Cairns is a regional city located in the far north of Queensland, Australia, with a population of approximately 160,000 people and growing.
Cairns city is the principal centre of region and is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia, with consistent annual growth over the last 10 years.
Cairns is a popular travel destination for tourists because of its warm tropical climate and close proximity to Great Barrier Reef. Tourism plays a vital role in the Cairns economy and is considered one of the top destinations in Australia for both foreign tourists and domestic travellers.
Cairns has several shopping centres spread out throughout the city. Cairns Central shopping centre is the largest, located in right in the centre of Cairns in the CBD. With business in Cairns continuing to flourish, the state government decided to also open an $80 million office building in the city in 2010.
There are over 14,000 businesses running in Cairns and over 80,000 people employed, the largest industries being retail and construction, followed closely by tourism. Cairns also has a strong agriculture industry, particularly for sugar cane.
There are also many local papers, television stations and radio stations located in Cairns. The Cairns Post, The Courier Mail, Cairns Bulletin and The Australian all share the newspaper market. Five television stations are located in Cairns, three commercial stations and two public broadcasters, all servicing in analogue and digital. Cairns radio also includes a number of community and commercial broadcasters.
The future is bright for Cairns with many new developments in the pipeline.
A vibrant new social and entertainment zone is already underway to expand the heart of the city. The council will develop a modern setting for local events, celebrations and performances by people of all ages and backgrounds. A meeting place for all people from every corner of the world to be entertained in state-of-the-art surroundings.
The Council has also enlisted a top urban design and planning company, along with other local businesses, to commence a strategic plan for the Cairns City Centre. The plan will be imperative to the future developments driving the city’s ever increasing economy.