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2019 Great Barrier Reef Masters Games (23-26 May)

Join 2000 masters-aged men and women compete in over 20 sports More

Cairns Conference - United Nations Youth Queensland

This year’s theme is Sustainable Solutions More

Esplanade Market

Cairns Esplanade market dates for first half of 2019 More

BIG Treeforce Tree Planting - freshwater Creek

Dust off those gloves and get ready for some serious tree planting! More

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Highlights 2019 Great Barrier Reef Masters Games Day One

Highlights 2019 Great Barrier Reef Masters Games Day One

Free parking starts this weekend

Free parking starts this weekend

Free parking at weekends, initiatives aimed at boosting CBD visitation

Free parking at weekends, initiatives aimed at boosting CBD visitation

Council seeks to remove unnecessary CPAC cladding conditions

Council seeks to remove unnecessary CPAC cladding conditions

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The State of the Environment (SoE) Report 2018 was released earlier this week, showing that we remain on track to halve our Council greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Highlights of the report: ✅ 47% reduction in greenhouse gas emission, on target for a 50% reduction by 2020 ✅ Cairns’s landfill diversion rate (59%) continues to be well above the State average (45%) ✅ Ongoing roll out of rooftop solar to Council buildings boosted solar power generation to 1 megawatt, or enough to power 276 homes, saving ratepayers $360,000. ✅ Council’s System Leakage Detection Program identified 464 leaks, resulting in a saving of 398 megalitres of water per annum – equivalent to a water demand of 1473 new homes. ✅ Council provided nearly 15,000 trees for revegetation projects. Council’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Strategy will move Cairns towards a future where landfills are the last option.
🅿️ Effective from this Saturday, 25 May, parking in the CBD will be free after 2pm on Saturdays and all day on Sundays! ❗️IMPORTANT❗️ It will take several weeks to update signage and ticket machines. This means signs and machines will be incorrect in the short term - but from 2pm on Saturday and all day Sunday, if you don’t pay, you won’t be fined. However, due to administrative complexities, refunds will not be issued if you pay by mistake. ➡️ No time limits during these hours. ➡️ Normal rules apply to loading zones, taxi zones, bus zones, no parking zones and disability bays. ➡️ Paid parking and time limits still apply at the Southern Esplanade (Lagoon/Pier) car park and Lake Street multi-storey car park.
UPDATE Our phones are working again. Thanks for your patience. ⚠️📞Our telephone service is down. If you ring Council you will be connected to our emergency message service. We will let you know when the phones are working again. You can still contact Council via our website: www.cairns.qld.gov.au
** UPDATE *** Changes to CBD parking will take effect this Saturday, 25 May! Please see the follow-up post on our Cairns Regional Council Facebook page for details. 🅿️ Free parking on Saturday after 2pm and all day on Sundays will be reinstated. It is part of a range of initiatives to ensure the Cairns city centre is a vibrant business and recreational district for locals and tourists. The decision to bring back free parking for most of the weekend has come in the wake of concerns by CBD traders that visitation to the precinct has reduced since the introduction of 7-day regulated parking in January 2018. At the time, we implemented the new rules in response to CBD traders requesting more regulation to achieve turnover of car spaces. ⚠️ The new changes will not come into affect until signage across the city has been changed and and ticket machines are updated. We will be looking at options to fast track the implementation and will inform the public of the commencement date.
The following positions are currently vacant with Cairns Regional Council. Follow the respective link for a detailed position description and instructions on how to apply. Manager Workplace Health & Safety 👉 https://bit.ly/2QbbRLv Coordinator Capital Works 👉 https://bit.ly/2WimP78
The Cairns Children's Festival 2019 returns this Saturday and Sunday and for the first time the Cairns Performing Arts Centre is part of the celebrations, alongside the Tanks Arts Centre and the Cairns Botanic Gardens. The two day event features 16 events and activities, including a behind-the-scenes tour of CPAC, guided by these colourful characters from The Young Company Theatre - TYC. You can find the full program here 👉 https://bit.ly/2I7ajQt Come along and enjoy two days of fun for the whole family.
Councillor Linda Cooper and Queensland AIDS Council representative Janet Wilson hoisted a rainbow flag above Council’s Spence Street offices this morning in recognition of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia. IDAHBOBIT Day aims to coordinate international efforts that raise awareness of LGBTQI rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBTQI rights work worldwide. Mayor Bob Manning said flying the flag was one small thing Council could do to support the important work of the Queensland AIDS Council, which asked Council to participate in the global initiative. Also in attendance this morning were Councillors Richie Bates and Cathy Zeiger as well as members of the LGBTQI community Ben and Sharm.
Are you an experienced event manager from a community based group or organisation looking to sharpen your management and organisational skills? Cairns Regional Council invites you to a free Event Professional Development Program that will arm you with effective strategies to enhance delivery, and ensure continual and sustainable growth of your event. FORMAT 5 seminars, held on a Saturday DATES: 25/05, 06/07, 17/08, 28/09, 09/11 TIME: 8am-2pm WHERE: Suite 4, 59 McLeod St, Cairns (parking onsite) Catering provided Facilitated by award winning business woman Petina Tieman from Complete Business Solutions, participants can expect to gain in-depth knowledge on: ✔️ event planning & operations ✔️ marketing & sponsorship ✔️ budgeting & finances ✔️ growth & sustainability ✔️ funding attraction Places are limited so register now at events@cairns.qld.gov.au or phone 4044 3993.
