CAIRNS Queensland Budget 2019/20 - MARCH 2019 - Cairns Regional Council

 
CAIRNS Queensland Budget 2019/20 - MARCH 2019 - Cairns Regional Council
Queensland Budget 2019/20
PRIORITIES FOR
CAIRNS

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CAIRNS Queensland Budget 2019/20 - MARCH 2019 - Cairns Regional Council
CAIRNS AT A GLANCE
         HOUSING (JUNE 18)                                           GROSS REGIONAL                                                  GREAT BARRIER REEF
                                                                        PRODUCT
            MEDIAN PRICE                                                        (Y/E 30 JUN 18)
            $411,000 House                                                                                                                       1/7
            $206,000 Unit                                                                                                                One of the seven
                                                                                                                                                                                $56B

            $206,000 Residential Land                                                                                                   natural wonders of
                                                                                                                                            the world
            1.9% Rental vacancy rate                                                                                                                                    Economic, social and
                                                                                                                                                                            icon value
                                                                                                                                                2,300
                                                                     $8.8B                       $15.4B                                  KILOMETRES LONG

                                                                       Cairns             Far North Queensland
                                                                                                                                        Covering an area of
                                                                                                                                           344,000 km2

                 WATER                                                                                                                                                           64,000
                                                                                                                                                                                  JOBS

                 Cairns and FNQ region’s water                              VISITORS                                                                                       Employment
                 run off as a % of:                         (TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND REGION Y/E                                                1,625                      supported
                                                                          30 SEP 18)                                                      SPECIES OF FISH
                 60%       Queensland’s total
                                                                                                                                      (10% of the world’s fish
                 26%       Australia’s total                                                                                                 species)

                    Average annual rainfall (Far
 1,998mm            North Region)
                                                                                                                                                                            $6.4B
                                                                      2.0m                      860,000                                                                     ANNUALLY

                                                               Domestic visitors            International visitors                              600+                        Economic
                                                                                                                                         TYPES OF HARD &
                                                                spending $2.3B                 spending $1.1B                              SOFT CORALS
                                                                                                                                                                           Contribution

           AGRICULTURE
         (FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND)
                                                                     WET TROPICS RAINFOREST
                 $2.95B Sector value
                 $1.81B Export value                                         2.0m
                                                                             HECTARES
                                                                                                                                 35%                             CAIRNS
                                                                                                       OVER
                                                                     Bioregion area                 2,800                   of Australia’s
                                                                                                   Plant Species           mammal species                        PUBLIC
                                                                                                                                                                HOSPITAL
       CAIRNS AIRPORT                                                                                                                                                 79,333 Total
      (PASSENGER MOVEMENTS Y/E 30 JUN 2018)                                                                                                                              admissions
                                                                      $5.2B                                                                                            (y/e 30 Jun 18)
                                                                     ANNUALLY                       40%                        60%
            696,000 International                                     Economic                 of Australia’s bird           of Australia’s                      5,988 Total staff
                                                                     Contribution                   species                butterfly species                             employed
            4.3m Domestic
            7th Busiest airport in Australia

                                                                      CAIRNS SEAPORT                                                                RESIDENT
                                                                            Cargo movements                                                        POPULATION
            UNEMPLOYMENT                                                    (y/e 30 Jun 18)
                                                                            571,000 tonnes Export
                                                                            889,000 tonnes Import                                                                      306,000
                                                                                                                                                                       2050 (projected)

    5.8%                5.8%                                            8%                                  1,736                         165,000
    (SEP 2018)         (JAN. 2019)
                                            12.3%               Average annual                             Total vessel                          (today)
                                           (JAN. 2019)
                                                                growth in cargo                              arrivals
  Cairns City      Cairns Region (SA4)         Youth              movements                              (y/e 30 Jun 18)               Cairns City Resident
Unemployment        Unemployment                                  (last 5 years)                                                           Population

                                                                                                                                                                         286,000
                                                                                                                                          467,000                            (today)
                                                                                                                                          2050 (projected)
                                                                                                                                                                      Far North Queensland
                                                                                                                                                                          (FNQ) Resident
                                                             JCU                CQUniversity                TAFE                                                            Population

 TERTIARY                     Number of students enrolled    3,913                  1,324                  11,269                                 8.9%
EDUCATION                     Persons employed               1,213                  162                      381
                                                                                                                                        Proportion of population
                                                                                                                                      that is Indigenous (highest of
 (CAIRNS CAMPUS)              Number of courses              134                     34                      180                               any Australian city)

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OVERVIEW
				OF KEY PRIORITIES
‘It’s time to invest in the future of Cairns and the Far North’
Cairns Regional Council is calling on the Queensland Government to
commit to the following key priorities in the State’s Budget for 2019/20.

              CAIRNS ROAD NETWORK                                 CAIRNS AVIATION ROUTE
              $370 million for capacity improvements              DEVELOPMENT
              on the Cairns Western Arterial Road                 Additional funding allocation of $50 million
              (CWAR) linking Smithfield to south Cairns.          to the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund
              Agreement with the Federal Government on            (over the budget year and forward estimates)
              the extension of the National Land Transport        to support international aviation route
              Network to the Cairns Airport and Smithfield        development and specific allocation from this
              and investment of $64 million in support of         fund to be made for regional airports.
              capacity enhancements on this road corridor.
              Commitment (in conjunction with the Federal
                                                                  CAIRNS SEAPORT MASTER
              Government) to the upgrade of the Kuranda
                                                                  PLANNING AND INVESTMENT
              Range Road to address significant safety,
                                                                  Expeditious completion of the detailed
              capacity and reliability issues. Confirmation
                                                                  master planning for the Cairns Seaport
              of Queensland Government funding of $269
                                                                  and immediately adjoining interfaces and
              million to deliver the Smithfield Bypass,
                                                                  provision of an appropriate funding allocation
              Cairns Southern Access Corridor - Stage
                                                                  in the forward estimates for master plan
              3 (Edmonton to Gordonvale) and Cairns
                                                                  implementation.
              Southern Access Corridor - Stage 4
              (Kate St to Aumuller St) projects.

                                                                  CAIRNS GALLERY PRECINCT
              NULLINGA DAM                                        $13.3 million funding commitment towards the
              Commitment to complete the project’s full
                                                                  estimated capital cost ($39.8 million) of the
              business case as a matter of urgency and
                                                                  Cairns Gallery Precinct as part of the proposed
              a budget funding allocation of $425 million
                                                                  tripartite (Federal, Queensland and Local
              towards the project’s construction and
                                                                  Governments) funding arrangement for this
              implementation.
                                                                  iconic cultural and tourism
                                                                  infrastructure project.
              CAIRNS HOSPITAL
              $90 million commitment from the
              Queensland Government towards the
                                                                  CAIRNS METRO/AIRPORT LINK
              establishment of a research institute at
                                                                  $400,000 in funding to undertake the market
              the Cairns Hospital to support the goal
                                                                  needs assessment and business case for this
              of Cairns Hospital becoming a university
                                                                  innovative public transport project.
              hospital in the short to medium term. $15
              million commitment in support of upgraded
              emergency department facilities and
              infrastructure at the Cairns Hospital.              UNIFORM (ELECTRICITY)
                                                                  TARIFF POLICY
                                                                  Commitment to a continuation of the Uniform
              CAIRNS CONVENTION CENTRE                            (Electricity) Tariff Policy over the budget
              $176 million over the budget year and
                                                                  year and forward estimates to support the
              forward estimates to complete the
                                                                  affordability of electricity for businesses and
              refurbishment and expansion of the Cairns
                                                                  consumers in regional areas of Queensland
              Convention Centre.
                                                                  including Cairns.

