for Marine Life across the Byron Shire, providing small grants and raising awareness to our work, whilst also partnering with us on our Don't Be A Sucker Campaign!
The Tweed Shire is the largest region in northern NSW. Covering over 1,300 square kilometres, it’s home to incredible diversity from volcanic rainforest mountains formed by the awe-inspiring Wolumbin (Mt. Warning) to it’s incredible coastline and internationally acclaimed surfing breaks, it truly is a magical place. Tweed Shire Council work hard to protect the local environment and keep it pristine for generations to come. They are proud sponsors of our Terranora Creek River Warriors project.
Keep NSW Beautiful (KNSWB) is the state’s premier organisation for litter reduction and environmental sustainability. Through our core programs we work with a vast number of passionate stakeholders across NSW to educate, motivate and reward communities who create a sustainable and more beautiful environment.
KNSWB supported us through a grant for our Honour the Ocean project in Byron Bay. The funds from the grant lead to reduced litter, cigarette butt awareness programs and a partnership between multiple businesses and organisations to address marine debris and pollution at its source!
Southern Cross Credit Union was formed from humble beginnings to meet the financial needs of Tweed Valley banana growers in 1966, they have expanded to become a multi-million dollar business providing financial services to customers right across the Far North Coast of New South Wales and around Australia.
Southern Cross Credit Union support PCFML through their referral program for personal and home loans. We support them because they don't invest heavily in unethical businesses like the bigger banks do! If you're after a home or personal loan get in touch with SCCU and mention PCFML. By doing so, they'll help us to fund some of our vital projects and campaigns in northern NSW and beyond!
Our Bronze Sponsors are ongoing supporters, many of whom have been with us over the long-haul. Generally small, independent businesses, they have consistently supported us through funding events and projects, supporting our raffles and giveaways, sponsoring our school programs, and/or promoting our work throughout their businesses! Please support our Bronze Sponsors through visiting their website, frequenting their business(es) and following them on social media.
Dreamin’ Australia is a bridge for Italian travellers, students and working holiday visa holders to transition smoothly into Australian society and ensure that they make the most of their trip down under! Dreamin’ Australia offers education classes, assists with accommodation options and hosts classes, workshops, events and activities for their clients.
We are proud to be supported by Dreamin’ Australia and to be spreading awareness in Italy around the importance of protecting our oceans and waterways!
The Byron Bay General Store is an iconic part of Byron’s history. When now owners Ben Gordon and Phil Taylor saw that there was an opportunity to revitalise the space and breathe new life back into it, they didn’t hesitate!
“We saw the potential to bring this place back to life and create something special. We knew it would take a lot of work, however we also knew the principals and fundamental qualities we wanted; a laid-back place that was as eco-friendly as possible, a place that retained the small-town community feel - we wanted to produce healthy, high quality food from locally sourced farmers and producers but at the same time we wanted to keep a reasonable price point. Most of all we wanted a create somewhere with a friendly vibe where locals and visitors could feel warm and welcome and enjoy a taste of what this beautiful town has to offer”
In mid 2017 the project commenced and on December 9th, 2017 the doors were officially opened! The Byron General Store are proud to give back to the local community and the incredible marine ecosystems that make the region unique. They are proud sponsors of Positive Change for Marine Life!
Two in the Sun create sustainable, ethical jewellery in the Margaret River, Western Australia. All designs are made in Australia using natural, biodegradable and recyclable materials.
If you're looking for that perfect piece of hand-made jewellery that doesn't cost the earth look no further than Two in the Sun!
Two in the Sun are continuing supporters of PCFML and help us a great deal with our projects around the world.
Oceanarc is a professional design practice located in Byron Bay. They love our environment, respect our heritage and value their community - so much so that they came on board as sponsors of PCFML in mid-2018.
Promoting architecture that engages, sustains and enriches life, we are proud to be partnering with Oceanarc to promote a vision of a new world in which sustainability is incorporated into every aspect of our lives.
The ocean is our metaphor, one of immersion, flow, vitality and mystery - please support OceanArc by checking them out here.
Samantha by the Sea is a small gemstone and jewellery business who supports us through the sale of their beautiful waves ring. Each piece is handmade using 100% recycled sterling silver and each gemstone is infused with Master level Reiki energy. All jewels are created with love & intention in our home workshop, by the Sea, in beautiful Byron Bay.
Samantha By The Sea has been created for the wanderers and the dreamers. For those who care passionately and feel deeply.
We hope you can join them and #wanderinblue.
Our partners collaborate towards long-term outcomes for people and planet. We combine our complimentary skills and resources to achieve shared goals.
Green Music Australia is harnessing the cultural power of music and musicians to lead the way to a greener world.
