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

Port Douglas Cyclone ShelteGeneral News
December 5, 2019

Functional exercise for Port Douglas cyclone shelter

The Douglas Cyclone Shelter Management Team held a practice evacuation activity at the Port Douglas State School last week. Under the requirements of the Disaster Management Act 2003, the Douglas…
General News
December 5, 2019

Eastern Kuku Yalanji artwork kicking off Christmas in Mossman

INDIGENOUS Storytelling about Jarramali season (Storm Season) is the focal point for Christmas signage along Mossman’s main street this festive season. The banners depict major moments in the Eastern Kuku…
General News
December 4, 2019

Port Douglas Daintree leads the way in sustainable tourism

The Port Douglas Daintree region has become the world’s first destination to be awarded Ecotourism Australia’s ECO Destination Certification today. The announcement was made at the 27th Annual Global Eco…
Newell Beach Boat RampGeneral News
December 4, 2019

Newell Beach Boat ramp works to start next year

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will begin construction of the Newell Beach Boat Ramp after the 2020 wet season, weather permitting. The proposed works include the construction…
Coffee cupsGeneral News
December 4, 2019

Douglas News Bites

Douglas News Bites contains some bite-sized highlights from the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 3 December, 2019. New 36-room motel & bar approved A NEW motel with a ground floor…
Artist's impression of the new solar-powered Daintree FerryGeneral News
December 3, 2019

Plans for solar-powered ferry to boost ranks at Daintree River

A HYBRID solar-powered vehicle ferry with a greater carrying capacity is a planned addition to the Daintree River Ferry Crossing fleet under the next contract. Following a tender process that…
General News
December 3, 2019

Seeking interest to develop marine activities

AN expression of interest to operate a slipway or boat-handling facility in Port Douglas will be released to the market next year. Douglas Shire Council made the decision to gauge…
General News
December 3, 2019

Council to encourage more Aged Care land development

COUNCIL will call on the aged care sector to submit ideas to develop specialised accommodation on a parcel of land next to the now under construction Salvation Army’s Kubirri Aged…
water tape generic imagePublic Notices
December 2, 2019

Water mains break in Mossman now fixed

A large water main break was detected by Council crew at the Corner of Front Street & Johnston Street in Mossman around 11pm on Sunday, 1 December, 2019. As a…
Public Notices
November 29, 2019

Expression of Interest – Audit Committee

Douglas Shire Council is currently seeking nominations by expression of interest to fill two (2) positions to sit on Council's Audit Committee for a fixed term of 12 months from…
HeatwaveGeneral News
November 29, 2019

Heatwave predicted for Douglas

The Bureau of Meteorology Heatwave Service is predicting low to severe intensity heatwave conditions over tropical north Queensland, including Douglas Shire from Sunday to Tuesday next week. http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/heatwave/ Be prepared…
Cow BayPublic Notices
November 28, 2019

Telstra Visit to Cow Bay

Telstra will be back in Cow Bay next week. When: Tuesday 3rd December || 11am to 5pm Wednesday 4th December ||  8am to 2pm Where: At the Daintree Rainforest Retreat, 1473…
General News
November 28, 2019

What have your Council crews been up to?

Your Douglas Shire Council crews have been busy in the past few days. Port Douglas Regular grounds maintenance, amenities maintenance and street cleaning. Continue garden upgrades in Macrossan Street, Wharf/Warner…
mossman pool dive in moviesGeneral NewsMossman Pool
November 27, 2019

Pool cinema hits Mossman for School Holidays

BOX OFFICE hits will be screening at the Mossman Pool for the first time ever when a Dive-in-Movie program for the school holidays kicks off next month. A series of…
Road Closure - Cooya BeachPublic Notices
November 27, 2019

ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE – Drainage works at Cooya Beach

Council will be installing new stormwater pipes across Bonnie Doon Road at the Melaleuca street intersection in Cooya Beach next week. A two-day road closure will be in place at…
Port Douglas township aerialGeneral News
November 26, 2019

Sky is the limit for the Port Douglas Waterfront South Precinct

A masterplan for the Port Douglas Waterfront South Precinct has set the scene for new investment and security for existing marine industries. The masterplan aims to fulfil the growing demand…
General News
November 25, 2019

New Council website is live!