Munro Martin Parklands has been transformed into an open-air art gallery with three larger-than-life colourful crabs taking up residence in the vines. The Malu Githalayl collection by renowned Cairns-based artist Brian Robinson are four-metre-wide honeycomb aluminium sculptures that until recently have adorned the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. Find out what inspired the sculptures at 👉 https://bit.ly/2vYc5vY
We have extended our Free Mulch Giveaway through to Monday 20 May. 👉 For details see our website at https://bit.ly/2vUGBah
If you are planning a visit to the Holloways Beach Markets this Sunday, we would like to invite you to visit Council's stall to tell us what you value about our region’s coastal areas. We’ll be there as part of the “Our Cairns Coast” project, which is looking at how we manage long-term changes from coastal erosion, storm tide inundation and sea level rise from now until 2100. Our staff will also be available to answer any questions you may have around the “Our Cairns Coast” project. Alternatively, you can also take the survey online at www.cairns.qld.gov.au/ourcairnscoast
Ever tried to do Mulch Angels? Free Mulch Giveaway is now on and ends Monday, May 13. Don't try this at home...leave your Mulch Angels for the snow... For details 👉 https://bit.ly/2VExid0
🚲 We are progressively introducing new treatments for Council managed single-lane roundabouts to improve safety for all road users What does the new signage mean? When approaching a single lane roundabout, cyclists are encouraged to take the lane. By taking the lane, motorists are more aware of cyclists on the roundabout, reducing the risk of accidents. Bicycle and arrow symbols will direct cyclists into the traffic lane on the roundabout and "watch for cyclists" signs will be installed. Off road paths are provided at some locations which can also be used by cyclists. You will also notice the approach speed is reduced to 30km/h, which is also done to improve safety. For more information on how to safely share the road please visit our website. 👉 https://bit.ly/2YlIVmR
Did you know Mayor Bob Manning's first job was collecting water samples for Cairns City Council? Today Mayor Bob Manning was joined by Cairns MP Michael Healy to officially open Council's $8.3million Laboratory Services building in Manunda. The lab tests more than 22,000 samples every month. Find out more at https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/council/news-publications/media-releases/releases/state-of-the-art-water-laboratory-opens
It’s International Compost Awareness Week and to celebrate we are giving away three Home Compost Kits. Our Advanced Resource Recovery Facility (ARRF) process all domestic waste we collect from kerbside general waste bins. It filters out all organic material and turns it into compost. ❓ How many tonnes of compost do you think the ARRF recovered last year (2017/2018)? 👉 Simply post your estimate as a comment. The three closest guesses will win a Home Composting Kit each. Should more than three users share the top spots we will determine the three winners via a lucky draw. Winners will be drawn on May 11, 12pm. Winners will be notified via a private Facebook message. Happy guessing!
Our Buy Back Shop has a massive sale on at the moment. Ends this Sunday! 📚 Children’s books - 10c each 📚 All other books - 50c each 🐻 Soft toys - from 20c each 👶 Strollers $2 - each 👶 Prams $5 - each 🏠 Furniture nothing - over $40 🪑 All indoor/outdoor chairs - $5 (excluding lounges) ⛺ Camping chairs - $2 each 👗 All clothing - 50c a piece 🔥 BQQ’s - nothing over $20 🎾 Sporting rackets - $1 each For opening times 👉 https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/water-waste-roads/waste/facilities/buybackshop
Lake Morris Road closed until December 2019 for major road stabilisation and drainage pipe replacements works. Recreational cycling and training will generally be permitted on the road outside working hours (prior to 6.30am and after 5.00pm Mondays to Fridays, prior to 6.30am and after 1.00pm Saturdays and all day on Sundays). However, there will be times when this will be impossible due to open excavations. Please check and follow information signage as displayed on site. ⚠️ Please note that arrangements are in place for Copperlode Fish and Kayak to continue business operations. There are also a few other Council-authorised motor vehicles who are permitted to use the road during the closure. Hence, cyclists are required to keep left at all times when using the road.
Our next Free Mulch Giveaway is on May 10-13! For details 👉 https://bit.ly/2VExid0
⚠️ Lake Morris Road will be closed to all traffic from 6am to 10.00am on Monday, April 29. The closure is due to a transport operation which will require the full width of the road.
As the wet season is coming to an end, it is time to prepare for camping season and make the most out of the great outdoors. If you're looking to stock up on camping gear, pay our Buy Back Shop a visit every now and then. You never know what you might find. These are just some examples of items that came through the shop over the last couple of months. For opening hours see here: 👉 https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/water-waste-roads/waste/facilities/buybackshop
⚠️ There have been some important changes to times and locations of the Anzac Day commemorations this year. 🎖️ MARCH (CAIRNS) March time has moved to 7.30am 🎖️ COMMEMORATION SERVICE (CAIRNS) New location! Now at the Cenotaph at the Esplanade. 🎖️ ECUMENICAL CHURCH SERVICE (CAIRNS) Time has moved to 9.30am. 🎖️ STRATFORD SERVICE Time and march location have changed! The march will start at 10.00am march on Magazine Street, followed by the service and wreath laying at the Cenotaph. Find the whole Anzac Day program on our website. 👉 https://bit.ly/2IGbzum