Cairns Regional Council

Cairns Regional Council


Cairns Regional Council was created in March 2008 following the amalgamation of the former Cairns City and Douglas Shire Councils. Douglas Shire de-amalgamated from Cairns on 1 January 2014.

The Cairns Regional Council local government area encompasses 1687 km2 of land on a narrow coastal strip between the Great Dividing Range and the Coral Sea. It extends from the Eubenangee Swamp (near Mirriwinni) in the south to the Macalister Range (near Ellis Beach) in the north.

Challenge for Priority Management

Operating with a budget of more than $298 million (2012/13), Cairns Regional Council is a significant local economic driver. It is also one of the region’s largest employers with a full-time equivalent workforce of more than 1440 people.

In order to keep providing quality and accountability in all its operations Departments wanted to provide their staff with following:

  • A proven process for project management that can be immediately understood by everyone
  • A flexible process that can be successfully used by the whole team, no matter how diverse the people, departments and disciplines involved
  • An effective process that accommodates constant change while still completing the project within the allotted time and budget

Solution from Priority Management

Priority Management’s core project management training program – Project Planning Breakthroughs was the most suitable solution for the Council as it significantly assisted to overcome their day to day challenges and helped their staff to properly plan and manage their projects. Over 30 staff have completed our Project Planning Breakthroughs program since 2013.

As a result, workshop graduates have played an integral role within their organisation by helping their departments to stay on top of their priorities in order to help achieve the Council’s goal and the community needs in which they serve