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The new Cairns Local Coronavirus Hotline provides information, advice and support for residents. The hotline is based in Cairns so you will speak to a person in Cairns with local knowledge. Open 8am to 5pm, every day. 📞 1300 396 102 It's a free call.
CORONAVIRUS ADVICE No. 7 Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night to extend restrictions to help stop the spread of coronavirus, Council has taken the following actions. CLOSURES ------------- Cairns Esplanade remains open with following facilities closed. --- All formal gathering areas including: ❌ Lagoon ❌ Muddy’s Playground (wet and dry playground) ❌ Fun Ship ❌ Bouldering Park ❌ Volleyball courts/multi use sports facilities/basketball courts People using the boardwalk and promenade must adhere to social distancing measures. Cafes remain open for takeaway only. Facilities --- ❌ Centenary Lakes Nature Play ❌ All Green Gyms (exercise equipment in parks) ❌ All public barbecues ❌ Barlow Park, Parramatta Park ❌ Swimming pools ❌ Sugarworld Adventure Park, Edmonton ⚠️ Botanic Gardens Conservatory (Botanic Gardens remains open, but users must adhere to social distances measurers. The cafes remains open for takeaway only). Skate Parks --- ❌ Coastwatcher Park ❌ Esplanade ❌ Tenni Skate Park, Redlynch ❌ Jeff Pezzutti Park, Woree ❌ Todd Park, Edmonton ❌ Kenrick Park, Gordonvale ❌ Bill Wakeham Park, Babinda BMX tracks --- ❌ Allyson Street Park, Smithfield ❌ Barrine Court Park, Caravonica ❌ Barron Waters Park/Burrawungal Park, Caravonica ❌ Evergreen Street, Clifton Beach ❌ Rainy Mountain Park, Smithfield ❌ Evergreen Park, Clifton Beach ❌ Old School Park, Yorkeys Knob ❌ Syd Granville Memorial Park, Holloways Beach ❌ Engineers Park, Whitfield ❌ Gamburra Drive Park, Redlynch ❌ Equestrian Park, Redlynch ❌ Loridan Drive Park, Brinsmead ❌ Jeff Pezzutti Park, Woree ❌ Todd Park Youth Activity Space, Edmonton ❌ Fuller Park, Edmonton ❌ Bill Wakeham Park, Babinda ❌ Moody Creek Detention Basin, Kanimbla ❌ Touch Park, Aeroglen RESTRICTIONS --- Playgrounds at the following parks will be closed: ❌ Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove ❌ Vasey Esplanade, Trinity Beach ❌ Sims Esplanade, Yorkeys Knob ❌ Holloways Beach foreshore ❌ Goomboora Park, Brinsmead ❌ Sugarworld Gardens ❌ Norman Park, Gordonvale ❌ Coastwatcher Park, Trinity Beach ⚠️ The parks remain open, but users must adhere to social distancing measures. Natural areas – restrictions in place --- These natural recreational areas remain open, but barbecue facilities will be closed. Users must adhere to social distancing measures. ⚠️ Beaches ⚠️ Whitfield Trails (Arrow Tracks) ⚠️ Cattana Wetlands ⚠️ Crystal Cascades ⚠️ The Boulders, Babinda ⚠️ Behana Creek Picnic Park, Aloomba ⚠️ Behana Gorge, Aloomba ⚠️ Goomboora Park, Brinsmead ⚠️ Glenoma Park, Brinsmead ⚠️ Stoney Creek, Kamerunga ⚠️ Gamburra Park Drive, Redlynch ⚠️ Xavier Herbert Drive Park, Redlynch ⚠️ The Rocks Reserve, Redlynch ⚠️ Western Arterial Conservation Park, Redlynch ⚠️ Ryan Weare Park, Freshwater ⚠️ Ross and Locke Reserve, Goldsborough ⚠️ Petes Bridge, Goldsborough ⚠️ Petes Falls, Goldsborough Valley ⚠️ Goldsborough Road parks, Goldsborough ⚠️ Little Mulgrave ⚠️ Smithy Holmes Park, Aloomba ⚠️ Harvey Creek, Bellenden Ker ⚠️ Josephine Falls, Bartle Frere ⚠️ Golden Hole Reserve, Bartle Frere Note: Toilet facilities will remain open. For the latest information on Council services, closures and cancellations in regards to the coronavirus pandemic visit: 👉 http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/council/covid19
😷 CORONAVIRUS ADVICE No. 6 ❌ Our Customer Service Centre at Spence Street will close at 4.30pm today. This decision follows the Prime Minister’s advice last night for people to stay home except for essential trips. Residents can go to the Council website (www.cairns.qld.gov.au) to access a full range of services, including: ✔️ Payment of bills ✔️ Renewing registrations ✔️ Payment of fines ✔️ Reporting a problem ✔️ Making applications Payments by MasterCard and Visa Card can be made conveniently and securely via the Online Self Service payment page on Council’s website. Those aged persons having trouble navigating online services, can call Council’s Customer Service Centre on 1300 692 247 for assistance. Residents are also encouraged to download the My Cairns app, free of charge, which allows users to report a problem.