In addition to these key priorities, this document also sets out a series of additional priorities that
should be implemented to help deliver economic prosperity and liveability for the Cairns region.

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    Foreword
    ‘A targeted plan to deliver jobs, growth and
    liveability in Cairns and Far North Queensland’

    C
          airns is the capital of Far North Queensland (FNQ), the largest region in Northern Australia (population circa 286,000)
          and is a strategic gateway to the Pacific, Asia and beyond. With a resident population of 165,000 people and an
    average 30,000 additional visitors staying in the city on any given night, Cairns is one of the largest and most dynamic
    regional cities in Australia. Unique liveability and solid economic fundamentals have seen Cairns experience significant
    population growth (2.3% per annum in the 15 years to 2016) – well in excess of the national growth rate. Significant
    private investment and renewed business confidence has also seen the Cairns region unemployment rate reduce
    significantly in recent years. The region’s unemployment rate currently sits at 5.8% (SA4, Jan 19). A unique combination
    of economic potential and superior liveability means Cairns is ideally positioned as a growth centre of strategic
    significance to the State of Queensland. But in order to realise this potential, Cairns and indeed the FNQ region, requires
    investment in the infrastructure, programs and policy that will provide the foundation for future growth.

    A FAIRER SHARE                               TARGETED                                          STRATEGIC
    Capital investment by the Queensland         INVESTMENT                                        ALIGNMENT
    Government is critical to delivering         It is recognised that in order to be effective,   The Cairns 2050 Shared Vision was
    the infrastructure and projects that will    regional investment and policy needs to           developed in the context of policy and
    support the future prosperity of the         be developed in the context of a broader          strategy settings at the Federal, State and
    Cairns region. Set out on the opposite       regional strategy to ensure such initiatives      Regional level. From a State perspective,
    page are some highlights from analysis       are complementary and contribute to               investment in the priorities contained
    undertaken by Cairns Regional Council on     the realisation of a long term vision. With       within this document aligns with, and will
    Queensland Government budgeted capital       this in mind, Cairns Regional Council and         support the implementation of, a number
    expenditure over the seven years ending      key regional stakeholders have worked             of key Queensland Government strategies
    2018/19. Over that seven-year period,        together to develop the Cairns 2050 Shared        and plans including (amongst others):
    the Queensland Government budgeted           Vision (www.cairns.qld.gov.au/vision2050).        The Queensland Plan: Queenslanders’
    capital expenditure allocation per person    This vision also incorporates the views           30-year vision 2014; State Infrastructure
    for the Cairns region was the lowest of      and priorities of the Cairns community as         Plan 2016; Far North Queensland Regional
    any region outside of SEQ. In 2018/19,       expressed through the 2016 Our Cairns             Plan 2009-2031; and Advancing North
    budgeted Queensland Government               Survey, a community survey conducted by           Queensland – Investing in the Future of the
    capital expenditure for Cairns decreased     the Cairns Regional Council which attracted       North (2016) plan. Accordingly, investing
    by 11% compared to the prior year            over 6,000 responses. The Cairns 2050             in the priorities contained in this document
    whilst for the State overall, there was an   Shared Vision provides a framework that will      not only contributes to the delivery of the
    increase of 14%. Cairns deserves a fairer    deliver economic prosperity, quality of life      Cairns 2050 Shared Vision, it also supports
    share of investment from the Queensland      and liveability for the Cairns community both     the delivery of the state-wide strategic
    Government and this document sets out        today, and for the generations that follow. It    objectives of the Queensland Government.
    where this investment should be directed.    sets out the projects, investment and policy
    If Cairns had been allocated the             required for the vision to be realised. The
    same per capita capital funding as           Cairns 2050 Shared Vision has provided the
    the Toowoomba/Darling Downs                  foundation for the priorities contained in this
    region over the seven years ending           document.
    30 June 2019, it would have been
    sufficient to fund all of the Key
    Priorities contained in this document.

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WHERE'S OUR SHARE?
       Compared to other Queensland regions, over the past seven years the Cairns
       region has received a significantly lower share of State Government budgeted
       capital expenditure. Our region deserves a fairer share.

                STATE GOV      $6000

                BUDGETED
                  CAPITAL      $5000

              PURCHASES                                                                                    TOOWOOMBA
                                                                                                           DARLING DOWNS
              PER PERSON       $4000                                                                       FITZROY

                   TREND                                                                                   TOWNSVILLE
                               $3000
                                                                                                           MACKAY

                               $2000
                                                                                                          CAIRNS
                                                                                                           WIDE BAY
                               $1000
              CAIRNS

                                       12/13     13/14   14/15     15/16     16/17        17/18         18/19
              $1715

                 TOWNSVILLE

                                                    $
                                                                                                        CAIRNS

               $3214
                                                           Total Qld Gov
                                                           Budgeted Capital            UP                DOWN
                                                                                                         11%
                                                           Expenditure                 14%
                                                           (change on prior year)
                                                                                      ALL QLD
                              MACKAY

                          $2670
                                                                 If
                                                                            we had the same $ per capita
                                                                            allocation as the Toowoomba
                                                                            /Darling Downs region over the
                                                                            past seven years we could have:

18/19
                                                                             24 44
                                               FITZROY                         DREDGED
                                                                             TRINITY INLET
                                                                                                         BUILT

BUDGETED
CAPITAL
EXPENDITURE
                                       $4156                                 TIMES OVER
                                                                                                      Performing
                                                                                                      Arts Centres

PER PERSON                                                       WIDE BAY                           Paid for the

                                                                                                     19
                                                                                                  Smithfield Bypass

                                                                 $1695

                                                                                                    Times OVER
                                                TOOWOOMBA
                                               DARLING DOWNS                                          Paid for the
                                                                                                      Convention

                                                                                                     16
                                                                                                    Centre Expansion

                                               $4184                                                  TIMES OVER

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Cairns Road Network
‘Investing in an integrated road network that will support the future economic
prosperity, liveability, safety and resilience of the Cairns and FNQ community’

              COMMITMENT
              REQUIRED
     $370 million for capacity
     improvements on the Cairns
     Western Arterial Road (CWAR)
     linking Smithfield to south Cairns.
     Agreement with the Federal
     Government on the extension of the
     National Land Transport Network
     to the Cairns Airport and Smithfield
     and investment of $64 million in
     support of capacity enhancements
     on this road corridor. Commitment
     (in conjunction with the Federal
     Government) to the upgrade of the
     Kuranda Range Road to address
     significant safety, capacity and
     reliability issues.

     Confirmation of Queensland
     Government funding of $269 million
     to deliver the Smithfield Bypass,
     Cairns Southern Access Corridor -
     Stage 3 (Edmonton to Gordonvale)
     and Cairns Southern Access
     Corridor - Stage 4
     (Kate St to Aumuller St) projects.

