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4 January, 2021

Sandbags available ahead of heavy rain

Free sandbags are available for Cairns region residents ahead of consistent heavy rain forecast across the coming week.

Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Terry James said up to 300mm of rainfall is predicted over the next three days. A Flood Watch is already in place for the Barron, Mulgrave and Russell Rivers. 

Cr James said the Local Disaster Management Group was monitoring the weather patterns but has not activated in response to the current rain.

Bags will be made available for residents to fill with sand on site at Council’s waste transfer stations. Scoops for filling will be provided. Sandbags are for residential use only and will be available until supplies run out. Limits will apply per person.

Sandbags and sand will be available from the following locations until supplies run out.

Portsmith Transfer Station 8.30 am to 5.15pm

Smithfield Transfer Station 7am to 5.15pm

Gordonvale Transfer Station 8.30am to 5.15pm

Babinda Transfer Station 8.30am to 4.45pm (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)


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Cairns Disaster Dashboard:

Facebook: @Cairns Disaster Centre,

Twitter: @CairnsDisaster,


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