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
SATURDAY’s OPEN GARDENS – 14th August
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
SUNDAY’s OPEN GARDENS – 15th August
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.
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.