Towards 2050: Shaping Cairns

Cairns is a popular place to live and work, and our population will grow even more in the coming decades. Council’s Towards 2050 Shaping Cairns project is planning for this growth now, to make sure everyone can live here and enjoy what we love about Cairns today.

Over the past 8 months, we have been developing possible directions to facilitate growth in Cairns. The Directions Paper is based on what we heard from you through community and stakeholder feedback, and what we learnt from a range of technical inputs.

At the heart of our plan lies the future role and support of the city's most vital asset: its city centre. As the primary destination for tourism, employment, entertainment, accommodation, and lifestyle, our strategy encompasses various approaches to bolster the centre's significance and growth.

Directions Paper survey

The Directions Paper is now open for your feedback via our short survey. The survey is open until 18 August 2024.

Project phases

The Towards 2050 project will be delivered in four phases with community engagement at the centre of every step we take.
  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Phase 1: Commit and get ready (Oct - Dec 2022)

    This phase will seek to understand what makes Cairns special; explore the community's hopes for the future and formulate Vision and Growth Strategy Framework.

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Phase 2: Identify and assess (Oct 2022 - Aug 2023)

    refine the vision for the future of Cairns.

    Capture input to inform the technical direction which will shape our growth options.

  • Timeline item 3 - active

    Phase 3: Shape the strategy (Sept 2023 - Dec 2024)

    Develop scenarios for growth and evaluate against community's feedback and guiding principles.

    Develop Draft Growth Strategy

  • Timeline item 4 - incomplete

    Phase 4: Finalise Towards 2050 Growth Strategy (Jan 2025 - Jul 2025).

    Finalise Towards 2050: Shaping Cairns Growth Strategy

Register for Towards 2050 project updates

You can receive project updates and notification of community engagement activities.

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:

Name The Towards 2050 Team
Phone 1300 69 22 47