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Monday, July 15, 2024

Funding to Flow

The past 12 months have been extremely fruitful for our region, with unprecedented commitments to critical projects from both the State and Federal Governments.

Major advocacy success has included $300m shared funding from the State and Federal Governments towards a common user facility at Cairns Marine Precinct, $210m for safety and capacity upgrades along Kuranda Range Road, and $50m towards a new CQU campus in the Cairns CBD.

Much of this advocacy success has been thanks to the hard work and collaboration of our Board of Directors and our broad member base, who provide fundamental insight into the needs of our region and our community. Advance Cairns aims to maintain a comprehensive view of these needs across a range of sectors within Tropical North Queensland. That would not be possible without our impressive brain trust coming together behind the scenes.

The past year has also seen our members treated to a range of insightful and stimulating guest speakers, from a senior economist at ANZ, Catherine Birch, to State Treasurer Cameron Dick and then-Defence Minister Peter Dutton. 

While I have been honoured to lead the team after returning to my former role as Executive Chair a few months ago, I am also very pleased to be stepping back into the position of Chairman and passing the role of senior executive onto our new CEO Jacinta Reddan. While I lead our dedicated Board of Directors and oversee the organisation’s strategy, Jacinta is now in charge of delivering this strategy at an operational level.

Jacinta has joined the organisation following a long and successful career in communications, marketing, government relations and public affairs, much of it in the Asia-Pacific region. After more than 20 years in senior roles in Hong Kong, including CEO of Australia’s largest international chamber of commerce, Jacinta brings invaluable experience and knowledge that is already beneficial in her new role.

I look forward to Connect FNQ readers getting to know Jacinta better when she takes over this column in the new year. I know you will make her feel welcome in the region and in the role.

Thank you to all of Advance Cairns’ members and supporters for your commitment throughout 2022, and all the best for 2023.


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