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We connect you to people and projects in our diverse region.

Outcomes with vision

Advance Cairns is the peak independent, non-government advocacy and economic development organisation for Tropical North Queensland.

We are business-funded and outcome-driven, and we have a long-term vision for growth across the region.

Building on our strengths

Cairns, the gateway city to Tropical North Queensland, is highly regarded because of its location, infrastructure, and world-class facilities and attractions.

As a developed city in the tropics, we have the technology, health, education, and social structures within a politically stable environment to capitalise upon our natural environment and our global location.

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Budget needs to turn promises into reality

Budget needs to turn promises into reality

More than half a billion dollars in pre-election promises by the Albanese Government must be reflected in new treasurer Jim Chalmers’ first Federal Budget in October. Following a fruitful election campaign for the Far North that saw several major funding promises,...

August 2022 Newsletter

August 2022 Newsletter

From the Executive ChairTwo major announcements in recent days have the potential to profoundly reshape the tropical north Queensland region for decades to come. Firstly, the Albanese Government has confirmed the most comprehensive reassessment of Australian Defence...

July 2022 Newsletter

July 2022 Newsletter

From the Executive ChairThe far north has been front and centre this week with State Government activities with a range of senior ministers in the region. Yesterday Advance Cairns staged our annual post State Budget review at the Hilton Hotel with Treasurer and...

Foundation members recognised

Foundation members recognised

More than 100 local business owners and representatives turned out to celebrate a decade of support from Advance Cairns Foundation Members at Crystalbrook's Whiskey and Wine Bar last night. The event recognised 42 businesses and organisations which have been with...

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