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

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

Wharf amenities upgrade

The public amenities block at the Cooktown wharf will be closed for about four weeks, from April 18. The facility will be upgraded before reopening to the public in late May, followed by a closure of the waste oil and rubbish dumping facilities outside the amenities block. The dumping facilities will also be upgraded and precise closure times will be advised at a later date.

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.

Free Lion Dance workshops

Children aged 11 to 14 are invited to a series of free workshops teaching the ancient art of lion dancing at the Cooktown PCYC Events Centre, culminating in a performance at the Cooktown Multicultural Festival on Saturday, April 29. The workshops will be held on April 1 from 2pm-3pm and 4pm-5.30pm, April 2 from 8am-9.30am, April 8 from 2pm-3.30pm and 4pm-5.30pm, April 9 from 8am-9.30am, April 22 from 2pm-3.30pm and 4pm-5.30pm and April 23 from 8am-9.30am. For more information contact Council's Grants Officer.

New opening hours for Bloomfield Library

The Bloomfield Library's hours are changing! Wednesday's closing time has been extended to 4pm (previously 9am to 3pm) to allow school children to use the facility.

Stories come alive at library

Every Friday the Cooktown Library will transform into a magical realm as teacher Emily Kamholtz brings Interactie Story Time to town. Children aged 0 to 5 and their carers are welcome to attend the free sessions, which are every Friday at the library from 2.15pm to 3pm. Join Mrs Kamholtz as she brings your favourite children's stories to life each week. The Interactive Storytime program does not operate during the school holidays - Emily will be back for storytime on Friday, April 21. Cook Shire's libraries receive financial assistance from the Queensland Government through State Library of Queensland.

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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