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Carols in Cairns

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Carols by Candlelight

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Chemist Warehouse WNBL season - Bendigo v Melbourne

The Bendigo Spirit will host the Melbourne Boomers in Round 4 of the 2020 Chemist Warehouse WNBL season at Cairns Pop-Up Arena! More

Botanic Gardens pre-Christmas plant sale

Get in early with presents for your plant-loving friends and family! More

Palm Cove markets

100+ stalls, family friendly, free entry, free parking More

Space+Place: Taggin in the Park @ Shang Park, Mooroobool

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

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Carols in Cairns – from the reef to the rainforest

Carols in Cairns – from the reef to the rainforest
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December library programs cater for all ages

December library programs cater for all ages
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Clean Jobs Roundtable for Cairns green economy

Clean Jobs Roundtable for Cairns green economy
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Olympic legend announced as GBRMG ambassador

Olympic legend announced as GBRMG ambassador
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🌳🌲🌴 We’ve opened our TreePlotter online database to the community so everyone can contribute and learn more about our city’s trees. Cairns has the biggest urban tree canopy of any city in Australia and we’re calling for your help to map it - one tree at a time. So far, we’ve plotted more than 30,000 trees. But with more than half a million trees on our streets and parks, there’s a big job ahead. Check out your favourite picnic or climbing tree using TreePlotter. Learn its species name. Find out information like which birds have been seen nesting there. If your favourite tree is not marked, you can add it to the map yourself. Backyard botanists will need to log in to map a tree. Find more information, how-to guides or log into the database. 👉 https://bit.ly/2JCUwvQ
💡 Got a great idea for a community event in 2021? Our Community Events, Activities and Projects Grants are available now for not-for-profit organisations planning events for next year. The grants can be used by community organisations to bring people together in 2021 for Youth Week, First Peoples Celebrations, Multicultural Month (August) and other community events, activities and projects. Applications are closing soon - the deadline is 31 December 2020. To apply go to www.cairns.qld.gov.au/grants online, or talk to an officer today on 4044 3690.
⌛ Last chance to collect free sandbags as part of our Free Green Waste Drop Off & Sandbag Collection campaign. ⚠️Ends this Sunday, November 29 Take the opportunity to clean up your yard and drop off your domestic green waste for FREE at Council’s Transfer Stations. While dropping off your waste, residents in coastal, low-lying or flood prone areas are invited to grab some free sandbags to have on hand, should severe weather threaten the region. Bags will be provided for residents to fill with sand on site. Scoops for filling will be supplied. Sandbags are for residential use only and will be available from all of Council’s waste transfer stations until supplies run out. + LOCATIONS + 📍 Portsmith and Gordonvale Transfer Stations: 7 days, 8.30am to 5.15pm 📍 Smithfield Transfer Station: Monday-Saturday 7am to 5.15pm, Sunday 9am to 5.15pm 📍 Babinda Transfer Station: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8.30am to 4.45pm 🎗️ Residents taking advantage of this month’s free green waste disposal are encouraged to make a voluntary gold coin donation at the waste transfer station, which will support the Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal. NOTE: Domestic cars, utilities and/or trailers and light trucks (up to GVM 4 tonnes) only. Normal charges apply for disposal of any other waste.
🎄📺 'Carols in Cairns 2020' Live Stream Live stream our movie length 'Carols in Cairns 2020' production on December 6, from 6:30pm. Watch it on your smart tv, computer or mobile device. You will find the stream here: 👉 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEMLMt50vs8 Visit the link now and set a reminder so you don't miss it.
🌴 Free Green Waste Disposal & Sandbag Collection 🌴 ⚠️Ends this Sunday, November 29 Take the opportunity to clean up your yard and drop off your domestic green waste for FREE at Council’s Transfer Stations. While dropping off your waste, residents in coastal, low-lying or flood prone areas are invited to grab some free sandbags to have on hand, should severe weather threaten the region. Bags will be provided for residents to fill with sand on site. Scoops for filling will be supplied. Sandbags are for residential use only and will be available from all of Council’s waste transfer stations until supplies run out. + LOCATIONS + 📍 Portsmith and Gordonvale Transfer Stations: 7 days, 8.30am to 5.15pm 📍 Smithfield Transfer Station: Monday-Saturday 7am to 5.15pm, Sunday 9am to 5.15pm 📍 Babinda Transfer Station: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8.30am to 4.45pm 🎗️ Residents taking advantage of this month’s free green waste disposal are encouraged to make a voluntary gold coin donation at the waste transfer station, which will support the Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal. NOTE: Domestic cars, utilities and/or trailers and light trucks (up to GVM 4 tonnes) only. Normal charges apply for disposal of any other waste.
We are looking for applicants for the following apprentice positions: 2 X Apprentice Electrician 👉https://cairnsqld.mercury.com.au/ViewPosition.aspx?id=6ylUBGkZxkE=&jbc=ere Apprentice Carpenter 👉https://cairnsqld.mercury.com.au/ViewPosition.aspx?id=5yDAO6xRBtQ=&jbc=ere ✔️ Fixed term (4 years) ✔️ Up to 5 weeks annual leave ✔️ 9-day fortnight roster Please follow the respective link to find out more about the positions and how to apply.
🏀Don't forget, WNBL double-header this evening! 📌Cairns Pop-Up Arena (old Bunnings building)
