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FREE CREATIVE CLASSES

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Active Living Seniors Fitness - Yorkeys Knob

Free, weekly Seniors fitness class on Sims Esplanade. More

Guided tour of the Gardens

Discover the vast array of tropical plants. Tours led by volunteers from the Friends of Botanic Gardens. More

Space+Place: Karate Kids @ Cairns West State School

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

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No kerbside green waste collection

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โš ๏ธ๐Ÿคข Food safety advice during loss of electricity Follow these dos and don'ts for food storage to prevent food-borne illness. ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/3e0GPE6
โš ๏ธ EXTENDED: Free Green Waste Drop-Off We have extended the free green waste drop-off period until Sunday (7 March) to assist residents cleaning up their yards as a result of the wet weather this week. Residential green waste can be dropped off free of charge at the following locations: ๐Ÿ“ Portsmith Transfer Station 7 days 8.30am to 5.15pm ๐Ÿ“ Smithfield Transfer Station Monday-Saturday 7am to 5.15pm, Sunday 9am to 5.15pm ๐Ÿ“ Gordonvale Transfer Station 7 days 8.30am to 5.15pm ๐Ÿ“ Babinda Transfer Station Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8.30am to 4.45pm Note: this offer is for domestic cars, utilities and/or trailers and light trucks (vehicle weight to GVM 4 tonnes). Normal rates apply for disposal of any other waste during this period, including green waste from garden maintenance contractors on behalf of residents.
โš ๏ธ Boil water notice โ€“ Bartle Frere Consumers in the Bartle Frere area should boil drinking water until further notice. Customers should bring water to a boil by heating the water until a continuous and rapid stream of air-bubbles is produced from the bottom of a pan or kettle. Kettles with automatic cut-off switches are suitable. Variable temperature kettles should be set to boil. After heating, water must be allowed to cool before using it, and be stored in a clean, closed container for later use. Care should be taken to avoid scalding injuries. Customers should boil all water used for: โ€ข Drinking โ€ข Brushing teeth โ€ข Washing and preparing food or beverages โ€ข Preparing baby formula โ€ข Making ice Unboiled water can be used for: โ€ข Showering and bathing (avoid swallowing water). As a precaution babies and toddlers should be sponge bathed to prevent them swallowing water โ€ข Washing dishes by hand or in a dishwasher, providing dishes are air-dried before being used after washing โ€ข Washing clothes We apologise for any inconvenience and will provide updates as they become available. โš ๏ธ With current outages to mobile and internet services still affecting some areas South of Cairns, we advise customers in those areas to tune in to ABC Far North for important updates on the current situation.
โš ๏ธ Kerbside rubbish collection continues according to the normal pick-up schedule. โš ๏ธ If your pick-up was disrupted on Monday or Tuesday, please leave your bin kerbside and report it via one of the following options: โœ… Via the 'Report a Problem' feature of the free My Cairns mobile app โœ… Via this online form on our website: https://bit.ly/3dWdL0c โœ… Via email: council@cairns.qld.gov.au
โš ๏ธ We are currently experiencing a very high volume of phone calls to our call centre. If you have a problem to report, please use one of the following options instead: โœ… Via the 'Report a Problem' feature of the free My Cairns mobile app โœ… Via this online form on our website: https://bit.ly/3dWdL0c โœ… Via email: council@cairns.qld.gov.au
โš  Find a list of all current closures and council service interruptions here: https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/council/news-publications/media-releases/releases/council-closures-due-to-heavy-rain
๐ŸŒง๏ธ For the latest information about the current weather situation (including power outages and road closures) visit the Disaster Dashboard at: http://disaster.cairns.qld.gov.au/
