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1 March, 2021

Road closures due to wild weather

Multiple Cairns suburbs have lost power and various road closures are in effect due to fallen power lines, trees and more as pre-cyclone wild weather lashes the region.


Power pole and line down on Sheppards street Gordonvale, near the primary school. Photo submitted by Michelle Lavington.

Just after 11am, the Department of Transport and Main Roads declared Sheridan Street (Captain Cook Highway) closed to all traffic in both directions, but it has since been reopened.

The Gillies Range Road is still closed and the Bruce Highway is closed to all traffic at Bellenden Ker, due to multiple incidents related to the stormy weather, as of noon.

Bentley Park, Edmonton and Gordonvale are experiencing power outages due to the fallen power lines as well as multiple suburbs across the Cassowary Coast and Tablelands.

Tree down on the road near Trinity Bay State High School

Residents asked to bring bins in from kerbside

Residents who have kerbside collection due to today are being asked to bring their bins in and they will be collected later in the week.

Due to the weather conditions bins are toppling over and waste is being spilt into the gutters.

Residents who do not have their bin collected can contact Council later in the week to organise collection.

Works to repair sinkhole in Westcourt

Motorists are being advised to avoid the intersection of Hannam and Earl streets in Westcourt.

Council is currently working to repair a sinkhole as a result of a burst water main.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible as there will be disruptions to traffic – traffic control and detours are in place.

Cairns Regional Council apologises for any inconvenience caused and appreciates the patience and cooperation of road users while these repairs are undertaken.

Free sandbags available

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

Bags are 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 are available from the following locations until supplies run out.

  • Portsmith Transfer Station 8.30am 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 

Southern parks closed due to wet weather

Cairns Regional Council advises that the following parks and sporting facilities have been closed until further notice due to the ongoing wet conditions:

  • Johnson Park, Gordonvale
  • Alley Park, Gordonvale
  • Petersen Park, Edmonton
  • Bill Wakeham Park, Babinda

Council apologises for any inconvenience.

Injured wildlife helpline

A nest of baby finches was found in the drain outside the Cairns Local News office today. They didn't seem injured and are now safe and dry and warm in a box, awaiting pickup by FNQ Wildlife Rescue.

Residents are urged to call FNQ Wildlife Rescue if any injured wildlife or fallen birds are found.

For 24 hour support, call (07) 4053 4467 or visit www.fnqwildliferescue.org.au

The nest of baby birds at Cairns Local News. Two babies had fallen out and were placed at the entrance of the nest and crawled back inside. Photo: Tanya Murphy
After being placed in a warm dry box, the baby birds calmed down and appeared bright-eyed while awaiting FNQ rescue.

Unplanned Power Outages

BARTLE FRERE,MENZIES RD,WOOPEN CREEK,JOYCE RD,WOOPEN CREEK RD,EMSON RD

Cause The loss of supply is due to fallen power lines.
Estimated Restoration Unknown
Customers Affected 85

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