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**UPDATE** We've just received photos from the scene. We have added them to the comments section. ⚠️ A land slide on Barron Gorge Road, 500 metres past the first turnaround point, has caused a road blockage and a power outage. Ergon has been advised of the incident and our crews are on site for clean-up works. The road will remain closed until further notice.
There has been a small landslip on Redlynch Intake Road on the way up to Crystal Cascades. The road is still open but be aware there is the chance of more slips with further heavy rain.
King tides are expected throughout this week, causing localised tidal flooding. Possible heavy rain from Tropical Cyclone Trevor in the coming days may combine with king tides to increase the risk of flooding in low-lying tidal areas. 🌊 Tuesday 19 March 3.43m at 8:14am 🌊 Wednesday 20 March 3.46m at 8:52am 🌊 Thursday 21 March 3.38m at 9:27am Avoid parking cars in low-lying tidal areas and never drive through floodwaters. Remember that tidal flooding is saltwater, which can cause damage to cars. Driving through floodwaters also generates small waves that may travel into properties causing inconvenience and potential damage.
Council invites you to join over 7,000 cities across 187 countries for Earth Hour on 30 March. Make the most of it! How about a romantic candlelight dinner with your partner? Or a campfire with the kids? If you are running a restaurant or business, why not host a candlelight event? We are doing our part by switching off non-essential lighting on the night, but you won’t even notice. That’s because we have changed our operations to switch off non-essential lighting every night.
We are currently working on a broken water main at the Lyons/Scott St roundabout. If you are heading towards the city on Scott St the traffic will be diverted with detours in place. There is no loss of water supply to residents. Estimate time to complete works: 2-3 hours
Was your beloved pet buried at the former YAPS pet cemetery in Smithfield? A memorial space will be established on the site to provide owners with a place to remember their lost pets. In the process, 160 markers and plaques have been collected from the site. The majority are still legible, while some have become virtually illegible due to weathering. Pet owners can now claim their markers by calling our Customer Service team on 1300 69 22 47. With your help, our staff will try to identify your marker. If a match is found they will organise a time for pet owners to pick up their marker.
When is it okay to walk on broken glass? When it's in a footpath! We've used recycled, crushed glass to make concrete that has been poured outside the White Rock State School to make a brand new footpath. Cr Cathy Zeiger (pictured) is pretty thrilled with the result. The glass used has come through our recycling and crushing facility via your yellow-lid bin. We've previously used glass instead of sand as fill material in developments, but this is the first time we've used it to make concrete. The 100m long path uses a few different combinations of glass and sand so we can see if they wear differently over time. Because this is still a new concept, we're working to develop our own standards for best use of recycled glass in concrete.
**Lake St has now reopened** ⚠️ BURST WATER MAIN 💦 Update: Lake St is closed northbound between Hartley and Spence Sts. The crew is working to repair the break as quickly as possible and we hope to have the road open by mid-afternoon. A water main has broken in Lake St, near Wharf St. Our crew is on its way and we’ll have more info about the impact soon. Please avoid the area.
And the winners are: 👑 Cairns Woman of the Year: Roz Pulley (left) 👑 Young Woman of the Year: Ella-Rose Lawrence (middle) 👑 IWD Scholarship: Stevie Russell-Farnham (right) Read more about our International Women's Day Award winners 👉 https://bit.ly/2H5jj9g
In Cairns, we are fortunate enough to have some of the nation's most beautiful beaches on our doorstep. Tell us about the areas of our coast that are important to you and how you use them by completing the "Our Cairns Coast” community survey. 👉 https://feedback.cairns.qld.gov.au/anon/83.aspx
**UPDATE** The boat just sold for $200, including the trailer (the boat was missing a motor). If you missed out on this bargain, pop in every now and then. You never know what you might take home. 😲 🚤 Look what just came in at the Buy Back Shop! The name of the boat alone is worth the purchase. Come by and have a look. The Buy Back Shop is open until 4pm today. Need directions? 👉 https://bit.ly/2EvwcXB
Can you see the sink holes? Sometimes what you see on the surface can be deceiving! Our crew was on to this one quickly, before it became a bigger problem. They are currently working to fix a sink hole near the Scott / Buchan St roundabout. A detour is currently in place but we expect to have it reopened later this arvo. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Our Buy Back Shop is open 9am - 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Come by! You never know what you might find. Need more info? 👉 https://bit.ly/2EvwcXB
The installation of 700 smart water meters at Palm Cove has started today. The beachside suburb is the first to receive the hi-tech meters, which will provide water use data to a central network. While we're in the initial pilot phase, official water readings will still be taken from the manual meters. That way, we can check that they are accurate and working properly before they go live. If all goes well with the trial, we look forward to rolling out the new meters across the region. Get more info on the smart water meters here: https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/water-waste-roads/water/smart-water-meters
FOUND: 1 set of keys 🔑🔑 at a Whitfield park. The shiny surprise was spotted by a very observant member of our maintenance crew while working at Jean Moule Park in Kevin St. If you think they're yours, please give our friendly customer service team a call on 📞 1300 69 22 47.
Big news! We’re rolling out the free Active Living group fitness program into suburban parks. Cr Jessie Richardson was on hand at Marlin Coast Fitness Centre this morning to thank the NQ Sports Foundation and NQ Primary Health Network for the grant funding to make it happen. Stay tuned for the full program soon!
Good news, the Redlynch Intake Road has been reopened. Council crews had to remove heaps of debris - more than 300 cubic metres in fact - over the past three weeks to get traffic moving again. Thanks for your patience!
There's great news for the long-awaited project to dredge Trinity Inlet to bring more cruise ships to Cairns. Council today issued its final approval for building the associated pipes and pumps infrastructure. The project's now in the hands of Ports North. All the details: www.cairns.qld.gov.au/council/news-publications/media-releases/releases/dredgingpermit
**UPDATE** Debris has been cleared and Lake Morris Road has been re-opened. Lake Morris Road has been closed to all traffic due to debris on the road from last night’s storm. It is expected to re-open 12pm tomorrow, Thursday 21 February.
Our crews are working their way through the clean up of 40+ fallen trees across the region. We received more than 200 calls in the 2 hours following yesterday’s storm and they’ve continued to trickle through today. Don’t forget you can log requests for maintenance quickly and easily through the My Cairns app.