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NAIDOC Week 2019

Celebrations held 29 June - 14 July More

Update dog details

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Inkmasters: Tell your story in art

A beginners guide to creative image making using linocut More

Active Living Off Your Rockers Seniors Fitness Class - Trinity Beach

Free entry level fitness program for adults of all genders. More

Free guided birdwatching tour

Free bird watching guided walk every Tuesday commencing at 8.30am. Bring binoculars and wear walking shoes. More

'Jabiru' Cattana Wetlands volunteers

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

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Cairns projects share in arts funding

Cairns projects share in arts funding

Cairns Shipping Development Project meeting

Cairns Shipping Development Project meeting

Donations help shelter for women and children

Donations help shelter for women and children

Jack Barnes Mangrove Boardwalk closure

Jack Barnes Mangrove Boardwalk closure

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🌊 Coastal erosion, storm tide inundation and rising sea levels are going to increasingly impact coastal cities. Coastal changes already affect a number of locations and communities throughout the Cairns region. We want to work with you to develop a plan that will make Cairns ‘future ready’ as part of the Our Cairns Coast project. Therefore, we have been inviting residents and business operators to tell us which aspects of our coastline are most valuable to them. You now have one last chance to have your say before the survey closes on 30 June 2019. We will use your feedback to help identify ways to address coastal impacts in the future. Complete the survey at: 👉 https://bit.ly/2MZf5nr
Not a bad view for the workplace! Our Aquatics team snapped this morning's cracking sunrise over the Lagoon - it was a bit chilly but this is weather we have been waiting for in Cairns! AND the good news this weather will stick around for the CPAC and Munro Martin Parklands Open Day tomorrow, visit www.cairns.qld.gov.au for more info - until then we would love to see your sunrise piccies below!
$1,665 raised for Ruth’s Women’s Shelter Today acting Mayor Terry James presented Ruth’s Women’s Shelter Manager Lynelle Dabelstein with a donation of $1,665. The local charity was established in 1977 and provides women and children experiencing domestic violence with safe and secure accommodation, as well as guidance and support. The funds were raised via a gold coin donation at the most recent free green waste disposal and free mulch giveaway campaigns. We would like to thank everyone who donated towards this important cause.
Targa is back for 2019! Acting Mayor Terry James joined Targa Australia CEO Mark Perry, Barron River MP Hon Craig Crawford, and TTNQ Chair Wendy Morris at the Esplanade Plaza earlier today for the launch of the 2019 Targa Great Barrier Reef. About 270 competitors have already registered for the event, a 40% jump from last year. It hits the streets of Cairns and the region 30 August - 1 September. #TGBR
**UPDATE** Both operations, the burn-off and the zipline decommissioning works have been postponed. Both arrow tracks and Aeroglen bicycle path will remain open. ************** ⚠️ Red and Yellow Arrow and Aeroglen bike path closures 🏃 Yellow Arrow trail: Closed from 7:00am Monday 17 June until 9:00pm Tuesday 18 June. No access will be permitted due to the decommissioning works of the former Cairns Adventure Park zipline and back burning operations. 🏃 Red Arrow trail: Closed on Tuesday 18 June from 1:00pm - 9:00pm No access will be permitted as back burning operations will be conducted. 🚲 Aeroglen bicycle path: The pathway from Quarry St in Aeroglen to Collins Ave will be closed on Tuesday 18 June from 1:00pm - 9:00pm during back burning operations. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience while these necessary works are undertaken.
🔨Looking for bits and pieces for your DIY project? Our Buy Back Shop might just have what you need. For opening times and location visit 👉 https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/water-waste-roads/waste/facilities/buybackshop
🌱 The planting of 20,000 trees is underway along Freshwater Creek as part of a massive revegetation project. The project is delivered under the Queensland Government's 'Works for Queensland' program. Over 40 native tree species, sourced from our own Stratford nursery, are being used to revegetate the area which once was a cane paddock. Local volunteer group Treeforce, which will plant a quarter of the trees, has already planted about 1,800 trees. To find out more about the project and how to get involved as a volunteer, visit 👉 https://bit.ly/2XDkhxQ photos by: Frei Films
