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 email@example.com 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 ).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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