So many musicians want to reduce their environmental impact but don’t know where to start. Green Music Australia is here to make it easy, providing tools, case studies, encouragement and hands on support, partnering with others across the sector to make change happen.
They run campaigns on key issues to build support and momentum for change and we are proud to be working with them on a number of initiatives, including their campaign to reduce plastic usage and patron/artist awareness at Splendour in the Grass music festival.
North East Waste (NE Waste) is a group of councils on the North Coast of New South Wales, working together towards cost-effective waste management solutions. The group has a voluntary membership, and aims to achieve the development and implementation of local and regionally based solutions to waste management. We are proud to be partnering with NE Waste with many of our projects across northern NSW and appreciate their ongoing support and assistance!
Byron Shire is the birthplace of PCFML. From our humble beginnings surveying beaches across the Shire to where we are today, we are proud to have the support of the Byron Shire Council, assisting us with projects and support to keep our incredible home pristine and ensure that the region can remain that way, despite its increasing popularity. We are proud to be partners of the Byron Shire Council across a number of campaigns, including the Butt-Free / Smoke-Free Beaches initiative.
Owned and operated by Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club stalwart , Kurt Tutt, Go Sea Kayaks are a team are highly trained surf lifesavers and local watermen and women. They run kayak tours in Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads.
Learn about local history and indigenous culture as the team lead you around Australia’s most easterly point. Go Sea Kayaks offer a range of tours and deals suitable for a variety of ages and fitness levels. Fun and safety are always their main priorities in ensuring that you have the best experience possible.
Go Sea have been supporting us since we first started out in Byron Bay in 2012 through free tours and raffle prizes, collaborations, event sponsorship and partnering with us on a number of corporate, school and community projects.
Sebastian Indian Social Projects (S.I.S.P.) is a non-profit organization working in the coastal region of Thiruvananthapuram, the capitial of India's south-western state of Kerala.
S.I.S.P. was founded by two Belgians, Paul Van Gelder and Werner Fynaerts in 1996. They strive to accelerate social and economic change in a rural context by collaborating with local community members to build a better society where all people have easy access to education, health care, and employment opportunities.
S.I.S.P. has an explicit commitment to remain disassociated from any religious activity and to work both for and all side the poorest among all communities. The staff members and beneficiaries of S.I.S.P. belong to all the different communities in the area.
We are so excited to have SISP on board as our first Global Partner in India as part of our Marine Conservation Masterplan for the region.
The Kovalam Surf Club is located in Kovalam, Kerala, India and was founded in 2005 as a part of the bigger NGO SISP. SISP is active in the area since 1996 and tries to improve the harsh living conditions of the poorest by offering them free education, medical care, food support, old age care, micro credit unions, literacy classes, training and work in handicraft units.
he idea behind the Kovalam Surf Club was to get the children of SISP off the streets outside of the school hours and to act as an extra motivation to keep these kids going to school on a regular basis. The main rule to participate in the surf classes is: "No school - No surfing!"
We are so honoured to be partnering with Kovalam Surf Club and SISP to address the incredible environmental issues facing the ocean and the local community in the region as part of our Marine Conservation Masterplan.
Rocking a vintage surf vibe, Woody’s is the Byron Bay bar with the best nightlife. Featuring live music, dedicated dancefloor, Kombi-style booths, outdoor patio, foosball and billiards. Woody’s is open 8pm until 3am Monday to Saturday nights, with happy hour drink specials every night from 8-9pm.
Woody's are a proud supporter of Positive Change for Marine Life and were the first business to go single-use plastic free as part of our Don't Be A Sucker Campaign!
Yoga For Nature is a community led approach to preserve humanity and the natural world.
Whether it’s our wildlife, marine life or human life, the interconnected nature of our planet calls for a ‘connected’ community to protect it and we believe Yoga is key to Earths survival.
With the support of the global Yoga community Yoga For Nature donation classes empower them to advocate for the environment and human rights. In the spirit of Yoga, their stories celebrate life and inspire yogis to co-create peace with people and nature.
Yoga for Nature are a partner of PCFML and will be traveling to India over the coming years to produce a professional documentary on our Marine Conservation Masterplan in Kovalam and Vizhinjam in Kerala.
Would you like to assist us make this dream a reality and become a long-term partner for our work in India? You can become a Yoga for Nature supporting yoga studio here.
Byron Fresh is focused on fresh ingredients and promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Superfoods, free-range, organic and local produce are used where possible. We believe that a healthy diet means also eating the right amount of food at the right time.
Byron Fresh chooses to support PCFML with all of their staff rocking out in our organic, fair-trade tees and assisting with our local campaigns, especially our Don't Be A Sucker initiative, where we are working with the cafe to become single-use free! We appreciate Byron Fresh's ongoing support to give back to the ocean, which is at the heart of the Byron community.
Want to support the work we do? Why not become a partner or sponsor here?