                                            T    he road networks both within
                                                 Cairns and connecting Cairns to
                                            regions located to the north, south
                                                                                          of an integrated road transport
                                                                                          network for Cairns and to support
                                                                                          enhanced connectivity with the
                                            and west are critical enablers for the        surrounding region. The projects all
                                            regional economy. An effective road           contribute to the priorities contained
                                            transport network also contributes            in the Queensland Government’s Far
                                            to the region’s liveability by facilitating   North Regional Transport Plan (Draft)
                                            efficient travel both within region and       2018. Each project is depicted in
                                            to/from outside the region for work,          the adjacent diagram with further
                                            leisure and social purposes. Safety           commentary in the paragraphs
                                            for all modes of transport is also an         that follow.
                                            important consideration as is the
                                            resilience of the region’s road network
                                            to weather events and flooding.
                                            There are six key road network
                                            projects that are critical to the delivery

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Smithfield
                                    Bypass         KEY ROAD
                                                   NETWORK
                                                   PROJECTS
 Kuranda
Range Road

                                                                      National
                                                                     Highway 1
                                                                     Draper Street
                                                                     to Smithfield

             Cairns Western
              Arterial Road
                 (CWAR)

                                                Cairns Southern
                                                Access Corridor
                                                  Stage 4: Kate St
                                                  to Aumuller St

                        Cairns Southern
                        Access Corridor
                         Stage 3: Edmonton
                           to Gordonvale

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    Cairns Road Network
CAIRNS WESTERN                                   NATIONAL HIGHWAY 1                             KURANDA RANGE ROAD

                                                                                                T
ARTERIAL ROAD                                    – DRAPER STREET TO                                  he Kuranda Range Road links

T    he Cairns Western Arterial Road             SMITHFIELD                                          Smithfield to Kuranda and provides

                                                 T
     provides an important linkage to                 he National Land Transport Network        critical connectivity between Cairns,
the north, west and south of Cairns via               (NLTN) currently terminates at the        the Atherton Tablelands (including
its connections to the Captain Cook              corner of Comport and Draper Streets           Mareeba), the Cape York and the Gulf
Highway, Kuranda Range Road and                  (just south of the Cairns City Centre). As a   of Carpentaria. The FNQ region’s
Bruce Highway respectively. The road             result, the section of the National Highway    agricultural sector is a key driver of the
corridor alleviates traffic flows through        1 that connects the southern fringe of         need for an improved Kuranda Range
the Cairns City Centre by providing an           the Cairns City to Smithfield via Sheridan     Road. With a sector value of $2.95 billion
alternate ‘bypass’ route to the National         Street is unable to benefit from the 80/20     and export value of $1.81 billion and
Highway 1 route that traverses through           (Federal/State) funding arrangements that      potential for significant further growth
the Cairns City via Sheridan Street.             apply to roads within the NLTN. The road       (particularly if the region’s enormous
Whilst elements of the Cairns Western            corridor provides key connectivity to the      water and arable land resources are
Arterial Road are ‘dual laned’ in each           Cairns Seaport, Cairns City Centre, Cairns     further developed), this road link to
direction, further investment is required        Airport and Smithfield (including the Cairns   Cairns needs to be significantly upgraded
to ensure this road corridor can deliver         Campus of James Cook University).              to unlock the sector’s full economic
to its full potential supporting the efficient   Significant investment in capacity             potential. An Impact Assessment Study
and safe movement of freight and people.         enhancements to this road corridor are         of the road by Maunsell McIntyre (now
Cairns Regional Council have identified a        required to ensure the efficient movement      AECOM) in 2000, identified that the
range of upgrades on this road corridor          of freight and people particularly to the      road’s inadequacies contributed to poor
that would significantly enhance its             city’s air and sea ports. Population growth    safety, poor economic performance
capacity and improve connectivity and            in Cairns’ northern suburbs has also seen      (travel times, vehicle operating costs and
safety. Projects include ‘dual laning’ of        increased commuter congestion along            inability to accommodate freight-efficient
the northern section of the road through         this route. The Queensland Transport           vehicles) and poor reliability. 18 years on,
to upgrades to McCoombe Street                   Minister has recognised the strategic          these issues have not been adequately
to deliver improved connectivity with            importance of this road corridor and has       addressed with significant investment
the Bruce Highway to the south. An               made a written request to the Federal          now needed to deliver increased capacity,
estimated investment of $370 million from        Transport Minister for the extension of the    improved safety and to enable the road
the Queensland Government is required            NLTN to Smithfield as part of the Federal      to deliver its full economic potential for
to deliver these enhancements and                Government’s NLTN Determination                the region. Cairns Regional Council is
unlock this road corridor’s full potential.      Review. Cairns Regional Council strongly       calling on the Queensland and Federal
                                                 supports this extension and is advocating      Governments to commit $200 million
                                                 to the Federal Government for its approval.    and $800 million respectively towards
                                                 A series of capacity enhancements on           a $1 billion improvement project on this
                                                 this road corridor have been identified by     road of regional and national strategic
                                                 Cairns Regional Council. The estimated         importance.
                                                 cost of these enhancements is $320
                                                 million which would require a Queensland
                                                 Government investment of $64 million
                                                 should the request for NLTN extension be
                                                 successful. The proposed enhancements
                                                 would also complement the Queensland
                                                 Government’s Smithfield Bypass project
                                                 which is currently underway.

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Priority Projects
 SMITHFIELD BYPASS                           BRUCE HIGHWAY—                                    BRUCE HIGHWAY—

 T    he 3.8-kilometre-long bypass
                                             CAIRNS SOUTHERN                                   CAIRNS SOUTHERN ACCESS
      between the McGregor Road              ACCESS CORRIDOR—                                  CORRIDOR—
 roundabout and the Cairns Western           STAGE 3: EDMONTON TO                              STAGE 4: KATE STREET
 Arterial Road (CWAR) and Captain Cook       GORDONVALE                                        TO AUMULLER STREET

                                             C                                                 C
 Highway (CCH) roundabout will provide             airns Regional Council commends                   airns Regional Council commends
 an alternative route to the Captain Cook          the Queensland Government on                      the Queensland Government on its
 Highway.                                    its commitment to this project which              commitment to this project which will
 The bypass aims to ease congestion          includes the ‘dual laning’ of the Bruce           deliver long-term improvements to traffic
 at the Smithfield and Carivonica            Highway in both directions between                flow, freight delivery and road safety
 roundabouts thereby improving traffic       Edmonton and Gordonvale. The project              south of Cairns, through reducing urban
 flows and reducing the risk of crashes on   will deliver long-term improvements to            congestion, reducing highway travel
 the Captain Cook Highway. The project       traffic flow, freight delivery, road safety and   times and improving road access. As
 is also complementary to the proposed       connectivity between Gordonvale and               well as capacity improvements to the
 CWAR and Kuranda Range Road projects        Edmonton and destinations to both the             Southern Access Corridor between Kate
 referred to previously. The project is      north and south. It will also complement          Street and Aumuller Street, the project
 currently underway and scheduled for        the industry development envisioned               will deliver additional improvements from
 completion in late 2020. The Queensland     in the Queensland Government’s                    Comport Street to Kenny Street. The
 Government’s funding commitment of          recently announced Cairns South State             project is underway and expected to be
 $152 million towards the project should     Development Area, thereby supporting              completed in mid-2021. The Queensland
 be confirmed in the Queensland Budget       further economic activity and job growth          Government’s funding commitment
 for 2019/20.                                in the region. Early procurement works            of $20.8 million towards the project
                                             have started and construction is expected         (total cost of $104.1 million with $83.3
                                             to commence in early 2020 with project            million to be contributed by the Federal
                                             completion scheduled for mid-2023.                Government) should be confirmed in the
                                             The Queensland Government’s funding               Queensland Budget for 2019/20.
                                             commitment of $96.2 million towards the
                                             project (total cost of $481 million with
                                             $384.8 million to be contributed by the
                                             Federal Government) should be confirmed
                                             in the Queensland Budget for 2019/20.