⚠️ 🚧 Abbott Street - changed traffic conditions and temporary road closures to allow for works to resurface Abbott Street, between Aplin and Florence streets in the Cairns city. Work will start Tuesday 11 June and is expected to take one week to complete. Works will be conducted from 7am – 6pm, during which time this section of Abbott Street will be subject to road and lane closures. To ensure works can be carried out as scheduled, businesses and residents are asked not to leave vehicles parked in the street during the time of scheduled work. Car parking bays will also be temporarily closed. Residents are asked to observe and obey traffic controllers and signs advising the changes to normal traffic conditions, and follow detours as sign posted. We appreciate the cooperation of road users and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
⚠️⚠️⚠️ Road closures for Cairns IRONMAN Sunday 9 June 🚧 The Captain Cook Highway will be closed between Palm Cove and Port Douglas on Sunday 9 June 5.30am-5.30pm. 🚧 The Cairns Esplanade will be closed from 5am on Sunday until 2am Monday. 🚧 Parts of Williams Esplanade and Cedar Rd, Palm Cove, will be closed 4am-noon. 🚧 Cheviot St, Smithfield, closed 4am-7.30pm Under changed traffic conditions, access to the Cairns Airport, Cairns Beaches, Smithfield, and the Northern Beaches will remain at all times however please allow extra travel time for your journey as delays are expected. The Smithfield Waste Transfer Station will also be closed on Sunday 9 June. In addition, Cairns Esplanade from Spence Street to Upward Street will be closed on Saturday 8 June from 6.30am to 10am for the IRONKIDS event. The Southern Esplanade (lagoon) carpark is closed until Wednesday 13 June. Goldfinch carpark, Palm Cove is also closed until Monday 10 June. For full details of all changed traffic conditions, visit www.cairnsadventurefestival.com
Today's wet weather did not deter our Mayor's Charity Golf Day sponsors and players. The event is expected to raise around $40,000. All funds raised will be donated to local charities Give Me 5 for Kids and Ronald McDonald House, who provide support for children undergoing medical treatment in the Cairns region.
⚠️There's a sink hole on Lake Street near the Charles Street intersection. Our crews will need to excavate the area to get it fixed. If you are travelling into the city please avoid the area. If you can't avoid the intersection please obey directions from traffic controllers.
Aplin Street - changed traffic conditions due to night works. 📅 Monday 10 June and Tuesday 11 June, 6pm – 6am. During these times the section of Aplin Street between Grafton St and Lake streets will be closed to all traffic. Car parking bays will also be temporarily closed. ⚠️ Please observe and obey traffic controllers and signs advising the changes to normal traffic conditions, and follow detours as sign posted. We appreciates the cooperation of road users and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
🐶 🐕 🐩 Dog rego is just around the corner. Now’s the time to update your details. We need to know if: ❓ You and your pet have moved home within the Cairns region ❓ Your pet has moved outside Cairns and no longer needs to be registered with Council ❓ Your furry family member has passed away ❓ You’ve desexed your pet (rego is cheaper, proof required) ❓ You are eligible for another form of discount, for instance if you are a pensioner or concession card holder, or have completed level 3 obedience training ⚠️ If you’ve got a new pet, it’s also time to get them registered. You can update your details online: 👉 https://bit.ly/2F4lgjJ or by calling our customer service team.
🌱♻️ North Queensland’s premier sustainable living festival is on right now! Cairns Ecofiesta is at the Cruise Liner Terminal until 6pm so there's plenty of time to enjoy this jam-packed family day out, with live music, roving performers, hands-on workshops, kids activities, waste-free dining and a massive expo of green-tech and sustainable living solutions. All the details 👉https://www.facebook.com/events/1947973215239762/
⛔ Temporary Road Closure Buchan Street 2nd June - 6th June (between 6pm and 6am) During this period the Department of Transport and Main Roads will temporarily close Buchan Street on approach to the Ray Jones Drive intersection. The project requires watermain relocations in Buchan Street. The complete closure at night-time will assist in excavation and safety of all workers & road users. Traffic will be diverted, please allow extra time when travelling and follow the detour signs.
