Business View Oceania | February 2020

19 20 BUSINESS VIEW OCEANIA FEBRUARY 2020 BUSINESS VIEW OCEANIA FEBRUARY 2020 PREFERRED VENDORS n Aus Mining Personnel Pty Ltd n LDI Constructions Civil Pty Ltd n fgf Bitumen Pty Ltd CA I RNS REGIONAL COUNC I L , QLD eye opener. Cairns Regional Council is a nature- based destination adjoining two World Heritage listed areas, embracing two of the world’s longest living cultures, and we owe it to the planet to do everything we can to protect these precious assets. We, of all regions in the world, should be seen as the cleanest and the greenest. That should be our character, our appearance, everything about us. And not being dragged along, we should be leading the way. We want to be at the forefront – when people see Cairns or the Great Barrier Reef or the northern sharp end of Australia they should think that’s the place where it’s all happening.” Cairns is also dedicated to establishing itself as a hub for arts and culture. The Mayor elaborates, “In 2019, we opened up a new 1,000 seat Performing Arts Centre which is just stunning. It’s amazing how that can change the personality of a city. We are moving now towards a precinct of four art galleries in the CBD; three of those are heritage listed buildings that are joined together. And the fourth will be an innovative new-build exhibition gallery. Indigenous artwork is craved the world over and is unbelievably beautiful. Every year we run the Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair, the largest in Australia, and we intend to make that even more spectacular. We want Cairns to be Arts and Culture Capital of Northern Australia.” Last year, Mayor Manning spent two weeks with about 90 other people as part of ClimateForce 2041 on a study tour in the Arctic Circle – observing and learning more about climate change and gathering a better understanding of what’s happening in the world. Manning admits, “It was a life-changing experience and a real Signature Fish at the Cairns Lagoon on the Esplanade