                                                 STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT
                                                This priority aligns with and supports the implementation of the
                                                following Queensland Government strategies and initiatives:
                                                • The Queensland Plan: Queenslanders’ 30-year vision 2014
                                                • State Infrastructure Plan 2016
                                                • Future-proofing the Bruce (Highway) policy document 2017
                                                • Far North Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031
                                                • Far North Regional Transport Plan (Draft) 2018
                                                • Advancing North Queensland – Investing in the Future of the North (2016) plan
                                                • Queensland Tourism and Transport Strategy 2018

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 Nullinga Dam
 ‘A multigenerational infrastructure project that will unlock the full potential of the FNQ
 region’s agricultural sector and support the long term urban water security of Cairns’

               COMMITMENT
               REQUIRED
                                               W       ater security and quality are
                                                       key priorities underpinning the
                                               future development of the Cairns region
                                                                                               Tablelands, has been proposed as a
                                                                                               critical piece of water supply infrastructure
                                                                                               that will:
                                               and Northern Australia. With 60% of             • Stimulate and expand irrigated
      Commitment to complete the
                                               Queensland’s annual water run-off and              agriculture in the region by
      project’s full business case as a
      matter of urgency and a budget           significant tracts of underdeveloped arable        supplementing existing water supplies.
      funding allocation of $425 million       land, the FNQ region’s agricultural potential   • Support the long term urban water
      towards the project’s construction       is enormous. To unlock this potential, it          security necessary to cater for the Cairns
      and implementation.                      is imperative that there be investment in          region’s growing population.
                                               the infrastructure required to harness the      Nullinga Dam would underpin additional
                                               region’s water resources. Urban water           agricultural production worth an estimated
                                               security is also an important strategic issue   $200 million a year to FNQ and is vital to
                                               that needs to be addressed in order to          the further growth of FNQ’s agricultural
                                               meet the challenges of a Cairns population      industry, which already leads the way
                                               that is expected to nearly double in the next   in Northern Australia and is well placed
                                               30 years. Based on historical growth rates,     to become one of the country’s most
                                               the FNQ region’s population is expected to      important food bowls. This in turn
                                               reach half a million people by the middle of    would lead to maximising our export and
                                               the 21st century.                               distribution industries thereby contributing
                                                  The proposed Nullinga Dam project,           to job growth and increased economic
                                               located on the Walsh River on the Atherton      activity across the FNQ region. A
                                                                                               preliminary business case for the Nullinga
                                                                                               Dam project was completed in 2017
                                                                                               and a detailed business case is currently
      STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT                                                                      being completed by Building Queensland
      This priority aligns with and supports the implementation of the                         engaging with the project proponent
      following Queensland Government strategies and initiatives:                              (SunWater) and stakeholders more broadly.
      • The Queensland Plan: Queenslanders’ 30-year vision 2014                                Funding commitments are required to
      • State Infrastructure Plan 2016                                                         ensure this critical infrastructure project of
      • Advancing North Queensland – Investing in the Future of the North (2016) plan          regional and national significance, that will
                                                                                               deliver benefits for multiple generations of
                                                                                               the FNQ community, is able to proceed.

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Cairns Hospital
‘Investing in the infrastructure and services required to keep our community healthy’

                                              H     ealth and wellbeing are critical
                                                    foundations to a community’s quality
                                              of life and are essential if communities
                                                                                              Key priorities for Cairns Hospital include:
                                                                                              • Development of a research centre
                                                                                                (including land acquisition and facility
                                              are to continue to grow and prosper. The          development) to support the goal of
                                              Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health         Cairns Hospital becoming a university
                                              Service (CHHHS) is the FNQ region’s               hospital in the medium term.
                                              largest employer with approximately 6,000         A $90 million commitment is required
                                              staff delivering a wide range of hospital         from the Queensland Government
                                              and health services across the region.            to complement commitments of $60
                                              The Cairns Hospital is a critical facility        million already made Federally.
                                              within the CHHHS network and caters for         • Investment in a new/upgraded
                                              approximately 80,000 patient admissions           emergency department facilities and
                                              every year. The hospital also deals with          infrastructure. There were 71,118
             COMMITMENT                       a diverse range of health and wellbeing           presentations to the emergency
             REQUIRED                         needs of the regional community including         department at the Cairns Hospital
                                              the region’s significant Aboriginal and           in 2017/18, a 22% increase over
   $90 million commitment from the
                                              Torres Strait Islander populations.               the preceding five years (the Cairns
   Queensland Government towards
   the establishment of a research            Expansion of the facilities and status of the     Hospital emergency department is
   institute at the Cairns Hospital to        Cairns Hospital as well as investment in the      the fifth busiest in Queensland).
   support the goal of Cairns Hospital        broader regional services managed by the          A $15 million commitment is required
   becoming a university hospital in          CHHHS will be required to meet the future         from the Queensland Government to
   the short to medium term. $15
                                              needs of a growing regional population.           implement these urgent upgrades.
   million commitment in support of
   upgraded emergency department              The region’s unique demographics,               • Ongoing investigation into the potential
   facilities and infrastructure at the       including significant visitor and Indigenous      to provide higher level services locally
   Cairns Hospital.                           populations, are also key considerations          at the Cairns Hospital that are currently
                                              when planning for the future health needs         only available ‘outside of region’ (e.g.
                                              of Cairns. The aim is for Cairns Hospital         neurosurgery).
                                              to become a university hospital within the      • Continued development of specific
  Confirmation of funding to ensure           short to medium term and for the hospital         models of care to address chronic
  the full delivery of the following key      to continue to expand the higher level of         disease, particularly in the region’s
  initiatives that have already been          services offered locally.                         Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  announced should also be included                                                             populations.
  in the upcoming Queensland Budget:
  • Delivery of a new mental health unit
    at the Cairns Hospital ($70 million).
  • Delivery of the Cairns Southern
    Corridor Health Precinct ($15
    million).                                    STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT
  • Delivery of second catheterization           This priority aligns with and supports the implementation of the
    laboratory (‘cath lab’) ($2.8 million).      following Queensland Government strategies and initiatives:
  • Delivery of hybrid theatre for               • The Queensland Plan: Queenslanders’ 30-year vision 2014
    vascular surgery ($4 million).               • Our Future State: Advancing Queensland’s Priorities (2018) plan
                                                 • Queensland Department of Health Strategic Plan 2016-2020
                                                 • State Infrastructure Plan 2016
                                                 • Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service Strategic Plan 2018-2022

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Aviation Route Development
‘Delivering the air connectivity required to support job growth and economic activity in
the region’s tourism, international education and high value agricultural export sectors’

