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Profiling Your Community: Mount Sheridan

Mount Sheridan

Mount Sheridan is a rapidly developing residential area, with conservation areas in the west. Mount Sheridan is bounded by the suburbs of Bayview Heights and Woree in the north, the Bruce Highway in the east, Skeleton Creek and the suburb of Bentley Park in the south, and Freshwater Creek State Forest in the west. Mount Sheridan is named after Brinsley Guise Sheridan, a police magistrate in the 1870s.

Settlement of the area dates from the late 1800s, with land used mainly for sugar cane farming. Rapid growth took place from the early 1990s, with the population increasing from under 400 in 1991 to over 7,000 in 2006, a result of large numbers of new dwellings being added to the area.

Major features of the area include Mt Sheridan Plaza, Bill Mills Park and Tom Murray Park.

Arial Map of Mount Sheridan (large file)

Arial Picture

Mount Sheridan in Cairns South
Mount Sheridan in Cairns South

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Woree State School Celebrated new facilities!

December 2010:Woree State School celebrated the official opening of their new multi-purpose hall and resource centre.

State Member for Mulgrave, Curtis Pitt, said the new facilities were funded under the Australian Government’s $16.2 billion Building the Education Revolution (BER) program which was providing contemporary educational facilities to eligible Australian schools as part of a national economic stimulus package.

“The Queensland Government, through the Department of Education and Training, is managing the implementation of BER projects in Queensland state schools on behalf of the Federal Government,” Mr Pitt said.

“It’s a great example of the two levels of government working in partnership to enhance educational facilities for Queensland’s children.

“The provision of these facilities under BER complements the Bligh Government’s delivery of a 21st Century education throughout the state.

“New multi-purpose halls help support the Government’s increased emphasis on physical activity in the school curriculum and the growth of our creative and performing arts program.

“Contemporary resource centres provide an environment for students to work collaboratively on innovative teaching and learning enterprises.”

The Australian Government provided $3 million to Woree State School under Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) for the multi-purpose hall and resource centre. An additional $200,000 was provided under the National School Pride (NSP) element for refurbishments.

Mr Pitt said the feedback from the principal and school community to their new multi-purpose hall and resource centre had been overwhelmingly positive.

Under the Building the Education Revolution program the Australian Government has approved nearly 4500 projects totalling $2.1 billion for over 1200 Queensland state schools.


November 2010: Recently Woree State School received notification of the results of the 2011 Maths Olympiad.

This year in excess of 27,000 students participated across Australia and New Zealand. Woree State School achieved remarkable results.

Two year 7 students, Connor Chivers and John Nakata placed in the top 100 students of this competition.

This performance positions these students in the top 0.5% of participating students. A remarkable effort. Congratulations gentlemen!

As well, Nicola Hole, Leteasha Taylor, Sophie Spear, Shian Mar, Joanna Wu and Christopher Stovold placed in the top 10% of the competition Well done to all 27 students for their participation.

A special thanks to Mrs Bogart for coaching and mentoring students (Source: Tuesday News).


Miriwinni endorsed to restore historical ‘r’

Cairns Regional Council has endorsed the campaign by local residents for the town of Miriwinni to have an additional ‘r’ added to its name, to bring it into line with the significant indigenous name Merriwinnoo.

Councillor for Division 1, Cr. Paul Gregory, said “As the name has indigenous roots from the Yidinji clan and refers to nearby Mount Bellenden Ker that forms the town’s dynamic backdrop, the township has formed a committee to return Miriwinni to its original spelling.” He added, “although the request may appear small, restoring the town’s moniker to its original spelling held historical significance for the community.”

“Pre-war documentation and the original railway station show Miriwinni with a double ‘r’ spelling and somewhere along the way this was overlooked or forgotten,” Cr Gregory said.

The town’s Restore the R in Miriwinni Committee has collected more than 400 signatures in a petition that has been presented to state parliament.

Cairns Regional Council’s endorsement of the revised spelling is a requirement in gaining ministerial approval for the name change.

Hook Turn for Cyclists Makes Crossing Safer

Have you been wondering about the green paint on the bike lanes on some of the intersections in the city? It is to help cyclists turn safely, using a ‘hook turn’. If you are interested, please check out the Department of Main Road’s Fact Sheet at this website: Main Roads – A first for Cairns Bicycle Riders – Hook Turn Storage Boxes (150kb)

Stop Press: Cyclists wanting to make a right turn at the Mulgrave Road/Severin Street intersection can perform a hook manoeuvre by using the new hook turn storage boxes.


Houses in residential areas will soon be inspected to ensure that all dogs are registered. Cairns Regional Council has approved the dog audit, in which Local Laws Officers will visit every home to confirm that dogs in residence are registered. Council audit officers would visit homes between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday to carry out the inspection. The program will run from the end of August to the end of October. Registration is compulsory and designed to ensure a dog is returned to an owner if it strays.

Cr. Pyne said, “Hopefully this will also reduce the number of non-desexed dogs in the region and as a result reduce the number of unwanted puppies.” Inspections will be done by authorised officers trained in safe methods to approach dogs. Council has carried out this type of audit in the past approximately every three years and each time the cost of the program has been recouped by increased registrations.