Media Release - Economic Recovery Hubs for Cyclone Jasper 18 & 19 January

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Economic Recovery Hubs in Tully & Innisfail 18 & 19 January (includes Disaster Assistance available for small businesses by Tropical Cyclone Jasper)


Flood-impacted Cassowary Coast businesses and sport and recreation clubs who need help accessing funding and support services in the wake of ex-TC Jasper, are encouraged to attend Economic Recovery Hubs in Innisfail and Tully next week.


Council will host the Economic Recovery Hubs at the Tully QCWA Hall on Thursday 18 January from 1pm to 6pm, and the Innisfail Disaster Coordination Centre on Friday 19 January from 8am to 1pm.


Cassowary Coast Mayor Mark Nolan said the Hubs will be attended by state and federal representatives who can assist with applications and advice for business recovery grants and loans.


“Across the eight Cassowary Coast Community Recovery Hubs hosted to date, we’ve facilitated support for hundreds of individuals but there’s still so much more to do,” Mayor Nolan said.


“People have appreciated the opportunity to discuss their issues with council, state and federal agencies and community service providers face to face as many have struggled with the online process.


“Supporting our businesses and sporting clubs to return to full operations is a priority for Council.  We encourage everyone who’s impacted to come and see an advisor at the Economic Recovery Hubs next week.”


Small businesses impacted by ex-TC Jasper and the related flooding in Far North Queensland are being urged to apply for disaster assistance grants of up to $50,000.  For affected sport and recreation clubs and non profit organisations, grants of up to $50,000 are also available.


For more information about grants and loans, visit the QRIDA website at www.qrida.qld.gov.au.

For a directory of flood recovery support for community, business and non-profit organisations go to Council’s website at https://www.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au/flood-recovery-assistance.


For more detailed information on assistance offered please check out this brochure: Govt Financial Assistance (Tropical Cyclone Jasper)

Captain Cook Highway Reopening Update

Captain Cook Hway


The Captain Cook Highway will reopen between Ellis Beach and Port Douglas on Saturday 20 January at 8 am.

  • Initially it will only open as a single lane under traffic control.
  • Construction will also start this week on a temporary single lane on the Palmerston Highway between Crawfords Lookout and Junction Road, to accommodate heavy vehicles.
  • The Department of Main Roads says there will be lengthy delays once the lanes reopen and it'll be months before both highways are fully operational.

Reminder: MBCA General Meeting and AGM

**Update: the current MBCA Committee is disappointed with the lack of response to their call out - only FIVE DAYS to submit your interest in being part of this great Association**


Be a part of the progressive MBCA Committee and make a difference to this great community!


The next general meeting of MBCA Inc will take place on Tuesday 13th of February commencing at 6pm, and the Annual General Meeting will take place after the General meeting.


Members are encouraged to stand for a committee position as the organisation cannot exist without an active committee. Due to many of our committee members travelling we would like to see an assistant to all positions.


A nomination form is attached and should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 23rd of January. 


MBCA Nomination Form for Committee 2024




We strongly encourage all our members to play a part in enhancing our beautiful region - any questions about the roles and what is required, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Happy New Year

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Hi Members, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The newsletter will be reasonably brief as not a lot of ccontent is avasilable due to most businesses being on holiday, and public service is only just getting going for the new year.

Santa here on a Fire truck Xmas Eve!

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Santa is nearly here!! 


If the picture is a little blurry to read, then Santa is expected to arrive at the following times:


  • 1.30 pm     Bingil Bay Cafe
  • 1.40 pm     Corner Pioneer and Cutten Streets (Bingil Bay)
  • 1.50 pm     Village Green Mission Beach
  • 2.05 pm     Big Cassowary (Wongaling Shopping Centre)
  • 2.20 pm     Woolworths Carpark
  • 2.45 pm     Banfield Parade - Reid Road (Wongaling Beach)
  • 2.55 pm     Opposite Beachcomber Caravan Park (South Mission Beach)
  • 3.10 pm     Corner Jackey Jackey and Buccaneer Streets (South Mission Beach)


When you hear the siren, come and meet Santa - he is sure to have some lollies to give away!!

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Thank you to the wonderful Mission Beach Lions Club.

Local Updates

Hi All members

The Highway to Cairns is open.

Highway to Townsville will be open imminently.

Cairns airport will be open for operations tomorrow.





Monday 18 DecemberD 2023 ASSISTANCE FOR CASSOWARY COAST RESIDENTS & BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY FLOO The Australian and Queensland Governments have activated the jointly-funded Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) for the Cassowary Coast to offer assistance and support for residents affected by ex-TC Jasper and subsequent major flooding.


Waste Transfer and Libraries to Open

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Monday 18 December 2023 WASTE TRANSFER STATIONS & LIBRARIES TO RE-OPEN Cassowary Coast flood recovery is in full swing with Council preparing clean up efforts for areas most affected, and the re-opening of Waste Transfer Stations. Waste Transfer Stations that can be safely opened to the public on Tuesday 19 December include Stoters Hill, Tully, Bells Creek, and Mission Beach. Cardwell and Murray Upper remain closed pending flood and staff accessibility.