                                            A     ir connectivity is key to the economic
                                                  development of the Cairns region.
                                            It opens up new visitor markets for the
                                                                                            aviation together with tourism product
                                                                                            development and direct investment
                                                                                            in destination marketing is required to
                                            tourism sector, provides opportunities          address this worrying trend for the TNQ
                                            for the export of high value agricultural       tourism sector.
                                            produce and promotes growth of the                There is significant international visitor
                                            international education sector.                 growth that would be unlocked by
                                               A daily international wide-body flight       additional capacity without reducing
                                            to Cairns is potentially a $200 million a       passengers on existing flights.
                                            year export business, with $100 million           To unlock this growth, Cairns Airport is
                                            of international visitor spend, $50-150         targeting four new priority routes: one each
                                            million of agricultural produce sales, and      from the Middle East and Southeast Asia
                                            the potential to deliver more than 650 new      (to serve Europe); one from Shanghai, and
              COMMITMENT                    jobs for the region. There are additional       one from North America. Together, these
              REQUIRED                      flow-on benefits as other trade is enabled      four new air routes would provide $800
                                            by new air routes. These benefits are           million per year in additional economic
     Additional funding allocation of $50
                                            widely dispersed across businesses in the       benefit to the $14 billion Cairns economy.
     million to the Attracting Aviation
     Investment Fund (over the budget       sector and the region. Currently more than      More international services direct to Cairns
     year and forward estimates) to         80% of international visitors through Cairns    will create more capacity for domestic
     support international aviation route   Airport travel on domestic flights. Due to      visitors and encourage international visitors
     development and specific allocation    the volume of international passengers          to stay longer and spend more whilst in
     from this fund to be made for
                                            flying-in on domestic routes, domestic          the region.
     regional airports.
                                            capacity is also being constrained.                But whilst the case for new international
                                               Limited direct international aviation        aviation routes into Cairns is compelling,
                                            capacity is a key constraint to the region’s    temporary ‘start up’ funding packages are
                                            tourism economy. Analysis by Tourism            required to de-risk initial establishment for
                                            Research Australia for the year ended 30        the airlines involved and secure these new
                                            September 2018 indicates international          routes in what is an extremely competitive
                                            tourism visitation and expenditure in TNQ       international market. Cairns Airport is
                                            reduced by 3.3% and 2% respectively             seeking to assemble four airline support
                                            compared to the prior year. Contrast            packages to support the start-up on the
                                            this with the results for Brisbane and          four key routes identified above.
                                            the Gold Coast over the same period
                                            where international tourism expenditure
                                            increased by 20.5% and 13.3%
                                            respectively. Increasing direct international

                                               STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT
                                               This priority aligns with and supports the implementation of the
                                               following Queensland Government strategies and initiatives:
                                               • Advancing Tourism 2016-20
                                               • Queensland Tourism and Transport Strategy 2018
                                               • Tourism and Events Queensland Strategic Plan 2018-2022
                                               • Advancing North Queensland – Investing in the Future of the North (2016) plan
                                               • Advancing Tourism in North Queensland 2016-20

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Cairns Seaport Master
Planning and Investment
‘Effectively planning for the long term needs of the Cairns Seaport and commiting the
investment required to realise the Seaport’s full economic potential’

                                         C    airns Seaport is a critical enabler for
                                              the city of Cairns and the broader
                                         FNQ region. The Port is also strategically
                                                                                         The Port’s existing masterplan has
                                                                                         guided historical port development and
                                                                                         is due for review. Future expansion of
                                         located from a naval, marine logistics and      Seaport operations, an increasing regional
                                         marine tourism perspective with close           population and balancing the competing
                                         physical proximity to Asia, PNG and the         needs of the wide variety of Seaport users
                                         Pacific. Importantly, the Port is part of the   and stakeholders needs to be considered
                                         community, and it is infrastructure of State    in the detailed master planning review.
                                         and National importance.                        The completion of long term and detailed
                                           The Port has served as the natural            master planning for the Seaport and
                                         consolidation and redistribution centre         immediately adjoining interface areas is a
                                         for supplies shipped to the coastal             critical initiative as will be investment in the
                                         communities north of Cairns as well as          infrastructure and development required
           COMMITMENT                    the Torres Strait Islands and the Gulf of       to deliver that master plan to meet the
           REQUIRED                      Carpentaria. It also acts as a supply           demand. The objective of this master
                                         and service centre for the Freeport mine        planning will be to properly assess market
  Expeditious completion of the          operations in Indonesia, with regular           demands and optimise and protect the
  detailed master planning for the       shipping operations transiting through the      use of key Port infrastructure and address
  Cairns Seaport and immediately
                                         Port. Cruise shipping, freight and logistics,   operational, economic, environmental and
  adjoining interfaces and provision
                                         marine maintenance, commercial fishing,         community relationships, supply chains
  of an appropriate funding allocation
  in the forward estimates for master    super yachts, navy and marine based             and surrounding land uses.
  plan implementation.                   tourism are just some of the many users           The master planning is currently
                                         and stakeholders reliant on an effectively      underway and due for completion in the
                                         operating and protected Seaport.                first half of 2020. Funding allocations
                                                                                         should be made in the forward estimates
                                                                                         of the 2019/20 Queensland Budget to
                                                                                         support Cairns Seaport master plan
                                                                                         implementation.

                                             STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT
                                             This priority aligns with and supports the implementation of the
                                             following Queensland Government strategies and initiatives:
                                             • The Queensland Plan: Queenslanders’ 30-year vision 2014
                                             • State Infrastructure Plan 2016
                                             • Advancing North Queensland – Investing in the Future of the North (2016) plan
                                             • Advancing Tourism 2016-20
                                             • Advancing Tourism in North Queensland 2016-20

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Cairns Gallery Precinct
‘An iconic arts and cultural precinct that will deliver significant ongoing jobs and economic benefits
to the FNQ region and cement Cairns’ position as the Arts and Cultural Capital of Northern Australia’

                                             C     airns is recognised as the Arts
                                                   and Cultural Capital of Northern
                                             Australia. The Cairns Gallery Precinct
                                                                                              for the arts, the burgeoning local creative
                                                                                              sector, the opportunity to showcase more
                                                                                              Indigenous arts, and the need to diversify
                                             is a project that strongly supports this         our tourism offering all contribute to the
                                             status and complements recent regional           need for increased scale and diversity of
                                             investment in arts and cultural facilities,      Cairns’ visual arts infrastructure.
                                             events and programs. These include               Establishment of the precinct will also
                                             the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF),           have significant positive impacts to jobs
                                             Cairns Performing Arts Centre (CPAC),            and economic growth. In addition to
                                             Munro Martin Parklands and Centre of             the significant economic impact and
                                             Contemporary Arts among others. The              employment created during construction,
                                             project will transform and connect three         once operational, the project will add
                                             heritage listed buildings in the Cairns City     $20.7 million per annum to the regional
              COMMITMENT                     Centre (the Cairns Art Gallery, ‘Old’ Court      economy (Gross Regional Product) and
              REQUIRED                       House and former Mulgrave Shire Council          support 177 ongoing full time jobs through
                                             offices) and establish a new world class         its direct operation and induced tourism
     $13.3 million funding commitment
                                             gallery building to create a dynamic and         expenditure. Cairns Regional Council
     towards the estimated capital cost
     ($39.8 million) of the Cairns Gallery   unique gallery precinct with benefits for both   is advocating for a tripartite funding
     Precinct as part of the proposed        the local community and domestic and             arrangement for the project with Federal,
     tripartite (Federal, State and Local    international visitors.                          State and Local (Council) Governments
     Governments) funding arrangement          The project would have a particularly          each contributing one third of the project’s
     for this iconic cultural and tourism
                                             strong connection to the region’s                total capital cost of $39.8 million. The
     infrastructure project.
                                             Indigenous community.                            project business case is expected to be
                                               A significant proportion of Cairns’            completed in late March 2019.
                                             population identify as First Nations
                                             peoples. Cairns is also the principle
                                             connection point for the exchange and
                                             celebration of Indigenous art and culture
                                             from communities throughout Cape York
                                             and the Torres Strait. The Cairns and
                                             Great Barrier Reef region is also home to
                                             Australia’s highest proportion of Indigenous
                                             Australians and its greatest diversity of
                                             Indigenous cultures. Community demand

