Since the beginning of COVID-19 restrictions in March 2020, Council has worked with health authorities, government agencies, the business sector and social services to coordinate support efforts for our community.
The human and social response to COVID-19 was initially managed by a committee, the HSRRSC, which was led by Council and included dozens of local services providers and government agencies.
We have also been looking towards the future, working together, and planning to put frameworks and strategies into place to help the community to recover and thrive.
One of the early recovery tasks was a Rapid Social Needs Assessment ( PDF, 3.41 MB ), undertaken by James Cook University, to gauge the human and social impact and needs of our community.
HSRRSC member organisations
|Access Community Housing||Anglicare North Queensland||ARC Disability Services||Cairns Region Indigenous Business Network||Cairns Regional Council|
|Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service||Cairns Safer Streets||Centacare FNQ||Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships||Wuchopperen|
|Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors||Department of Education||Department of Home Affairs||Department of Housing and Public Works||Gilvear Planning|
|GIVIT||Meals on Wheels||Marlin Coast Neighbourhood Centre||Mission Australia||Neami Australia (Cairns)|
|Northern Qld Primary Health Network||Queensland Health - mental health||Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service||Queensland Human Rights Commission||Queensland Police Service|
|Queensland Reconstruction Authority||QShelter||Red Cross||Salvation Army||Selectability|
|Services Australia||SHAC (Shelter Housing Action Cairns)||St Vincent de Paul Society||The Mara Way||UCC Lifeline|
|UMI Arts Limited||Uniting Care Queensland||Youth Empowered Towards Independence|
COVID-19 Cairns Local Recovery Plan
The COVID-19 Cairns Local Recovery Plan sets out the tasks and actions we will need to recover and strengthen our community and economy. Together, with more than 100 community groups, government agencies, charity organisations, businesses and industry groups, we have drafted a number of recovery outcomes for the city, and identified the tasks and timeframes needed to achieve these outcomes. The recovery tasks and objectives include:
- Investigating region-specific incentives to drive employment and population growth in Cairns.
- Unlocking local manufacturing and value-adding of existing supply chains.
- Neighbourhood-based activities and events that connect people and strengthen communities.
- Advocacy and lobbying for projects that support the creation of new experiences, infrastructure and jobs such as Wangetti Trail, Cairns Gallery Precinct and Indigenous-led cultural experiences
- Establishing a pandemic-specific communications plan.
- Backing research and development for better-integrated social service delivery models and long-term resilience planning.
You can download a two-page summary of the COVID-19 Cairns Local Recovery Plan ( PDF, 1.36 MB ) to find out how you can help and have your say.
The full document - the COVID-19 Cairns Local Recovery Plan ( PDF, 6.21 MB ) - is downloadable as a PDF, or you can read it online below.