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Digital toolkit to assist tropical housing design

Digital toolkit to assist tropical housing design

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Rescues highlight dangers at popular swimming hole

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Free movies for library members

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You might have noticed that some small sink holes have appeared on Aplin St. We'll be fixing them up this week, weather permitting. Sink holes are different to pot holes because they are usually caused by movement of soil or fill material under the surface of the road that had been compacted around underground infrastructure. In this case, a crack in a stormwater pipe is likely to be the culprit. Our crew will repair the pipe, re-compact the earth above it and patch the roadway. If you see any issues on our roads or footpaths that you think need attention, you can log it quickly and easily via the My Cairns app. Use the interactive map to choose the location so our crews can find and fix it!
Earlier this week Council staff members came to the aid of a teenage boy who was trapped by fast-flowing waters at a popular swimming spot at Behana Creek. It was only one of several recent incidents, highlighting the dangers of swimming in local waterways during wet season. Read the full article 👉 https://bit.ly/2Fsi95R
Stream all these movies for free. 😮 All you need is a free Cairns Libraries membership. Find out how 👉 https://bit.ly/2siG5Rw
Clean-up works have been completed and Lake Morris Road has re-opened to all traffic.
UPDATE: We have a winner! Congratulations to Leoni for winning the lucky draw. 🏏 COMPETITION TIME! The first ever Women’s Big Bash League match is coming to Cazalys Stadium under lights 6.15pm Saturday, 12 January. 👉 To enter, tell us which team you will be supporting and why. The winner, and a friend, will experience Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Thunder in an entertainment extravaganza from the High Flyers Official Function with food & beverage included. Plus one night’s accommodation in a superior room at the Novotel Oasis Resort including breakfast for two people. It doesn’t get much bigger than this! Comp closes 10.00am Thursday 10 January 2019. T&C’s: Winner drawn by Cairns Regional Council & notified by private message. All winners must be 18+. All winners must enter the match under Cricket Australia Guidelines. Prize valued at $500. Non-refundable for cash. The corporate area is smart casual dress code. Two and a half hour drink package included from 6pm to 8.30pm.
**UPDATE** Our amazing crew has got the road patched and it has now reopened. ..... ROAD CLOSURE: Lower Freshwater Rd is closed to all traffic as a result of flood damage (see pic). The surface is unstable and not safe for vehicles. Our hardworking crew is out there trying to repair the road, so please be patient. Also, a reminder that Lake Morris Rd is closed to ALL traffic - including cyclists - until further notice. Signs are there for a reason, please don’t ignore them.
REPORT A POTHOLE Spotted a pothole that's popped up with all this rain? Let us know so we can repair it. You can report a pothole quickly and easily via the My Cairns app - download it now for free from the App Store or Google Play. https://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/online/mycairns-app
With only a small chance of rain predicted for tonight, the "Crystalbrook Collection New Years Eve Fireworks" will go ahead as planned. Join us at 9pm and midnight at the Cairns Esplanade.
🎈 Join us for a free, indoor New Year's Eve Family Party. Activities include face painting, balloon artist, wizard performance, kids disco, hoola hoop workshop as well as roving performers including a magician, stilts and musical characters. PLUS free rides outside in Little Grafton St! 📍 Cairns Convention Centre 🕔 December 31, 5pm - 6.45pm
**NEW YEAR’S EVE UPDATE** A scaled down New Year’s Eve family party will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre from 5pm until 6.45pm - prior to the Cairns Taipans’ clash with the Perth Wildcats. Everyone is invited to enjoy a range of free kids’ activities and entertainment on the veranda - you don’t need to have a game day ticket to join in. There will be face painting, balloon artist, wizard performance, kids’ disco, hoola hoop workshop and roving performers. Things are looking good for the fireworks to be able to go ahead at 9pm and midnight. We’ll provide further updates tomorrow.
With the likelihood of very heavy rain and strong winds in the next few days, we’ve made the very sad decision to cancel New Year’s Eve activities in Fogarty Park. At this stage, we are still hoping to go ahead with the fireworks (weather permitting) and we’re looking at the possibility of holding a smaller indoor event. We’ll let you know when we have more info. Follow the Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre page to stay up to date with any severe weather warnings and please follow any relevant advice. We want you to have a safe start to the new year.
There’s certainly been some rain the past couple of days! Good news = Copperlode Falls Dam is full. Bad news = Heavy rain has caused two landslips on Lake Morris Rd and we’ve had to close the road for safety purposes. So please don’t try to drive up there to see the dam spilling. How much rain has fallen at your place? Share your pics and rain gauge readings below. A reminder that Flood Warnings remain in place for catchments within the Cairns region. For updates, see the Cairns Disaster Coordination Centre page. #ifitsfloodedforgetit
🅿️ Free car parking will be available at the Lake Street multi-storey car park all day on New Year’s Eve.
🎄On behalf of everyone at Cairns Regional Council, we wish you all a Merry Christmas!
🎄 Christmas period opening hours 🎄 Council offices will close at 5pm today and re-open on January 2nd, 2019. Click to find out how the holiday period will affect Council services and other Council facilities.
You might have noticed this branch hanging down at the City Library on Abbott St. It broke during the strong winds from ex-TC Owen and we've been advised by arborists that the tree is at risk of failure. It's part of a flying fox roost, so we won't be doing any work on the tree until we have all the right approvals in place. The tree has been fenced off for safety reasons, so please follow the pedestrian detours.
We have extended our Free Mulch Offer! Remaining stock can be picked up for free this Saturday and Sunday (December 22 & 23) at the following transfer stations. ⚠️ Please note the weekend opening times of each transfer station! 📍Portsmith and Gordonvale Transfer Stations: Saturday & Sunday 8.30am to 5.15pm 📍Smithfield Transfer Station: Saturday 7am to 5.15pm, Sunday 9am to 5.15pm 📍Babinda Transfer Station: Sunday 8:30am to 4:45pm NOTE: Domestic cars, utilities and/or trailers and light trucks (up to GVM 4 tonnes) only. Normal charges apply for disposal of any other waste. The material is uncured shredded green waste and is not to Australian Standard (AS4454-2012). Council does not assume any liability from the use of the product. For enquiries regarding electric or crazy ant quarantine details please contact Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) on 13 25 23.