Investment attraction and employment creation is a priority for Council’s Economic Development and Innovation unit.
Council has adopted an Investment Attraction Policy with the aim of promoting the region as a base for business opportunity. The policy focuses on strategies to attract investment that would create new jobs and infrastructure.
Investment attraction incentives
Cairns Regional Council’s Investment Attraction Incentives are available to businesses to attract future investments in key strategic industries, where the nature and scale of the proposed investment will stimulate significant economic and community benefits, diversity and value-add to the wider regional economy beyond the growth of the business itself.
Incentives focus on projects that will:
- create new jobs
- create direct value-add through construction and operations
- catalyse additional investment
- catalyse growth in a key strategic area
- support growth of other companies.
The Incentives Package may assist businesses wishing to locate and/or expand operations in the region in a number of ways including:
- Appointment of a Case Manager
- Integrated and expedited approvals process
- Property location assistance
- Business case assistance
- Welcome information package
- Direct financial assistance (eg, grants for infrastructure costs, grants for establishment costs, deferment of infrastructure charge)
Incentives are specifically targeted to businesses in the following industries:
- Advanced manufacturing
- Creative industries
- Professional and business services
- Tropical services and products
- Value-adding agricultural production