Neighbourhood character to be enhanced

The Cairns Neighbourhood Character Study endorsed today is designed to enhance and preserve the individuality of suburbs across the region.


Cairns Regional Council’s study has been compiled to define and describe the various qualities and characteristics of suburbs and townships. It was initiated to make minor amendments to the CairnsPlan and ultimately provide design guidelines for future development.


Mayor Val Schier said data for the study was gathered with in depth consultation across the community and sought to outline and identify the distinct character precincts.


“Cairns is a rapidly changing regional centre and this work will guide future development application approvals to ensure that new buildings fit with the individual style and character of existing streetscapes, gardens and architecture in suburbs,” Cr Schier said.


“The work done describes the individual characters of suburbs and through that identification process, areas of potential heritage significance have been uncovered,” Cr Schier said.


“The entire process has been done in consultation with the community, so we have ended up with a reflection of how we see ourselves and our built environments – our homes, our gardens and our streetscapes.”


Guidelines for renovations and future development of areas such as Freshwater, Redlynch, Parramatta Park and Stratford are detailed in a series of brochures outlining the qualities, characteristics and unique development history embodied in each individual suburb.


“There is an education component to this program and I am looking forward to the community deepening its awareness about preserving the values of earlier settled areas.”