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11 August, 2021

COVID-19 update on Cairns Council services

The following Council facilities and services will reopen following the announcement by the Queensland Government that the 3-day lockdown will end at 4pm today. (Wednesday)

PHOTO: Peter McCullagh

Residents are reminded that while the lockdown will be lifted at 4pm today (Wednesday), there remain a number of restrictions in place, including the mandatory wearing of masks in public, which will be enforced at Council venues and facilities.


Customer Service Centres will re-open from tomorrow under normal times, except for Earlville, which will remain closed. (Note: this will not affect the opening of Earlville Library). The call centre is open, call 1300 69 22 47. You can also report a problem online via our website or using the My Cairns app.

Cairns Libraries will open as below:

  • Earlville – reopens today at 4pm. (Wed Aug 11)
  • Manunda – reopens today at 4pm. (Wed Aug 11)
  • City – reopens today at 4pm. (Wed Aug 11)
  • Smithfield – reopens today at 4pm. (Wed Aug 11)
  • Babinda – reopens tomorrow.(Thurs Aug 12)
  • Edmonton – reopens tomorrow. (Thurs Aug 12)
  • Gordonvale – reopens tomorrow. (Thurs Aug 12)
  • Stratford – reopens tomorrow.  (Thurs Aug 12)

Library activities: Any scheduled library activities up to and including Sunday 15 August have been cancelled.



Lagoon reopens from 4pm today.


  • Picnic benches outside of Muddies will be open for use from tomorrow morning.
  • Barbecues to be turned on from tomorrow.

Barlow Park to re-open to casual users at 4pm. 

Pools and recreation centres:

  • Tobruk, Smithfield and Gordonvale pools to open tomorrow.
  • Marlin Coast Recreation Centre to re-open tomorrow.
  • Re-opening of Woree pool and PCYC Edmonton to be confirmed.

Green Space Our Place:

  • Volunteer programs to recommence tomorrow.
  • Little Taccas and Stratford Nursery volunteering to remain cancelled this week.

Active Living to remain cancelled for the remainder of the week until Monday.


Other facilities reopening from 4pm today: (Wed Aug 11)

  • Public barbecues
  • Fitness equipment
  • Playgrounds including Muddy’s Playground and the Fun Ship Playground
  • Basketball and tennis courts
  • Bump tracks and BMX tracks (within parks)
  • The Esplanade Activity Precinct (skate plaza, bouldering park, beach volleyball courts, multi-purpose court)
  • The Lagoon and Council-run swimming pools
  •  Flecker Gardens

Other facilities to open tomorrow:

  • Arts and cultural venues: Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Tanks Arts Centre, the Court House gallery. Please check for updated show information.
  • Buy Back Shop
  • Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

See Council’s website for more information.

More information

Queensland Health is the lead agency for the COVID-19 response.

Some restrictions will continue to apply until 4pm, Sunday 22 August, including:

  • Mask wearing at all times (including workplaces) except when eating or drinking, or exercising with your household or one other person.
  • Schools will reopen, with all staff and high school students wearing masks.
  • 10 people in your home, including people who live there.
  • 20 people at a wedding ceremony or funeral service.
  • Businesses and venues with one person per four square metres, or 50 percent capacity with seated, ticket allocations.
  • Community sports and activities are restricted and, in some cases, not permitted.
  • Avoid travelling outside previously locked down areas.
  • Visitors allowed to hospitals, aged care and disability accommodation.

Further information on restrictions is available:

You can also contact the Queensland Health COVID-19 hotline on 134 COVID (134 268).


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