Great Northern Clean Up

Each year Council partners with Clean Up Australia to run a series of community clean-ups as part of the Great Northern Clean Up.

September is the best time for litter clean-ups in our region because it’s still relatively cool and before the onset of the wet season, when heavy rain washes accumulated litter out to sea.

Lend a hand by volunteering at one of the following clean-ups this September. Click on your preferred site to be redirected to the events Facebook. Invite your friends for maximum fun.

If you want to run your own clean-up, register the site at www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/gncu2020

Safety Requirements:

Wear enclosed footwear, sun smart clothing and BYO water bottle.

STAY AT HOME if unwell or have a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath. Help slow the spread of COVID-19.

On the day, be kind to others, wash your hands regularly and practice social distancing.

Find a clean-up site near you and join the crew


Great Northern Clean Up Sites 2020

Meeting Point

Date

Time

Brinsmead - Glenoma Park

Glenoma Park - Western Arterial Rd

Sat 5 Sept

8:30 – 11:30am

Ellis Beach - foreshore

Ellis Beach Surf Lifesaving Tower

Sun 6 Sept

8:30 – 11:30am

Machans Beach - foreshore

Cnr Machans St and O'Shea's Esplanade

Sat 12 Sept

8:30 – 11:30am

Manunda - Saltwater Creek

Woodward Park, Pease St, near Piccones IGA

Sat 12 Sept

8:30 – 11:30am

Parramatta Park - Smiths Creek

Minnie Street, Parramatta Park School end

Sat 12 Sept

8:30 – 11:30am

Forest Gardens Park

BBQ Shelter – off Banyan Close

Sat 19 Sept

8:30 – 11:30am

Holloways Beach – foreshore

Northern end of Esplanade / Casuarina St

Sat 19 Sept

8:30 – 11:30am

Woree - Pezzutti Park

Pezutti Park - Windara St, Woree

Sat 19 Sept

8:30 – 11:30am

Edmonton  - Ravizza Drive

Sinclair Miller Bridge

Sun 20 Sept

8:30 – 11:30am

Mooroobool - Shang Street Park

Shang Street Park, Mooroobool

Sun 20 Sept

8:30 – 11:30am

Goldsborough Valley

Peets Bridge - Goldsborough Valley

Sat 26 Sept

8:30 – 11:30am

Smithfield - sporting precinct

Smithfield Library carpark, Leisure Park Rd

Sat 26 Sept

8:30 – 11:30am

Trinity Beach - Taylors Point

Cnr Moore St & Connemara Close

Sat 26 Sept

8:30 – 11:30am

Little Mulgrave Park

Little Mulgrave Park, Gillies Range Rd

Sun 27 Sept

8:30 – 11:30am

Stratford - Rinks Close

Rinks Close fishing jetty

Sun 27 Sept

8:30 – 11:30am

Join the crew near you this September

Council is hosting community clean ups across the city during September to help clean up our parks, beaches and public areas before the monsoon rains arrive.  

It's so easy to get involved - simply visit the Great Northern Clean Up website to find a site near you. All ages are welcome to take part, and site coordinators will provide Clean Up kits for you to use on the day!

You can also register your own site (must be over 18 years), so why not get your school, community group or business involved?

Pressings art exhibition

Date: Fri 15 Jan - Mon 15 Feb
Time: 12:00am - 12:00am
Location: Vivo Art Room, Vivo Restaurant, 49 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove QLD 4879

Contact: Laurel McKenzie 0412369662

Inkmasters Cairns Printmakers members exhibition More

Recycling bin

Date: Fri 22 Jan
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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Recycling bin

Date: Fri 22 Jan
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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General waste

Date: Fri 22 Jan
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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General waste

Date: Fri 22 Jan
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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General waste

Date: Fri 22 Jan
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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General waste

Date: Fri 22 Jan
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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Active Living Fitness for All - Trinity Beach

Date: Fri 22 Jan
Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Northern Beachfront, Vasey Esplanade, Trinity Beach

