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'Jabiru' Cattana Wetlands volunteers

Lend a hand to weed, plant and maintain the beautiful Cattana Wetlands in this monthly volunteer group. More

Taking the Mystery Out of Podcasting

Learn the basics of getting started in podcasting to market your small business. More

Active Living Seniors Fitness - Trinity Beach

Beginner level seniors’ interval training class, held weekly on the beachfront. More

Tuesday history tours of the Tanks and Botanic Gardens Precinct

Free history tour of the Tanks and Botanic Gardens every Tuesday commencing at 10:00am More

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Council leads the way on recycling message

Recycling Week Cairns, from 11 November

Survey focuses on sport for all

Survey focuses on sport for all

Lake Morris Road lookout closed to vehicles

Lake Morris Road lookout closed to vehicles

Stinger nets going in today

Stinger nets going in today

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Free Mulch is back! November 22-25 Find all pick-up locations, opening times and conditions on our website at πŸ‘‰ https://bit.ly/36UMzsI
❗ ❗ ❗ Important information for those who wish to run for councillor or mayor at the Queensland local government election on 28 March 2020. Members of the community who wish to nominate for election as a councillor or mayor are required to complete the compulsory β€˜So you want to be a councillor’ training in order to nominate. The β€˜So you want to be a councillor’ training focuses on the requirements on local government election candidates and potential candidates as well as providing information on the roles and responsibilities of councillors and mayors. The training can be accessed online. To do so, please register at: πŸ‘‰http://www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/so-you-want-to-be-a-councillor/training.html Alternatively, potential candidates can register for a face-to-face training sessions at πŸ‘‰http://www.dlgrma.qld.gov.au/local-government/governance/training.html. πŸ“… The Cairns face-to-face training sessions will be delivered on: 18 November 2019 2 - 4.30pm and 6 - 8.30pm Boland’s Centre, Cnr Spence and Lake Streets
πŸ’œπŸ“½οΈ After a local family's lives were turn upside down by a tragic vehicle accident the Brinsmead community has come together to raise money to support the family through the challenging time. In addition to the regular Council organised offerings, members of the community have also organised food trucks, a cash bar and a monster raffle for this Saturday's Free movie screening: Bohemian Rhapsody. Cairns Division 6 Councillor Linda Cooper said it was heart-warming to see the response of the community in rallying behind the family and that all proceeds from the monster raffle, and the cash bar will be donated to the family.
πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ YAAAYYY! πŸŽ‚ Happy first birthday to our My Cairns mobile app. The app was launched in November last year, featuring an extensive events calendar, an interactive map with things to do, bin reminders, job vacancies, weather alerts and the ability to snap-and-report problems to Council with ease. Have you got it? How do you use it?
πŸ… The 2010 Young Citizen of the Year Award winner Tahlia O’Brien (nee Burchill) believes receiving the award has played an important part in her life: β€œThis award, like many others, cemented my vision for leadership and paved the path to where I am now.” Indigenous mentor and acclaimed performing and visual artist, Ms O’Brien was just 12 when she was inspired by the work of Bangarra, Australia’s indigenous theatre production company and after graduating from high school in 2009, started a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane. A member of Queensland Cheer Elite, she was part of the 2011 team named Grand Champions at the Australian All-Star Cheerleading Federation Grand Final. In 2013, she began touring nationally as a performer and mentor with Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, and she also featured as choreographer on National Indigenous Television’s Move It Mob Style in 2013 and 2014. She has now turned her attention to Indigenous language revival and was the inaugural Kuku Yalanji language teacher at Mossman State School. Ms O’Brien is currently at the Department of Education Regional office, part of the Indigenous Community, Engagement and Cultural Capacity team, where she been writing curriculum and developing resources for Indigenous languages. Nominations for the Cairns Regional Council’s Australia Day Awards are now open in seven categories: πŸ… Citizen of the Year πŸ… Young Citizen of the Year πŸ… Volunteer of the Year (open age) πŸ… Sportsperson of the Year πŸ… Junior Sportsperson of the Year (under 21) πŸ… Cultural Award πŸ… Junior Cultural Award (under 21) For more information on how to nominate visit our website: πŸ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2C8jKLh
