NEWS IN 5 / Tuesday August 3 2021

Local Environmental Groups Clean Up Funding

Three locally operating organisations are recipients of the Department  of Environment and Science’s Litter and Marine Debris Clean Up and Prevention grants. Recipients include Parley Foundation, Northern Gulf Resource Management Group and  Climateforce Limited. 

Climateforce Limited were awarded $45,000 for their Daintree Coast Community Clean Up project which aims to coordinate community groups and volunteers to undertake 10  boat-based clean up events of the Daintree coastline. 

The Parley Foundation was granted over $42,000 to coordinate four 8 – day clean up  events over 20 km of coastline at Cape Flattery engaging over 80 volunteers. Each  clean-up will involve a Count and Sort and data upload onto the Australian Marine  Debris Database as well as conducting a marine debris recycling program. 

Northern Gulf Resource Management Group were awarded over $42,000 for their Litter  Quitter: Putting Plastic in Its Place project which aims to assist Northern Gulf residents  prepare for the legislated ban on single-use plastics and minimise their waste  generation. This will be done by hosting eight Waste Minimisation workshops, three  information sessions for local business groups and advertising through promotional  posters, newsletter, website, and social media pages. 

Today’s Special Council Meeting

Notice is hereby given that, in accordance with Section 254C of the Local Government Regulation 2012, a Special Meeting will be held today, Tuesday, 3 August 2021 commencing at 9.00am at the Council Chambers, 64-66 Front Street, Mossman.

Business to be conducted at the Special Council Meeting will be:

  • Contract WO5040 – Donovan’s Range Pavement Upgrade – Change to Contract.

Public attendance at Council Meetings is now permitted.  Attendance of members of the public is limited to 10 people because of health and safety reasons associated with the public health emergency involving COVID-19.

The meeting will be live-streamed here and published on Council’s website for viewing by the public.


Great Barrier Reef Legacy Update

During their recent expedition with Australian Geographic and Coral Expeditions, GBR Legacy collected an additional 50 coral species for their Living Coral Biobank Project, with help from Great Barrier Reef Aquatics. They now have 85 species in the collection! This represents about 22% of all of the known hard coral species on the Great Barrier Reef.These species can now be protected for future generations and are currently being stored at facilities with project partners, Cairns Marine and Sustainable Reefs.

Douglas Shire Open Gardens Coming Soon


9am to 12 noon   Mossman Community Centre, Els’ Enchanted Garden, Curlew’s Corner Garden – all in Mossman township
12 noon to 3 pm  Kubirriwarra Yalanji Clan Estate, Cooya Beach; Alyson’s Tropical Plot, Port Douglas: Spirit of Limpet, Port Douglas


9am to 12 noon Oaks Kitchen and Garden, Oak Beach; Anich Place, Cassowary; Longatude Latatude, Wonga Beach
12 noon to 3 pm Ford’s Orchid Park, Wonga Beach; Paul’s Patch, Cooya Beach; Tuhinga O Mua – Place of Nectar, Cooya Beach


COVID Wastewater Detected in Cairns

Traces of COVID-19 were detected on 27 and 28 July at the Marlin Coast sewage catchment* in Cairns’ northern beaches. This wastewater result indicates that there could be a case(s) in the catchment area at present or when the sample was taken. The result could also be due to previously recovered COVID-19 cases who visited or live in the area and continue to shed the virus.

Anyone with any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, should get tested immediately, and self-isolate until they receive their test result. This is especially important now, as we know the variants are more contagious than previous variants we have seen.If there is a case that we are not yet aware of, it is critical we detect it through our testing mechanisms as quickly as possible to contain any potential spread.

To learn more about the wastewater surveillance program, visit find a testing location or drive-through clinic near you, visit

If you have any concerns for your health, phone your GP, phone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or present to your closest emergency department.

*The wastewater plant services Cairns’ Northern Beaches including Yorkeys Knob, Kewarra Beach, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Trinity Park, Macalister Range, Clifton Beach areas, and suburbs in between including Caravonica.