Connect, influence and prosper

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.

Keeping you informed and connected

May 2022 Newsletter

May 2022 Newsletter

From the CEO Well, it seems like we have been in election mode forever, but it will soon be time for everyone to have their say. We have been working hard to make sure there are plenty of big campaign promises coming our way from both sides of politics. There has been...

April 2022 Newsletter

April 2022 Newsletter

From the CEO What a month it has been, and with Federal Election campaigns now in full swing it is only going to become busier. The biggest announcement of course was the $107.5M commitment from both the ALP and the LNP for the Cairns Water Security Project – Stage 1....

March 2022 Newsletter

March 2022 Newsletter

From the CEO Earlier this month I travelled down to Brisbane armed with our newly released State Budget submission to meet with several high-ranking State and Shadow Ministers and advisors.  With the State Budget looming in June it is imperative that we have our needs...

Mixed bag in Federal Budget

Mixed bag in Federal Budget

Far North Queensland has missed out on several mega-projects but did secure other important commitments in last night’s Federal Budget.  Extra funding to address doctor shortages, further upgrades to key highways, support to revive international tourism and Defence...

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