Council is working closely with local service providers to ensure the community has up to date, relevant local information around the novel coronavirus pandemic. Click here to visit our coronavirus page, which includes locally-relevant information and the latest updates, including Cape York travel restrictions and other details.

Cook Shire Council 2020-21 Budget 

Before the 2020-21 Budget is presented to Council for final review and adoption on 25 June 2020, we invite the community to read the Budget Consultation Report which explain the income (revenue) that is available to Council this year, and against that, the annual expenditure proposed to deliver community programs, roads, water, sewerage services, building maintenance, fleet and administrative costs. Council staff are available to answer any questions you may have. If you would like to speak to a Council officer please phone 4082 0500. Please submit written comments by  or post to Council at PO Box 3 Cooktown 4895, or hand-delivered to Council’s offices at 10 Furneaux Street Cooktown. Your response by Friday 12 June 2020 is welcomed.

Have you downloaded the COVIDSafe app?

The COVIDSafe app speeds up the Government's manual process of finding people who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. This means you’ll be contacted more quickly if you are at risk and reduces the chances of you passing the virus on to your family, friends and others. Health officials can only access app information if someone tests positive and agrees to the information in their phone being uploaded. The health officials can only use the app information to help alert those who may need to quarantine or get tested. For more information on the app, and to download to your Android or Apple device, visit the Australian Government's COVIDSafe webpage.

Council service changes due to coronavirus

To help prevent the spread of coronavirus in Cook Shire and in line with Government rules, Council has made changes to some of our services, including closing facilities, limiting public interaction and moving other services online.

CLOSED - The Cooktown Water Park is closed and the water has been turned off. The gym equipment on the Cooktown foreshore must not be used. All Cook Shire playgrounds are also closed.

OPEN - Council’s main office at 10 Furneaux Street and depot office at 31 Charlotte Street has re-opened to the public. The office is open from 8.45am to 4.45pm weekdays, and as always, you can phone 4082 0500 for urgent after hours enquiries and speak to our after hours call centre.

OPEN - WITH CHANGES - The Cooktown and Bloomfield libraries will re-open from 18 May, with strict social distancing and limited patron numbers. The Cooktown Pool will re-open on 16 May, with strict social distancing and limited patron numbers. The Pool hours have also changed - the pool will be open 1pm-4pm weekends and 6am-12pm weekdays.

NO CHANGE - Our transfer stations, landfills, remote rubbish cages and recycling skips are still available for use as normal. Scheduled kerbside waste pick ups will continue as usual. Opening hours, locations and a kerbside pick up schedule are available on our website.


ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4082 0500

Fax: (07) 4082 0588

Hours: 8.45am-4.45pm Monday to Friday