Budget 2016-2017 Budget 2016-2017

The Cook Shire Council 2016-2017 Budget was adopted at the August 2016 Council Meeting.

Budget 2016-17

Budget Snapshot 2016-17

Fees and Charges 2016-17

Operational Plan 2016-17

Annual Report 2015-16

Job Opportunities Job Opportunities

If you are looking for a sea change then Cook Shire, a growing region, is the place to be, now and into the future for its perfectly balanced tropical lifestyle; pristine coastline; culturally diverse community and friendly locals. 

Positions currently advertised

Latest News and Events Latest News and Events

To see all Cook Shire Council's media releases and public notices, click here.

Main office and depot closed early on Friday

Council's main office on Furneaux Street and depot on Charlotte Street will be closed from 11.45am on Friday, May 26. Council apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Gamba grass and fire workshop

This free workshop on Monday, May 29 from 4pm at the Poison Creek Rural Fire Shed on Minke Road is open to all. Join Professor Samantha Setterfield and Doctor Natalie Rossiter-Rachor from the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods for a presentation on the risks, impacts and management options for gamba grass, based on their research and experience in the Northern Territory.

Tender T0517 - Sewer Rectification Works

Tenders are invited from parties who wish to complete sewer rectification works at the Cooktown waterfront development. Click here for more information.

Botanic Gardens Master Plan consultation

The public is invited to have their input into the new master plan for Cooktown's Botanic Gardens precinct at a session on Saturday, June 10. The information session will run from 1pm until late afternoon at Nature's PowerHouse in the Botanic Gardens. Displays will include potential layouts for the gardens, a timeline for feedback and examples of other gardens.

Botanic Gardens Open Day

Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand are holding open days across the country, and Cooktown's Botanic Gardens are joining in. Head to the Botanic Gardens on Sunday, May 28 to hear curator Tony Roberts discuss 'What's for lunch?' at 11am or 'The Deadly Dozen' at 2pm. 

Free pool safety inspections

From November 30, 2015 all pool fences and barriers must comply with current pool safety laws. Under the new legislation, all pools must also be registered with the Pool Safety Council and have a current Pool Safety Certificate. Council can provide a Pool Safety Inspector if your pool doesn't have a current Pool Safety Certificate. Council is offering an initial free of charge inspection and advice on compliance for existing pools up to June 30, 2017. Click here for more information.

Mayor's Maroon Community Ball tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for the Mayor's Maroon Community Ball, which is the official opening of the new-look Cooktown Discovery Festival. The ball will include a debutante parade and minuet dancers, followed by a night of fun with the 1RAR Rising Suns army rock band. Tickets are $55 per person, and close on June 1. Visit the Discovery Festival website for details and to buy tickets.

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Feedback, Information provision, Compliments and Complaints Feedback, Information provision, Compliments and Complaints


Should you wish to submit to Council feedback, information, a compliment or a complaint please use the link at the bottom of this information panel.

Please make sure you include in the Subject Line of your communication the nature of your submission i.e. feedback, information, compliment or a complaint, and additional detail on the topic of your communication i.e. road maintenance, events and shows, parks and gardens. Use specific references if possible i.e. a road name and street number, dates, a lot on plan.

Please include in the body of your email:


  • Your name and contact details (including an email address and phone number);
  • Specific details as to the nature of your communication (the more detail the better);
  • Whether you have contacted Council before with reference to the same issue;
  • Any expected outcomes you desire;
  • Details about previous communication you have received from Council about the same issue;
  • Details of any specific employee who has been dealing with your issue (if applicable); and
  • Any supporting documentation.

Your correspondence will be assessed by Council's records department and will be distributed to the appropriate officer. If your issue needs to be dealt with under Council's General Complaints Policy (click here to read the policy) your email will be forwarded to Council's Complaints Officer who will assess your issue and determine a course of action.

Unless your matter is urgent, please expect a response (by email, mail or phone) within one to two weeks. Urgent communications i.e those that indicate a threat to property or person, will be prioritised and should be reported to council by phone on 07 4069 5444.

If you wish to contact Council (by phone) about your submission, please ask for Council's records department who will direct you to the officer assigned to your communication.

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07 4069 5444


07 4069 5423




10 Furneaux Street

(PO Box 3)

Cooktown, Qld 4895

Open 8.45am to 4.45pm weekdays