Background

Our region is in the heart of one of the world’s few developed tropical economies, and Tropical North Queenslanders have first-hand knowledge of these challenges. Many residents of TNQ have seized the opportunities by transforming their experience and know-how into innovative solutions for a whole range of business and lifestyle problems.  

TNQ is perfectly positioned to develop and deliver unique capabilities, products, and services, and our region’s innovators continuously seek to improve economic prosperity and liveability for the region.  Our wealth of tropical knowledge and expertise extends across areas such as liveability, sustainable development, energy, agriculture, education, health, manufacturing, natural resource management, business, community and municipal management fields.  

Cairns Regional Council knows that the spirit of innovation offers a competitive advantage to businesses operating within our region and we are committed to recognising, rewarding and supporting those who capture this spirit and apply it through a system of business excellence across all sectors.