2024 TNQ Priorities: Brisbane Delegation

Advance Cairns, the Cairns Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Tropical North Queensland together with our members and leading regional stakeholders, have come together to highlight key regional priorities which we believe will collectively build a more sustainable and robust future for the region.

While in Brisbane on March 6-7 the delegates from across the region will be meeting with senior leaders from Government, Opposition and the cross-benchers to highlight funding required to realise the potential of Australia’s most internationally connected region.

Explore 2024 TNQ Priorities: Brisbane Delegation paper here.
View delegate information here.

Tropical North Queensland, the most populous region in Northern Australia and boasting one of the most diverse regional economies nationwide, continues to play an out-sized role in contributing to the prosperity of Queensland.

No region in Australia is more internationally connected than Cairns and Tropical North Queensland; our geographic proximity and unique connections to the Asia Pacific and beyond are what truly makes Cairns Australia’s most global regional city1. It is this proximity which provides the opportunity to capitalise on our world class produce and exports as well as advances in aviation technology, further deepening and strengthening these international connections.

Tropical North Queensland’s unique advantages brings with it increasing population pressures requiring strategic investments into health, regional connectivity and food, water, and housing security that will sustain us to 2034 and beyond.

The priorities outlined in this document, enable the region to enhance its liveability, sustain a growing population and foster economic growth while continuing to play host to millions of national and international tourists. By 2032, the region will require an additional 65,000 beds to provide for tourists alone. And tourists and residents alike depend on secure and safe water supply, reliable connectivity and access to health services.

The recent record-breaking flooding highlighted the vulnerability of the region from an infrastructure and transport perspective. How we invest and plan for our future is critical to ensure a prosperous, climate resilient future.

Road Connectivity

    > Tablelands Access

        National Land Transport Network

        Palmerston Highway

        Kuranda Range Road

    > Cairns Northern Beaches Access

        Cairns Western Arterial Road

        Captain Cook Highway

    > Savannah Way (Gulf Section)

SME Support

    > Safeguarding Businesses Against Crime

    > Insurance Duty Relief

Cairns Marine Precinct

    > TAFE Queensland GBR International Marine College

    > Common User Facility

Cairns Housing Crisis

    > JCU Purpose-Built Student Accommodation

Delegation gallery

View images from the 2024 TNQ Delegation to Brisbane Parliament

Media release

Read joint statement from Far North Queensland’s peak advocacy bodies

Advocacy priorities

Explore priorities designed to build a sustainable future for the region.