A FREE mulch giveaway has been announced to help Douglas Shire residents keep their gardens healthy through a predicted dry period.

Douglas Shire Council will have large piles of mulch ready to be picked up from the Killaloe and Newell Beach Transfer Stations next weekend.

Free mulch will be available from September 20 to 23.


The Bureau of Meteorology’s latest climate outlook indicates a drier than average period through to November this year.

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said using mulch was an effective water conservation technique.

“We know that using mulch is one of the best ways to grow a healthy garden and help us conserve water,” she said.

“The free mulch giveaway continues to be a very popular way to retain moisture in your garden as we head into a dry period.”

Council staff will assist with loading vehicle using appropriate mechanical equipment.

Average daily water consumption has experienced its usual increase for the peak tourist season in Port Douglas and Mossman.

August: 11.4 ML/day

September: 12.2 ML/day

*Average daily water consumption in December 2018 was 8.7 ML/day

Council is encouraging the community to help Council improve water resilience by being water wise.

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Click here for Water-wise tips

Free mulch giveaway:

Friday 20th September – Monday 23rd September 2019

Location: Killaloe & Newell Beach Transfer Stations

Killaloe Transfer Station
Friday September 20: 8am to 5:30pm
Saturday September 21: 8am to 5.30pm
Sunday September 22: 9am to 5:30pm
Monday September 24: 8am to 5.30pm

Newell Beach Transfer Station
Friday September 20: 8am to 11.45am
Saturday September 21: 8am to 11.45am
Sunday September 22: CLOSED
Monday September 23: 8am to 11:45am

Domestic only; utes and/or trailers and light trucks (vehicle weight to GVM 4.5 tonnes maximum). For enquiries regarding Electric or Crazy Ant quarantine details, please contact the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) on 13 25 23.

The stock is “green” uncured mulch, and Council does not guarantee the quality of the product. This material is not produced to Australian Standard (AS4454-2003) and may contain weed species and other non-organic remnants. Council does not assume any liability resulting from the use of this product.