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❌ REMINDER: Never touch fallen or injured bats. If you come across injured bats contact FNQ Wildlife Rescue on 4053 4467. As the current heatwave continues, we are using sprinklers at the City Library site to support the welfare of the colony. The library remains open, however for public safety the area around the roost has been cordoned off. Volunteer carers are responding to the heat stress event including setting up a triage centre at the library roost to care for injured bats and properly dispose of any deceased animals. We would like to thank these volunteer carers for their quick response to this heat stress event and commend them for what can be quite distressing work.
🐕 Last year's dog audit resulted in 4,500 new dog registrations. This brings the total number of registered dogs in our Council area to 27,000. Dog registration helps us identify lost and wandering pets and return them to their owners. Registration fees help fund dog off-leash areas, education about responsible pet ownership, operation of the pound and investigations into nuisance barking and dog attacks. 👉 more numbers from the dog audit at https://bit.ly/2E992WV
Remnants of the past have been uncovered with the big tides in the past couple of weeks! Construction material that was used as fill on the Cairns Esplanade - long before the Esplanade existed in its current form - sometimes comes to the surface through erosion. We've built a rockwall along part of the northern Esplanade that has stopped a lot of this, but there's still the occasional spill of materials. Our crews are checking along the foreshore daily for any potentially problematic materials and collecting them up as they go. There is no need to be concerned from a health perspective.
With 171 injuries recorded over five years, the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads identified the Cairns CBD to have the highest crash rate of all Queensland 50km/hr CBDs and all entertainment precincts. More than a third of casualties were pedestrians or cyclists. The new, lower speed limit of 40km/h drastically reduces the risk of fatal injury to pedestrians and cyclists. The new speed limit will come into effect on 18 February 2019.
🙏 Thank you to everyone who contributed to the gold coin donations collected as part of our recent green waste disposal and free mulch giveaway. Mayor Bob Manning today presented $2232.60 in donations to Autism Queensland’s Cairns branch.
♀️ 🏆 Cairns Woman of the Year Award We are looking for courageous women who have made an outstanding contribution to the lives of women and girls in Cairns. Do you know someone who fits that description? You can now nominate them for the following award categories: ♀️ Woman of the Year (sponsored by Bendigo Bank) ♀️ Young Woman of the Year (sponsored by Bendigo Bank) ♀️ International Women's Day Scholarship Find out how to nominate: 👉 https://bit.ly/2t5Qdxo
CASSOWARY STREET: PARTIAL ROAD CLOSURE Cassowary Street, between Merrybrook Street and Simon Street, Freshwater has been closed (local access only). The road surface has been affected by heavy rain and may fail. #IfItsFloodedForgetIt
A reminder that Redlynch Intake Road south of Mary Parker Drive - including access to Crystal Cascades - is CLOSED. There has been another landslip overnight and the area remains highly unstable.
Do you really know what’s in floodwaters? Here are three good reasons to stay out. Even when the water’s still, it carries risks to your health.
This big uprooted tree trunk is obstructing the bike path at Ryan Weare Park. Our teams will attend to it when the water recedes. Please remember to stay out of flood waters. #ifitsfloodedforgetit
⚠️ Flood update! Read it in full at https://bit.ly/2B9AO3z At a glance: 📌 Residents are urged to take steps to be prepared for more flooding, with further heavy rain predicted in the next week. 📌Council crews are working today to clear drains and bridges and to undertake repairs. 📌Residents are asked to show patience, with repair works being prioritised based on safety.
Caught on flood camera! Our crews are out this morning clearing debris from roads and drains following the weekend's flooding. Thanks to their efforts, the bridge at Ryan Weare Park is now cleared and the road has re-opened. 👏👏 Please be patient while they get around to different jobs across the region. And don't forget you can log the locations of pot holes and other issues via the My Cairns app.
There has been a large landslip on the road up to Crystal Cascades. Our crews have been working hard on site to clear a lane so that vehicles can exit safely. The area remains unstable so please do not drive up there.
⚠️ Transfer stations closed ⚠️ If you’re planning a drop-off at the waste transfer stations today, please be aware that the Smithfield and Babinda transfer stations are closed today due to flooding. A temporary drop-off point is available at the Babinda Council depot. The Portsmith and Gordonvale transfer stations are open as usual.
There has been a massive amount of rain overnight - Cairns Airport has recorded 272mm since 9am yesterday!! So don’t be surprised if you come across scenes like this one this morning. Pic taken at the Freshwater Creek Bridge. Part of the Captain Cook Highway are also flooded. We can’t guarantee the stability of the roadway underneath floodwaters so please don’t attempt to drive through them. Check the Cairns Disaster Dashboard for major road conditions www.disaster.cairns.qld.gov.au #ifitsfloodedforgetit