Council’s most recent news stories, public notices, job notices and updates on road conditions and tenders is displayed below.

General News
April 1, 2020

Changes to Council’s transfer stations

In line with the Chief Health Officers direction on home confinement and permitted reasons for leaving home, transfer stations in Douglas Shire are closing to residents from Saturday (April 4)…
road worksGeneral News
March 31, 2020

Safety works on Captain Cook Highway | Port Douglas to Mossman

Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) will be carrying out safety upgrades and investigation works to several intersections on Captain Cook Highway (CCH) between Port Douglas and Mossman. These…
General News
March 30, 2020

Looking after vulnerable residents

Douglas Shire Council is backing the National Cabinet’s advice for vulnerable residents to self-isolate at home as much as possible. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has more serious impacts on older Australians, those…
active8 LIVE online classesGeneral News
March 30, 2020

Keep active in isolation with Active8 LIVE

COUNCIL is helping Douglas Shire locals keep fit and stay active in isolation with three popular Active8 Free Fitness classes relaunching online as Active8 LIVE. Available via online meeting service…
General News
March 27, 2020

Walk-in Customer Service Closes

The Mossman Administration Building has been closed to the public until further notice. This decision follows the Prime Minister’s advice for people to stay home except for essential trips. Residents…
General News
March 27, 2020

Restrictions on outdoor recreational areas

Following the Prime Minister’s further restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19, Council is discouraging people from using the Shire’s public recreational areas. This applies to: Public BBQ areas…
General News
March 27, 2020

Flags down at Four Mile Beach

Surf Life Saving Queensland will move all volunteer beach patrols and lifeguard services to surveillance patrols at Four Mile Beach from tomorrow (Saturday March 28). The change will mean lifesavers…
Daintree FerryGeneral News
March 25, 2020

Visitor travel restrictions on Daintree Ferry

Due to the Federal Government’s advice against non-essential travel, the Douglas Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) is restricting access at the Daintree Ferry to local residents and essential services only.…
Macrossan Street lights night timeGeneral News
March 24, 2020

Local Recovery Group formed to support Douglas Community

A LOCAL recovery group will monitor the impacts of COVID-19 and investigate ways to provide relief to businesses and residents in Douglas Shire. The Douglas Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG)…
Mossman Library outside viewGeneral NewsMossman Pool
March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Council Update | Libraries, Pool, Markets & Nursery to close

DOUGLAS libraries and Mossman Pool will close from 5pm on Wednesday until further notice as a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in Douglas Shire. Douglas Shire Council…
General News
March 20, 2020

Initial Flood Watch for FNQ – Sandbags available

UPDATE (Saturday 21st March): Moist unstable easterly flow will bring heavy rain areas to the north tropical coast on Sunday and continue into early Monday. Widespread moderate to heavy falls…
General News
March 18, 2020

Port Douglas Carnivale 2020 postponed

PORT Douglas Carnivale 2020 has been postponed in line with recommendations from the Federal Government on non-essential mass gatherings. Douglas Shire Council will investigate the possibility of holding aspects of…
General News
March 16, 2020

Council prepared for COVID-19 impacts

DOUGLAS Shire Council is prepared for any potential impacts of the COVID-19 virus. While no cases have been detected in our health district, Council is taking a precautionary approach and…
General News
March 10, 2020

Douglas News Bites – Phone tower approved for Cape Tribulation

New mobile tower approved for Cape Tribulation  COUNCIL has approved a development application for a new mobile phone tower at PK’s Jungle Village in Cape Tribulation. The approval allows for…
General News
March 9, 2020

PHOTO GALLERY: Locals bring ideas to Douglas Business Expo 2020

Local business owners and key industry players swarmed the Port Douglas Community Hall for the Douglas Business Expo 2020. More than 100 people attended the Douglas Chamber of Commerce and…
General News
March 5, 2020

Business Expo comes to Port Douglas

LOCAL business owners will come together to be inspired when the Douglas Business Expo kicks off tomorrow morning. More than 100 people and 15 trade booths have registered to attend…
General NewsPublic Notices
March 5, 2020

Prepare for king tides

The Douglas Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) is encouraging residents in low-lying areas to take precautions ahead of the king tides expected from this weekend. The king tides are predicted…
palm trees free green wasteGeneral News
March 4, 2020

Free Green Waste Disposal | March 7-15

Cleaning up your yard? Drop off your domestic green waste for FREE at Council’s Killaloe or Newell Beach Transfer Stations from Saturday 7th March to Sunday 15th March 2020. Killaloe…
Mossman PoolPublic Notices
March 3, 2020