⚠️ Stinger nets going in today! Stinger nets will be installed today (Monday 4 November) at eight Cairns Regional Council beaches: 🌴 Ellis Beach 🌴 Palm Cove 🌴 Clifton Beach 🌴 Kewarra Beach 🌴 Trinity Beach 🌴 Yorkeys Knob 🌴 Holloways Beach 🌴 Bramston Beach The stinger resistant swimming enclosures give a high degree of protection against Box Jellyfish but are not 100 percent 'stinger proof'. Beaches may be closed when stingers are present. Closures remain in place until weather patterns change and drive stingers away from the coastline. If you are at the beach, always take note of lifesavers' warnings and do not swim when beaches are closed.
How good do these look? All these redevelopment and improvement projects were delivered across the Cairns region as part of the Queensland Government's Works For Queensland program. Earlier today Cairns Division 1 Councillor Brett Moller, Mayor Bob Manning, Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe, Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt and Member for Cairns Michael Healy at Greenpatch Gordonvale all came together at the Greenpatch site in Gordonvale to celebrate the completion of Round 2 of the program. You can read the full media release here: https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/council/news-publications/media-releases/releases/w4q-in-cairns
Awww, this Willie Wagtail mum decided that our Buy Back Shop at Portsmith is the best place to raise her offspring, to the delight of staff and visitors. We caught a glimpse of them yesterday when filming an ad for the upcoming Cairns Buy It Back Day for National Recycling Week. It's true, you just don't know what you might find at the Buy Back Shop.
πŸŽ„πŸŒ΄πŸŒž We are still looking for entries for our Christmas eCard competition Entry forms can be downloaded from our website at: πŸ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2JuVBT9 This year's theme is: Celebrating Christmas Cairns Style - Happy & Hot! The annual competition is open to children aged 13 years and under who reside in the Cairns region. There are three different age categories, with the winners of each category invited to switch on the giant Christmas tree lights at the Esplanade lagoon on Sunday, 1 December. Entries close 5:30pm on Friday 8 November 2019.
πŸ“£ The following positions are currently vacant with Cairns Regional Council: Administration Officer Closing 17/11/2019 πŸ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2JyrhHm Supervisor Maintenance Services Closing 11/11/19 πŸ‘‰ https://bit.ly/34bwGMp Senior Construction Supervisor Closing 11/11/19 πŸ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2Wo3MGg Cadet Surveyor Closing 11/11/19 πŸ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2WtFkTR Heavy Vehicle Mechanic Closing 06/11/19 πŸ‘‰ https://bit.ly/31Zu3M6 Leading Hand Construction Closing 04/11/19 πŸ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2PwTQsr Leading Hand Carpenter Closing 04/11/19 πŸ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2PBa1VE
♻️ In Cairns we are pretty good recyclers. 90% of what's thrown in our recycling bins is recyclable. But there are still those 10% of contaminated materials that shouldn't be there. To learn how to better recycle join us for one of the following Recycling Week events: ♻️ SHOPPING CENTRE INFO STALLS πŸ“… November 1 Stockland Earlville 9am-12pm πŸ“… November 2 Mount Sheridan Shopping Centre (outside Woolworths) 9am-12pm πŸ“… November 4 Redlynch Shopping Centre (outside Woolworths) 9am-12pm πŸ“… November 7 Smithfield Shopping Centre (outside Coles) 9am-12pm πŸ“… November 11 Cairns Central (outside Coles) 9am-12pm ♻️ WASTE & RESOURCE RECOVERY COMMUNITY TOUR πŸ“… November 13 Join this free tour of our waste processing and recycling facilities. Registration is essential!!! See the official Facebook event to find out how to register: https://www.facebook.com/events/2498894873524667/ ♻️ BUY IT BACK DAY πŸ“… November 16: 9am-1pm at the Buy Back Shop at Portsmith Transfer station Free Sausage Sizzle, Live Star FM radio broadcast, Waste Reuse/Repair demonstration + Demonstrations by Junk Weavers Cairns, Boomerang Bag Alliance, Permaculture Cairns, Wheels & Reels Program and more.
