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.

Wear enclosed footwear and sun smart clothing. Bring your own water bottle and remember to social distance.

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

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?

Cairns Art Gallery Screen Series - Xapiri: Motta & Lima

Date: Tue 6 Oct - Sun 6 Dec
Time: 12:00am - 12:00am
Location: Cairns Art Gallery

Contact: Cairns Art Gallery 40464800

Experimental film by two artists who live and work in São Paulo, Brazil. The film is inspired by Yanomami shamanism. More

Northern Landscapes: Six Viewpoints

Date: Fri 9 Oct - Sun 29 Nov
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Cairns Art Gallery

Contact: Cairns Art Gallery 40464800

Northern Landscapes: Six Viewpoints An important focus of the Gallery’s Permanent Collection is the representation of landscape by artists from the region or those visiting the region of far north Queensland More

Reimagining: Between Tradition and Innovation

Date: Fri 9 Oct - Sun 6 Dec
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Cairns Art Gallery

Contact: Cairns Art Gallery 40464800

Reimagining: between tradition and innovation highlights the work of Indigenous artists from the Gallery’s Collection. The More

Space+Place: Naytive Hip Hop @ Mooroobool

Date: Thu 29 Oct
Time: 5:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Shang Park, Long Street, Mooroobool

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Active Living Zumba - Gordonvale

Date: Thu 29 Oct
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Norman Park, Gordonvale

Cost: Free

Contact: Activities & Program Officer 07 4044 3715

Free Zumba fitness class for all ages & abilities, held weekly in Norman Park. More

Space+Place: Strong Families @ Mooroobool Hub

Date: Thu 29 Oct
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Mooroobool Hub, Long St

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Space+Place: Street Soccer @ Harald Falge Park, Manunda

Date: Thu 29 Oct
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Harald Falge Park, Lennon St, Manunda

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Space+Place: Aussie Footy skills @ Cairns West State School

Date: Thu 29 Oct
Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Location: Ciarns West State School, Mayers Street, Manunda

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Gardens and Tanks precinct heritage tour

Date: Thu 29 Oct
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, Collins Ave, Edge Hill

Cost: Free

Free history tour with volunteer guide every Thursday. No bookings required. More

Recycling bin

Date: Fri 30 Oct
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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Recycling bin

Date: Fri 30 Oct
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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General waste

Date: Fri 30 Oct
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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Space+Place: Running + Walking, Murray St Park, Manoora

Date: Fri 30 Oct
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: 118 Murray St, Manoora

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Space+Place: Tennis Hot Shots @ Balaclava School

Date: Fri 30 Oct
Time: 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Location: Balaclava School, Mulgrave Rd, Mooroobool

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Active Living Fitness for All - Edmonton

Date: Fri 30 Oct
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

Active Living Fitness for All - Trinity Beach

Date: Fri 30 Oct
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 Seniors Fitness - Trinity Beach

Date: Fri 30 Oct
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

General waste

Date: Fri 30 Oct
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

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Guided tour of the Gardens

Date: Fri 30 Oct
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Leaving from the Friends House, Flecker Gardens, Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

Cost: Free

Discover the vast array of tropical plants. Tours led by volunteers from the Friends of Botanic Gardens. More

General waste

Date: Fri 30 Oct
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

More

Space+Place: Basketball @ Shang Park

Date: Fri 30 Oct
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Shang Park, Long Street, Mooroobool.

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

General waste

Date: Fri 30 Oct
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

More

FREE - Get into Golf - Seniors Morning

Date: Fri 30 Oct
Time: 8:30am - 9:15am
Location: Half Moon Bay Golf Club

Contact: Graham Bolton 0435533724

Free 5-week golf clinic on Friday mornings for seniors aged 65 and over. More

Get Ready Emergency Services Day

Date: Sat 31 Oct
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Cairns Local Disaster Coordination Centre, 61 Windarra Street, Woree

Cost: Free

Find out how to be prepared for the disaster season at the Get Ready Emergency Services Day More

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

Date: Sun 1 Nov
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Shang Park, Long St, Mooroobool

Cost: FREE

Free activities for youth in Cairns ... More

Palm Cove markets

Date: Sun 1 Nov
Time: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Williams Esplanade Palm Cove

100+ stalls, family friendly, free entry, free parking More

FREE - Get into Golf - Seniors Clinic

Date: Sun 1 Nov
Time: 8:30am - 9:15am
Location: Half Moon Bay Golf Club

Contact: Graham Bolton 0435533724

Free 5-week golf clinic on Sunday mornings for seniors aged 65 and over. More

Recycling bin

Date: Mon 2 Nov
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

More

General waste

Date: Mon 2 Nov
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

More

General waste

Date: Mon 2 Nov
Time: 6:00am - 6:00pm

More

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: 27 August 2020