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Get Ready disaster preparedness days
The risk of natural disasters such as bushfires, cyclones and floods is highest during the summer months. Cook Shire Council is holding several local Get Ready disaster preparedness events to help locals plan ahead. Cooktown's Get Ready day is at the Cooktown markets on October 22, from 8am to 12noon, and will include the Garage Sale Trail market stalls. Bloomfield's Get Ready day is at the Bloomfield markets on October 29, from 9am to 12noon. All events include the chance to win Cyclone Emergency ktis and other great prizes.
New Yearly Family Pass for Cooktown Pool
As well as annual pool passes for individual adults, concession card holders and students, yearly passes for families are now available. The passes cost $250 and are for two adults and up to four children from the same immediate family. Contact Council's Customer Service to book your yearly pass.
Pre cyclone pick up
Cook Shire's annual pre-storm season kerbside pick up of green waste and whitegoods within the townships of Cooktown, Bloomfield, Rossville, Marton, Lakeland and Laura will start on November 21. Waste must be sorted into separate piles and put on the road verge or kerb no earlier than November 5 and no later than November 20. Other waste, including general household waste, asbestos or construction waste will not be picked up. Up to 1 cubic metre of construction waste (not including asbestos) may be dumped free at Cook Shire Waste Transfer Stations on Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27.
Community input needed for Corporate Plan
Council is calling for community input into the Corporate Plan, an important document which helps determine where Council allocates its resources. Corporate Plan community engagement sessions will be held around the Shire at a range of locations, and are open to the public. Arts, culture and historical groups are invited to a session on October 20 a the Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery from 3.30pm to 2pm. There are open session at the Cooktown markets on October 22 from 8am to 12noon, at the Coen Town Hall on October 23 from 5pm to 7pm and the Bloomfield markets on October 29 from 9am to 12noon. Residents who are unable to attend the community engagement sessions can click here to provide their input online.
Biosecurity update - Varroa mite
Varroa mites were recently detected in feral Asian honey bee nests in Townsville. The mites are a serious pest and a threat to the local honey bee industry. Certain species and strains can infest European honey bees, killing off hives and severely affecting honey production and pollination services. Restrictions have been imposed on the movement of bee hives, bees, bee products (excluding honey), and used bee keeping equipment from the Townsville area to prevent any possible spread of the mite. If you see Asian honey bees or suspect your bees have been affected, phone Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or use the online reporting tool.
Cooktown and Cape York Business Conference
The 2016 Cooktown and Cape York Business Conference will be held on November 3 at the Cooktown PCYC Events Centre. Speakers include Jan Becker from Becker Helicopters, Olympic Gold Medallist Duncan Armstrong, Cairns Chamber of Commerce's Deb Hancock and author Andrew Griffiths. Click here for full conference program, speaker profiles and registration.
Constitutional Recognition of Australia's First People
The Local Government Association of Queensland, in collaboration with a Queensland Volunteer Working Group, has developed a website to increase understanding and discussion of the proposed referendum on constitutional recognition of Australia's first people. The website provides factual background to the proposed refcerendum and access to a range of articles by prominent Australians, both for and against constitutional recognition. To access the website, click here.
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