Awards & recognition

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

Awards and recognition 2020

Mobile Muster
Cairns recognised as recycling champion

Bumper community effort earns city Mobile Muster's Top Collector award More

Precinct vision applauded

Beautifully-executed Precinct project recognised at Urban Design awards. More

Awards and recognition 2019

Local Government Association of Queensland
DJ Phatberg wins State bling

Social media accolade for unconventional sewer campaign More

Master Builders Queensland Awards
Two trophies for Arts Centre design and construction

Meticulous design and construction recognised at Master Builders Awards. More

Smart Catchments program recognised for innovation

The innovative Smart Catchments: Saltwater Creek program has been recognised at the Australian Water Association’s Queensland Water Awards. More

Redlynch Masterplan wins state award

The Redlynch Sport and Recreation Parkland Master Plan Project has received the Parks and Leisure Australia (QLD) award in the Strategic Planning category. More

Tanks named top Queensland experience

Council's iconic music venue has been named a Tourism and Events Queensland 2019 Best of Queensland Experience. More

Awards and recognition 2018

Complex communications project commended

Council's complex communication project ensuring everyone has equal access to disaster information was highly commended at the 2018 Disaster Resilience Awards. More

IAP2 Core Values award
Disaster resilience program

Cairns Regional Council's Resilience Scorecard Program was recognised for excellence in the 2018 IAP2 Australasia Core Values Awards. More

Institute of Public Works Engineering Association Excellence Awards
High praise for engineering expertise

Council's engineering achievements were recognised at the 2018 IPWEAQ Excellence Awards. More

Nature playground ranked best in state

The popular playground designed to help children interact with nature has claimed a 2018 Playspace Award. More

Sustainability Team wins Cassowary Award

Council’s Sustainability Team was been honoured at the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Cassowary Awards More

Awards and recognition 2017

Engineers Australia logo
Pump station upgrade sets new benchmark

The complex upgrade of a major sewer pump station has set a new engineering benchmark in wet well rehabilitation. More

Institute of Public Works Engineering Association Excellence Awards
CBD public works projects praised for excellence

Council's School of Arts renewal and city heart rejuvenation projects were recognised at the 2017 Queensland Public Works Engineering awards. More

IAP2 Core Values award
National praise for Our Cairns

A community engagement program that helped set Council’s goals has won a prestigious national award. More

Heritage award for Anzac trail

The Cairns Region Anzac Trail has been recognised with a Silver Heritage Award. More

Specialist Textiles Association award
Top honours for pool sails

A unique shade sail design by a Cairns business has been recognised as the industry's best at the 2017 Specialised Textiles Awards. More

Win for restoration project

Total Projects Group Architects's “humble and respectful restoration” of the Cairns School of Arts building was honoured at the 2017 Far North Queensland Architecture Awards. More

Parklands design recognised

The vibrant tropical design of Munro Martin Parklands has been recognised as 2017's Regional Project of the Year by the Australian Institute of Architects. More

Planning Institute Australia
Tropical urbanism scoops nation’s highest accolade

Council's tropical urbanism study has claimed the title of Australia’s Best Planning Idea – Small Project at the 2017 Planning Excellence Awards. More

Awards and recognition 2016

Engaging exhibition in GAAMA finals

Tanks Arts Centre was recognised as a Finalist in the 2016 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAAMA) for its outstanding Indigenous art exhibition. More

Council wins 2014 Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Award
Disaster resilience highly commended

Council's commitment to making Cairns a "disaster resilient city" was recognised by judges at the 2016 Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards. More

National Awards for Local Government
Collaboration on water security recognised

Council's Water Security Strategy was Highly Commended at the 2016 National Awards for Excellence in Local Government. More

Planning Institute Australia
Tropical urbanism study wins for planning excellence

The Cairns City Image Study was crowned Best Planning Ideas - Small Project and Exceptional Planning Achievement Award at the 2016 PIA Queensland Awards. More

Engineers Australia logo
Pool voted year's best project

Tobruk Memorial Pool has earned acclaim from the Far North Queensland engineering industry More

Specialist Textiles Association award
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

Last updated: 16 June 2020