Uses for coconuts
IT’S obviously time to get smarter as a community, care more, and strategically manage our local resources from our reef to our coconuts.
I would like to suggest a “healthy town” promotion and celebration in Airlie Beach where locals and businesses promote healthy lifestyle, recycling, utilise and sell coconut products and food and drinks made from coconuts.
This could also be a “coconut festival” for one month, or year round.
There are a few industrious and entrepreneurial people using and making coconut products.
It can be as simple as raw coconut, coconut oil, coconut juice, shaved coconut ice or drinks such as coconut milk, kefir, smoothies and of course pina colada.
Coconut shells can be used for cups, bowls, buttons and jewellery – polished coconut shells look beautiful and premium.
Coconut palm hats and bags are fun and there’s even coconut plants.
Rex, a local identity and advocate for coconuts and local produce, has been at the Airlie Beach Lions market for years, promoting the many benefits of coconuts and really does deserve recognition for his contribution.
A festival could be something all ages and businesses participate in and could co-inside with the time coconuts are most abundant.
Council and / or charities could sell coconuts for those requiring them to use to make products. Diane Astbury