                                                STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT
                                                This priority aligns with and supports the implementation of the
                                                following Queensland Government strategies and initiatives:
                                                • Far North Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031
                                                • State Infrastructure Plan 2016
                                                • 10-Year Roadmap for the Arts, Cultural and Creative Sector (Discussion Paper)
                                                • Advancing Tourism 2016-20
                                                • Advancing North Queensland – Investing in the Future of the North (2016) plan
                                                • Advancing Tourism in North Queensland 2016-20

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CAIRNS
GALLERY                                        OLD SHIRE
PRECINCT                                        OFFICES
                            ESPLANADE

                     COURTHOUSE
                                                           SPENCE STREET

                                                NEW
                                               GALLERY

EXISITNG
GALLERY

                                         THE
                                        LAWN
     ABBOTT STREET

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Cairns Metro/Airport Link
‘An innovative public transport solution connecting the Cairns Airport to the City Centre’

               COMMITMENT
               REQUIRED                         T    he Cairns Metro concept would
                                                     provide for a direct and high
                                                frequency public transport link between
                                                                                              The Cairns Metro concept could potentially
                                                                                              see the deployment of electric tram like
                                                                                              vehicles or alternate innovative transport
      $400,000 in funding to undertake          the Cairns Airport and the Cairns City        solutions. The project could also link to
      the market needs assessment and           Centre including the proposed Tropical        the future expansion of a wider public
      business case for this innovative         North Global Tourism Hub site. The            transport network to the north and south
      public transport project.
                                                adjacent diagram provides an overview         of the city centre and contribute to the
                                                of the proposed route for the service         delivery of a wider transport strategy for
                                                (approximately 7.5 kilometres long) and       the region. Cairns Regional Council has
                                                the key stops/attractors along that route.    engaged with the Queensland Transport
                                                   Cairns is a regional city with unique      Minister, the Hon Mark Bailey, regarding
                                                potential for such a service given the        the project and Council has also worked
                                                region’s high visitor population (almost 3    collaboratively with representatives of the
                                                million visitors per year) and the fact the   Department of Transport and Main Roads
                                                Cairns International Airport is the seventh   (‘TMR’) to identify the steps required to
                                                busiest airport in Australia with in excess   further develop the concept.
                                                of five million passenger movements              A business case is now required to
                                                each year. The Cairns community has           determine the market demand for such as
                                                expressed a desire to see innovative public   service, investigate the alternative options
                                                transport options progressed.                 for servicing that demand and undertake
                                                                                              commercial, financial and economic
     STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT                                                                      analysis for the preferred option. Cairns
     This priority aligns with and supports the implementation of the                         Regional Council is seeking $400,000 in
     following Queensland Government strategies and initiatives:                              funding from the Queensland Government
                                                                                              as part of the 2019/20 Budget to fund the
     • State Infrastructure Plan 2016
     • Advancing Tourism 2016-20
                                                                                              preparation of the business case.
     • Queensland Tourism and Transport Strategy 2018
     • Far North Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031
     • Far North Regional Transport Plan (Draft) 2018
     • Advancing Tourism in North Queensland 2016-20

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INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL
                                                                                                   CAIRNS
                      DOMESTIC TERMINAL                                                            AIRPORT
                                         CAIRNS
                                         INTERNATIONAL                                             LINK                                                                    0km     Cairns Airport
                                         AIRPORT                                                                                                                                   Terminals

Botanic Gardens and
Tanks Arts Centre

                                                                                                                                                                                   Cairns North
                                                                                                                                                                           3km     Sporting Precinct
                                                               Sporting Precinct
                                                               - Tobruk Olympic Pool Complex
                                            T
                                     C  INC                    - Cairns International Tennis Centre
                              G   PRE                          - Cairns Hockey fields
                         RTIN
                      SPO

                                                                                Northern Esplande
                                                                                Playground
                                                        H
                                                    NORT
                                                RNS
                                         CAI                                                                                                                               4.5km   Cairns Hospital

                                                                                       Cairns Hospital &
                                                                                       Health Precinct

                                                                            PITAL
                                                                    S   HOS                                        Esplanade
                                                                  RN                                               Parklands &
                                                              CAI                                                  Sports Precinct
                                                                                                                                                                           5.5km    Cairns Performing
                                                                                                                                                                                    Arts Centre
                                                                                                                   Cairns
                                                                                                                   Aquarium
                                                                                                                                      Lake Street
                                                                                                                                      Bus terminal

                                                             Cairns Performing                                                          Esplanade
                                                             Arts Centre & Munro                                                        & Lagoon
                                                             Martin Parklands
                                                                                                   ARTIN
                                                                                              NROM                                                      Proposed Art
                                                                                                                                                        Gallery Precinct
                                                                                           MU
                                                                                                                                                                                   City Centre
                                                                                                                                                                           6km     Bus Terminal
                                                                                                                   RE
                                                                                                              CENT
                                                                                                       CITY    University                              Reef Fleet
                                                                           Train Station                       Campuses                                Terminal

                                                                                                                                                      Cruise Liner
                                                                                           Cairns Central                                             Terminal
                                                                                           Shopping Centre
                                                                                                                                   MI NAL
                                                                                                                            R   TER
                  Proposed CBD to airport route
                                                                                                                       LINE
                  Active transport links                                                                       I  SE                                 Proposed Global
                  400m catchement                                                                          CRU                                       Tourism Hub
                                                                                                                                                                                   Cairns Cruise
                  800m catchement                                                                                                              Convention                  7km     Liner Terminal
                                                                                                                                               Centre
              Key attractor               Key accommodation region

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Cairns Convention Centre
‘Investing in the infrastructure required to deliver growth and jobs in
the region’s business tourism and events sectors’

                                          T    he operations of the Cairns
                                               Convention Centre are currently
                                          constrained by the size and layout of
                                                                                           prior year. Contrast this with the results
                                                                                           for Brisbane and the Gold Coast over
                                                                                           the same period where international
                                          existing centre facilities. These constraints    tourism expenditure increased by 20.5%
                                          limit the ability of the centre to attract       and 13.3% respectively. Enhancing the
                                          large conferences and run multiple events        region’s capacity to attract and host
                                          concurrently.                                    international events and conferences,
                                             The existing centre facilities also require   together with aviation route development
                                          refurbishment to maintain the centre’s           and direct investment in destination
                                          competitive position in the national and         marketing, is required to address this
                                          international conference market. Future          worrying trend for the TNQ tourism sector.
                                          expansion plans will need to consider              The previous Queensland Government
                                          the surrounding land uses contemplated           announcement of $176 million in funding
             COMMITMENT                   in the proposed Global Tourism Hub               to support the project is welcomed and
             REQUIRED                     development as well as Cairns Regional           will deliver significant economic and social
                                          Council’s City Centre Master Plan. To            benefits to Cairns.
     $176 million over the budget year
                                          address these issues, a significant                A business case for the $176 million
     and forward estimates to complete
     the refurbishment and expansion of   expansion of the centre, coupled with            Queensland Government investment is
     the Cairns Convention Centre.        a refurbishment of existing facilities is        currently being completed by Building
                                          required. This investment will result in         Queensland. The business case
                                          significant direct employment benefits           focuses on both the economic and
                                          from the centre’s expanded operations            social benefits the centre’s expansion will
                                          as well as flow on employment and                provide. The business case is expected
                                          economic benefits to the region’s tourism,       to be completed in mid-2019. Formal
                                          accommodation and allied industries as a         commitment of Queensland Government
                                          result of increased visitation.                  funding to deliver the project should be
                                             Business and events tourism has a             made in the 2019/20 Queensland Budget
                                          key role to play in delivering growth in         in recognition of the significant benefits
                                          international visitation to TNQ. Analysis        this project will deliver.
                                          by Tourism Research Australia for the
                                          year ended 30 September 2018 indicates
                                          international tourism visitation and
                                          expenditure in TNQ reduced by 3.3%
                                          and 2% respectively compared to the

