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Cairns Virtual Relay For Life

Join Cairns Relay For Life online to remember, celebrate and fight back against cancer. More

Holloways Beach Seaside Markets

The Holloways Beach Markets operate on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 8am to 1pm. They are large family markets and welcome everyone. Over 100 stalls including free face painting, food, plants, coffee and drinks, clothing, crafts and so much more. More

Crime and Justice Action Group Meet and Greet

Meet and Greet for victims of crime and their loved ones, businesses, stakeholders and new residents to build relationships. More

Raising a Champion

Information, question & answer session with Robert Barty (Father to Ash Barty) being interviewed by the Hon Curtis Pitt to give insight what it took for Ash, her Coach and family to become the World Number 1 Tennis Player. Suitable for Juniors and Parents. More

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Deterrent activities for flying foxes to continue

Deterrent activities for flying foxes to continue

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Council works to free up parking spots

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Cairns projects share in arts funding

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๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ๐Ÿš— Enforcing of parking fines in the CBD will resume on Monday, July 20. While many people have continued to pay for parking, Council hasnโ€™t issued parking fines for not purchasing a ticket or staying past the time limit since 16 March. From 13 July Council will issue warnings to drivers who donโ€™t purchase a ticket or stay beyond the time limit. Fines will then resume on 20 July to help free up parking and make the city more accessible to shoppers and visitors Remember, centre median parking in the CBD is always free, with time limits. Heavily discounted all-day parking is also available at several of Councilโ€™s off-street car parks, including the Lake Street multistorey car park. We has also resolved not to implement the 20c an hour increase on parking fees that was due to come into effect on 2 January 2021. There are approximately 3000 parking spaces in the CBD, of which about 830 are free, although they are time limited. You can find the full media release on our website at: ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/3gDsk75
๐ŸŒบ The Red Jade Vine at Munro Martin Parklands is in full bloom right now. It's the perfect spot for a lunch time picnic. ๐ŸŒž
We are looking for a Horticultural Apprentice to join our Central Parks Operations team. Find out more and how to apply at ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2ZKrxdz โœ”๏ธ Fixed term (4 years) โœ”๏ธ Certificate III in Horticulture โœ”๏ธ Up to 5 weeks annual leave โœ”๏ธ 9 day fortnight roster
๐Ÿšท Ivan Evans walking track closure ๐Ÿ“… Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10 Ivan Evans walking track in Bayview Heights will be closed for two days for tree maintenance works on Thursday July 9 and Friday July 10, weather permitting. We apologise for any inconvenience.
๐Ÿ™Œ Councilโ€™s Active Living fitness classes will resume on Monday (6 July) after Stage 3 of the Queensland Governmentโ€™s โ€˜easing of restrictionsโ€™ was brought forward. ESPLANADE CLASSES* ๐Ÿ“… Monday: -------------- Seniors Steady Steps - 9.30am More info ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/3eVnf9C ๐Ÿ“… Tuesday: -------------- Zumba Fitness - 5.30pm More info ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/3imctLI Beach Volleyball - 5.30pm More info ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/3dZ7UUx ๐Ÿ“… Wednesday: -------------- Chi Gong and Flow Yoga - 6.30am More info ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/3goJPbj Aqua Zumba - 5pm More info ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/31BKiTl ๐Ÿ“… Thursday: -------------- Pilates - 6.30am More info ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/3glUfIK Skateboarding - 5.30pm More info ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2YOvu1E ๐Ÿ“… Saturday: -------------- Aqua Aerobics - 9am More info ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2BVoUxq CLASSES IN THE SUBURBS* ๐Ÿ“ Brinsmead -------------- Zumba - Monaday, 5pm More info ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2VE9Tab ๐Ÿ“ Edmonton -------------- Fitness for All - Friday, 9.30am (starting 17 July) More info ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2ZtwwPR Zumba - Friday 5pm More info ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2NLv7P1 ๐Ÿ“ Gordonvale: -------------- Zumba - Thursday, 5pm More info ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/3gmbHNd ๐Ÿ“ Manunda: -------------- Fitness for All - 5pm More info ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2VCWH5w ๐Ÿ“ Trinity Beach: -------------- Seniors Fitness - Tuesday, 9am More info ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/31BjhPD Fitness for All - Friday, 9am (starting July 17) More info ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/3eV2IlF ๐Ÿ“ Yorkeyโ€™s Knob -------------- Seniors Fitness - Wednesday, 9am More info ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2NTIyMR Fitness for All - Thursday, 5pm More info ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/38iQX62 * Esplanade classes will resume as normal, while a new schedule has been developed for the suburbs, including new locations, after the program was extended through $20,000 in funding from the North Queensland Sports Foundation. Land-based classes will be capped at 100 people, while aqua zumba and aqua aerobics will be capped at 150*. Participants must maintain 1.5m from others and provide their personal details for contact tracing purposes, as mandated by the State Government. The Bouldering class on the Cairns Esplanade will not resume just yet, as social distancing cannot be maintained, and the start of Tai Chi and meditation classes is delayed as instructors are unavailable.
Council has announced a record $181 million Capital Works program as part of its 2020-21 Budget. It includes $28.7 million for the Esplanade Dining Precinct redevelopment, $10.9 million to complete the new Material Recovery Facility, and $10.7 to progress the Northern Beaches Leisure Trail. In adopting todayโ€™s Budget, which will inject $396 million into the local economy through employment and materials, Council has endorsed a modest 1.8 per cent rate rise. Check out what else is in the Budget https://bit.ly/2CUPur1
๐Ÿ’ฆ๐Ÿ– Lagoon reopens in time for school holidays The Cairns Esplanade Lagoon will reopen on Monday 29 June, following its biennial maintenance program. โ„น๏ธThe Lagoon will operate under a site-specific COVID Safe Plan. This will include capping the number of bathers at 150, and gatherings are restricted to 20 people in the lagoon and on the surrounding parklands. ๐Ÿšน๐Ÿšบ๐Ÿšผ The toilets, showers and changing rooms are open for use and will be cleaned more frequently. ๐Ÿ•• The lagoon will be open seven days a week, Thursday to Tuesday from 6am to 6pm, and from midday to 6pm on Wednesday to allow for weekly maintenance. People attending the Lagoon are reminded to follow social distancing rules and practice good personal hygiene.
๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽป Life finally returns to the stage! A series of eight events, over five weekends, at Cairns Performing Arts Centre and Tanks Arts Centre is set for take-off to help support the local performing artists industry. โญ An Evening with David Hudson (Saturday 11 July at CPAC) โญ Knocking Off The Rust: The Best of Cairns Comedy (Saturday 18 July at CPAC) โญ Zennith Soundsystem (Saturday 18 July at Tanks) โญ Jeremiah Johnson (Friday 24 July at Tanks) โญ Classical Inspirations by Orchid Quartet (Saturday 25 July at CPAC) โญ Leanne Tennant (Friday 31 July at Tanks) โญ Best of Understory Film Festival (Saturday 1 August at CPAC) โญ Greta Stanley (Friday 7 August at Tanks) โ„น๏ธ All events will follow Queensland Government Stage 3 COVID guidelines, which at this stage limits the audience to 100 people. Tickets, available now from Ticketlink, range from $15.75 to $26.25 and are strictly limited to adhere to audience capacity restrictions. Cairns Performing Arts Centre and Tanks Arts Centre are two of six state-wide venues participating in the Queensland Governmentโ€™s Venue Pilot Program, funded through Arts Queensland, to pilot re-openings and deliver programming under COVID restrictions.
๐ŸŒœโ›” Night time lock out for lookout Council is hoping to make late night hooning and partying at Campbell's Lookout on Lake Morris Road a thing of the past by stopping vehicle access to the site after 8pm. We are calling for community feedback on a proposal to stop vehicle access to the lookout each night, from 8pm to 6am. A gate โ€“ to be installed below the lookout and just above the highest property on Lake Morris Road โ€“ will allow vehicles to exit downhill to the Cairns Western Arterial Road, but it will prevent uphill vehicle access between 8pm and 6am. Council also plans to install CCTV surveillance at the gate, along with warning signage with details about closure and opening times. All hours road access would still be possible for cyclists and pedestrians. Residents can provide feedback on this proposal by emailing feedback@cairns.qld.gov.au by Friday 26 June.