⚠️ RED ARROW partial track closure for pressure cleaning Friday 31/05/2019 08:30am-3:00pm The pressure cleaning will be carried out with hot water only (no chemicals). The western side of the loop will remain open.
🏌️⛳ Last chance for local businesses to sponsor a hole for this year’s Mayor's Charity Golf Day on June 7! A great opportunity to network with other businesses on the day while raising money for @Give Me 5 for Kids and Ronald McDonald House @ Palm Cove. Find out how to get involved 👉 https://bit.ly/2WtjwdD
⚠️ With recent sightings of Cassowaries in Redlynch Valley, here's a timely reminder on how to be be cass-O-wary! Cassowaries can be aggressive and unpredictable. Avoid unnecessary risks and help protect cassowaries by following these guidelines in cassowary territory. These simple safety tips can help protect you: ‼️ If you come face-to-face with an aggressive bird, back away slowly and put something like a tree or a backpack between yourself and the bird, then let it go on its way. ‼️ Never approach cassowaries. They can injure you or your pet with their large, clawed feet. ‼️ Never approach chicks—male cassowaries will defend them. ‼️ Never feed cassowaries—it is illegal, dangerous and has caused cassowary deaths. ‼️ Always discard food scraps in closed bins and ensure compost bins have secure lids. ‼️ Never stop your vehicle to look at cassowaries on the road. ‼️ Always slow down when driving in cassowary territory. ‼️ Always keep dogs behind fences or on a leash. Report cassowary sightings and incidents phone: 1300 130 372 For further information visit www.ehp.qld.gov.au
The State of the Environment (SoE) Report 2018 was released earlier this week, showing that we remain on track to halve our Council greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Highlights of the report: ✅ 47% reduction in greenhouse gas emission, on target for a 50% reduction by 2020 ✅ Cairns’s landfill diversion rate (59%) continues to be well above the State average (45%) ✅ Ongoing roll out of rooftop solar to Council buildings boosted solar power generation to 1 megawatt, or enough to power 276 homes, saving ratepayers $360,000. ✅ Council’s System Leakage Detection Program identified 464 leaks, resulting in a saving of 398 megalitres of water per annum – equivalent to a water demand of 1473 new homes. ✅ Council provided nearly 15,000 trees for revegetation projects. Council’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Strategy will move Cairns towards a future where landfills are the last option.
🅿️ Effective from this Saturday, 25 May, parking in the CBD will be free after 2pm on Saturdays and all day on Sundays! ❗️IMPORTANT❗️ It will take several weeks to update signage and ticket machines. This means signs and machines will be incorrect in the short term - but from 2pm on Saturday and all day Sunday, if you don’t pay, you won’t be fined. However, due to administrative complexities, refunds will not be issued if you pay by mistake. ➡️ No time limits during these hours. ➡️ Normal rules apply to loading zones, taxi zones, bus zones, no parking zones and disability bays. ➡️ Paid parking and time limits still apply at the Southern Esplanade (Lagoon/Pier) car park and Lake Street multi-storey car park.
UPDATE Our phones are working again. Thanks for your patience. ⚠️📞Our telephone service is down. If you ring Council you will be connected to our emergency message service. We will let you know when the phones are working again. You can still contact Council via our website: www.cairns.qld.gov.au
** UPDATE *** Changes to CBD parking will take effect this Saturday, 25 May! Please see the follow-up post on our Cairns Regional Council Facebook page for details. 🅿️ Free parking on Saturday after 2pm and all day on Sundays will be reinstated. It is part of a range of initiatives to ensure the Cairns city centre is a vibrant business and recreational district for locals and tourists. The decision to bring back free parking for most of the weekend has come in the wake of concerns by CBD traders that visitation to the precinct has reduced since the introduction of 7-day regulated parking in January 2018. At the time, we implemented the new rules in response to CBD traders requesting more regulation to achieve turnover of car spaces. ⚠️ The new changes will not come into affect until signage across the city has been changed and and ticket machines are updated. We will be looking at options to fast track the implementation and will inform the public of the commencement date.