Sandbags available ahead king tides and rain

Sandbags will be made available to Cairns region residents this weekend (1-2 February 2020) to assist with preparations ahead of more heavy rainfall expected next week.

In addition to the predicted heavy rainfall, king tides are expected to affect coastal areas next week from Thursday 6 February to Thursday 13 February.

Bags will be made available for residents to fill with sand on site at Council’s waste transfer stations this Saturday and Sunday. Scoops for filling will be provided.

Sandbags are for residential use only and will be available until supplies run out.

Sandbags and sand will be available from the following from:

  • Portsmith Transfer Station: Saturday and Sunday 8.30am to 5.15pm
  • Smithfield Transfer Station: Saturday 7am to 5.15pm; Sunday 9am to 5.15pm
  • Gordonvale Transfer Station: Saturday and Sunday 8.30am to 5.15pm
  • Babinda Transfer Station: Sunday only 8.30am to 4.45pm (not open Saturday)

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