Does something feel different? Douglas Shire Council has rolled out a new design for its official website! The new, cleaner version is more mobile-friendly with improved navigation and functionality. The…
General News
November 23, 2019

Level 3 Water Restrictions turned on in Douglas Shire

COUNCIL has placed a temporary ban on sprinklers and irrigation systems in the Douglas Shire as tinder dry conditions force level three water restrictions for the second year in a…
back on track roadshowGeneral News
November 22, 2019

Back on Track Roadshow in town to support small business

Queensland Government’s Back on Track roadshow is coming to the Douglas Shire to support all small businesses to adapt and grow following the devastating floods earlier this year. The roadshow…
council fleet carPublic Notices
November 22, 2019

End of year Council Fleet Auction

A number of Council Fleet will be auctioned off before the end of the year via Pickles Auctioneers. The auction commences Friday, 22 November at 12pm and closes Wednesday 27…
General News
November 21, 2019

Register your interest for a job at Kubirri Aged Care Centre Mossman

EMPLOYMENT opportunities become available as construction at the Salvation Army’s new Kubirri Aged Care Centre in Mossman is given a practical completion date of July, 2020. Recruitment Specialists for the…
General News
November 19, 2019

It’s time to nominate a local legend

Douglas Shire residents and community groups are encouraged to nominate a dedicated citizen deserving of recognition for the 2020 Australia Day Awards. Nominations are open for the seven award categories…
General News
November 18, 2019

Alison Gotts retrospective exhibition now at Council

Artwork by the late Douglas Shire artist Alison Gotts features in a captivating retrospective exhibition on display in the Foyer of the Council Chambers in Mossman. The paintings and travel…
General News
November 18, 2019

Dates for Environmental Workshops announced

DOUGLAS Shire Council has announced two public workshops to gather input into and build on Council’s environmental initiatives. The workshops are designed to muster community feedback on initiatives listed in…
Public Notices
November 16, 2019

Water Notices: Due 3rd December 2019

Water notices were issued on the 30th October 2019. Ratepayers have until the close of business 3rd December 2019 to pay their accounts. Payments can be made via different methods…
General News
November 14, 2019

Multi-million-dollar road tender awarded

A $2.8 MILLION contract to repair roads in the Douglas Shire damaged during the 2019 flood events has been awarded to HEH Civil Pty Ltd. Douglas Shire Council today resolved…
Mossman Pool
November 14, 2019

Christmas trading hours

Over the holiday period, the Pool Complex as well as the Caravan Park Reception will have the adjusted operating hours as follows: 13 December: CLOSED from 12noon 24 December: CLOSED from…
General News
November 13, 2019

Spiderbait To Headline Carnivale 2020

The band guaranteed to “bring it” to their live performances with smash hits like Black Betty, Calypso, and Buy Me a Pony will headline Port Douglas Carnivale’s Tropic Rock Concert…
General News
November 13, 2019

Council continues support for Community Christmas Day Lunch

THE most disadvantaged people in Douglas Shire will have a Christmas feast thanks to the generosity of local businesses and the continued support of Douglas Shire Council. Council has resolved…
General News
November 13, 2019

Douglas Shire moves to level 2 water restrictions

A RAPID decrease in water levels at the Rex Creek Intake has led Douglas Shire Council to make the decision to turn on level two water restrictions tomorrow. Level 2…
General News
November 12, 2019

Marketing success for Tourism Port Douglas Daintree

TARGETED marketing activities with a focus on boosting the domestic shoulder season helped stabilise visitor numbers to the Douglas Shire last financial year. The 2018-19 Tourism Port Douglas Daintree (TPDD)…
General News
November 12, 2019

Emergency Preparedness: Cyclone season is between November and April

From 11 to 29 November, 2019, Council is urging ratepayers and residents of the Douglas region to 'Know Your Risk'. Before the cyclone season, you should make every effort to…
General News
November 11, 2019

Annual Report reveals strength through adversity

DOUGLAS Shire Council has capped off the financial year by pumping more than $800,000 into external organisations and delivering 56 capital works projects. The 2018-19 Annual Report and Financial Statements…
General News
November 11, 2019

