Land secured for Cairns University Hospital project

The Cairns University Hospital and health innovation precinct is one step closer following an agreement between James Cook University and landowners to purchase land required for the project. The financial aspects of the sale are subject to confidentiality agreements. The Morrison Government announced $60 million towards establishing the Cairns University Hospital in 2019 in partnership…

Government backs traditional owners on reef protection

The Australian Government is placing Indigenous knowledge at the centre of efforts to boost water quality, tackle crown-of-thorns starfish and care for wetland habitats. Twenty-five new projects totalling $4.9 million support management of Country and protect culturally significant areas across the Great Barrier Reef and provide employment and training for Traditional Owners, Federal Environment Minister…

Volunteer Grants available for Cairns and Far North Queensland community organisations

The Morrison Government is backing Australia’s volunteers, with up to $20 million in grants now available to support them in local communities across the nation. Volunteer Grants of $1,000 to $5,000 will help volunteers and volunteer groups to buy small equipment for volunteers, by reimbursing volunteer fuel, transport or training costs, or support promotional activities.…

Cairns businesses to build new army watercraft

Two Far North Queensland businesses will build seven new watercrafts as part of the Morrison Government’s commitment to strengthening the Australian Army’s amphibious capability. The vessels, which will be built in Cairns, will assist Army amphibious operations and support systems. Tropical Reef Shipyards and BME NQ will manufacture the 7.5 metre vessels, and provide spares…

New Cairns Service Centre opens next month

Cairns residents will soon benefit from improved face-to-face Medicare and Centrelink services with the new purpose-built Services Australia precinct office opening soon. Federal Government Services Minister Stuart Robert, said the upcoming opening of the Cairns precinct demonstrated the Morrison Government’s commitment to ensuring Australians had ready access to government services. “Improving the face-to-face customer experience…

Work to begin on $359m Captain Cook Highway project

Early works on the congestion-busting $359 million Captain Cook Highway upgrade project will commence this year. The $359 million Captain Cook Highway project is jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $287.2 million and the Queensland Government committing $71.8 million. The Australian Government recently added the Captain Cook Highway from Cairns CBD to Smithfield to…