Operations and budget
Operating a budget of more than $312 million (2020/21) and a Capital Works Program worth $181 million, Cairns Regional Council is a significant local economic driver. It is also one of the region's largest employers with a workforce of approximately 1250 staff.
Cairns Regional Council has adopted a high level organisational management structure, with six departments headed by General Managers and all reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer. Daily operational responsibilities rest with the Executive Team, headed by the Chief Executive Officer. The Executive Team is devolved the responsibility to implement adopted Council policy and the Operational Plan, and oversees Council's operations with the assistance of branch managers.
Council's Executive Management Team is made up of:
Acting Chief Executive Officer, Christine Posgate
Council's Chief Executive Officer has six General Managers reporting directly as members of the Executive Team.
General Manager Community, Sport and Cultural Services, Linda Kirchner
Responsibilities: Creative venues and facilities including Tanks Arts Centre and Cairns Performing Arts Centre. Arts and cultural development including the Regional Arts Development Fund and Cairns Festival. Delivery of sport, recreation and leisure facilities and services including caravan parks, camping grounds, swimming pools, footpaths, and cycleways. Cairns Botanic Gardens and Sugarworld Parklands. Delivery of programs for Green Space Our Place (volunteer gardeners), Go Clubs (support for community organisations) and Active Living (free fitness on the Esplanade). Management of Cairns Esplanade, City Place, and Munro Martin Parklands. Provision of library services; community development services and support. Read more about the Community, Sport and Cultural Services Department
Chief Financial Officer, Lisa Whitton
Responsibilities: Finance, Information Services, Cairns Shared Services and Procurement. Read more about the Finance Department
Acting General Manager Human Resources and Organisational Change, Rebecca Jones
Responsibilities: Human resource management, marketing and communications, corporate services management, organisational change, industrial relations, work health and safety, Disaster Management. Read more about the Human Resource and Organisational Change Department
General Manager Infrastructure Services, Bruce Gardiner
Responsibilities: Capital works preconstruction and delivery; infrastructure planning; works investigations; construction of roads, drains and minor works; maintenance of roads, drains, parks, foreshores, buildings and minor works; management of the Partnership Cairns program; design and survey services; disaster management; and management of Council's fleet and mechanical services. Read more about the Infrastructure Services Department
Acting General Manager Planning and Environment, Peter Boyd
Responsibilities: integrated development assessment; development engineering; strategic land use planning; regional planning; environmental planning; building regulation and certification; environmental protection; public and environmental health; property and administration, FNQROC, mosquito and vector control; cemeteries; Local Laws; regulated parking. Read more about the Planning and Environment Department
General Manager Water and Waste, Mark Wuth
Responsibilities: Water treatment and reticulation; wastewater treatment and reticulation; collection, treatment and disposal of waste; infrastructure planning, design and project delivery; corporate and external reporting. Read more about the Water and Waste Department