The message is simple. Only pee, poo and paper should be flushed down the toilet. This is what happens if you don’t. Even if your wipes says it’s flushable, it isn’t. Using anything other than toilet paper causes messy, unwanted blockages. Everything you flush down the toilet or pour down the drain goes through our sewerage systems. Think before you flush. For more information visit https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/water-waste-roads/waste/drains-sinks-toilets
😷 CORONAVIRUS UPDATES CORONAVIRUS ADVICE No. 4 ----- In light of the Prime Minister’s announcement regarding changes to non-essential gatherings, Cairns Regional Council has suspended the following events and activities, until further notice: ❌ The Esplanade and Suburban Active Living programs. ❌ Esplanade Markets and Tanks Markets. ❌ Green Space Our Place volunteers program. Council has also taken the following actions: ❌ Cancellations and no further bookings for the use of outdoor spaces, such as barbecues and parks. ❌ Cancellations and no further bookings for the use of community halls. ❌ Suspension of Community Recreational permits. ❌ Closure of the Bramston Beach campgrounds. ❌ Closure of the Babinda Rotary Park and Babinda Boulders campgrounds. ❌ Ticketlink box office closed to the public, but remains contactable by phone, email and online. Public swimming pools (managed by lessees) remain open with adapted opening hours and increased management and supervision to implement social distancing requirements. https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/council/news-publications/media-releases/releases/covid-advice-4 CORONAVIRUS ADVICE No. 5 ----- Council wishes to inform those aged persons looking to renew their dog’s lifetime registrations that this service can be provided over the phone. There is NO NEED to visit Council offices. Please phone Council’s Customer Service Centre on 1300 692 247 and have your pet’s details handy. Renewal notices (which are free but require confirmation) were sent out at the beginning of the month and are due on 31 March. https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/council/news-publications/media-releases/releases/covid-advice-5 Council’s key priorities remain the safety and wellbeing of staff and the community and continuity of services, as appropriate.
The Cairns Chamber of Commerce have created a dedicated Facebook page for Keep It In Cairns to help the community find local suppliers of services and products. Be sure to like the page and share it with friends and family. If you are a local business you can use the page to promote your products and services.
Coronavirus advice No. 3 LIBRARIES CLOSURE In light of the Prime Minister’s announcement regarding changes to non-essential indoor gatherings, all Cairns Libraries branches will close at noon today, until further notice. The decision reflects the need to protect the most vulnerable in our community. A lending amnesty has been extended to all residents who currently have borrowed items. There is no need to return items to the libraries. Residents can continue to access online library services including e-books, e-magazines, audio books, streaming services and e-learning services. Online services can be found on the Cairns Libraries website: 👉 https://bit.ly/33DexrT OTHER CHANGES The Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre and Tank 4 (exhibition space) are also closed until further notice. Council’s key priorities remain the safety and wellbeing of staff and the community and continuity of services, as appropriate. You can also find this information in the official media release on our website at: 👉 https://bit.ly/3agJ55e
As local businesses are struggling through this challenging time, it is more important than ever to make an effort to 'keep it in Cairns'. Even if you are doing your shopping online, please remember that many local businesses also offer online services. We have put together some assets you can use to spread this message on socials. You can find them here: https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/building-planning-business/business-and-economic-development/keep-it-in-cairns Let us know what you are doing to keep it in Cairns to help inspire others to shop local.
Cairns Mayor Bob Manning today announced a series of measures to assist businesses and generate employment in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 👉 https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/council/news-publications/media-releases/releases/support-covid
😷 CORONAVIRUS ADVICE No. 2 😷 Council continues to follow the advice of Federal and State authorities regarding measures aimed at restricting the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Following the Prime Minister’s announcement this morning of a ban on non-essential indoor gatherings of 100 people or more, Council has made the following decisions regarding events and services. Council’s two key priorities when it comes to day-to-day operations are the safety of our staff and the community, and the continuity of Council services. EVENT CANCELLATIONS ---------------- Tanks Arts Centre and Cairns Performing Arts Centre events scheduled until 31 May have been cancelled. A full refund will be provided to the original ticket holder. If you paid by credit card you will automatically receive your refund to the card you paid with. If you paid by cash or EFTPOS Ticketlink staff will be in contact with you in the coming days to arrange your refund. There is no need to contact Ticketlink at this time, ticket holders are asked to be patient. The following events have also been cancelled: ❌ Makin’ Markets at Sunrise,scheduled for Friday ❌ The Cairns Children’s Festival, scheduled for 16 and 17 May ❌ Ecofiesta, scheduled for 24 May LIBRARIES ---------------- Visitor numbers at all Cairns Libraries branches will be capped at 100. Staff will actively monitor numbers to enforce the cap. OTHER SERVICES ---------------- All other Council services continue as usual. LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS ---------------- The Local Government election is run by the Electoral Commission Queensland. They advise the election will continue as scheduled on 28 March. Please note, there is no voting at Council facilities. Residents with questions or concerns about the election should visit the ECQ website: https://bit.ly/3d8bVql You can also find this advice on our website: 👉 https://bit.ly/2WnfRh5
❗️❗️❗️Important Election Information! ❗️❗️❗️ We are getting a heap of questions about the 28 March local government election. The Council election is run by the Electoral Commission Queensland. This includes operation of polling booths (pre-poll and on the day). Advice from the ECQ is elections are going ahead as planned. Please note, there is NO voting at Council buildings. If you have questions, concerns or need more information please visit the ECQ website: https://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/
👷 🚧 Florence Street lane closures! The eastbound lane of Florence St will be closed for water main trenching on Wednesday, 18 March from 6.30am until 6pm on the eastern side of the Grafton St intersection in front of 24 Hour Medical Centre / Day Surgery. On Thursday, March 19, the westbound lane of Florence St will be closed on the eastern side of the Grafton St intersection (in front of Ibis Styles Hotel) from 6.30am until 6pm. Detours will be in place and we thank road users for their patience. More information: https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/water-waste-roads/works-in-progress/open/florence
😷 Are you worried you may have contracted the Coronavirus? Please read this important update from the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service.
