Queensland’s future has never been brighter.
It’s no secret that Queensland, and the far north in particular, are in a perpetual boom state.
The climate alone is attracting tens of thousands of people from colder parts of the country and its relaxed lifestyle and spectacular scenery provide a constant allure for investors and people from every walk of life.
Cairns is the jewel in the Queensland property crown
The population of this tropical tourist haven is expanding at an exhilarating pace.
Forecasts indicate an increase from 234,849 in 2004 to well over 280,000 by 2021.
That’s over 2,600 extra people a year who’ll be driving up the demand for quality, coastal residential property.
And that’s not counting the 1.5 million domestic arrivals and over 800,000 international visitors to the Region each year.
There’s plenty of work and near-endless business and investment opportunities.
With 11.1 per cent of residents speaking a second language other than English, there’s a breadth of skills and capabilities to serve employers and investors exploring market expansion and new opportunities.
The Queensland Government strongly supports human capital and labour market development.
It has invested millions of dollars in employment initiatives in the region, including funding for apprenticeships and traineeships, along with programs tailored to address specific skill shortages.
The Great Barrier Reef, tropical rainforests and the Savannah are the driving forces behind the regional economy.
The Department of State Development is committed to encouraging investment and ensuring industry progress in agriculture, aviation, education and training, manufacturing, marine industries and tourism, among many others.
Australia is the only developed country with a tropics region.
This puts North Queensland in the perfect position to commercialise products and services, based on local tropical expertise, and sell them to the world.
Tropical North Queenslanders have adapted their lifestyle to neutralise the effects of wet seasons, humidity and tropical temperatures. This local knowledge is what is referred to as ‘tropical expertise’.
It’s a competitive advantage unique to the inhabitants of the tropics.
The Queensland Government values the entrepreneurial spirit, and delivers services to strengthen the infrastructure of the Cairns Region and to enhance its viability to business and investment.
Major projects in Cairns include Cairns Esplanade, Mt Garnet Zinc Project, Cairns Cityport, Ma:Mu Canopy Walk, Australian Tropical Forest Institute and the Harbour Lights project, to mention but a few of the multi-million-dollar investments being made in the Region.
All the community facilities and resources are all here, already
A favoured destination, thanks to its access to the Great Barrier Reef and tropical rainforests, Cairns City has grown into a sophisticated international centre welcoming visitors from around the world - while still maintaining a strong commitment to its thriving community.
Businesses in the Cairns Region enjoy excellent access to South East Asia and Pacific markets, through direct access to an international airport, port facilities and an extensive network of road and rail.
The Cairns International Airport handles over 130,000 aircraft movements each year, carrying over 3.2 million passengers.
Six international airlines service 166 scheduled aircraft movements each week and five domestic airlines service all major business centres.
But air travel isn’t the only efficient and economically viable transport option.
The Cairns Seaport offers users a small, multi-purpose regional port, catering for industries including agriculture, mining and tourism.
It is also home to one of Australia’s largest fishing fleets, providing extensive and experienced ship building and repair services. The Cairns cruise tourism sector is also a vital part of the Region’s economy.
The Cairns Cityport development is a world-class waterfront facility providing all-weather marine facilities for reef operators, pleasure craft and super yachts, of which there are many.
You’ll love the Cairns lifestyle
Whatever you need in a sophisticated, modern community, Cairns has it.
For example, the Cairns Region enjoys an excellent education profile with established primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, plus vocational education providers.
There’s a total of 119 State education facilities, including 87 State primary schools, twelve State high schools and twenty other school facilities.
In addition, there are 32 private schools in the region.
Ten of these provide enrolments to year twelve.
James Cook University and Tropical North Queensland TAFE also have campuses here.
When it comes to health, Cairns is serviced by a large teaching hospital and is supported by a number of public and private hospitals and facilities.
These include various for-profit and non-profit nursing homes and hostels.
The Cairns Community is a comprehensive online community resource directory which provides information on community organisations, special events, public notices and so forth.