Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP) - Tropical North Queensland grant recipients

The list of successful applicants that have been offered funding under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages, Tropical North Queensland, Queensland region.

Applicant Organisation Project Name Project Description Stream Project Location Grant Approved Total Project Cost
Mossman Botanic Garden Complete Planning, Governance, Management and Financing Arrangements The Wet Tropics are a global biodiversity hotspot. The Garden will showcase the region's floral biodiversity in one, easy to access display garden. It will drive economic growth and create jobs by: Diversifying the Mossman, Douglas Shire and Cairns regional economies. Stimulating long term growth, delivering substantial economic development in Mossman and to a lesser extent Port Douglas and Cairns through tourism. Delivering sustainable employment, given world-class botanic garden lifecycles are measured in centuries. Enabling the Garden and Mossman businesses to enter new Australian and international markets and sectors, including domestication of Australia's wet tropics flora for commercialisation by local farmers. Local Infrastructure Mossman $100,000 $200,000
Savannah Guides Limited Revitalising the EcoGuide Program A full review of the EcoGuide program as it comes into Savannah Guides' operations. The project will enable the tour guide certification framework to grow, coordinated from its Tropical North Queensland hub. This tailored non-accredited training will support quality and innovation in frontline tourism delivery and improving skills in the labour force through professional development activities. New training and certification models will improve access for regional learners and support employment and retention among Tour Guides and higher quality experiences, driving visitor growth. Skills and Training Kewarra Beach $5,454 $10,909
Cairns Regional Council Courthouse The primary objective is the refurbishment of the Cairns Courthouse, while spearheading the development of a new cultural precinct for Cairns. The property adjoins two other heritage buildings, the former Cairns public Office building, now the Cairns Regional Gallery, and the former Mulgrave Shire Council building. Together, these buildings represent a significant piece of our city's history and provide an opportunity to create a unique and vibrant arts precinct for the enjoyment of residents, artists and visitors. Local Infrastructure Cairns $2,100,000 $4,200,000
Aviation Services Australia Pty Ltd ASA Cairns Air Freight Terminal ASA is establishing an air freight facility at the Cairns Airport to assist primarily in the export of produce - fruit, dairy, seafood and meat through the Cairns Airport. The facility will assist in increasing export volumes via the Cairns Airport which are currently either not exported due to capacity constraints with the existing provider (at capacity for last 10 years) or transported to other regions at an increased cost for export. By opening additional freight capacity channels it is anticipated that additional international flights will be attracted to Cairns due to improved viability of the runs through the freight elements being exported. Business Innovation Cairns $1,250,000 $2,950,000
Cairns Regional Council Cairns International Tennis Centre (Roof over centre courts) Construction of a roofed structure over the centre court & adjoining bank of 4 Hot Shots mini-courts to provide opportunities for year round play on these courts as this structure will provide protection from both rainfall & the harsh Far North Queensland sun. Outcomes of the project include improved capacity to deliver regional, state, national & international events, better programming & overall improved viability of the centre. Local Infrastructure Cairns North $997,908 $1,995,818
Dindarr Pty Ltd Dindarr Yarrabah Ferry and Bus Project The Dindarr Yarrabah Ferry and Bus Project will connect the Yarrabah Indigenous Community to Cairns by fast, low-cost ferry and bus services. This connection will dramatically improve the access of Indigenous residents of Yarrabah to health and other mainland services, open up new opportunities in the employment market to those residents, and allow Yarrabah to leverage its unique cultural capital by bringing international tourists from one of the world's premier tourism destinations across the water to enjoy Indigenous cultural tourism unrivalled anywhere in Australia. Business Innovation Yarrabah $1,000,000 $2,000,000
Spinal Life Australia Ltd Purchase of specialised and rehabilitation equipment Spinal Life Australia's Healthy Living Centre in Cairns will enable it to expand its business with a wider range of disability supports and other healthcare services closer to home for people with spinal cord damage and related physical disabilities. The purpose-built centre provides accessible accommodation, specialised allied health services where clients feel comfortable and confident that staff understand their distinctive needs, hydrotherapy pool, and gymnasium. Specially designed rehabilitation and other equipment is needed to support the activities provided and to ensure that services are fully accessible and cater for the needs of people with spinal cord damage, related physical disabilities or limited mobility. Local Infrastructure Cairns North $247,500 $495,000
