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1 July, 2021

Cairns CBD to benefit

SEVERAL initiatives were unveiled designed to further overhaul the CBD creating a safe and exciting precinct for locals and visitors.

By Peter McCullagh

The budget allocated funds to fill vacant shops, create a stunning Masterplan for the future development of our city as well as install additional CCTV cameras to heighten safety.

New project to fill vacant shops – $180,000

Council will help boost energy and activity in the city centre with a new project to fill vacant shops with creative enterprises.

This new approach will assist property owners to activate and market vacant shops within the city. Creative enterprises selected to be part of the program will be carefully curated to complement, not compete, with existing traders.

This project follows on from Council’s significant investment in projects in the city centre, including the recently completed Esplanade Dining Precinct.

Cairns City Centre Master Plan – $250,000

A lot has changed since Council endorsed the 2019 Cairns City Centre MasterPlan.

Many of the identified projects have been started or completed as they were fast tracked to provide economic stimulus as a local response to COVID-19, including the Esplanade Dining Precinct.

To ensure planning for the City Centre responds to current needs and emerging trends, Council will revisit the master plan.  

The master plan will also be a tool to bring together all the work that is being undertaken in the city centre to ensure planning and development is undertaken in a coordinated, integrated and sustainable manner. 

CCTV network – $500,000

Council has allocated $500,000 to the renewal, upgrade and expansion of its CCTV network, which currently has more than 400 cameras across the city, about 185 of which are in the CBD.


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