Community forum to discuss childcare future

Council will work with providers to ensure the doors remain open at Cooktown's only childcare centre following the resignation of the current operator, the Catholic Diocese of Cairns. Council bought the facility in 2016, and it has been managed since early 2017 by the current operator. However this week the Diocese informed Council that it would be stepping away from the centre due to a lack of Diocese resources. "We have a two-step solution to ensure continuation of childcare services tot he town," Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott said. "The first step is to ensure we have an interim provider in place to keep the centre operating and the second step will be working out the long term plan for providing childcare services and what that might look like." Cr Scott said a community forum would be organised in the near future to gain a better understanding of residents' childcare needs and discuss options for ongoing childcare provision in Cooktown. "The forum will be advertised widely and we encourage everyone with an interest to attend and bring their idea." 

Major upgrade underway at Cooktown Pool

The Cooktown Pool will be closed from April 29 for about eight weeks for a major upgrade. The pool, which is owned by Education Queensland and leased by Cook Shire Council, will be repainted and tiled and major underground pipe works will be completed. Council's Building and Facilities team will also be completing minor maintenance works during this time. To ensure minimal disruption to pool users, annual pass holders will have their passes extended by two months. Aqua aerobics classes will be held at the River of Gold motel pool, with spaces limited and bookings essential. Book with Council by phoning 4069 5444. Council would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Cooktown P-12 State School and Education Queensland in the ongoing management of the pool, and thank the River of Gold Motel for their support, and the community for their understanding and patience while we improve your pool.

May Street roadworks near completion

Council is improving a section of May Street, between the Ida Street and Charles Street intersections. The work is expected to start on April 29 and continue for approximately four weeks. The section will be closed to all traffic during the works, with temporary access to properties in the works area. Motorists are advised to use Amos and Garden streets as alternative routes to access Charles Street and the Cooktown State School and PCYC Events Centre. Please obey signage and drive slowly past the works site. Thank you for your patience while we improve your infrastructure.


June 24-28 Big Feat basketball program, Wujal Wujal, Bloomfield and Cooktown Phone 0421 778 899
June 28 Laura Races and Rodeo Phone 0417 716 835
June 30 Rossville markets, Hatfield marketplace
July 8 Book Club, Cooktown Library, 2pm Library 4069 5009 or 
July 19 Cook Shire public holiday Council 4069 5444 or
July 23 Cook Shire Emergency Services Cadets sign on, Cooktown PCYC Events Centre, 5pm-7pm  Register online

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