Cairns Regional Council has a program known as Partnership Cairns that allows private citizens to contribute to public facilities.

A good example is the lovely new bench in Ben Wilson Park, kindly donated by Elizabeth Jetsy and Judy Adams. Their contribution is most appreciated.

Park Bench at Ben Wilson Park
Park Bench at Ben Wilson Park

Residents and businesses can be involved in the project in several ways, such as landscaping and paving, seats and planter boxes, banners and flags, adopting a roundabout to name but a few.

For further information on Partnership Cairns please contact Council’s Communications Officer on 4044 3303 or feedback@cairns.qld.gov.au.


Miriwinni endorsed to restore historical ‘r’

Cairns Regional Council has endorsed the campaign by local residents for the town of Miriwinni to have an additional ‘r’ added to its name, to bring it into line with the significant indigenous name Merriwinnoo.

Councillor for Division 1, Cr. Paul Gregory, said “As the name has indigenous roots from the Yidinji clan and refers to nearby Mount Bellenden Ker that forms the town’s dynamic backdrop, the township has formed a committee to return Miriwinni to its original spelling.” He added, “although the request may appear small, restoring the town’s moniker to its original spelling held historical significance for the community.”

“Pre-war documentation and the original railway station show Miriwinni with a double ‘r’ spelling and somewhere along the way this was overlooked or forgotten,” Cr Gregory said.

The town’s Restore the R in Miriwinni Committee has collected more than 400 signatures in a petition that has been presented to state parliament.

Cairns Regional Council’s endorsement of the revised spelling is a requirement in gaining ministerial approval for the name change.

Hook Turn for Cyclists Makes Crossing Safer

Have you been wondering about the green paint on the bike lanes on some of the intersections in the city? It is to help cyclists turn safely, using a ‘hook turn’. If you are interested, please check out the Department of Main Road’s Fact Sheet at this website: Main Roads – A first for Cairns Bicycle Riders – Hook Turn Storage Boxes (150kb)

Stop Press: Cyclists wanting to make a right turn at the Mulgrave Road/Severin Street intersection can perform a hook manoeuvre by using the new hook turn storage boxes.


Houses in residential areas will soon be inspected to ensure that all dogs are registered. Cairns Regional Council has approved the dog audit, in which Local Laws Officers will visit every home to confirm that dogs in residence are registered. Council audit officers would visit homes between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday to carry out the inspection. The program will run from the end of August to the end of October. Registration is compulsory and designed to ensure a dog is returned to an owner if it strays.

Cr. Pyne said, “Hopefully this will also reduce the number of non-desexed dogs in the region and as a result reduce the number of unwanted puppies.” Inspections will be done by authorised officers trained in safe methods to approach dogs. Council has carried out this type of audit in the past approximately every three years and each time the cost of the program has been recouped by increased registrations.


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