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May rainfall record
Many regions of Cook Shire have experienced heavy rain over the past three days, resulting in numerous road closures. Visit Council's road status page here for more information and remember, if it's flooded, forget it.
Free dumping for flood affected residents
Cook Shire residents whose homes were flooded during the May 21-22 flooding are eligible for free dumping, during normal hours, of household items and food waste damaged during the flooding until WEDNESDAY JUNE 1 ONLY. Garden waste and construction material is not eligible. Residents are required to provide photographic proof their home was flooded. Contact Council's Waste Management Coordinator to register your property or for more information.
Quotes wanted for Lakeland and Laura art
Council is calling for quotes for the project management, development of a design and faciliation of two community art projects, to paint murals on the Lakeland and Laura amenities blocks. Quotes must be submitted to Council by 4.45pm on Friday, June 3. For more information, or to submit a quote, contact Council's Tourism and Community Services Team Leader.
Marine Debris art competition
School aged children in Cook Shire have the opportunity to win $100 cash by writing a catchy slogan or drawing a picture to be used in a public art piece to help stop reef littering. Entries are due by Wednesday, May 25. For more information contact Council's Assistant Environmental Health Officer.
Discovery Festival market stall applications due May 26
Applications are now open for those wishing to hold a market stall during the Cooktown Discovery Festival, from June 10-12. Regular Saturday morning market stallholders will need to apply for a permit, however they will receive a discount. Those wanting to sell food at the markets during the festival may also need to apply for a food business licence. Applications are due by May 26, 2016. For more information or an application form, click here, or contact Council's Assistant Environmental Health Officer.
Constitutional Recognition of Australia's First People
The Local Government Association of Queensland, in collaboration with a Queensland Volunteer Working Group, has developed a website to increase understanding and discussion of the proposed referendum on constitutional recognition of Australia's first people. The website provides factual background to the proposed refcerendum and access to a range of articles by prominent Australians, both for and against constitutional recognition. To access the website, click here.
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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.
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