UPDATE: At this point in time, Tuesday's bin collections are expected to go ahead as planned. Further updates will be provided should this change. โš ๏ธ Bring bins in from kerbside โš ๏ธ Residents who have kerbside collection due to today are being asked to bring their bins in. They will be collected later in the week. Due to the weather conditions bins are toppling over and waste is being split into the gutters. Residents who do not have their bin collected can contact Council later in the week to organise collection. We apologise for any inconvenience.
โš  Free sandbags are available to Cairns region residents ahead of consistent rain forecast across the coming week. Bags are available for residents to fill with sand on site at Councilโ€™s waste transfer stations. Scoops for filling will be provided. Sandbags are for residential use only and will be available until supplies run out. Limits will apply per person. Sandbags and sand are available from the following locations until supplies run out: ๐Ÿ“ Portsmith Transfer Station 8.30am to 5.15pm ๐Ÿ“ Smithfield Transfer Station 7am to 5.15pm ๐Ÿ“ Gordonvale Transfer Station 8.30am to 5.15pm ๐Ÿ“ Babinda Transfer Station 8.30am to 4.45pm
โš ๏ธ Reminder that Free Green Waste Drop-Off ends this Sunday. Find out more at https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/whats-on/whats-on/events/greenwaste-feb2021 ๐Ÿ“… The next green waste drop-off will be from Saturday, 22 May โ€“ Sunday, 30 May
๐ŸŠ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ Looking back at 10 years of IRONMAN in Cairns. The 2021 Cairns Airport IRONMAN will take place on 6 June.
โš  The Smithfield Customer Service Office (located at the Smithfield Library) will be closed from 22 - 26 February.
๐Ÿšง Works scheduled to repair sinkhole in Lake Street ๐Ÿšง Works to repair a sinkhole at the bus stop on the western (outbound) side of Lake Street, between Aplin and Shields streets, will start 5am on Monday (22 February). The works are expected to be completed by the close of business on Monday. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible as there will be disruptions to traffic โ€“ traffic control and detours will be in place. The bus stop will continue to operate as usual. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciates the patience and cooperation of road users while these repairs are undertaken.
๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ THIS WEEK'S WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ Mercy Thompson from Cafรฉ Cube drew this week's winners out of our Construction Cash bucket. This week's winners of the two $500 cash prizes are: ๐Ÿ† Tenai Platt of Yorkeys Knob (ticket from Oak and Vine) ๐Ÿ† Marilyn Venus of Stratford (ticket from Oak and Vine) Donโ€™t miss YOUR chance to share part of the $15,000 prize pool with $1000 to be won each week until 7 May, 2021. Simply spend $10 at participating businesses to get a ticket in the weekly prize pool of $1000 (2 x $500 draws). Please remember to ask for your tickets at the time of purchase. Residents from the Cairns, Mareeba, Tablelands, Cassowary Coast, Douglas and Yarrabah local government areas are eligible to enter. For a list of participating business and terms and conditions, head to our website: https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au
๐Ÿ›๏ธ An amazing mix of craftsmanship from the early 1900s and sophisticated technology has been used to restore The Court House into a modern gallery and community space. There was the plasterer who carried pocketfuls of horsehair to the site so he could recreate the original ceiling. Traditionally horsehair was used to bind and reinforce the plaster. At the other (modern) end, is the wireless communication technology used with the lighting and mechanical features to avoid invasive works to the original building fabric. When construction started on the original building in 1919, workers were hired and paid by the day. You can still see the day-by-day progress along the riverstone and hand-poured concrete columns in the strongroom of the Court House, which was done by the day workers with barrows and trowels. The $8.28 million restoration of the building and its grounds has taken 13 months to complete. Find out more about the project and the Court Houseโ€™s history on our website. https://bit.ly/2NEjtc2 Or come along to The Court House Open Day, today (19/2) from 4pm until 9pm. This project has been jointly funded by Cairns Regional Council and the Federal Government through the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages Grant.