                                              STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT
                                              This priority aligns with and supports the implementation of the
                                              following Queensland Government strategies and initiatives:
                                              • State Infrastructure Plan 2016
                                              • Advancing Tourism 2016-20
                                              • Far North Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031
                                              • Advancing North Queensland – Investing in the Future of the North (2016) plan
                                              • Advancing Tourism in North Queensland 2016-20

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Uniform (Electricity)
Tariff Policy
‘A commitment to fairer and affordable energy for Cairns and FNQ’’

              COMMITMENT
              REQUIRED
    Commitment to a continuation
    of the Uniform Electricity Tariff
    Policy over the budget year and
    forward estimates to support
    the affordability of electricity for
    businesses and consumers in
    regional areas of Queensland
    including Cairns.

                                           T    he aim of the Uniform Tariff Policy
                                                (UTP) is to ensure, wherever
                                           possible, that customers of the same
                                                                                          competitiveness. Higher electricity and
                                                                                          energy prices are continually identified
                                                                                          by businesses operating throughout the
                                           consumption class should pay no more           Cairns and FNQ region as a key constraint
                                           for their electricity merely because of        to growth. Confirmation of the extension
                                           their geographic location in Queensland.       of this policy for the budget year and over
                                           UTP will deliver electricity as an essential   the forward estimates is critical to ensuring
                                           service, on a fair basis, regardless of        consumers are able to access electricity
                                           location and encourage economic                at a fair and reasonable price thereby
                                           development in regional Queensland.            supporting ongoing jobs and economic
                                           Continuation of the principles underlying      growth.
                                           the UTP are critical to the region’s ongoing

                                               STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT
                                               This priority aligns with and supports the implementation of the
                                               following Queensland Government strategies and initiatives:
                                               • Powering Queensland Plan 2017

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Additional Priorites
In addition to the Key
                                 CAIRNS CITY DEAL                                  WANGETTI TRAIL
Priorities outlined in this      The Cairns 2050 Shared Vision provides a          The Wangetti Trail is a proposed 76
document, set out over the       framework to deliver long term economic           kilometre dual use (mountain biking and
following pages are a series     prosperity and liveability for the Cairns         hiking) trail stretching along the coastal
                                                                                   plains and mountain hinterland between
of additional priorities that    community both today and for the
                                 generations that follow. The vision identifies    Palm Cove and Port Douglas. The trail
are consistent with the Cairns
                                 the projects, policy and investment that          will be one of Australia’s leading adventure
2050 Shared Vision and                                                             based ecotourism experiences, attracting
                                 will be critical to realising these objectives.
would also support the long                                                        visitors on an international scale. The trail
                                 Cairns Regional Council is advocating for the
term economic prosperity                                                           will provide walkers and mountain-bike
                                 establishment and implementation of a City
and liveability of the Cairns    Deal for Cairns based on the shared vision        riders with a wilderness bushland and
region. A number of these        that will facilitate the delivery of a number     ocean experience, showcasing the beauty
projects/initiatives require     of the vision’s key projects. This initiative     of the Wet Tropics Rainforest, national
                                                                                   parks and the Great Barrier Reef. Capital
support through funding          is consistent with the Memorandum of
                                 Understanding (MoU) between the Federal           costs for implementation are expected
allocations as part of the
                                 and Queensland Governments to Establish           to be in the vicinity of $35 million. Cairns
Queensland Government
                                 and Implement City Deals. We are calling on       Regional Council welcomes the Queensland
2019/20 Budget.                                                                    Government taking the lead on this exciting
                                 the Federal and Queensland Governments
                                 to execute a Statement of Intent with Cairns      new tourism development with international
                                 Regional Council to establish a City Deal for     potential. Specific capital funding
                                 Cairns based on the Cairns 2050 Shared            allocations for trail design, construction
                                 Vision.                                           and implementation should be made in the
                                                                                   Queensland Budget for 2019/20.
                                 TROPICAL NORTH
                                 GLOBAL TOURISM HUB                                DRAPER ROAD WATER
                                 In 2017, the Queensland Government                TREATMENT PLANT
                                 announced a proposed Global Tourism               Security of supply of water for urban use will
                                 Hub for Tropical North Queensland with a          be critical if the Cairns region’s population and
                                 preferred site on Port North’s strategic port     economic growth potential are to be realised.
                                 land within the Cityport precinct at Wharf        This proposed new water treatment plant
                                 Street, Cairns. A multi-phase procurement         would be located on Council land near Draper
                                 process is being conducted by the                 Road, Gordonvale. It has been identified
                                 Queensland Government in relation to the          by Cairns Regional Council’s Water Security
                                 project. Cairns Regional Council is seeking       Advisory Group (WSAG) as a key priority
                                 Queensland Government commitments to              to meet the short to medium term urban
                                 the following:                                    water security needs of Cairns. Servicing the
                                 • Identification of the preferred project         southern urban development front of Cairns,
                                    proponent by Q3/Q4 2019.                       the plant would treat water from Behana Creek
                                 • Regular engagement and consultation             and the Mulgrave River. The capital cost of
                                    with regional stakeholders as assessment       the plant is estimated to be in the vicinity of
                                    progresses and commitments to ensure           $200 million and is scheduled for construction
                                    economic benefits, appropriate city centre     in Council’s capital works program over the
                                    integration and public realm benefits are      four years ending 30 June 2026. Council is
                                    defined and delivered.                         seeking a contribution from the Queensland
                                 • Reinvestment (in the Cairns region) of          Government towards this regionally significant
                                    any casino taxes and levies flowing to         water infrastructure project with an appropriate
                                    the Queensland Government from the             allocation to be made in the outer estimate
                                    development.                                   years of the Queensland Budget for 2019/20.