Cost: Free

Contact: Activities & Program Officer 07 4044 3715

Free entry-level fitness class for the whole family, held weekly on the foreshore at Trinity Beach. More

Active Living Fitness for All - Edmonton

Date: Fri 22 Jan
Time: 9:30am - 10:30am
Location: Ravizza Park, Edmonton

Cost: Free

Contact: Activities & Program Officer 07 4044 3715

Free entry-level fitness class for the whole family, held weekly at Ravizza Park. More

Space+Place: Holiday Basketball @ Shang Park

Date: Fri 22 Jan
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Shang Park, Long Street, Mooroobool.

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Artists First exhibition

Date: Fri 22 Jan - Mon 22 Feb
Time: 12:00am - 12:00am
Location: Caffiend, 72 Grafton Street, Cairns QLD 4872

Contact: Laurel McKenzie 0412369662

Artist workshop More

Active Living Zumba - Edmonton

Date: Fri 22 Jan
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Ravizza Park, Edmonton

Cost: Free

Contact: Activities & Program Officer 07 4044 3715

Free weekly Zumba class in Ravizza Park. More

Space+Place: School Holidays Street Soccer @ Pumeri Park, Manunda

Date: Fri 22 Jan
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Pumeri Park, Gough St, Manunda

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Space+Place Volleyball school holiday program @ Harald Falge Park

Date: Fri 22 Jan
Time: 4:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Harald Falge Park, Lennon St, Manunda

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Space+Place: Holiday Taggin in the Park @ Shang Park, Mooroobool

Date: Sun 24 Jan
Time: 5:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: Shang Park, Long St, Mooroobool

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Recycling bin

Date: Mon 25 Jan
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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General waste

Date: Mon 25 Jan
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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Active Living Zumba - Brinsmead

Date: Mon 25 Jan
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Loridan Drive Park, Brinsmead

Cost: Free

Contact: Activities & Program Officer 07 4044 3715

Free Zumba fitness class, held weekly at Loridan Drive Park. More

General waste

Date: Mon 25 Jan
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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Space+Place: Touch Footy on the Holidays @ Harald Falge Park

Date: Tue 26 Jan
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Harald Falge Park, Lennon St, Manunda

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Free guided birdwatching tour

Date: Tue 26 Jan
Time: 8:30am - 9:30am
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

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

Active Living Seniors Fitness - Trinity Beach

Date: Tue 26 Jan
Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
Location: Northern Beachfront, Vasey Esplanade, Trinity Beach

Cost: Free

Contact: Activities & Program Officer 07 4044 3715

Beginner level seniors’ interval training class, held weekly on the beachfront. More

Recycling bin

Date: Tue 26 Jan
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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Recycling bin

Date: Tue 26 Jan
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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General waste

Date: Tue 26 Jan
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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General waste

Date: Tue 26 Jan
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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General waste

Date: Tue 26 Jan
Time: 6:00am - 12:00am

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General waste

Date: Tue 26 Jan
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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Australia Day

Date: Tue 26 Jan
Time: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Tobruk Pool, Holloways Beach, Norman Park Gordonvale

Cost: Free

Celebrate Australia Day at Tobruk Pool, Holloways Beach or Norman Park in Gordonvale More

General waste

Date: Wed 27 Jan
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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Every September Cairns Regional Council supports the Great Northern Clean Up (Northern Australia’s version of Clean up Australia Day) through community promotion and the collection of rubbish bags at pre-arranged pick up points. Support provided by Council includes:

  • Planning and Environment: provides a single point of contact for community and school enquiries and
    identification of pick-up points.
  • Infrastructure Services: a collection of rubbish at pick-up points.
  • Water and Waste: free entry to waste and recycling facilities.

Note: Council will also provide clean up resources (e.g. bags and gloves) for school clean-up events held at any time of year. For more information email sustainability@cairns.qld.gov.au

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Last updated: 11 December 2020