Mossman Pool to be closed for school carnival

The Mossman Pool will host the Mossman State High School swimming carnival later this month. The pool will be closed to the public on Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March…
General News
February 27, 2020

Get Your ‘Tropic & Exotic’ on for Port Douglas Carnivale Float Parade

There will be double the prize money for winning floats and double the fun at this year’s ‘Tropic & Exotic’ themed Port Douglas Carnivale Street Parade. Registrations are now open for…
Public Notices
February 27, 2020

Public notice – New Local Laws

Title This notice may be cited as Douglas Shire Council (Making of Local Law) Website Notice (No. 1) Making of local laws Douglas Shire Council (the “Council”) has, by resolution…
General News
February 24, 2020

Election called, Council in caretaker mode

The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) published a notice of election on Saturday, February 22. The Notice of Election and opening of candidate nominations also means Douglas Shire Council is…
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February 21, 2020

Tourism companies light the way to a healthier reef

Inspiring steps towards sustainable practices by eco- tourism champions will be celebrated in this year’s Show Me Your Paradise marketing campaign by Tourism Port Douglas Daintree. The tourism operators featured…
Tai Chi Active8 Josephine MatthewsGeneral News
February 19, 2020

Free fitness funding boost keeps locals moving

A FREE weekly Tai Chi class in Port Douglas is the best medicine for local Josephine Matthews. The charismatic retiree, who lives her life to the fullest despite suffering from…
Book Lovers' Night out at Mossman LibraryGeneral News
February 18, 2020

Readers bring the love to Mossman Library

LOVE was in the air at the Mossman Library last Thursday night. About 40 library lovers attended the Book Lover’s Night Out with funfilled activities such as book trivia, charades…
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February 18, 2020

Disaster recovery funding rebuilding Daintree streambank

Streambank on the Daintree’s Stewart Creek has been repaired as part of a $2.1 million disaster recovery project at nine sites across the Wet Tropics. Terrain NRM is managing the…
General News
February 18, 2020

Have you seen a Fall Armyworm?

Be on the lookout and report signs to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or contact the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881. Early detection and reporting are…
Public Notices
February 17, 2020

Notice of Change of Date of Ordinary Meeting

Notice of change of date of Ordinary Meeting, Tuesday, 3 March 2020 Notice is hereby given, in accordance with Section 277 (4) of the Local Government Regulation 2012, that the…
General News
February 13, 2020

New lessees add spice to Thornton Beach Café

TWO local small business owners who handcraft gourmet spices in the Daintree Rainforest have signed the new lease for the Thornton Beach Café. Douglas Shire Council handed the keys of…
General News
February 12, 2020

February news bites

Sponsorship opportunities for community A DOCUMENT outlining annual sponsorship opportunities in Douglas Shire will help businesses plan for their future community involvement. The Douglas Shire Council Sponsorship Prospectus has been…
General News
February 12, 2020

Fresh off-leash areas under new Local Laws

AN EXTENSION to the off-leash area at Four Mile Beach and a new zone at a popular park in Mossman are just some initiatives listed in the new Local Laws.…
General News
February 12, 2020

The heat is on in Douglas

The Bureau of Meteorology's Heatwave Service has forecast severe intensity heatwave conditions in Douglas Shire from tomorrow. Low intensity heatwave conditions are expected to start today before increasing to severe…
General NewsGrants
February 11, 2020

Council seeks grant for emergency accommodation

COUNCIL will lodge a grant application to fund two self-contained units for the purpose of providing domestic violence crisis accommodation in Douglas Shire. Douglas Shire Council has also committed to…
General News
February 11, 2020

Community group to manage Daintree project

A COMMUNITY reference group will be formed to ensure projects billeted for a block of land, located north of the Daintree River, complement existing Daintree Rainforest experiences and products. Douglas…
business expoGeneral News
February 6, 2020

Ideas to flourish at Douglas Business Expo

Key Government and industry players will aim to inspire ideas for local businesses about leveraging economic opportunity in the region at the Douglas Business Expo next month. The Douglas Business…
General NewsGrants
February 4, 2020

Information session for Douglas artists

LOCAL artists have an opportunity to learn how they can get their hands on Council funding at an information session next week. The 2020 round of the Regional Arts Development…
STOCK _ Beach _ tidesGeneral News
February 3, 2020

King tides to impact Douglas coastline

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast king tides to affect coastal areas in Douglas Shire from Thursday, February 6 until Wednesday 12th February. King tides are expected to peak at…
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January 31, 2020

‘Island Fashion’ Tour arrives at Mossman Library

The Mossman Library is delighted to present ‘Island Fashion on Tour’, a FREE Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) regional touring project for children and families. ‘Island…
POST - Construction starting on Murphy StGeneral News
January 31, 2020

What have your Council crews been working on?

