Civic Citizenship

Council handbook

Council is one of the three tiers of government in Australia. It has a specific set of functions and responsibilities, and plays an important role in improving the liveability of local communities. Our Council Handbook ( PDF, 5.33 MB ) explains:

  • What Council does
  • How we fund Council work
  • The type of jobs available within Council
  • What our Councillors do
  • The structure of Council
  • Information about Cairns including history and population, to our parks and gardens, sustainability, industry, and arts and culture.

Printed copies of the Handbook are available on request. Email us at marketing@cairns.qld.gov.au to request copies for your students.  You can also read it as an e-book below or download the Council Handbook ( PDF, 5.33 MB ).

Council tours

We welcome organised school visits to Council’s administration building where one of our Councillors will take students through the Council Chambers. Visits vary in length depending on your requirements and we can adapt tours to your specific needs (including requests for presentations from specific Council departments).

  • Tours are not available on Wednesdays due to Council meetings.
  • Requests must be made at least one month in advance.

Phone 4044 3020 or via email marketing@cairns.qld.gov.au

Council timeline

The first local government of Cairns, the Cairns Divisional Board, was established in 1879. Since then there have been amalgamations and de-amalgamations. Below is a short history of the Cairns Regional Council.

1879: Cairns Divisional Board formed

1885: Cairns Divisional Board divided into Divisional Board and Cairns Municipal Council

Cairns Divisional Board

1902: Cairns Divisional Board becomes Cairns Shire Council

1940: Cairns Shire Council becomes Mulgrave Shire Council

1995:  Mulgrave Shire Council merges with Cairns City Council

Cairns Municipal Council

1923: Cairns Municipal Council becomes Cairns City Council

Cairns Regional Council

2008: formed from the amalgamation of Cairns City Council and Douglas Shire Council

2014: Douglas Shire reforms after deamalgamation with Cairns Regional Council

EVENTS, NEWS & REMINDERS STRAIGHT TO YOUR DEVICE
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EVENTS, NEWS & REMINDERS STRAIGHT TO YOUR DEVICE
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Last updated: 26 June 2020