⚠️ Balaclava Road and Mill Road closures over the weekend! ⚠️ β›” MILL ROAD πŸ•– Saturday, 26 Oct - 7am - Sunday 27 Oct - 6pm Full road closure due to drainage pipe upgrades β›” BALACLAVA ROAD πŸ•– Saturday, 26 Oct - 7am - 5.30pm. Road improvement works with lane closures required - full road closure after 1.00pm. πŸ•˜ Sunday 27 Oct – 9.00am to 5.30pm. Full road closure for road improvement works Please observe and obey traffic controllers and signs advising the changes to normal traffic conditions, and follow detours as sign posted. Access for local traffic will remain via traffic controllers. Bus stops within this vicinity will be temporarily closed during this time – please use alternative bus stops. Every effort will be made to reduce disruptions during this time and we thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Did you know that the city’s water consumption has gone up by 38% since May this year? 😲 While it’s normal for our water consumption to increase during the dry months, this also means that each drop we waste reduces our water reserves in the dam. As a result, each day brings us a little closer to water restrictions. πŸ€” So who uses most of the water? About 73% of it is from residential properties - and during the dry season watering your garden is the biggest use of water. It is also one of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of water you use. Try reducing your sprinkling time on your designated days or water by hand. Your garden may not need as much water as you think. Here are three other things you can do now to keep water restrictions at bay – or at least delay them: πŸ’© Whether you've done a 1 or 2, press the half flush on the loo (repeat at your own discretion if dealing with a floaty) 🚰 Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth πŸš— Wash your car less often and do it on the grass using a bucket. This will help water your grass as well.
πŸ‘‚πŸ“’ On 9 October, we tested of the Outdoor Warning Stations (sirens) throughout the Redlynch area. Did you know about the test? Could you hear the sirens clearly? Where were you when you heard the sirens? We'd like to get your feedback on the test exercise to help us improve the system. Please follow the link to this short 2-minute questionnaire. https://feedback.cairns.qld.gov.au/anon/1155.aspx
Today's Cairns Regional Council Meeting will be live streamed. You can watch the live streaming, starting at 9am, at https://webcast.cairns.qld.gov.au/ A recording of a meeting will be available for viewing on Council's website about 48 hours after the meeting.
πŸŽ„πŸŽ Donations to the Mayor's Christmas Cheer Appeal are now open: πŸ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2J8c3IT The annual initiative raises funds to buy food hampers for local families and older members of our community who need a helping hand to help make their Christmas festive.
This Monday marks the start of National Water Week. The initiative aims to inspire individuals, communities and organisations to work together to build awareness around the value of water. In the spirit of the event our WATER EDUCATION & TRAINING (WET) VAN will make an appearance on the Esplanade this Monday from 10am - 3pm. There will also be games and a treasure hunt on day. Find one of the blue rocks we have hidden around the Lagoon area of the Esplande and use it to claim your prize at the Lagoon office.
🌴🌿 LAST CHANCE to drop off your green waste for free. Free green waste drop-off and sandbag collection ends this Sunday!! πŸ‘‰http://bit.ly/2mPj3lA
The Farm Comes Back to Town this weekend for the finale of the initial 11-week 'Sunday on Shields' program. The lovable animals from the Fun-e-Farm return to the city on Sunday (20 October), along with a host of past favourites, including Japanese drumming from Infinity Mugendai, interactive dance with KL Performance, and Taekwondo with Brad Hope Family Martial Arts. Program: πŸŽ‰ 10am to 2pm: Cairns Museum will be open (fees do apply) πŸŽ‰ 11am to 2pm: Fun-E-Farm πŸŽ‰ 11am to 11.30am: Japanese Drummers – Infinity Mugendai πŸŽ‰ 11am to 2pm: Face painter, jumping castle, horizontal bungy and glitter artist πŸŽ‰ 11am to 2pm: Local hand-made Market Stalls πŸŽ‰ 11.30am to 12noon: Taekwondo Kids with Brad Hope Family Martial Arts – Smithfield πŸŽ‰ 12noon to 1pm Zumba in the City πŸŽ‰ 1pm to 2pm KL Performance interactive dance lessons πŸŽ‰ 5pm onwards: Live entertainment on Miss Nemo the Kombi Plus more acts and surprises