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Cooktown Discovery Festival market stall applications open

The Cooktown Discovery Festival is one of Cook Shire's most popular and long standing events, with the highlight being the re-enactment of Captain James Cook's arrival on the banks of the Endeavour River in 1770 and the interaction between the Europeans and the First Nations people. Council is facilitating the 2018 Cooktown Discovery Festival markets. This year's festival is held on June 15, 16 and 17, and market stall applications are now open. Applications close on Monday, May 28 2018. Click here for more information on the festival and market stalls.

New library activities kick off this week

There is a whole new activity calendar scheduled at the Cooktown Library, starting on April 17, with a different theme for each day. Mathematical Mondays will be a fun session focusing on geometry, which is open to anyone able to use a compass (BYO compass and ruler). The session runs from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Crafty Tuesday sessions run from 3.30pm to 4.30pm and are open to school aged children, while Whizkid Wednesdays are an  adult’s only session highlighting the library’s e-resources between 2pm and 3pm. Thrilling Thursdays are all about storytelling, with an interactive session for children aged 5 and under from 2.15pm to 2.45pm. This is followed by the popular Lego Club from 3.30pm to 4.30pm, open to school aged children. Focused Fridays are about quiet reading in our Friday Book Club and are open to all ages, provided they are independent readers. Friday Book Club runs from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Bookings are compulsory, and children aged 8 years old and under must be supervised at all times. Phone the Library on 4069 5009 for more information or to book.

Pool closed every fortnight for mowing

The Cooktown Pool will be closed form 9am to 10am every second Wednesday while our crew mow the grounds. The pool needs to be closed during this time for safety reasons, and the fortnightly closures will begin on Wednesday, April 11. Please plan your visits to the pool around these short closures, and we would like to thank you for your cooperation.

Microchip discount vouchers available now

Your dog must be microchipped - it's the law. Microchipping is a great way to ensure your pet is returned to you promptly should they become lost and not have any other identifying items on them such as a collar or tag. Council and Seadog Vets have teamed up to promote microchipping and are offering a discount on chipping for all new dog registrations. But hurry, the discount vouchers are limited! To take advantage of this offer, pick up a microchip discount voucher from the Council office when you register your pet for the first time, and take it with you to your microchipping appointment at Seadog Vets.

Queensland Bag Ban

The Queensland Government has passed the Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill 2017, which will forbid retailers form providing or selling lightweight plastic bags (known as single use plastic bags) from July 1, 2018. This ban will affect ALL retailers that currently use some form of lightweight plastic bag, from grocery stores to clothing shops, takeaway shops and everything in between.

Click here for more information on the Queensland Bag Ban.

Events Calendar

April 19 Thrilling Thursdays start at Cooktown Library
April 20 Focused Fridays start at Cooktown Library
April 21 Poet's Brekky and Writer's Competition
April 22 Cooktown RSL Sub Branch Anzac Memorial Walk Cooktown RSL Sub Branch
April 25 Anzac Day services and public holiday
April 28 Full Boar Gym fundraiser car wash Full Boar Gym
April 29 Big Garage Sale at Cooktown Waste Transfer Station
April 30 Mathematical Mondays start at Cooktown Library
May 9 Cooktown Pool closed 9am-10am for mowing
May 15 Community Nitro Athletics, John Street Oval Cooktown Athletics Australia 0438 481 025
May 16 Free Women in Sport workshop Sport and Recreation Queensland
May 17 Community Owned Enterprises free business workshop
May 19-20 Lakeland Horsesports and Bullride Lakeland Horsesports Association
June 1 Discovery Festival Ball tickets close Cook Shire Council

ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4069 5444

Fax: (07) 4082 0588