This morning we found this unfortunate scene at Goomboora Park. We have not been able to identify the owner as yet. As far as we are aware no one was injured in the incident. The branch that damaged the car fell from a close by tree from a height of about 5-6 metres.
โš ๏ธ๐Ÿšฑ Yorkeys Knob planned overnight water service interruption โš ๏ธ Water supply to Yorkeys Knob will be interrupted overnight on Thursday 18 June, from 9pm until 5am the following morning. The water supply will be switched off to allow us to connect an alternative water supply route from Moore Road reservoir in the north and improve water security for the area. Residents are advised to make arrangements for the overnight water outage by storing water that may be needed for essential use during that time. We apologise for the inconvenience caused and appreciates the patience of residents during these works.
โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ”Œ Solar farms power emissions reductions Construction is underway on four mini solar farms, and additional roof-mounted solar panels, at five of the Cairns Regionโ€™s Waste Water Treatment Plants. The mini solar farms will generate an estimated 2.92 gigawatt hours of energy each year. This will provide 25 per cent of the total energy requirements of the wastewater treatment plants and feed some power back into the grid. To find out more read the full media release here: ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2XSjkVi
๐Ÿ“ฑโ™ป๏ธ 156kg of old mobile phones recycled! Cairns people have recycled an impressive 156kg of old mobile phones this year, earning Cairns Regional Council the award for Queenslandโ€™s top collector in the MobileMuster Local Government Awards. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ FUN FACT Across Australia, 24.5 million unused phones are stashed in drawers and cupboards, meaning there are more old mobile phones than people in Australia. The MobileMuster program recovers 95 per cent of the material from old phones and accessories through advanced recycling, which is then used in the manufacturing of new products. HAVE AN OLD PHONE? Mobile phones can be dropped off at Councilโ€™s Customer Service Centre, transfer stations or Council libraries. This also applies to household batteries. Bigger electronics items, like eligible televisions, computers, old tablets, audio/electrical cables and printer cartridges can be dropped off at Councilโ€™s transfer stations for free. RECYCLING BY THE NUMBERS Cairns Regional Council recycling stats 2018/19 financial year: โœ”๏ธ 150 tonnes of e-waste, which includes computers, cables and televisions as well as mobile phones โœ”๏ธ 3708 tonnes of scrap metal and white goods โœ”๏ธ 106 tonnes of batteries โœ”๏ธ 849 tonnes of crushed glass for sand replacement in concrete โœ”๏ธ 113 tonnes of paint โœ”๏ธ 7121 chemical drums You can find the full media release on our website: ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/2Uv4jXb
โ˜ฃ๏ธ Hazardous chemicals found in our sewerage system on three occasions The illegal discharge of hazardous chemicals into our sewerage system has on three occasions over the past month compromised the efficiency of two Council wastewater treatment plants. We are reminding residents and businesses of the importance of properly disposing of hazardous chemicals. ๐Ÿ›ข๏ธ Paints, solvents, oils, pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers poured down the drain can cause major contamination of sewers and has the potential to cause damage to the filtration systems that separate the contaminants from the ocean. Our wastewater treatment plants in Cairns rely on biological processes (bugs) to remove harmful nutrients. Hazardous chemicals in the sewage can kill these bugs. ๐Ÿญ FOR BUSINESSES If you are starting your business back up and discharging wastewater to the sewer, please check that you have a trade waste approval. Council has a process of trade waste approvals for a range of activities, such as laundries, hairdressers and restaurants, that discharge to the sewer. If discharges occur in compliance with approvals, no harm should come to the biological process occurring at the wastewater treatment plants. ๐Ÿ  FOR HOUSEHOLDS Most forms of household hazardous waste, in domestic quantities of less than 25 litres can be disposed of free of charge at Councilโ€™s waste transfer stations. This includes paints, solvents, oils and batteries and must be clearly labelled. If unsure about the correct disposal methods of a particular substance, contact Council on 1300 692 247 for information. To find out which treatment plants where compromised, read the full media release on our website: ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://bit.ly/3f1ZvQX