Sustainability is about balancing environmental, social and economic considerations to reduce our impact on the planet and its inhabitants.

As the level of governance closest to the people, Council's contribution to sustainability includes:

  • leading by example in the delivery of regional services and infrastructure;
  • balanced decision making around land use planning and development control; and
  • strong community engagement on local and regional issues.

A festival of fun, friendship and eco-inspiration. The ECOfiesta celebrates and showcases our unique natural environment, tropical lifestyle and green economy. More


A regional collaboration to showcase North Queensland's commitment to environmental stewardship, community wellbeing and economic prosperity. More

Green Thumb campaign logo

Sustainability resources for home and business. ECOlogic supports the concept of doing well by doing good. More

Sustainability at Council
Council operations

From policy to practice, Council is working towards environmental, economic, social and cultural sustainability. More

Sustainability education
Sustainability education

Supporting sustainability from kindergarten to Year 12 and beyond. More

State of the environment
State of Environment Reports

Facts and figures on Council's sustainability performance, covering waste, recycling, water, wastewater, energy and emissions, conserving biodiversity, governance and community. More

Sustainable buildings
Tropical building design

Designing for the tropics is essential in our climate. Use our resources to help design a home or building that responds to our environment, climate, local character and community needs. More

Community Sustainability Grant

Council funding to support sustainability initiatives by local not-for-profit organisations. More

Great Northern Clean Up

Help Clean Up Cairns and protect the Great Barrier Reef and local waterways from land based litter pollution. More

Last updated: 31 March 2015