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.

Cairns ECOfiesta (Sunday 31 May 2015) is a free community festival that weaves environment, community and economy into a day of fun, friendship and eco-inspiration. More


ECOweek is a week-long festival to showcase our region's commitment to sustainability and the vital role our natural environment plays in our community well-being and economic prosperity. More

Green Thumb campaign logo
Green Thumb

Sustainable living resources to help you live comfortably for less by taking simple actions in everyday life. More

Sustainability at Council
Sustainability at Council

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

Last updated: 31 March 2015