It has been a busy start to 2020 for Douglas Shire Council crews. Below is a brief summary of work that has started or been completed in past few days.…
General News
January 29, 2020

Community projects win in Council grants program

A FORESHORE re-vegetation project at North Myall Beach in Cape Tribulation is one of eight recipients under the 2019-20 Council Grants Program. Local not-for-profit Daintree Life, which has an aim…
New Douglas citizensGeneral News
January 29, 2020

Meet Douglas Shire’s newest citizens

DOUGLAS Shire welcomed another diverse group of new Aussies at a well-attended Citizenship Ceremony in Port Douglas on Australia Day. About 200 people packed into the Port Douglas Community Hall…
General News
January 29, 2020

UPDATE | Heavy rainfall warning cancelled

UPDATE: The Bureau of Meteorology is reporting that the immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued…
General News
January 26, 2020

Passionate local voice is Shire’s top citizen

A FOUNDER of Port Douglas Carnivale and passionate advocate for the region’s nature-based tourism industry is Douglas Shire’s Citizen of the Year. Radio personality and entertainment champion, Michael Gabour, who…
General News
January 24, 2020

Douglas Business Expo 2020

Register now for  the Douglas Business Expo 2020. The Douglas Business Expo is a collaborative event organised by Douglas Chamber and Douglas Shire Council, bringing key government & industry representatives…
General NewsGrants
January 23, 2020

KIDS SURVEY | Sport and play on school holidays

We want to hear from children aged 5 – 18 about what they’d like to see by way of fun things and sporting facilities at the Port Douglas Sports Complex,…
General News
January 22, 2020

Playtime boost swings in for Douglas parks

PLAYGROUND equipment is set for a refresh with 10 popular sites earmarked for upgrades. Douglas Shire Council awarded the Playground Renewal tender for the supply and installation of new play…
General NewsPublic Notices
January 21, 2020

HAVE YOUR SAY | Marlin Drive speed platforms

Council is considering ways to reduce the speed of vehicles in the area and we’d like your feedback to determine if installing raised platforms is welcomed by the community. This…
General News
January 21, 2020

Glyphosate use banned in parks and gardens

DOUGLAS Shire Council has voted to ban the use of glyphosate in popular areas across the Shire and place a stronger emphasis on using chemical-free alternatives. The Glyphosate Reduction Strategy,…
General News
January 21, 2020

Water restrictions turned off

WATER wise behaviour and forecast rainfall have given Douglas Shire Council the confidence to turn off water restrictions. The intake level at Rex Creek continues to rise above 500mm with…
General NewsGrants
January 20, 2020

Arts Committee members wanted

Nominations for Douglas Shire Council's Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Committee are now open. The committee assists in the delivery of RADF by voluntarily promoting the program, assessing grant applications…
calypso reef port douglas hot and steamy festivalGeneral NewsGrants
January 16, 2020

Citizen Science funding to support reef health

Scientists, organisations and community groups are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $30,000 under the second round of the State Government’s Citizen Science Grants program with projects that…
General NewsMossman Pool
January 15, 2020

Learn-to-Swim program launched at Mossman Pool

YOUNG swimmers have a chance to improve their skills and confidence in the water when a new Learn-To-Swim program kicks off next month. Douglas Shire Council has announced a nine-week…
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January 15, 2020

Half Yearly Rate Notices | Due 18 February 2020

Rate Notices were issued on the 14 January 2020. Ratepayers have until the close of business 18 February 2020 to pay their accounts. Payments can be made via different methods…
Wizard of Oz - Young performer's editionGeneral News
January 13, 2020

Get your tickets for “The Wizard Of Oz” – Young Performers’ Edition

The Clink Theatre is conducting a three-week workshop over the school holidays for 'The Wizard of Oz" - Young Performers' Edition. The production will be performed in front of an…
father reading to his childGeneral News
January 8, 2020

Local writers & illustrators needed to generate Queensland stories & rhymes

As part of the First 5 Forever Community Literacy Projects, State Library of Queensland is seeking expressions of interest from Queensland writers and illustrators to help generate new Queensland stories…
Charles May Memorial plaqueGeneral News
January 8, 2020

