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UPDATE: both programs are now full. The next program starts in May with registrations open at 8.30am on 27 April. ๐ŸŒฑ Hurry, there are still some spots left for our Little Taccas program at Sugarworld Parklands. The program gives young children an appreciation for nature and gardening and was named after the tropical plant Tacca integrifolia. To find out more about the program and to register visit: ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/facilities-sport-leisure/botanic/little-taccas
We love it when a plan comes together! Last Friday we joined Josh Royle from Trinity Beach State School to test out the new litter bin-hoop at Coastwatcher's Skate Park. Josh pitched the idea of the litter bin-hoop to Council last year as a way to encourage kids to dispose of their rubbish properly. Josh is the brains behind Plastic is drastic, a one-man litter squad targeting litter at the skate park. Well done Josh on your slam dunk in the fight against litter! Read more about Josh at https://bit.ly/39L6A5X Trinity Beach State School
โš ๏ธ All Cairns beaches have been closed due to the presence of Irukandji jellyfish.
โ— The ongoing Coronavirus situation has had a notable impact on visitor numbers to our region and the flow-on effects are being felt across our community. Cairns Regional Council today announced a range of initiatives to help mitigate the effects on our economy and to help those in our community who are under increased financial pressure as a result of the visitor downturn. As part of these measures we have extended the due date for the half-year rates from 27 February 2020 to 27 May 2020 for all ratepayers. A full list of initiatives can be found on our website. ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/37jnLK7
๐Ÿ‘‘ Nominate a woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of women and girls in the Cairns Regional Council area for this year's Woman of the Year Awards. Find out how to nominate at: ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2H5zKQV Nominations close on 24 February 2020.
We are looking for candidates to fill the following vacant positions. Rehab & Return to Work Advisor ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/388b8ma Events & Marketing Officer ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2v9wZew Graduate - Civil Engineer ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2varaNV
๐ŸŒŠ Prepare for king tides this week! King tides are expected in Cairns from tomorrow, peaking on Sunday 9 February and Monday 11 February. โš ๏ธ Thursday 6 February 2.89m at 7.38am โš ๏ธ Friday 7 February 3.10m at 8.16am โš ๏ธ Saturday 8 February 3.26m at 8.55am โš ๏ธ Sunday 9 February 3.35m at 9.33am โš ๏ธ Monday 10 February 3.35m at 10.12am โš ๏ธ Tuesday 11 February 3.25m at 10.51am โš ๏ธ Wednesday 12 February 3.06m at 11.32am โš ๏ธ Thursday 13 February 2.79m at 12.20pm 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 that come in contact. Drive carefully and slowly, not only for the safety of road users and pedestrians, but to lessen the impact of bow waves, which can push water into adjacent properties. The risk of localised tidal flooding may also be increased by rainfall.
A fire alarm was triggered at 9.29am today at the Cairns Regional Council Spence Street Administration Building, as a result of generator testing. As a precaution, the building was evacuated and emergency services attended the scene. It was found that a plume of smoke from the generator had triggered the alarm. Council staff returned to the building at 10.05am. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services commended Councilโ€™s evacuation procedures, noting the communication, situational awareness and responsiveness of staff.
๐Ÿ™ PLEASE VOTE ๐Ÿ™ Tanks Arts Centre has been nominated for the QMA People's Choice - Venue of the Year (Regional) award. Now we need your vote for a shot at the big WIN! Vote at ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://themusic.com.au/page/qmas Voting closes tomorrow, Wednesday 5 February. #QldMusicAwards
โš ๏ธImportant Rates Notice Information! Half-yearly rates notices were issued last Friday, 24 January. Please allow up to seven business days for delivery via Australia Post mail. Electronic notices should be in email inboxes; please check spam folders if the notice is not there. If you have registered to receive your notices through BPay View, please check your online banking notifications. If you have not received your rates notice by Friday 7 February, please contact Cairns Regional Council on 1300 69 22 47. If you are having difficulty paying your rates please contact us as soon as possible to discuss a payment plan. To receive future rates and water notices by email, register at ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/rates
โš ๏ธ Free sandbags available this weekend ahead of king tides and rain. Sandbags will be made available to Cairns region residents this weekend in preparation for more heavy rainfall next week. In addition to the predicted heavy rainfall, king tides are expected to affect coastal areas next week from Thursday 6 February to Thursday 13 February. Sandbags and sand will be available from the following from: โœ”๏ธ Portsmith Transfer Station: Saturday and Sunday 8.30am to 5.15pm โœ”๏ธ Smithfield Transfer Station: Saturday 7am to 5.15pm; Sunday 9am to 5.15pm โœ”๏ธ Gordonvale Transfer Station: Saturday and Sunday 8.30am to 5.15pm โœ”๏ธ Babinda Transfer Station: Sunday only 8.30am to 4.45pm (not open Saturday) Bags will be made available for residents to fill with sand on site at Councilโ€™s waste transfer stations this Saturday and Sunday. Scoops for filling will be provided. Sandbags are for residential use only and will be available until supplies run out. To stay up-to-date with local information and advice, follow the Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre on Facebook or visit the Cairns Disaster Dashboard at www.disaster.cairns.qld.gov.au. Download the My Cairns App from Google Play and the App Store.
The following closures are currently in place due to flooding. โ›” Lower Freshwater Road closed due to flooding โ›” Goomboora Park access road through the park and the ped/cycle bridge closed due to flooding โ›” Ryan Weare Park park and cycleway closed due to flooding โ›” Glenoma Park park and bridge closed due to flooding โ›” Greenpatch in Gordonvale will be closed to the public from 2pm this afternoon due to flood risk Remember to be safe around floodwaters: If it's flooded forget it!
๐Ÿค”๐Ÿฆ€โ“Is this the culprit who caused the water main break at the Esplanade this morning? The suspect was found hiding at the scene by our maintenance crew. He was however soon cleared of all charges and released. While repair works are underway, the actual cause of the water main break is yet to be determined.
Visitors to the Cairns Esplanade were treated to an unexpected water feature this morning. At about 5.30 this morning a main pipe along the Esplanade, at the end of Aplin Street, ruptured sending a spray of water into the air. Water supply, although disrupted, has now been restored to all businesses and residents in the area. Council crews are on site with repairs expected to be completed by the end of the day.
Due to a change in weather conditions the Great Australian Bites - Australia Day on the Esplanade event tomorrow will be moved from the Esplanade lawns to inside The Pier Cairns shopping centre. The Australia Day Beach BBQ event at Yorkeys Knob will go ahead as planned at this stage.
Your favourite local restaurants from The Pier Cairns in conjunction with Taste Paradise will be selling bite size tasting plates featuring local ingredients this Sunday for Great Australian Bites - Australia Day on the Esplanade. Participating restaurants include Waterbar, Piato, Coffee Bean Estate, The Backyard, Tha Fish and Ochre Restaurant. See you at the Esplanade! #australiadayqld #greataustralianbites