PHOTO GALLERY – New decorative lighting on Macrossan Street

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu and Douglas Chamber of Commerce President Liz Ross officially illuminated nine trees in Macrossan Street on Friday night last week. The lighting project was completed…
General News
November 7, 2019

Mayor to switch on Macrossan St lights #LightUpPort

TENS of thousands of decorative fairy lights will illuminate the main street of Port Douglas when the switch is officially flicked for the Light Up Port project tomorrow night. Douglas…
Public Notices
November 7, 2019

Notice of Special Meeting: Monday 11th November 2019

General News
November 6, 2019

Lagoon designer to present vision

THE man behind a breathtaking design of Australia’s first chemical-free swimming hole in Port Douglas will present his vision to the community next month. Douglas Shire Council has announced three,…
General News
November 6, 2019

What have your Council crews been working on?

Council crews have been making the most of great weather in recent weeks working on a multitude of projects across the Shire. Here's a few of the major projects keeping…
General News
November 5, 2019

Committee to review Economic Development Strategy

A DIVERSE committee tasked with assessing the state of the economy and building a road map to grow the economy will be recruited before Christmas. Douglas Shire Council will release…
General News
October 31, 2019

Your ticket to paradise

A RENEWED push to increase regional visitation to the Douglas Shire is on for the next four months. Douglas Shire Council’s popular Douglas Card promotion kicks off tomorrow (November 1),…
Public Notices
October 30, 2019

Warner St road closure notice

Douglas Shire Council crews will be installing two new culvert crossings in Warner St as part of the stormwater upgrades from Monday, November 4. The road will be closed until…
General News
October 30, 2019

Picture paints a thousand steps at Port Douglas walking trail

NEW signs featuring eye-catching illustrations by local artist Anna Curtis were installed at the Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail this week. A colourful map of Port Douglas, highlighting iconic locations like…
General News
October 30, 2019

Historic flagstaff recognised at Heritage Awards

A HISTORIC flagstaff pole that was preserved and reinstated at a lookout in Port Douglas has been recognised at State Awards. The 139-year-old flagstaff, which was re-installed at Island Point…
General News
October 28, 2019

Getting small business back on track in the Douglas Shire

Small businesses hit by monsoonal flooding in the Douglas Shire earlier this year will get free mentoring and advice with face-to-face access to business advisors, support networks and government agencies.…
General News
October 23, 2019

Hydration stations to steal the show at Port Shorts

NEW reef and rainforest themed portable water re-filling stations and drinking fountains will make their debut at Port Shorts this weekend in a bid to reduce single use plastics and…
General News
October 22, 2019

Douglas News Bites – 22 October Council Meeting

Sunshine and a well-equipped team is the recipe for success according to Douglas Shire Council CEO Mark Stoermer who presented his quarterly report to Councillors at today’s Ordinary Meeting. The…
General News
October 22, 2019

Old bank is first Council project over the line

Urgent heritage works at one of Mossman’s most iconic buildings is the first in a series of projects to be completed under Council’s program of capital works across the Shire.…
General NewsPublic Notices
October 20, 2019

Notice of drainage works in Port Douglas – October, 2019

Douglas Shire Council will be commencing drainage works near the corner of Grant and Mowbray Sreets in Port Douglas from Monday, 21 October, 2019. Crews will be clearing vegetation and…
General News
October 8, 2019

Mayor’s Christmas Appeal launches today

Residents and businesses in the Douglas Shire are being asked to open their hearts and wallets to help local families in need for the 2019 Mayor’s Christmas Appeal. Douglas Shire…
General News
October 4, 2019

Murphy Street landslip repairs in sight

Douglas Shire Council has released a tender for the repair of the two landslips on Murphy Street following extensive consultation with residents and business owners. Scope of work for the…
General News
October 2, 2019

Council launches free fitness program

Council will launch a free fitness program in Mossman and Port Douglas from mid-October made possible by funding from North Queensland Primary Health Network. The free Active8 fitness programs focus…
General News
October 2, 2019

Douglas News Bites – October Council Meeting

Barramundi farm hooks land approval for upgrade COUNCIL has backed the first step in plans to expand operations at a barramundi farm in Wonga Beach. The operator is proposing a…
General News
October 1, 2019