Rex Range Pioneer May get his recognition after all

71 YEARS after its opening, a lookout on the Rex Range has been named in honour of Charles May, the original instigator of the connection between Mossman and Julatten. At…
Australia Day FoodGeneral News
January 8, 2020

Bumper Australia Day Awards tipped for 2020

LOCAL legends will be celebrated and new citizens welcomed at a tropical Australia Day Awards ceremony in Port Douglas this month. Douglas Shire Council is encouraging locals to come down…
POST page header - level 1 water restrictionsGeneral NewsPublic Notices
January 7, 2020

Council drops to Level 1 Water Restrictions

MIDNIGHT thunder storms and solid rainfall has reduced pressure on water levels and Council is downgrading Water Restrictions to Level 1, effective Wednesday 8 January, 2020. Intake levels at Rex…
General News
December 23, 2019

Mossman mechanic wins most festive business in the Shire

A TWINKLING light display, tinsel covered bullbars and decorations throughout their workshop won K&M Auto Centre Mossman the Grand Prize in the Douglas Shire’s inaugural Christmas Retail Display Challenge: Merry…
Aqua FitGeneral NewsMossman Pool
December 20, 2019

More AquaFit classes added

Due to popular demand, Council is very happy to announce the addition of TWO more Aquafit Classes at the Mossman Pool from Wednesday, 8 January. These classes are not offered…
Christmas holly decorationGeneral News
December 19, 2019

Christmas period operating hours

Douglas Shire Council would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and  happy new year. Please see our festive season operating hours below. Council Christmas Closures Office hours: Council…
Great Barrier ReefGeneral News
December 19, 2019

GBR Legacy Announces World’s First Coral Biobank Project

Douglas Shire Council  supports Australian non-profit organisation GBR Legacy's announcement that it will safeguard the biodiversity of all known hard coral species by creating the world's first Living Coral Biobank …
CCTV on Front StGeneral News
December 18, 2019

Safety boost for Mossman

EYES in the sky will soon be protecting Mossman from crime and antisocial behaviour. Douglas Shire Council has installed CCTV cameras and security lights at key spots in the township.…
General News
December 18, 2019

Council crews set plan to tackle pests & weeds

Biosecurity remains a huge focus of Douglas Shire Council with updated plans and strategies in place to reduce the impact of pests and weeds in the region. The updated Biosecurity…
glow sticksGeneral News
December 17, 2019

Touch of fluoro to bring in 2020

FLUORO colours will bring a zing and a glow to the family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations. Douglas Shire Council is proud to present ‘Welcome 2020’, calling on locals and wider…
Mossman Nursery 2General News
December 16, 2019

Mossman Nursery to close for Christmas after big year

The Mossman Nursery continues to grow after a busy year that saw 17,900 plants given to ratepayers, schools, kindergartens and not for profit organisations. Council also uses the plants for…
General News
December 13, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions – Port Douglas lagoon vision

More than 130 people attended the various community engagement sessions held with landscape designer Phillip Johnson and Douglas Shire Council staff in December 2019. Council has published a list of…
Storm water drainage at Cooya BeachGeneral News
December 13, 2019

What have Your Council crews been up to?

Daintree Coast Grading of Cape Tribulation/Bloomfield Road on the Wujal Wujal end. Dust suppression, south of the Daintree River. General maintenance and clearing roads around Diwan Mossman and surrounds Regular…
Parley clean up at Noah Beach-10General News
December 12, 2019

Rubbish cleared from Daintree Coast

HELICOPTER wreckage, a fridge and remains of an old pontoon are some of the more remarkable findings that volunteers from Parley Australia have found while clearing debris on the Daintree…
General News
December 12, 2019

Environmental disaster recovery funding for Douglas beaches

Three Beaches in Douglas Shire will share in funding to help revitalise their rich natural habitat following the unprecedented Monsoon Trough earlier this year. Revitalisation projects at Cow Bay Beach,…
mayor's christmas appeal 2019General News
December 11, 2019

Council spreads Christmas cheer

SPARKLING Christmas trees, decorative lighting and indigenous seasonal artwork are among a jolly swag of projects sprinkling the festive spirit in Douglas Shire this month. Douglas Shire Council has flicked…
General News
December 10, 2019

Exciting opportunities at Mossman SES

State Emergency Service Volunteer (unpaid) Local Controller Position Mossman The role of the State Emergency Service (SES) Local Controller position is to manage the local volunteer SES Unit within the…