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TODAY’S HEADLINESHealth minister not endorsing own mandate: FNQ cafe ownerDamning Supreme Court judgment lifts the lid on council’s inner workingsNew Far North feature film set for releaseWhere to go to bring in the New Year across Cairns TODAY’S NEWS Beaches closedFour Far North beaches have been closed today due to marine stingers.Surf Life Saving Queensland says Palm Cove, Clifton Beach, Kewarra Beach and Trinity Beach are all closed.Beachgoers are warned to stay out of the water. WEATHER The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting a cloudy Monday with a high chance of showers and light winds in Cairns. Across the regionCairns: Showers 25-32CAtherton: Showers. Possible storm 20-27CCardwell: Showers 24-30CCooktown: Showers increasing 24-33CInnisfail: Showers 23-31CMareeba: Showers. Possible storm22-29CTRAFFIC Archer River/Mission River Sealing of 10.1km of the Peninsula Developmental Road including drainage provisions at Archer River and Mission River is expected to continue to December 24, 2021 with works ongoing Monday to Sunday 6am to 6pm and delays are expected. BungalowA speed reduction is in force on Mulgrave Road at Bungalow due to culvert damage near Brown Street.Access across culvert in both directions along Mulgrave Road and Brown Street intersection is restricted to vehicles that comply with the general mass and concessional mass limits.Cape Tribulation / KimberleyRoadworks have been reported on Cape Tribulation Bloomfield Road at Cape Tribulation / KimberleyLong delays are expected in both directions towards Wujal Wujal.Edmonton/GordonvaleRoadworks are being carried out on the Bruce Highway — Cairns Southern Access Corridor — Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale. Delays expected (during active hours of work), with all lanes in both directions affected. The work is expected to run until June 30, 2023.Edmonton / Gordonvale / Wrights CreekRoad works on Yarrabah Rd and the Bruce Highway due to the Cairns Southern Access Corridor — Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale are expected to cause motorist delays. All lanes in both directions are affected and changed traffic conditions are in place. FreshwaterRoadworks on a shoulder of Kamerunga Road / Stratford Connection Road at Freshwater are expected to cause delay for motorists with lanes reduced. Proceed with caution. GordonvaleTemporary closure of Maher Road intersection with the Bruce Highway in both directions. From 7pm Monday to Sunday 7pm until December 31. Forms part of the works for the Bruce Highway, Cairns Southern Access Corridor.GordonvaleCulvert replacement works on the Gillies Range Road will be taking place until at least September 30. Lanes will be reduced as a result and motorists are advised to proceed with caution. Japoonvale A 25 tonne load limit has been imposed on the Little Liverpool Creek Bridge between Torrisi Rd and Walter Lever Estate Rd. No delays are expected. KurandaBarron River Bridge on the Kennedy Highway reduced to one lane. Restricted to vehicles that comply with general mass limits. Partial lane closures. Both directions affected and delays expected. Allow extra travel time. Lake EachamWrights Creek Road is closed to all traffic. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. The next road inspection will take place on November 11, 2021. Macalister RangeHenry Ross Lookout is closed for restoration works from December 2 to December 10.Motorists inbound to Smithfield on the Kennedy Highway are advised to proceed with caution. Mareeba / WalkaminRoad widening works on the Kennedy Highway near Walkamin will take place between May 20 2021 and December 24 2021.All lanes in both directions are affected and motorists are advised delays expected during active hours. Allow extra travel time.’Stewart Creek ValleyRoad hazard being soft shoulders on Douglas Creek Road at Stewart Creek Valley has forced a 5 tonne GVM limit. Heavy vehicles have been advised to use an alternative route.Boogan / MourilyanPavement widening and rehabilitation is underway on the Boogan Road at Mourilyan. Works are expected to operate from Monday to Sunday, 6am to 6pm. Delays are expected, motorists are advised to proceed with caution. WoreeRoadworks on Mulgrave Road at Woree have led to reduced lanes inbound towards Sandown Close. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution. WHAT’S ON The following Cairns Regional Council services are available:Cairns Esplanade LagoonPicnic benches outside of MuddiesPublic barbecuesFitness equipmentPlaygrounds including Muddy’s Playground and the Fun Ship PlaygroundBasketball and tennis courtsBump tracks and BMX tracks (within parks)The Esplanade Activity Precinct (skate plaza, bouldering park, beach volleyball courts, multipurpose court)The Lagoon and Council-run swimming poolsFlecker GardensArts and cultural venues including Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Tanks Arts Centre, the Courthouse galleryBuy Back ShopBotanic Gardens Visitor CentreBarlow ParkTobruk, Smithfield and Gordonvale poolsMarlin Coast Recreation CentreGreen Space Our PlaceTOP EVENTS IN CAIRNS THIS WEEKThere are multiple events happening over New Year’s including: Havana Nights New Year’s EveA luxurious three course dinner with a drink on arrival or a 2 hour canapes and beverage package for the cocktail party. Where: Salt HouseWhen: 5pm, New Year’s EveCost: Luxury dinner, $139pp, cocktail party, $129pp and general admission $30 at the door. NYE at The Pier BarWatch the fireworks on the deck at Pier Bar. There will be live music and DJs til late. Where: The Pier BarWhen: Entry fee from 10pmCost: $20Afro Carribean New Year All White PartyGet the year started with the biggest Afrobeats music event in Northern Queensland. Where: The Reef Hotel CasinoWhen: January 1, from 6pmCost: Tickets can be purchased here



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