Cairns Regional Council maintains almost 1,000 parks and reserves, as well as many turfed streetscapes. These open areas require regular mowing to keep them safe, accessible, functional and presentable.

Mowing is performed on a rotational basis according to the service level that has been set for that park or reserve.Some high profile locations, such as the Cairns Esplanade, are mowed more frequently.

The chart below shows average targeted mowing cycles. As shown, grass growth rates accelerate during the summer months therefore the targeted mowing frequency is seasonally adjusted.

Sporting fields are maintained by specialist teams according to their individual usage rates, needs and demands.

mow growth chart

Council does not mow residential nature strips because:

  • Council would not be able to give the level of service that residents themselves can to maintain in front of their own properties.
  • These areas would not be able to be mowed with large machinery, as used within parks, because of obstacles such as trees, letter boxes and fences.
  • Push mowers would have to be used and this would make it extremely cost prohibitive as costs would then have to be passed onto residents via extra rate charges.
  • Although some residents may be happy to pay extra to have their nature strips mowed, logistically, mowing only some resident’s lawns would be unmanageable.
To report mowing issues

Call Council on 1300 69 22 47 or make an online customer request.

Last updated: 13 October 2017