Kickarts Contemporary Arts Ltd Tropical North Queensland Indigenous Printmaking Program The Tropical North Queensland Indigenous Printmaking Program will deliver a tailored skills and training program to assist regional Indigenous artists in creative and business development, through the manufacturing and wholesaling of limited edition prints. This technical and business training will benefit regional Tropical North Queensland through facilitating the development of sustainable Indigenous micro businesses. Skills and Training Cairns $50,000 $100,000
Cairns Regional Council Martyn Street Netball Centre (Roof over centre courts) The Martyn Street Netball Centre project will provide an undercover facility for the 4 central courts at the Cairns regional netball facility. The roofed area represents the final stage of the Martyn St Netball Centre and will create an all-weather environment that will protect participants from the harsh tropical conditions. Local Infrastructure Manunda $1,018,992 $2,037,984
Golden Egg Communication Pty Ltd Didgigo Tropical North Queensland Tourism Export Accelerator (TNQ-TEA) This first of its type project allows local Tourism providers participation in a range of innovative marketing activity that takes their products to the buyers around the world with a compelling concept, thus increasing economic activity for the region and increased outcomes in local employment. The Project will develop the full suite of services that enhance the current deliveries of Didgigo including Marketing Production - Deliver Publication and Website Automation Tools Multi-Channel Campaigns - Deliver Personalised Direct Mail and URL. SMS Services Travelling Services - Deliver Personalised Travel Apps and Travel Books Financial Services - Deliver Costing, Currency, Margins, Accounting Services API links & Reporting Services. Business Innovation Brinsmead $197,642 $395,285
Cairns Regional Council Alley Park (Club Amenities Building) The Alley Park Club Amenities Building will be the major focal point for sporting clubs in the Southern Corridor. The Amenities building will house multiple sporting disciplines and provide an identity for the resident clubs of Alley Park. The construction of the building will provide job opportunities for local contractors and provide mental and physical health benefits by attracting people back to their local sporting clubs. Local Infrastructure Gordonvale $600,000 $1,200,000
Douglas Shire Council Port Douglas Waterfront [South] - Tourism and Marine Feasibility Study The study will evaluate the feasibility of a range of land uses in the Port Douglas Waterfront South precinct to optimise land use. Through stakeholder consultation, environmental, economic, marine and geo-technical and traffic engineering investigations, the study will identify a preferred mix of compatible land uses, suitable for viable businesses within the Port Douglas Waterfront South precinct. The work will support future capital projects in the area, create opportunities for new investment in infrastructure, alleviate traffic issues in the central area of Port Douglas, support the sustainability of the fishing fleet, enhance facilities for private boat owners and create new tourism infrastructure to benefit tour operators. Local Infrastructure Port Douglas $80,000 $160,000
Cairns Regional Council Northern Beaches Leisure Trail The Northern Beaches Leisure Trail is being designed and constructed in a staged approach to deliver on Council’s vision to connect Palm Cove to Cairns city. Once complete, the shared path will provide a continuous walking and cycling link for locals and visitors alike. It will offer enhanced recreation and fitness amenities for the entire community including young families using prams, people in wheelchairs, seniors with mobility devices and people on bikes. The trail will provide a unique recreation and tourism experience that showcases the region’s beautiful beaches and island views, as well as providing an important active transport alternative to the car. Local Infrastructure Cairns $2,865,000 $6,000,000
Natural Resource Assessments Pty Ltd WiM - Integrated Water Resource Data Management Software System WiM delivers a software solution for water resource management. It facilitates interpretation of water quality data by integrating water resource management methods developed by environmental specialists over several decades. The sustainability of activities that rely on water resources is managed through a licence to operate. Where impacts are unacceptable, the consequences include accrued costs from delays, reparation imposts, punitive actions and reputational damage. WiM is a tool for the informed, timely management of activities that affect water quality. It has application to regional and national Defence facilities, sectors such as Building & Construction and Tourism, and numerous industries in far north Queensland and further afield. Business Innovation Cairns $153,570 $307,140
The Salvation Army (QLD) Property Trust Construction of an Aged Care Centre in Mossman-powered by solar energy Construction of the first Residential Aged Care Centre in Mossman, Far North Queensland. The state-of-the-art facility will provide a loving home for 42 older Australians, giving priority of access to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as those who are financially or socially disadvantaged and people from rural and remote areas. The 42 bed Centre will cater to persons living with dementia. The incidence of dementia is expected to grow by 30% in the next eight years. Dementia care is a specialist area of The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus. The Residential Aged Care Centre will be powered by solar energy through the installation of an integrated solar energy system enhanced by best practice battery technology. Local Infrastructure Mossman $3,416,544 $6,833,089
