Our federal election priorities 2019

The following projects represent key Federal election priorities for Cairns. They have been drawn from the Cairns 2050 Shared Vision and will make a significant positive contribution to the economic prosperity and liveability of the Cairns region.

We are calling on the Federal Government and the Opposition to commit to these priorities ahead of the 2019 Federal Election.

Reef and rainforest management

Commitment to undertake a detailed independent review of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and Wet Tropics Rainforest (WTR) management structures and GBR/WTR funding (quantum and structure) requirements for long term management and preservation of these critical ecosystems.

University facility development

Funding commitments to deliver CQUniversity’s Cairns Campus and Community Impact Plan, and James Cook University’s Enterprise Bundle projects.

HMAS Cairns

Commitment to the expansion of HMAS Cairns and ancillary facilities (including specific funding allocations) as well as commitments to undertake naval maintenance activities in Cairns.

Strengthening Ties: PNG & Cairns

Commitment to financial and administrative assistance to further build the Cairns – Papua New Guinea connection, with the ideal platform being a PNG NRL team with home grounds in Cairns and Port Moresby. Expansion of the NRL has been identified a key pillar in the region’s goal to build a rectangular stadium, and the current changing geo-political balance in the Pacific represents a timely opportunity.

Nullinga Dam

$323 million towards the construction and establishment of Nullinga Dam to support agricultural development on the Atherton Tablelands and also support the long term urban water security needs of Cairns.

University Hospital status for Cairns Hospital

Funding commitment for land acquisition and facility development for a research institute that will support Cairns Hospital achieving university hospital status.

Cairns Gallery Precinct

$13.3 million contribution towards the estimated $39.8 million capital cost of the Cairns Gallery Precinct. This would represent Federal, State and Local Governments each contributing one third.

Aviation route development

Government funding of $100 million to launch new aviation routes. Air connectivity to Cairns is key to the economic development of the region, opening up new visitor markets, promoting growth for the international education sector and providing agricultural export opportunities.

Cairns Road Network

Extension of the National Land Transport Network to Smithfield and funding commitments to deliver capacity improvements on this key road corridor. $800 million towards an estimated $1 billion project to resolve safety, capacity and reliability issues on the Kuranda Range Road.

City Deal for Cairns

Commitment to establish and implement a City Deal/City Partnership for Cairns in conjunction with the Queensland Government and Cairns Regional Council to support the implementation of the Cairns 2050 Shared Vision.

Renewable energy

Commitment of resources and funding to undertake the concept studies, feasibility and business case work required to establish the viability of a variety of renewable energy projects, as an important investment in the region’s long term energy security.
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Last updated: 11 February 2019