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COVID-19 | Latest Restrictions In Cairns

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UPDATE | Cairns Council has made further changes in response to the Prime Minister’s announcement to extend restrictions to help stop the spread of Novel Coronavirus.

Council has taken the following actions:

· Closed the Buy Back Shop at Portsmith. Council’s transfer stations remain open.

· The top gate at the summit of Lake Morris Road has been closed to restrict access to recreation facilities at Lake Morris (Copperlode Dam).

· Live testing of the outdoor early warning stations in Redlynch, installed as part of Council’s Copperlode Falls Dam Emergency Action Plan, scheduled for Thursday April 16, has been postponed.

Council’s key priorities remain the safety and wellbeing of staff and the community and continuity of services, as appropriate.

ELECTION | Following the Prime Minister’s announcement to extend restrictions to help stop the spread of coronavirus, Council has taken the following actions.

Closures

Cairns Esplanade remains open with following facilities closed.

All formal gathering areas including:

· Lagoon

· Muddy’s Playground (wet and dry playground)

· Fun Ship

· Bouldering Park

· Volleyball courts/multi use sports facilities/basketball courts

People using the boardwalk and promenade must adhere to social distancing measures. Cafes remain open for takeaway only.

Facilities

· Botanic Gardens Conservatory (Botanic Gardens remains open, but users must adhere to social distances measurers. The cafes remains open for takeaway only).

· Centenary Lakes Nature Play

· All Green Gyms (exercise equipment in parks)

· All public barbecues

· Barlow Park, Parramatta Park

· Swimming pools

· Sugarworld Adventure Park, Edmonton 

Skate Parks

· Coastwatcher Park

· Esplanade

· Tenni Skate Park, Redlynch

· Jeff Pezzutti Park, Woree

· Todd Park, Edmonton

· Kenrick Park, Gordonvale

· Bill Wakeham Park, Babinda 

BMX tracks

Allyson Street Park, Smithfield
Barrine Court Park, Caravonica
Barron Waters Park/Burrawungal Park, Caravonica
Evergreen Street, Clifton Beach
Rainy Mountain Park, Smithfield
Evergreen Park, Clifton Beach
Old School Park, Yorkeys Knob
Syd Granville Memorial Park, Holloways Beach
Engineers Park, Whitfield
Gamburra Drive Park, Redlynch
Equestrian Park, Redlynch
Loridan Drive Park, Brinsmead
Jeff Pezzutti Park, Woree
Todd Park Youth Activity Space, Edmonton
Fuller Park, Edmonton
Bill Wakeham Park, Babinda
Moody Creek Detention Basin, Kanimbla
Touch Park, Aeroglen

Restrictions 

Playgrounds at the following parks will be closed:

· Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove

· Vasey Esplanade, Trinity Beach

· Sims Esplanade, Yorkeys Knob

· Holloways Beach foreshore

· Goomboora Park, Brinsmead

· Sugarworld Gardens

· Norman Park, Gordonvale

· Coastwatcher Park, Trinity Beach 

The parks remain open, but users must adhere to social distancing measures. 

Natural areas – restrictions in place

These natural recreational areas remain open, but barbecue facilities will be closed.

Users must adhere to social distancing measures.

· Beaches

· Whitfield Trails (Arrow Tracks)

· Cattana Wetlands

· Crystal Cascades

· The Boulders, Babinda

· Behana Creek Picnic Park, Aloomba

· Behana Gorge, Aloomba

· Goomboora Park, Brinsmead

· Glenoma Park, Brinsmead

· Stoney Creek, Kamerunga

· Gamburra Park Drive, Redlynch

· Xavier Herbert Drive Park, Redlynch

· The Rocks Reserve, Redlynch

· Western Arterial Conservation Park, Redlynch

· Ryan Weare Park, Freshwater

· Ross and Locke Reserve, Goldsborough

· Petes Bridge, Goldsborough

· Petes Falls, Goldsborough Valley

· Goldsborough Road parks, Goldsborough

· Little Mulgrave

· Smithy Holmes Park, Aloomba

· Harvey Creek, Bellenden Ker

· Josephine Falls, Bartle Frere

· Golden Hole Reserve, Bartle Frere

Note: Toilet facilities will remain open.

For the latest information on Council services, closures and cancellations in regards to the coronavirus pandemic visit: www.cairns.qld.gov.au/council/covid19

EARLIER | Council’s Customer Service Centre at Spence Street will close at 4.30PM on Wednesday.  

This decision follows the Prime Minister’s advice last night for people to stay home except for essential trips.

Residents can go to the Council website (www.cairns.qld.gov.au) to access a full range of services, including:

· Payment of bills

· Renewing registrations

· Payment of fines

· Reporting a problem

· Making applications

Payments by MasterCard and Visa Card can be made conveniently and securely via the Online Self Service payment page on Council’s website.

Those aged persons having trouble navigating online services, can call Council’s Customer Service Centre on 1300 692 247 for assistance.

Residents are also encouraged to download the My Cairns app, free of charge, which allows users to report a problem.

EARLIER | Council wishes to inform those aged persons looking to renew their dog’s lifetime registrations that this service can be provided over the phone.

There is no need to visit Council offices.

Please phone Council’s Customer Service Centre on 1300 692 247 and have your pet’s details handy.

Renewal notices (which are free but require confirmation) were sent out at the beginning of the month and are due on 31 March.

EARLIER | In light of the Prime Minister’s announcement regarding changes to non-essential gatherings, Cairns Regional Council has suspended the following events and activities, until further notice:

· The Esplanade and Suburban Active Living programs.

· Esplanade Markets and Tanks Markets.

· Green Space Our Place volunteers program.

Council has also taken the following actions:

· Cancellations and no further bookings for the use of outdoor spaces, such as barbecues and parks.

· Cancellations and no further bookings for the use of community halls.

· Suspension of Community Recreational permits.

· Closure of the Bramston Beach campgrounds.

· Closure of the Babinda Rotary Park and Babinda Boulders campgrounds.

· Ticketlink box office closed to the public, but remains contactable by phone, email and online.

Public swimming pools (managed by lessees) remain open with adapted opening hours and increased management and supervision to implement social distancing requirements.

Council’s key priorities remain the safety and wellbeing of staff and the community and continuity of services, as appropriate.