Council is working closely with local service providers to ensure the community has up to date, relevant local information regarding COVID-19.



Please be advised that low impact construction works are to commence in Cooktown on Monday, 28 September 2020. Find out more. 


Cook Shire Council is enforcing water restrictions on all residents and businesses in the Coen water area due to the cleaning of the town reservoir. The water restrictions will apply from Wednesday, 23 September 2020 until Friday, 25 September 2020. Find out more.


Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has commenced reconstruction works on Isabella Creek bridge on Endeavour Valley Road, north west of Cooktown, from Monday 14 September 2020

The works involve removing and replacing the deck surface and carrying out minor repairs. These important works will ensure the continued safety and reliability of the bridge.

The project is funded from the Australian and Queensland Betterment Program which builds back more resilient essential infrastructure damaged by the devastating impacts of the North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough, 25 January – 14 February 2019. This program reduces the impact of future events on essential infrastructure and the community.

The works will be carried out at as a combination of day and night works to minimise the impact on road users. Crews will be onsite between 6 am and 6 pm for day works and between 6 pm and 6 am for night works. The works are expected to be completed by end of October 2020, weather permitting.

As part of the project, there will be full bridge closures at night from 7 – 11 October 2020, weather permitting, to allow construction of the new concrete deck surface. The bridge will be reopened again in the day during this time.

Variable Message Signs (VMS) will be in place on the approaches to the work site to ensure motorists are aware of the changed traffic conditions. Changes in dates due to poor weather will be posted on the VMS.

If you require further information about these works, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at or by telephone on 4045 7331.


Please be advised that part of Battlecamp Road (3.6km east of Normanby River) will be partially closed from Monday 17 August, for approximately 8 weeks for required road upgrade works. Please note that road users might encounter short-term delays when travelling along this route.  We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause. 


The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) will conduct planned burning operations within the Annan River (Yuku Baja-Muliku) and Endeavour River national parks during August/September 2020, weather permitting, as part of the annual hazard reduction/conservation management program for parks and forests. As a result, smoke may be seen in the Cooktown and Marton areas.

The aim of this burn is to reduce the volume of forest fuels and to create a mosaic pattern of burnt and unburnt areas.

This will help reduce the intensity of any subsequent wildfires and provide favourable conditions for natural forest regeneration.

Smoke can decrease visibility on the roads, so it is important that motorists drive safely to the conditions.

For more information, please call the Cooktown office of QPWS on 4069 5777.

Pormpuraaw Camping Closed for 2020

Cook Shire Council has been requested by Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council to advise travelers that due to COVID-19 camping season has been closed for the rest of 2020. This includes camping at Chapman River, Mungkan River, and Coleman River camping grounds. For further information, or to request a refund please visit the Pormpuraaw website.


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10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4082 0500

Fax: (07) 4082 0588

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