Ten Years Younger Home Care Pty Ltd Community Care and Support for Older Tourists Travelling to TNQ The project will undertake a detailed feasibility study to assess the care and support needs of national and international tourists who are aged or have a disability and without care supports are unable to travel or experience the unique tourist sites of TNQ. The study will include a thorough analysis of qualitative and quantitative data sourced from research surveys, interviews with peak tourist & hospitality bodies, health providers, the ABS and other peak agencies, to determine the needs of people in the target group and the types of training to up-skill the workforce to meet the emerging need. This project has the capacity to develop into a national and international best practice model of meeting a people need and a workforce need. Business Innovation Edge Hill $60,000 $120,000
ReGen Plastics Pty Ltd North Queensland Plastic Recycling Plant ReGen Plastics will establish a plastics recycling plant in Cairns to convert used plastics into extruded finished products for sale via local retailers. Export of these products are also likely. This will be the first plastics recycling plant in North Queensland and will dramatically reduce agricultural, construction & domestic plastic waste going to landfill or being burnt. ReGen has developed an innovative product that will compete with cladding and structural items for the construction industry. The products will provide a recyclable plastic alternative to plywood, joists, bearers, flooring, decking and cladding products, garden beds, fencing, portable buildings, benches and bollards. Business Innovation Westcourt $183,300 $366,600
QRX Group 1 Pty Ltd NQ Pharmaceutical Distribution & Manufacturing Centre (NQPDMC) The establishment of a state-of-the-art North Queensland Pharmaceutical Distribution & Manufacturing Centre will provide the following services to the region's community pharmacy network; drug distribution, dose administration aid packing, sterile compounding, human resource management and book keeping services. The NQPDMC will be the first of its kind in Regional Queensland and the first of its kind in Northern Australia. The Centre will be available to all community pharmacies in the region to utilize. The Centre will create supply chain efficiencies that enable the creation of highly trained & highly skilled jobs & deliver better primary healthcare to the people of North Queensland. Business Innovation Bungalow $2,415,400 $5,367,381
MiHaven Property Fund Pty Ltd Launch and marketing of MiHaven Student Accommodation Facility Cairns MiHaven is developing and proposing to operate one of the first privately owned purpose built student accommodation facilities in the inner city of Cairns including accommodation to suit students with special needs. There is a critical need for new; safe; well managed student accommodation accessible to all the key Cairns based universities; TAFE and colleges based in the inner city and Cairns CBD to cater for the expanding growth of international students studying in Cairns. To match the goals set by Study Cairns making Cairns the number one international student destination for Asia by 2020, we need to have an ample supply of high quality purpose built student accommodation. Business Innovation Cairns $300,000 $600,000
Cairns Aquarium & Reef Research Centre Pty Ltd Marine Equipment and Staff for Final Fit-out Stage and Post Opening The project will see the completion of the final $4.7m "fit-out" stage of the $54m Cairns Aquarium which will install catering equipment for a unique "aquatic" themed function centre which will attract additional new large (250 pax) weekly corporate and private functions to Cairns, and installation of plant and equipment for "behind-the-scenes" Great Barrier Reef interactive coral viewing experiences. 57 FTE staff will be hired in addition to the current 23 FTE staff. Completion of this project stage will bolster and provide resilience to Great Barrier Reef tourism through increased employment, attracting more visitors to Cairns, increased tourism spend, increased nights stayed, and give new reasons for previous visitors to return. Business Innovation Cairns City $2,350,000 $4,700,000
Gurriny Yealamucka (Good Healing) Health Services Aboriginal Corporation Construction of an extension to the Community Youth Hub Building Gurriny is building a community youth hub that will be an identified space for young adults aged 15-25 to access as needed. Social challenges experienced by this group are significant and some basic personal needs will be met by the inclusion of a community kitchen, laundry facilities and bathrooms. This construction project will expand the community youth hub to provide counselling rooms, staff office space and increased youth social areas. A direct impact from this project will be an increase of wrap around support services and the creation of an identified youth place promoting wellbeing, resilience and responsibility. Local Infrastructure Yarrabah $299,000 $599,000

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