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Free guided birdwatching tour

Free guided tour with local birding legend John Seale every Tuesday morning. More

Gardens and Tanks precinct heritage tour

Free history tour with volunteer guide every Tuesday. No bookings required. More

Space+Place: Street Soccer @ Cairns West School, Manunda

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Space+Place: Hockey @ Balaclava School

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Temporary closure of Lake Morris Road extended

Temporary closure of Lake Morris Road extended
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Kelly Reaston calls time on 10-year Council career

Kelly Reaston calls time on 10-year Council career
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CEO resigns after seven years with Council

CEO resigns after seven years with Council
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Students pitch in to enhance school’s entrance

Students pitch in to enhance school’s entrance
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🐟🐟🐟 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
If a cyclone comes, where will you go? For most people, sheltering at home or with family/friends outside affected areas is the best option.
💝 Help a local in need with a donation to the Mayor's Christmas Cheer Appeal. 🙏 If you are looking for a charity for a personal Facebook fundraiser (like birthday fundraisers), please consider helping us raise money for this cause. You can find out more about this initiative on our website. 👉https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/whats-on/annual-events/mayors-christmas-appeal
🌊🌧️🔥🌄 Know your hazard zones.
Now is the time to get your house ready for disaster season!
🚧 Lake Morris Road will be closed for resealing from Campbell’s Lookout to Copperlode Dam for a week from Thursday, October 15, weather permitting. The road will be closed temporarily on weekdays only to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians between 7am and 6pm for an expected period of a week. The road will be open on the weekend however loose stones will be present and cyclists are requested to observe caution. Traffic management will be in place to allow essential worker access however delays are expected. The length of Lake Morris Road will be resealed, starting at Copperlode Dam, and when works progress below Campbell’s lookout, traffic will be managed under traffic control.
⌛ LAST CALL! The Our Cairns Survey closes at 5pm this Friday, October 16. If you haven't done it yet 👉 https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/ourcairns 📈 So far 6,073 residents have completed the general survey while the youth survey was completed 1,202 times.
❓ Do you have a plan if a disaster strikes?
🌈 Singing a rainbow – with Pride… Check out the rainbow crossing we’ve installed on the Esplanade, near the Aplin Street intersection, to support Cairns Pride Festival. The rainbow crossing will be a focal point for a celebration of diversity and inclusion of LGBTI Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities in the tropical far north for the next three weeks. This year, black and ochre-coloured bars have been added to represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of the LGBTI community. No pot of gold has yet appeared at the end of the rainbow, but local performers Rhianna Mation, Dealia Cards and Leonardo Da Inci brought their own touches of glitter and gold to the occasion. They were joined on the rainbow crossing by Division 5 Councillor, Amy Eden, and Ben Dawson from Queensland Council for LGBTI Health. Festival events include parties, a luncheon, a hike and the Pride art exhibition launch on Friday evening, which will be livestreamed from the Tanks Facebook page. Find out more about upcoming events on the Cairns Pride Festival social media.
Do you have enough supplies to last three days?
⚠️ Testing of Cairns Alert emergency messaging service ⚠️ With Get Ready Week starting on Monday, we are getting ready for the wet season by testing the Cairns Alert emergency messaging service. On Monday (October 12), all residents who have signed up for the service will receive a test text (SMS) message and email. This is a test only and residents do not need to do anything. Cairns Alert is an opt-in service to receive critical emergency information by text message and email. If you are not yet registered for Cairns Alert you can do so on our website: https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/online/cairns-alert
⌛️ With just over a week left on the Our Cairns survey, let's look at some of the results so far. How would you have answered? Have you done the survey? If not, you still can: 👉https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/ourcairns The survey closes on October 16. Since being launched at the end of August, more than 6000 residents have completed the survey, which includes about 800 responses for the inaugural Youth Survey.
🙏 A huge thank you to the 300 volunteers that helped out at our Great Northern Clean Up sites throughout September. Across the 15 Council-coordinated clean-up sites 11,950 litres of litter were collected. That's equivalent to 50 wheelie bins. When you add in the hard waste that was also collected, it’s more than a tonne of litter and waste removed from our parks and waterways. This year, the Yiirgangydji Land and Sea Rangers also conducted a clean-up for Council at Saltwater Creek in Parramatta Park, fishing out more than 2500 individual pieces of litter. The retrieved items included 288 drink bottles, 151 aluminium cans, 63 wine bladders, and more than 500 plastic wrappers.
🏅 Young Citizen of the Year (2020), Daniel Rosendale, explains what it meant to him being nominated and ulitimately receiving the award. Daniel was recognised for his work helping disadvantaged youth, as a role model for Indigenous youths, and for his distinguished sporting accomplishments. An alumnus of the Indigenous Leaders of Tomorrow group, he used his training to become a volunteer board member and treasurer of the ATSI organisation, Deadly Inspiring Youth Doing Good (DIYDG), where he has assisted underprivileged youth in Cairns to achieve self-sufficiency. 🗳️ Nominations are now open for the 2021 Australia Day Awards. For more information and to find out how to nominate visit our website. 👉 https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/whats-on/annual-events/Aust-Day-Awards