COVID-19 Cairns Local Recovery Planning

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 HousingAnglicare North QueenslandARC Disability ServicesCairns Region Indigenous Business NetworkCairns Regional Council
Cairns Regional Domestic Violence ServiceCairns Safer StreetsCentacare FNQDepartment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PartnershipsWuchopperen
Department of Communities, Disability Services and SeniorsDepartment of EducationDepartment of Home AffairsDepartment of Housing and Public WorksGilvear Planning
GIVITMeals on WheelsMarlin Coast Neighbourhood CentreMission AustraliaNeami Australia (Cairns)
Northern Qld Primary Health NetworkQueensland Health - mental healthQueensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal ServiceQueensland Human Rights CommissionQueensland Police Service
Queensland Reconstruction AuthorityQShelterRed CrossSalvation ArmySelectability
Services AustraliaSHAC (Shelter Housing Action Cairns)St Vincent de Paul SocietyThe Mara WayUCC Lifeline
UMI Arts LimitedUniting Care QueenslandYouth Empowered Towards Independence  
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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, 5.35 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.

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Last updated: 16 October 2020