๐Ÿ€ The stage is set for the Australian Boomers to take on the New Zealand Tall Blacks in the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifier tomorrow night in Cairns. Tickets start from just $10. ๐Ÿ‘‰http://bit.ly/ABvTB_ACQ
โ™€๏ธโŒ› This week is your last chance to nominate a Woman/Young Woman of the Year, or nominate/self-nominate for the $2000 scholarship. Nominate now ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2LWWetf (closes Monday 22 February 2021) We challenge you to nominate someone who is exceptional, big or small, so we can recognise women making small changes with positive impacts. Last year's winners: ๐Ÿ’AMANDA LEE-ROSS (pictured, right) 2020 Woman of the Year ๐Ÿ’SHAI AGER (pictured, left) 2020 Young Woman of the Year & People's Choice Award ๐Ÿ’KATE BOYLAN-ASCIONE Scholarship Recipient
๐Ÿ“ฃ๐Ÿ“ฃ๐Ÿ“ฃ ๐‚๐š๐ข๐ซ๐ง๐ฌ ๐€๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ & ๐๐ž๐ซ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ, here is your opportunity to be a part of ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ. Submissions close Monday, 1 March 2021! ๐Ÿ‘‰https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/festival/join/perform
UPDATE: All February/March/April dates are now booked out. Registrations for the May/June/July program will open on 27 April. ๐ŸŒผ Little Taccas is back! ๐ŸŒผ The fortnightly program for under 5s features nature-based activities including art and craft, storytelling, sing-alongs and garden discovery walks. Registrations are now open: https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/facilities-sport-leisure/botanic/little-taccas
๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ WINNER, WINNER... ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ Cathy, manager at Schnitz Cairns, drew this week's winners out of our Construction Cash bucket. This week's winners of the two $500 cash prizes are: ๐Ÿ† Alan Tinkler from Cairns (ticket from Rattle n Hum) ๐Ÿ† Margaret Hoff from Kamimbla (ticket from Coast Roast) Donโ€™t miss YOUR chance to share part of the $15,000 prize pool with $1000 to be won each week until 7 May, 2021. Simply spend $10 at participating businesses to get a ticket in the weekly prize pool of $1000 (2 x $500 draws). Please remember to ask for your tickets at the time of purchase. Residents from the Cairns, Mareeba, Tablelands, Cassowary Coast, Douglas and Yarrabah local government areas are eligible to enter. For a list of participating business and terms and conditions, head to our website: www.cairns.qld.gov.au
We are looking for an Apprentice Fitter & Turner โœ”๏ธ Fixed term (4 years) โœ”๏ธ Certificate III in Engineering โ€“ Mechanical Trade (Maintenance) โœ”๏ธ Up to 5 weeks annual leave โœ”๏ธ 9-day fortnight roster Applications close on Sunday the 21st of February. Find out more and apply here: https://cairnsqld.mercury.com.au/ViewPosition.aspx?id=fM/D/YIU7sA=&jbc=ere
๐Ÿ“ฃ๐ŸŒด Free Green Waste Drop-Off, 20-28 February ๐Ÿ“ Portsmith Transfer Station 7 days, 8.30am to 5.15pm ๐Ÿ“ Gordonvale Transfer Station 7 days, 8.30am to 5.15pm ๐Ÿ“ Smithfield Transfer Station Monday-Saturday 7am to 5.15pm, Sunday 9am to 5.15pm ๐Ÿ“ Babinda Transfer Station Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8.30am to 4.45pm A voluntary gold coin donation will support the work of The Junction Club. ๐Ÿ“… Future free green waste drop-off dates for 2021 are: May: Saturday 22 โ€“ Sunday 30 August: Saturday 21 โ€“ Sunday 29 November: Saturday 20 โ€“ Sunday 28 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. For enquiries regarding electric or crazy ant quarantine details please contact Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry ()DAFF) on 13 25 23. Remember illegal dumping can incur a fine; it affects the environment and the safety of individuals. Please report any illegal dumping to 1300 69 22 47.