💧 Level 1 water restrictions in force from tomorrow, November 17 The result of ongoing dry weather, the mandatory Level 1 restrictions apply to households and businesses for the whole of the Cairns Regional Council area. Level 1 water restrictions have been imposed, with Copperlode Falls Dam having dropped below the 80 per cent mark – a trigger for Level 1 restrictions. The main consideration of Level 1 restrictions is shorter hours for automated watering, such as sprinklers. Residents will only be able to use automated watering between 6am and 8am, and 6pm and 8pm on the following days: 💧 Odd-numbered houses – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 💧 Even-numbered houses – Wednesday, Friday and Sunday 💧 No automated watering on Mondays
⚫🟡🔴 This NAIDOC week, we’ve been reflecting on the 2020 theme ‘Always Way, Always Will Be’. Staff and visitors have added their reflections to a ‘Wall of Hands’ on display at the Spence Street council chambers. Some share a simple message – ‘Common Ground’ or ‘Deadly’, others touch on the complexities of race and history in Australia. Cairns Young Citizen of the Year Daniel Rosendale shared his thoughts, as a proud Kuku Yalanji and Gugu Yimithir man, with Councillors and community this week where a special Welcome to Country and song began the Committee meetings. “We as a nation must properly acknowledge our past to ensure we can move into the future stronger and together,” he said. Always Was, Always Will Be – what are your reflections on this year’s theme?
♻️ This week is National Recycling Week. So here's a quick tip on how to recycle right. Remember to keep anything smaller than a credit card out of the recycling bin. For more tips on how to recycle right, visit our website: https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/water-waste-roads/waste/recycle-right #recyclerightcairns #recycleright #cairns #lesstolandfill
⚠️ 🚧 Temporary closure of Lake Morris Road extended Lake Morris Road will be temporarily closed to all vehicles again from Monday 9 November until an expected reopening on Friday 13 November. Works to reseal Lake Morris Road are taking longer than expected in order to keep workers safe on the steep terrain. The road will be swept to remove loose stones tomorrow (Saturday 7 November) and will then be open for use until additional works start on Monday (9 November). Traffic management will be in place to allow essential worker access, however delays are expected. Pre-arranged access can be organised for essential requirements. We appreciate residents’ patience and cooperation during this period.
🎙️🎅 Get out your best singing voice and get involved in this year's '12 Days of Cairnsmas' Community Choir, organised by our Christmas Carol's media partner Triple M. This year you can join from your very own home. Find out how at https://www.triplem.com.au/cairns/win/carols-168495 Submissions close Sunday 15th November 11:59pm so get your Santa Hat on and get carolling now!
🚦 We’ve noticed some frustration at traffic light pedestrian crossings lately. The red man symbol has just started flashing. What do you do? There are two correct answers – WAIT or WALK – depending on where you are. 🚶 People who began crossing when the symbol was green. They WALK. 🧍🏻‍♀‍ People who have not yet begun crossing. They WAIT. 🚘 Drivers with a person crossing in front of them. They WAIT. It’s a common misconception that pedestrians must get all the way across a road while the green walk signal is on. The GREEN walk signal tells you when to start crossing the road. The flashing RED signal tells you that you should complete the crossing. There is a third correct answer for everyone on this question – be patient. Getting around is far nicer when everyone is a little more patient.
🚨 Don't miss out on the Get Ready Emergency Services Day tomorrow at the Local Disaster Coordination Centre. 🚨 🌀 ⛈️ It's a great chance to talk to the emergency teams that swing into action if a natural disaster was to strike the region and get information specific to your property on being prepared. There's a sausage sizzle and heaps of giveaways. 🚁 And we'll even have the Rescue 510 helicopter, firetrucks and other emergency vehicles on site.
🕕 Please don't forget to have your bins out before 6AM on bin day. Though your bin day won't be changing, due to ongoing service improvements your collection times may vary over time.
Visit the Council stand at the Get Ready Emergency Services Day to get specific advice on your property: * What disaster could impact you * What are your evacuation routes * What you should have in your household emergency kit * How to prepare your home.
🐟🐟🐟 Did you know? Sometimes fish in the city need ladders. Sounds strange, but it’s true. We thought World Fish Migration Day, which is today, was the perfect time to show you how the Swallow Street Fish Ladder in Mooroobool is working. Development, road-building and urbanisation can create a barrier to fish movement. The fishway ladder was built late last year to help fish and crabs get where they need to go for breeding and migration. The purpose of the fishway is to slow the velocity of water, by a series of stepped 300mm deep pools, allowing fish to move up and through the constructed barrier. The barrier in this case being culverts. The fishway allows fish to swim through the culverts during the variable flows at this location. So far, the fishway has been well-used for migration and breeding by mullet, bream, crabs, gobies and gudgeons.
⛔ Temporary closure of Lake Morris Road extended ⛔ Works to reseal Lake Morris Road are taking longer than expected and the road will remain closed today (23 October). The road will be swept to remove loose stones on Saturday (24 October) and will then be open for use until additional works start on Monday 2 November. The road will be closed to all vehicles again from 2 November until 6 November, reopening on 7 November. Traffic management will be in place to allow essential worker access, however delays are expected. We appreciate residents’ patience and cooperation during this period.
We are looking for a Horticultural Apprentice to join our Central Parks Operations team. Find out more and how to apply at: 👉 https://bit.ly/2HiA7e0 ✔️ Fixed term (4 years) ✔️ Certificate III in Horticulture ✔️ Up to 5 weeks annual leave ✔️ 9 day fortnight roster