A $50 million funds injection for a new CQUniversity campus in the Cairns CBD is among the top priorities city leaders will push in a visit to Brisbane.
Roads are another focus – with a push for the Queensland Government to include capital funding of $437.3 million for the Cairns Ring Road and Cairns Western Arterial Road porjects in the 2020 Budget, to be invested over foru years to 2023/24.
Advance Cairns is leading the ‘Cairns TNQ Convoy to Capital Q’, an advocacy drive that involves two days chock-full of meetings.
Advance Cairns executive chairman Nick Trompf said a State Election Priorities list had been developed over the past 12 months to leverage growth across the broader economy for long-term regional sustainability.
“We know the constraints and drivers for our region’s economy and the specific investments and policy changes that will allow us to unlock flourishing and diverse economic growth into the future,” Mr Trompf said.
In addition to backing for a CBD campus, the convoy is seeking State investment of $10 million in Stage 2 of the CQUniversity Asia-Pacific Aviation Hub and $35 million towards establishing Queensland’s first University High School in Cairns.
International education has been highlighted as a key growth opportunity for the region.
The Convoy, led by Advance Cairns, Tourism Tropical North Queensland and the Cairns Chamber of Commerce, is in Brisbane next Tuesday and Wednesday, February 18 and 19.