24 Jun 2014Time for buskers to shine
Cairns Festival is bringing back the buskers stage! Thanks to sponsor Pacific Toyota loungeroom performers will have the chance to bring their talents into the open each weekday of Cairns Festival (September 1-5).
23 Jun 2014New look for Gordonvale Library
Gordonvale Library will receive a full refurbishment in the 2014-15 financial year, creating more space and a user-friendly layout as part of Cairns Regional Council's $121.6 million capital works program.
23 Jun 2014Budget achieves balance on all fronts
Cairns Regional Council has handed down its second consecutive balanced budget, complete with a $121.6 million capital works program and a minimal rate increase of just 1.5 per cent. The $276.8 million operating budget is the product of two years of hard work to turn Council's financial position from a $6.6 million deficit to a $6.5 million surplus at the end of 2013-14.
23 Jun 2014Tourism, events key to economic growth
Growing the Cairns economy through major events and tourism funding is part of an increased focus on attracting visitors to the region.
23 Jun 2014Sewer upgrades meet growing demand
Continuation of major upgrades to the sewer network will ensure improved functionality well into the future, as part of a $121.6 million capital works program to be delivered by Cairns Regional Council.
The revitalisation of Cairns' city centre will continue in 2014-15 as part of a $121.6 million capital works program.
23 Jun 2014Rebate to assist with leakage costs
A new water leakage rebate policy has been adopted with the 2014-15 Budget, essentially providing an insurance scheme for all residential ratepayers.
23 Jun 2014New sports fields for growing communities
More than $2 million will be spent in 2014-15 to start the process to turn vacant land at Edmonton into new sporting infrastructure, as part of a $121.6 million capital works budget.
23 Jun 2014Two years of gains reduce rates pain
A focus on financial efficiency during the past two years has allowed Cairns Regional Council to hand down its smallest rate increase in six years. The 2014-15 Budget includes the modest general rate rise of 1.5 per cent, which equates to an increase of $12.30 on the yearly residential minimum rate and $12.68 on rural and commercial properties.