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CAIRNS SHIPPING                                strategic priority of national and global      MAKING QUEENSLAND
DEVELOPMENT                                    importance if their significant social,        AUSTRALIA’S EVENTS
PROJECT                                        community and economic benefits are to         CAPITAL
The Cairns Shipping Development                be secured for future generations. Cairns      The Queensland Government allocated
Project will provide critical infrastructure   Regional Council is calling on all levels of   funding of $36 million over the three
necessary to support the expansion of          Government to work together to:                years ending 30 June 2021 towards this
Cairns’ cruise ship, naval defence and         • Review the current management                program in the 2018/19 Budget. The
commercial marine activities. The project         structures for the GBR and WTR with         program aims to drive growth of major
will significantly enhance the operations         a view to achieving consolidation and       events throughout Queensland. Cairns
and capabilities of the Cairns Seaport.           simplification.                             has a proven track record of hosting
The project has direct linkages with and       • Agree on an appropriate funding model        major events with examples including
supports the growth of Cairns’ marine             (including quantum of funding) for GBR      the Ironman Asia Pacific and the
maintenance industries, which service             and WTR management and preservation         Mountain Bike World Championships.
the naval, tourism and commercial fishing         recognising the significant social and      Cairns Regional Council is calling on
sectors. Specific initiatives include:            economic value of both assets.              the Queensland Government to commit
dredging to widen, deepen and lengthen                                                        further funding towards this important
the existing outer shipping channel            EXTENSION OF                                   initiative over the budget year and forward
(Trinity Inlet); widening and deepening of     RELEVANT FUNDING                               estimates. Cairns Regional Council
the existing inner harbour channel and         PROGRAMS OVER THE                              also requests that a specific allocation
Crystal Swing Basin; establishment of a        BUDGET YEAR AND                                of this fund be made to supporting
new shipping swing basin (Smith’s Creek        FORWARD ESTIMATES                              major events in regional Queensland
Swing Basin) to enable future expansion        WORKS FOR QUEENSLAND                           with increased promotion of regional
of the HMAS Cairns Navy base; wharf            The $600 million Works for Queensland          areas (such as Cairns) as a destination
upgrades and placement of material from        (W4Q) program supports regional                of choice for major events. For Cairns,
capital dredging on land. Necessary            councils to undertake job-creating             the focus should be on events that
approvals for the project to proceed have      maintenance and minor infrastructure           take advantage of our proximity and
now been granted and the Queensland            projects. Cairns Regional Council              connectivity to Asia, showcasing our
Government has previously committed            commends the Queensland Government             natural assets, encouraging mass
$120 million towards the project.              on this successful and important               community participation, and promoting
Confirmation of the funding necessary to       initiative which supports employment           our Indigenous culture.
deliver the project should be made in the      and community outcomes in regional
Queensland Budget for 2019/20.                 Queensland. Council is calling on the          GROWING TOURISM,
                                               Queensland Government to commit to             GROWING TOURISM JOBS
GREAT BARRIER                                  a funding allocation of $200 million per       The Queensland Government allocated
REEF/WET TROPICS                               annum towards this program over the            funding of $94.6 million over the five
RAINFOREST                                     budget year and forward estimates with         years ending 30 June 2022 towards this
(MANAGEMENT                                    councils having two financials years within    program in the 2018/19 Budget. The
STRUCTURE/FUNDING)                             which to expend the annual funding             allocation included funding for aviation
Cairns lies at the gateway to two of the       allocation on eligible projects.               attraction, cruise ship attraction and
world’s greatest natural wonders in the                                                       tourism infrastructure, product and
Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and Wet Tropics       BUILDING OUR REGIONS                           experience development. Cairns Regional
Rainforest (WTR), both of which are World      Building our Regions is a $445 million         Council is calling on the Queensland
Heritage listed. As well as the GBR’s          multi-year targeted regional infrastructure    Government to commit further funding
unquestionable environmental value, it         program for Local Government projects.         towards this important initiative over
also underpins significant components          In the 2018/19 Queensland Budget,              the budget year and forward estimates.
of the Cairns region’s economy, in             an allocation of $70 million was made          Council also requests that a specific
particular tourism. Recent analysis by         for round four of this program. Cairns         allocation of this fund be made to
Deloitte Access Economics estimated the        Regional Council is calling on the             initiatives located in regional Queensland
GBR had an asset value of $56 billion,         Queensland Government to commit                in recognition of the unique challenges
contributed an estimated $6.5 billion          funding allocations to the continuation of     associated with growing tourism in
annually to the Australian economy and         this funding program across the forward        regional areas.
supported 64,000 jobs. The preservation        estimates contained in the Queensland
and effective management of the GBR            Budget for 2019/20.
and WTR must be recognised as a

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                                                which markets/industry sectors should         actively promotes the region’s education
INDUSTRY                                        be the focus for further development          sector to international markets. The
DEVELOPMENT                                     and investment. Expansion of high value       current Queensland Government funding
Queensland Government support is                agricultural exports through the Cairns       commitment to Study Cairns expires on
also required for a number of industry          airport would also contribute positively      30 June 2020. Cairns Regional Council
development projects in the Cairns region       to further airline route development and      is calling on the Queensland Government
that have the potential to deliver economic     sustainability by expanding the factors       to confirm an extension of its funding
growth and diversification as well as           underpinning the development beyond           for Study Cairns beyond June 2020 to
increased employment.                           tourism visitation alone. We are calling      support the continued development of the
                                                on the Queensland Government to               international education sector in the Cairns
REGIONAL AGRICULTURAL                           allocate funding in the 2019/20 Budget to     and FNQ region.
EXPORT DEVELOPMENT                              undertake this important imitative.
Cairns Regional Council is calling on the                                                     QUEENSLAND SUPERYACHT
Queensland Government to commit $10             CAIRNS MANUFACTURING                          STRATEGY 2018-23 (FUNDING)
million towards the establishment of a          HUB (IMPLEMENTATION)                          The Queensland Superyacht Strategy
Regional Export Distribution Centre in          The Queensland Government has                 2018-2023 was finalised by the
Cairns. An EOI for the establishment of this    previously announced an initial $10           Queensland Government in 2018 and
centre in Cairns has been lodged and the        million in funding to support the delivery    recognises the significant potential of
Queensland Government has confirmed             of the Cairns Manufacturing Hub with an       the superyacht industry to deliver jobs
the Cairns bid will now proceed to the          initial focus on marine, aviation and food    and economic growth for the state of
business case stage.                            manufacturing. Cairns Regional Council        Queensland. The superyacht sector
There is also a need for a detailed             welcomes this commitment and looks            in Cairns is well established with 71
agricultural export review to be undertaken     forward to confirmation of funding in the     superyachts visiting Cairns in 2017 which
for Cairns and FNQ to identify how              2019/20 Budget in support of the project      contributed $25.5 million to the regional
potential export links can be further           to ensure its successful delivery.            economy and supported 77 full time jobs.
developed. An analysis of potential export                                                    Cairns Regional Council supports the
markets, focusing on those markets that         STUDY CAIRNS (FUNDING)                        Queensland Superyacht Strategy 2018-
either already have established air/sea links   International education is a key growth       2023 but is calling on the Queensland
with Cairns or where there is significant       sector of the Cairns economy and              Government to commit specific funding
potential for direct links to be established,   supports regional economic diversification.   allocations for strategy implementation in
should be undertaken to identify potential      The sector is high yielding with the length   the priority areas of policy development,
demand for agricultural products from           of stay of international students being       infrastructure, destination promotion and
the region. This should include analysis        significantly longer than domestic and        supply chain development.
of potential demand for agricultural            international tourists. Family and friends
products already being produced in the          visiting international students while they
region as well as new crops/livestock that      study in Cairns also provides a boost
could be produced having regard to the          to the local economy. Study Cairns
region’s climatic and other conditions.         represents organisations, institutions
Feasibility analysis is then required for the   and businesses in Cairns that are
entire supply chain (including logistics) to    dedicated to providing help and support
determine the commercial feasibility of         to students when they are studying in
these potential markets and to identify         the Cairns region. Study Cairns also

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