🚷 Footpath and road upgrades will take place along Florence Street from Monday, March 16. Pedestrian detours will be in place outside Cairns Aquarium and Dundee’s Restaurant on Florence Street between Lake and Abbott for footpath works from Monday. Access to the aquarium and restaurant will be maintained at all times. Lane closures will also be in place on Wednesday and Thursday at the Florence- Grafton Street intersections for roadworks. Link to more information about Florence Street roadworks: https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/water-waste-roads/works-in-progress/open/florence
😍🎉 The Cairns Performing Arts Precinct which includes Cairns Performing Arts Centre and Munro Martin Parklands won the 2020 Minister’s Award for Urban Design at this year's awards!
Happy International Women's Day! 💜💐 Once again, congratulations to our Cairns International Women's Day Award Winners Amanda Lee-Ross (Cairns Woman of the Year) and Shai Ager (Cairns Young Woman of the Year and winner of the People's Choice Award). A big thank you also goes to all 393 guest who attended the International Women's Day Breakfast and Award Ceremony on Friday morning, making it the biggest one yet.
A quick reminder that our Free Green Waste Drop-Off starts today. If you are taking advantage of this service please remember to bring some loose change for a voluntary gold coin donation to support the work of Cairns Meals On Wheels.
We have created this video clip to showcase the best of what our region has to offer to encourage visitors to come to our little patch of paradise. Now we need your help to get the word out. Please share this video with family and friends around the country and encourage them to 'come up' and see for themselves what Cairns has to offer.
💜💐 Congratulations to our Cairns International Women's Day Award Winners: Amanda Lee-Ross (Cairns Woman of the Year) Shai Ager (Cairns Young Woman of the Year and winner of the People's Choice Award) Kate Boylan-Ascione (Cairns Hardware Scholarship recipient) You can find more information about the winners in our official media release on our website. 👉 https://bit.ly/2v1LFwG
🌊 King tides are expected in Cairns from Saturday March 7, peaking on Monday. Avoid parking cars in low-lying tidal areas between Saturday the 7th and Wednesday the 11th of March. Roads that might be affected in the city and Portsmith are The Esplanade, Marlin Parade, Fearnley Street, Tingira Street, Liberty Street, Redden Street, Aumuller Street and Elphinstone Close. Levels and times: Saturday 7 March ⚠️ 3.24m at 7:54am ⚠️ Sunday 8 3.41m at 8:33am ⚠️ Monday 9 3.48m at 9:10am ⚠️ Tuesday 10 3.43m at 9:46am ⚠️ Wednesday 11 3.26m at 10:22am Traffic controls and detours will be in place where roads are inundated by tidal floodwaters. The risk of localised tidal flooding may also be increased by rainfall. Never drive through floodwaters, and remember that cars exposed to tidal flooding will likely be damaged by the saltwater.
Meet the nominees for the Cairns International Women's Day 'People's Choice' category. If you purchase a ticket for our International Women's Day Breakfast & Awards Presentation this Friday, you will get a chance to cast your vote for your favourite nominee. Tickets can be purchased until COB Wednesday, March 4, from Ticketlink. 👉https://bit.ly/2uK0Om1
🚸 REMINDER! New school speed zone times apply from today. 40km/h zones will start at 7:30am Monday, for 1.5 hours, and at 2:30pm for one hour. ⚠️ There are a few exceptions, so please keep an eye on road signs. Find more information on our website: 👉 https://bit.ly/3a9OhYk
UPDATE The water main has been repaired and water should be restored to all affected properties by 6.30pm. We are flushing the pipes but if your tap water is discoloured, please run the tap for 2 minutes and the water should clear. WATER MAIN BREAK There’s a break in one of our water mains on Kamerunga Road, Freshwater, which is impacting water supply to a number of properties. Crews are on site and working to resolve the problem. Next update at 6.15pm
2019 Cairns Woman Of The Year, Roz Pulley, will be speaking at the International Women's Day Breakfast & Awards Presentation next Friday. Tickets for the event are still available here: https://www.ticketlink.com.au/ticketlinkEvents/presentations-and-dinners/2020-crc-international-womens-breakfast