Cairns Regional Council

Cairns Regional Council plays a fundamental role in planning and providing for the Cairns community. We deliver more than 400 services and functions to a population of over 160,000 across an area of nearly 1700km2 from Bramston Beach to Palm Cove.

Cairns offers world-class education, health and leisure facilities and is now home to residents from more than 47 nations attracted by the city’s vibrant culture and relaxed tropical lifestyle.

With the mission of “providing for today, preparing for tomorrow”, Cairns Regional Council delivers a myriad of programs and services designed to promote the wellbeing of residents, the environment and the local economy. In addressing the challenges of population growth, climate change, environmental management, economic development and social wellbeing, Council strives to create a sustainable, secure and vibrant future for our community.

A pro-business, results-driven Council, we actively seek to enhance and diversify the Cairns economy and are investing heavily in public infrastructure to underpin future commercial development. We are focussed on providing a business environment that encourages investment and supports appropriate, sustainable business and industry growth whilst enhancing local lifestyle and providing long term employment opportunities. Our development-friendly planning scheme supports diversity, quality and sustainable growth whilst maintaining the unique environment for which Cairns is internationally renowned.

We work with the Australian and Queensland governments, peak industry bodies and other key stakeholders to diversify our regional economy and maximise our opportunities, with particular emphasis on tourism, marine, defence, aviation, international education, agriculture, mining, tropical expertise, retailing, tertiary education, and sports tourism. Read more at