Awards & recognition

Cairns Regional Council has been recognised through the following nominations and awards.

Awards and recognition 2016

Conservatory roof commended

The unique shade structure at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Conservatory was commended in the 2016 Specialised Textiles National Awards. More

Awards and recognition 2015

Sister Cities logo
Sisterly youth program earns national praise

Cairns Regional Council's Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Program won the Community Involvement Award at the 2015 Sister Cities Australia Conference. More

Institute of Public Works Engineering Association Excellence Awards
Bike path scoops state award

Cairns’ most popular cycleway has taken out a major state engineering industry award for design and construction of a local government project ($1 million to $5 million). More

Cairns Post HIT awards for entertainment
Tanks, Civic Theatre voted tops for entertainment

Council's world-class entertainment venues and programs have been been recognised for excellence in The Cairns Post's 2015 HIT Awards. More

Lonely Planet rates Cairns region tops for families

Lonely Planet has named Far North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef as the number one family-friendly destination in Queensland. More

Top honours for Cairns water operator

Council's Wastewater Services Coordinator Grahame Dunstan has been recognised as one Queensland's top operators at the 2015 Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) Awards. More

Trip Advisor
Cairns Botanic Gardens earn Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

Consistently positive reviews from visitors have earned the Cairns Botanic Gardens a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. More

Government Procurement Professionals Awards
Fleet procurement earns Localbuy win

Cost-savings, service improvements and enhanced productivity have earned Council's Fleet Services team the Local Buy 2015 Government Procurement Professionals Award. More

City Library on must-see list

In April 2015, the Cairns City Library was listed in the ultimate international guide for Librarians - 1001 libraries to see before you die. More

FNQ's best tasting water

Water from Council's Mountain View treatment plant has been voted the best in Far North Queensland, at the 2015 Ixom Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test. More

Awards and recognition 2014

Resilient Australia Awards 2014
Cairns resilience gets national praise

Cairns Regional Council was named joint winner of the Local Government Resilience category in the 2014 Resilient Australia Awards. More

Queensland Tourism Awards
Council snares top tourism awards

Council's contribution to the local tourism industry has seen it claim Local Government Awards at both the Queensland Tourism and Tropical North Queensland Tourism Awards. More

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Lake Street voted best design and construction project

The multi-million dollar transformation of Lake Street in the Cairns City Centre has earned acclaim from the Far North Queensland engineering industry. More

Sister Cities logo
Sister Cities win a credit to community involvement

Celebrating international sisterhood has earned Cairns Regional Council a national award at the 2014 Sister Cities Australia Conference. More

Council wins 2014 Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Award
Cairns stands out in disaster resilience

Cairns Regional Council has taken out the Local Government category in the 2014 Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards. More

Cairns Adventure Festival recognised as top event

Cairns Airport Adventure Festival has been recognised as Australia's top event promoting an active lifestyle and community interaction and benefit. More

Trip Advisor
Esplanade lagoon wins Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

Cairns Esplanade Lagoon has been heralded as one of the world’s top tourist attractions, earning a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the fourth successive year. More

Reconciliation Awards

Cairns Regional Council has received a ‘Highly Commendable’ award at the 2014 Queensland Reconciliation Awards. More

Cairns team wins Queensland LGMA management challenge

Cairns Regional Council's team has claimed honours as the Queensland winner in the Local Government Management Association's (LGMA) 2014 Management Challenge. More

Skill360 training awards 2014

Cairns Regional Council has again been recognised for its commitment to skills development and training at the 2014 Skill 360 Australia Training Awards. More

Awards and recognition 2013

Landscape Queensland
Landscape trainees among Queensland's best

Two of Council's talented landscaping apprentices challenged the state's best at the 2013 Landscape Queensland Construction Excellence Awards. More

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Rock fall wall judged region's Project of the Year

The $3 million Barron Gorge Road rock fall protection wall has been judged Engineers Australia's 2013 Cairns Region Project of the Year. More

Institute of Public Works Engineering Association Excellence Awards
Rock fall barrier wins engineering award

Council's custom-built Barron Gorge Road rock fall protection barrier has been recognised for its excellence at the 2013 Institute of Public Works Engineering Excellence Awards. More

Babinda Library decorated for 2013 Babinda Harvest Festival
Babinda Library goes golden for Harvest Festival

Babinda library was voted Runner-Up in the 2013 Babinda Harvest Festival “That’s Gold” Best Decorated Premises competition. More

Gordonvale Library Officer voted Queensland's favourite

Trish Richards from Council's Gordonvale Library was voted as Queensland's Favourite Library Officer in the 2013 Australian Library Institute Australia awards. More

Cairns Regional Council's Storm Tide Property Search has won the Regional category of the 2013 iAwards Queensland.
Storm Tide Property Search wins Regional iAward

Council's Storm Tide Property Search has won the Regional category of the 2013 iAwards Queensland. More

Awards and recognition 2012

Portsmith landfill
Portsmith Landfill project wins top environmental awards

The $15 million Portsmith Landfill Closure project won top environmental awards at the 2012 Engineers Australia QLD Division Awards. More

Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
National Award for Visitor Centre

The Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre won the national commercial construction award ($5 million-$10m) at the Master Builders' National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards. More

National Awards for Local Government - Active Arts Award

Cairns Regional Council's Imagine Cairns initiative received a commendation award in the Active Arts category of the 2012 National Awards for Local Government. More

Inclusive Community Champion Awards
Council wins four Inclusive Community Champion Awards

The Spinal Injuries Association has presented Council with four Inclusive Community Champion Awards for providing services and community facilities that are accessible to all. More

Australian Water Association Oz Water conference
Best Ozwater Conference Paper

Council's Sustainability Coordinator, Lynne Powell, won Best Ozwater Paper at the Ozwater Conference and Convention for her paper "Indigenous Partnerships - Opportunities And Obstacles". More

Queensland Training Awards 2012
Council trainee tops Queensland Training Awards (FNQ Finals)

Council trainee Megan Emerton was awarded the “Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year Award" in the Queensland Training Awards 2012 (Far North Queensland Regional Finals). More

Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
Visitor Centre named 2012 FNQ Building of the Year

The Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre scooped top honours at the 2012 Far North Queensland Regional Architecture Awards. More

Skill 360 Australia Training Awards

Council has been recognised for Excellence in Skills Development and Training at this year's Skill 360 Australia Training Awards. Four Council staff also won various awards. More

LGMA Queensland Awards for Excellence 2012

Council's Springboard Women's Development Program and Sustainability Scorecard initiative took top honours at the 2012 LGMA Queensland Awards for Excellence. More

Cairns a UN Role Model for Resilient Cities

Cairns has been selected by the United Nations-led program Making Cities Resilient as the first Role Model city from the Pacific region. More

Government Communications Australia Award
2012 Government Communications Australia Award

Council's Evacuation strategy awareness campaign was recognised at the 2012 GovComms Awards, claiming the tile of "Best emergency or crisis communications initiative". More

Last updated: 19 March 2015