Dive in for summer fling at Mossman Pool & Caravan Park

FAMILIES and grey nomads are the winners under new incentives designed to spark a summer fling at the Mossman Pool and Caravan Park. Douglas Shire Council today resolved to maintain…
Public Notices
September 26, 2019

Weed detection: Gamba Grass

Biosecurity teams have discovered Gamba Grass in the Douglas Shire for the first time in more than 10 years. The infestation was small and hopefully has not spread to any…
General NewsPublic Notices
September 25, 2019

Beachfront café opportunity on Daintree Coast

An exciting opportunity to run a beachfront café and bar on the Daintree Coast is brewing. Douglas Shire Council will today release a tender for a 10-year lease of the…
General News
September 24, 2019

Mossman Pool to re-open on September 30

Council is pleased to advise that the Mossman Pool will reopen on Monday 30 September. The pool will operate Monday to Friday from 12pm to 4pm. The temporary opening hours…
Public Notices
September 24, 2019

Captain Cook Highway remedial works

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will carry out geotechnical remedial works on Captain Cook Highway near Rex Lookout starting on October 7, 2019. The works will be…
General News
September 23, 2019

Level 1 water restrictions turned on in Douglas

DOUGLAS Shire Council has announced restrictions on using garden irrigation systems and sprinklers in a bid to reduce water consumption in the region. Level one water restrictions are now on…
General News
September 23, 2019

Alexandra Range Landslip Repairs complete

THE COMPLETION of landslip repairs to Cape Tribulation Rd at the Alexandra Range marks a big step forward on the road to recovery. The estimated cost for the seven disaster…
Public Notices
September 22, 2019

ROAD WORKS NOTICE – Mossman-Daintree Road

Department of Transport and Main Roads will start re-sealing the Mossman-Daintree Rd from Monday, September 30. Crews will start working on the road 200m north of Miallo Junction and finish…
Public Notices
September 20, 2019

Council fleet auction

Another round of Council Fleet will be sold on-line via Pickles Auctioneers. The sale starts 12.00 pm Friday 20 September through to next Wednesday 25 September at 7.00 pm. Please…
General News
September 19, 2019

Local kids to connect for school holidays

DOUGLAS kids have an opportunity to connect with their creative side during a free workshop to be held as part of the inaugural Call of the Running Tide. From Saturday,…
General News
September 17, 2019

Love for paradise draws new Aussies to Douglas

BACKPACKERS who fell in love with the tropics many years ago, students and professionals in search of a laid-back lifestyle were among a diverse batch of new Aussies that now…
Public Notices
September 16, 2019

Free mulch giveaway – September 20-23

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:…
General NewsPublic Notices
September 13, 2019

What do you think of our website?

Council is currently upgrading its website to make it more user-friendly and compatible with mobile devices. We are also looking to provide a more regular and transparent flow of council…
General News
September 12, 2019

Douglas News Bites – September Council Meeting

Local Indigenous signage to roll out THIRTY-six place signs featuring local Indigenous Language will be installed across Douglas Shire after five months of close consultation with Traditional Owners. Consultation with…
Public Notices
September 11, 2019

Aerial hiptage surveys – September 18 and 19

Council's biosecurity team in collaboration with QPWS Mossman will be conducting aerial hiptage surveys next week. This will involve low level operations in a B206 helicopter around the Mossman on…
General News
September 11, 2019

Got an idea for Carnivale 2020?

LOCALS are encouraged to start thinking about how they can make Port Douglas Carnivale 2020 a special tropical celebration. Douglas Shire Council has locked in May 22-24 next year for…
General News
September 10, 2019

Free mulch returns for dry season

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…
General News
September 10, 2019

Meet Australia’s Nomadic Novelist – Now touring the Far North

Having completed a trip across the Nullarbor to Perth last year, author Jenn J. McLeod has made her way to The Far North where she’s putting down roots long enough…
Public Notices
September 9, 2019

Works notice: Dredging at Daintree Village Boat Ramp

Dredging works will start tomorrow (Tuesday, September 10) at the Daintree Village Boat Ramp. The works are expected to be completed by COB Wednesday. Council has received approval from the Department of …
General News
September 5, 2019

Lagoon vision unveiled for Port Douglas

A GRAND vision to build Australia’s first chemical-free public swimming hole next to Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas has been unveiled by Douglas Shire Council. World-renowned landscape designer Phillip…