Street sweeping

Street sweeping removes broken glass and other debris from roads and cycleways, presenting our region as best we can. It also helps prevent waste entering our waterways and the Great Barrier Reef.

Council has a small fleet of specialised street sweeping trucks which clean our sealed roads to the kerb and channel. These streets are swept on a 15 week cycle with the following exceptions:

  • Central Business District serviced daily (including pedestrian areas);
  • Special events (for example, the area surrounding the showgrounds is swept prior to the Cairns Show, Cairns Esplanade is swept prior to Anzac Day etc).

For logistical reasons, sweeping of  suburban streets within the region is divided into three ‘districts’:

  • North;
  • Central; and
  • South.

Excluding weather events and mechanical breakdowns, this sweeping program has been successfully delivered on schedule for the last three years.

High-profile and high-usage areas are swept as follows:
South - weekly sweeps

Babinda CBD, Babinda school frontages, Bellenden Ker, Babinda Boulders Car Park, Deeral, Edmonton CBD, Gordonvale CBD, Mirriwinni, Sugarworld

Central - weekly sweeps

Collins Avenue, Lake Street

South - fortnightly sweeps

Kern St industrial area, Supply Rd industrial area, Swallow Rd industrial area

North - monthly sweeps

Cattana Wetlands Car Park, Clifton Beach Esplanade, Crystal Cascades Car Park, Holloways Beach Esplanade, Kewarra Beach Esplanade, Machans Beach Esplanade, Palm Cove Esplanade, Trinity Beach Esplanade, Yorkeys Knob Esplanade

Streets are swept in the following suburb sequence:
Machans Beach, Holloways Beach, Yorkeys Knob, Smithfield, Trinity Park, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, Clifton Beach, Palm Cove, Buchans Point, Caravonica, Lake Placid, Barron, Barron Gorge, Kamerunga, Redlynch, Stratford, Aeroglen

Whitfield, Kanimbla, Edge Hill, Manoora, Mooroobool, Manunda, Westcourt, Parramatta Park, Bungalow, Portsmith, Cairns North, Earlville, Woree, Bayview Heights, Freshwater, Brinsmead


Gordonvale, Edmonton, Bentley Park, Mt Sheridan, White Rock

To report street sweeping issues

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

Last updated: 13 October 2017