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Fun school holiday exhibition for the kids, daily until 22 Jan. More
LEGO mania, robotics, reading club, sand art, games, craft & more on offer until 20 Jan. More
Junior Training Camp will be held in Cairns during the last week of state school holidays More
Flood message clear as waste depot shifts venue
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Head into Cairns Central today for a free, 'love the reef' workshop with our Water and Waste team. Learn about waste and recycling from Scott and snag some goodies and info until 4pm today (Monday)
Saturday 14 January, 2017
Taking your dog for a walk is a great excuse to get up and active. Plus, regular walks help reduce problem barking and keep your pooch happy and healthy. But remember - hot pavement can burn little paws, so early morning and late arvo are the best times for walkies :) 🐕🐾
It might be the wet season, but Ginger would like to remind you that we're still under Level 1 water restrictions. We'd love to see how your garden is thriving on rain alone - post your pics in the comments :) http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/water-waste-roads/water/save-water
A reminder the the king tides will peak at 9.26 this morning in Cairns (may vary in other areas). Avoid parking in low-lying tidal areas and don't drive through floodwaters. Tidal water is saltwater and can damage cars.
People are still ignoring the warnings and taking their life in their hands by walking or driving through floodwaters. It's simply not worth the risk. All it takes is a bit of submerged debris or an extra gush of water and you can be swept away within seconds. These pictures were captured by the Peets Bridge flood cam yesterday. #Ifitsfloodedforgetit http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/council/news-publications/media-releases/releases/flood-clyde-rd
If you're looking for Mumbalates this morning, it's still on. It's just been moved to Fogarty Park due to the weather.
King tides are happening all this week, which means tidal waters may flow into low-lying areas. The risk is increased by heavy rain, as stormwater meets tidal inflow head-on. The tide will peak on Thursday at 3.34m for Cairns. A reminder that tidal flooding is saltwater, which can cause significant damage to cars. Please do not drive through floodwaters and avoid parking in low-lying areas that may be prone to flooding.
Surf Lifesaving Qld has advised that Palm Cove, Trinity, Kewarra and Clifton Beaches have reopened today. However, South Mission and Etty Bay are closed for stinger net repairs. Stinger risk remains high, so wear protective clothing and stay inside the nets.
Looking for something to do with the kids this arvo? Get down to Smithfield Library from 3pm to 4pm.
Palm Cove, Clifton Beach, Kewarra Beach and Trinity Beach are closed due to the presence of Irukandji jellyfish. Please do no swim at closed beaches. At other beaches, swimmers are advised to wear a stinger suit and stay within the stinger net enclosures.
***UPDATE*** The system is back online. Please let us know if you continue to encounter any issues. ***** The online payments section of our website is currently having some technical difficulties. Our IT crew is on to it and we hope to have it back up and running soon. We apologise for any inconvenience and we'll let you know when we're back online.
To help keep the Botanic Gardens precinct looking its best, we'll be doing some mulching in the garden beds along Collins Ave all this week. For the safety of our staff, there will be temporary lane closures as necessary around the mulching works. There will also be some heavy machinery movement around the area, so please take care if you're driving, cycling or walking through there. We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience and cooperation while we carry out these works. .
There are some fantastic free activities happening at our libraries during the school holidays, including an ABC Open digital storytelling workshop for teens. http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/council/news-publications/media-releases/releases/library-holidays
We've set a goal this year to reduce the number of pets going to the pound. But we need the help of all pet owners to make this happen. In 2016, our officers responded to more than 9000 complaints, requests and incidents relating to pets. Believe it or not, one of the best places to start may just help one of your own new year's resolutions! Taking your dog for regular walks is great for both your's and your dog's health and can reduce issues around barking, wandering and aggression. Check out more tips for positive pet ownership here: http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/council/news-publications/media-releases/releases/pet-ownership
Applications close next week for Round 2 Local Community Events Grants, for events happening in March to May. Round 3, for events held in June-August will open the following week. Get the application form here: http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/177958/_Local_Community_Event_Grant-Application.pdf
A reminder that, despite all this wonderful rain, we are still under Level 1 water restrictions. The Copperlode dam level is currently holding steady at 72 per cent but it has a long way to go before we can lift the restrictions. The less water we all use now, the better in the long run :) http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/water-waste-roads/water/save-water
Have you got your tickets to tomorrow night's clash at the Convention Centre? Show your support and cheer on the Taipans. http://www.taipans.com/tickets/
A bit wet outside? There is plenty happening at the libraries these school holidays!
We're loving this much-needed rain, but please take care on the roads. Slow down in the wet and always drive to the conditions.
A reminder that our offices are closed today for the New Year's Day holiday. We'll be back on deck with normal hours from tomorrow (Tuesday). To check the opening hours for other Council facilities and services, see our website: http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/whats-on/christmas-holiday-opening-hours
Happy new year!
The first of two massive fireworks displays has happened in front of a huge crowd on the Cairns Esplanade. We'll be doing it all over again(only bigger) at midnight!