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Planning Developments Cairns

Our region is famous for its immense beauty, and environmental and cultural significance. It is a rare place in which we live side-by-side with the oldest living rainforest in the world, and a stones throw away from the Great Barrier Reef. 

However, it is undergoing huge developments that are seeing the privatisation of land, and the loss of areas of great ecological significance. Take a look at the most recent plan for Cairns, CairnsPlan 2016 v1.3 that outline areas of development. 

See Strategic Framework Map: 


Cairns Development Applications can be found here: 



Recent development proposal campaigns in our region – 

Cairns Combined Beaches Community Association Campaign 

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/pg/ccbcainc/posts/?ref=page_internal

Clifton Beach Development 

Currently there is a proposed plan, Planning application Ref Number 9450/2019, to develop the significantly rich ‘Conservation Zone’ between Kewarra and Clifton Beach. This area is a natural waterway trigger site with Deep Creek intersecting through, and surrounded by dense mangrove forest and paperbark trees. The proposed plan is for a Material Change of Use for a Dwelling House of two-storeys and will cover an approximate area of 842.8m2. 

This site is a unique and significant area of biological and ecological value of the northern beaches community. It can not be a precedent for destroying the beautiful Wet Tropics environment. 

Send your Submission to Cairns Regional Council to help the Cairns Combined Beaches Community to object the Planning application. 

The due date for submissions is Wednesday 31st July.

Fill in your details and send off the form below as is, or make changes to it as you please.

We’ve also provided links to the application documents (end of page) if you would like to write your own submission from scratch. If you have time we always recommend an individual submission To submit it simply send it in an email to submissions@cairns.qld.gov.au. For the submission to be considered please include the following details: 


Application Details
Proposal: Development Permit for Material Change of use for a Dwelling
Applicant: Kenfrost (1987) Pty Ltd
Applicatin Number: 9450/2019
Address of development:  Lot 1 on RP 724131, Captain Cook Highway, Clifton Beach
Submitter/s Details
Residential/Business Address:
Postal/email address:
Grounds for submission:

However, we understand many of us are busy hence the template option below. Please fill out all the above details (Submitter/s Details) in the template. 


Objection to Clifton Beach Development

This petition is now closed.

End date: Jul 31, 2019

Signatures collected: 47

47 signatures


Application documents: 

Proposed Plan: 


See CairnsPlan 2016 v1.3:


Zoning Maps:


Natural Areas Overlay Map:


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