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Cairns West is a long established part of the Far North Queensland region. It has a diverse population, with a high percentage of aboriginal and Islander people as well as recent arrivals to the city.
The area is understood to include the suburbs of Manunda, Mooroobool, Manunda and Westcourt. This highly multicultural part of Cairns also has pockets of great socio-economic disadvantage.
Cairns West State School is the only state primary school in the suburb. It has a reputation of achieving positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, as well as those from a non-English speaking background. This culturally diverse school is full of opportunities for students.
This area is also the home of the TAFE campus. It features student-run training facilities including a hair and beauty salon, restaurant, cafe and coffee shop. In addition it has a range of support services to help students.
The campus offers a wide range of study areas. Consequently these include accounting, aged care, automotive, beauty and hairdressing, building and construction, business, child care, civil construction, community services, cookery, electrotechnology, engineering, English language studies, health, horticulture, information technology, music, nursing, sport and fitness, tourism and hospitality, training and assessment, and visual arts.
Catholic Education also offers education services in the area.
The area lies within the state electorate of Cairns and the Cairns Regional Council local government area. At the federal level, it is within the electorate of Leichhardt.
Cairns West Parks and Creeks
There are a number of council parks, waterways other green spaces in the area. Indeed some of the parks are worth a closer look.
Some of the creeks are: