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What the Results From the 2020 ‘Our Cairns Survey’ Reveal

Our Cairns Survey 

The results from biggest community survey ever conducted by the Cairns Regional Council are now available online, revealing how Cairns residents feel about a variety of issues. In total, 6783 residents completed the Our Cairns Survey. 1,280 young people filled out the inaugural Youth Survey. This makes it the biggest response to any community survey ever completed in Cairns!

Mayor Bob Manning says, “To have so many residents filling out surveys is fantastic. I think it shows that as a community we genuinely care about the place we live.”

“As a Council we very much value this sort of feedback. This is especially true with so many residents taking the time to tell us what sort of city they want to live in.”

Our Cairns Survey Results

The Our Cairns Survey had a variety of questions on topical issues. In addition there were questions regarding the use and awareness of Council services and facilities, values and liveability, and the Council’s overall performance in delivering to the Cairns community.

Here are some of the most interesting results on from Our Cairns Survey in 2020;

62 percent were in support of allowing people to drink alcohol on the Esplanade and other foreshore areas legally.

83 percent supported preventing cyclists from using CBD footpaths . Out of this, 38 percent of them want cyclists to have a dedicated footpath before the council rolls any changes out. 

63 percent did not support any suggestion of hosting a Schoolies Week in Cairns

46 percent said they felt in their suburb all of the time. A whopping 30 percent say they only feel safe during the night. After, when asked why they don’t feel safe, 68 percent say it is due to crimes such as break-ins, car theft, assaults and more.

71 percent said they had not been a victim of a crime within the last 5 years. Overall, theft of property and break-ins were the biggest crimes committed against respondents who said they had been a victim. 

77 percent support having more police present on Cairns streets. 55 percent of these respondents believe that the council needs to address other issues first. These include substance abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. 

75 percent said they support allowing dogs within the CBD. 57 percent of respondents also agreed to the condition that pet owners need to pick up after their animal or officers will make sure they do it. 

Road Congestion that Need Improving

Unsurprisingly, respondents nominated Sheridan St between Airport Ave and Arnold St inbound, Cairns Western Arterial Road (CWAR) heading to the city, CWAR going north, Sheridan St between Lily Street and Airport Ave inbound and outbound, and Pease St / Anderson St roundabout and Reservoir Rd intersection as the roads that the council needs to improve congestion issues on. 

You can read all of the results on the Cairns Regional Council’s website, including results from the Our Cairns Youth Survey. It’s worth noting that the Youth Survey revealed that young people think it’s very important to protect our reef and rainforests, reducing waste and reducing carbon emissions (and more).

What We Can Take Away from the Our Cairns Survey

Overall, there were some surprising results from the Our Cairns Survey. But there were also results the council was expecting  – particularly with road congestions, Schoolies Week and dogs within the CBD. The survey clearly shows what the community wants out of the city and the Council and what they need to improve. 


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Grow Your Mo’ For the Bros – Movember 2020

The Issue with Men’s Health 

There is an unspoken understanding between so many men throughout the world. This understanding may vary at the forefront but at its core it’s the same; health and self-care, both mentally and physically, do not come first. 

Although our approach to men’s health nationally and globally has improved throughout the years, there is still unnecessary secrecy and shame surrounding it. In particular mental health. And unfortunately, because men do not receive the help or treatment they need as often as women do, suicide rates for men are higher. According to Beyond Blue, men make up an average of six out of every eight suicides in Australia, every single day. The number of deaths by suicide in Australian men is nearly double the national road toll. But it’s not just our approach to mental health that we need to address.

There is a lack of awareness around getting regular check-ups and knowing the symptoms of common men’s health issues including prostate cancer and testicular cancer. It’s estimated that in 2020 alone over 16,500 men have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and almost 1,000 with testicular cancer. These health issues and others are simply not talked about enough and too many men are dying because of it. In fact, on average men die 6 years earlier than women.


Fortunately, instead of continuing to say, “she’ll be ‘right”, “I’ll deal with it later” and “that won’t happen to me”, we are making positive changes as a nation and internationally. We’ve just hit the well-known event ‘Movember’ – an international event run by the charity of the same name. During Movember, men band together and avoid shaving their moustache for the whole month in order to raise funds and start the important conversations.

Movember is currently the leading charity in spreading awareness and raising funds for men’s health. Their main focus is Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Prostate Cancer and Testicular Cancer. By 2030 the goal is to have reduced the number of men dying prematurely by a whole 25%. The best part? It’s definitely achievable! We all just have to work together to cancel out the silence and shame around men’s health that has been carried down through the generations.

Movember raises funds through donations and uses it to impact men’s health on both a local and global scale. They invest in many health projects, working on solutions for addressing the crisis of men’s health. They have rolled out Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programs for men struggling with their mental health, funded a study using telehealth to focus on unmet needs for men who live with prostate cancer, invested in Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing Service, and much more.

You can read about their story, from humble Australian beginnings to over millions of moustaches HERE. You can also get involved and donate through the Movember website, learn more about what they do, and follow their Facebook page @Movember Australia for updates.

It’s time to go and grow the mo!


Play Monopoly with a twist – a hairy one that is! Movember have teamed up with Mr Monopoly to create a special, limited edition of the classic board game. You can get your own copy to play with friends or family from Big W only, for $49.00. $5.00 from every game sold will be donated to Movember. 






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The Earthshot Prize Comes to Life Thanks to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

In the 1960’s President John. F Kennedy created Moonshot, uniting people from around the world in efforts to put man on the moon. As part of this, amazing new technologies were developed around that time period. In addition, humans saw what we could achieve when we have a similar goal in sight, work as a team and put our brains together.

Now in 2020, Earthshot, a prestigious prize, has been created to incentivise people to join together and make changes that benefit our planet – and subsequently, us. The Earthshot Prize has five ‘Earthshots’; relatively simple yet big goals. These will hugely improve life on earth if achieved by 2030.

The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, perhaps better known as Prince William and Kate Middleton, runs the Earthshot Prize. The Duke and Duchess created the Foundation to unite people in tackling a variety of big challenges in today’s world, making a positive difference on issues that they are passionate about.

The Earthshots and Prizes

The Foundation grounds each Earthshot in scientifically agreed targets that will help repair the damage that our planet has suffered. This is crucial for both us now and future generations, to provide us and them with a good quality life and health. But it also goes beyond that; we have a beautiful planet full of unique nature and animals. This nature and our animals that we love will also suffer if we do not make changes and find ways to solve environmental problems NOW.

The targets form a set of challenges which will hopefully make new ways of thinking, new systems, policies, technologies and overall; solutions to these problems. The five Earthshots are:

  1. Protect and restore nature
  2. Clean our air
  3. Revive our oceans
  4. Build a waste-free world
  5. Fix our climate

Each Earthshot is broken down into more specific goals. For example, ‘Protect and restore nature’ focuses on repairing and protecting the homes of our animals. This could be in grasslands, wetlands, rainforests, lakes or rivers. Every year from 2021 to 2030 =an award ceremony will take place across the world in different cities. There, five winners will be awarded the Earthshot prize, each receiving one million-pound prizes (worth nearly 2 million AUD). Overall, this will provide 50 solutions to our planet’s greatest environmental problems by 2030!  

The Earthshot Prize Council is made up of influential people from around the globe. This team will award each Earthshot until 2030. The council includes Prince William, David Attenborough, Cate Blanchett, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Shakira, Naoko Yamazaki, Indra Nooyi and other well-known people.  

You can read more about each Earthshot and what it aims at achieving, as well as the full council list and list of Global Alliance Partners to Earthshot such as National Geographic, all on the Earthshot Prize website.











Special Needs Guide Cairns – October 2020

Best Care Cairns

Best Care Cairns have the region’s largest range of quality medical and mobility products. They specialise in mobility and rehabilitation equipment from mobility scooters, wheelchairs, and living aids to commodes, lift chairs and bedroom aids. They now also stock a large range of paediatric equipment to help children of all ages who live with special needs. Whether you want to buy, hire, trial or repair, they’d love to support you and can provide home delivery and advice on home modifications.

P 4032 5715



Mission Australia

Mission Australia is the Partners in the Community delivering Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) and Local Area Coordination (LAC) services in Cairns and surrounding regions. The ECEI services provide support to children aged 0 to 6 years who have a developmental delay or disability and their families or carers.

They support families to help children develop the skills they need to take part in daily activities and achieve the best possible outcomes throughout their life. The LAC service is for people 7 to 64 years with a disability and their families, and they will help you to understand and access the NDIS and link you to information and support in the community.

P 1800 860 555 / 4037 2800



Wellness Embodied Physiotherapy

At Wellness Embodied, the team of caring, experienced physios pride themselves on their holistic, client centred approach to assessment and treatment – treating the WHOLE person, not just a body part. They see clients throughout the life cycle for hands on physio, Craniosacral, developmental assessment and rehab, as well as other specialised services. They accept Self or Plan managed NDIS clients, as well as private clients, Workcover, CTP, DVA and GP referred.

P 4231 9777



Spinal Life Australia

The Spinal Life Healthy Living Centre is a fully accessible facility, purpose-built to support the health and wellbeing of people with spinal cord damage or other physical disabilities.

Whether you’re looking for accessible short-term, transitional or holiday accommodation, personal support, home care and therapy services or access to their gym and hydrotherapy pool for rehabilitation, the Centre is here to support you to live an accessible, equitable and empowered life.


Cairns Occupation Therapy

The team at Cairns Occupational Therapy can assist you in overcoming limitations as a result of illness, injury, and more, helping improve personal productivity, quality of life and wellbeing. They aim to minimise the impact of injury or disease on your ability to live your best life, assisting with performance in daily activities, both at work and home. Their services include hand therapy, soft tissue injury management, burn and scar management, work rehabilitation and much more.

P 1300 774 625



Complete Mobility & Rehab

Complete Mobility & Rehab promotes independence in the home and out and about, supplying products that increase quality of life. From kitchen equipment to electric wheelchairs and everything in between, the fully trained team of professionals understand that independence, dignity and peace of mind are important. They will help you find exactly what you need.

You can count on qualified staff with years of experience. They can help you install, repair and modify equipment to suit your individual needs. They also provide trial equipment, home delivery, short and long-term equipment hire and home servicing.

P 4032 1140



Centacare FNQ

Centacare FNQ provides services that are community driven and easy to access. These make a big difference in the lives of individuals, families and the Far North Queensland region. As an organisation they recognise and value the uniqueness of you and your experience in life.

Centacare Counselling offers a diverse range of therapeutic counselling interventions to support children and individuals of all ages, cultural backgrounds and abilities with a NDIS plan. They assist the participant to work towards their individual goals to support their wellbeing.

P 4044 0130



Autism Queensland Cairns

Autism Queensland Cairns is the region’s only specialist provider of support for people on the autism spectrum. Their therapy and teaching team provide a range of services including early childhood intervention group programs, individual therapy, allied health and diagnostic assessments, and group programs for school-aged children and adolescents. They also run an accredited, independent school providing specialist education for students with a verification of ASD (P-Y3).

P 4034 6600



rEvolve Program

The rEvolve Program is the inclusive movement training and contemporary dance performance model for people over 15 years, designed by physiotherapist Owen Allen. People with disabilities can access movement training with Owen individually or in group. There is an option to work on a dance or physical theatre project, including any local company.


Phoenix Functions


Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy

Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy are registered with the NDIS. This means that if you have applied and been successful for NDIS funding then you can use that support to purchase eligible goods through Calanna. Whether it is home aids like wheelie walkers, toilet seats, continence support products, compression garments or other items to aid in quality of life and health, Calanna Whole Health stock a large range.

The team at Calanna aim to help make life easier for people with a disability. If you are registered with NDIS all you or your care plan coordinator needs to do is provide Calanna with your full name, date of birth and NDIS number, and the team can help take care of it for you.

P Woree

4054 2440

P Cairns

4031 9611

P North Cairns


P Edmonton

4045 5526

P Atherton

4089 2900

P Innisfail

4061 1565



ARC Disability Services Inc.

ARC is a non-profit community-based organisation that has been supporting people with disabilities and their families for over 40 years now. They support people with a variety of options, including NDIS Services. These range from support coordination through to educational resources and programs.

A 92 Little St, Manunda

P 4046 3600








Real Estate

Why Should I Use a Real Estate Agent?

Mackay Regional Real Estate

Dear Robyn, I have seen people selling their homes privately For Sale By Owner. Why should I use a real estate agent?

There are many sites that encourage sellers to sell privately, and these have been around for many years. However, you need to ask yourself why they haven’t succeeded and taken over the market place?

Some testimonials of these websites provide successful experiences where the sale has gone smoothly, which is great. However, they avoid telling of the disasters or legal ramifications the sellers may have experienced.

Most of the sellers that I meet after they’ve tried to sell privately tell me that the process drove them insane.

They found it hard to listen to negative feedback or negotiate on their own property that they loved sentimentally. Buyers also manipulated the sale knowing the seller was selling without the commission costs charged by an agency and tried to bargain them down to ridiculously low prices. Many also felt that they had to entertain ‘tyre kickers’ who were just sticky-beaking. They were afraid that in the long term, something could come back to bite them because they didn’t have the knowledge around legislation, loop holes or the fine print.

Private sellers are not in the market place every weekend conducting Open Homes, getting to know buyers and what they want. But mostly, private sellers have not got any experience negotiating deals and taking the role of the middle-man.

Other than your health and that of your loved ones, your home is probably your next largest asset. A ‘cheap’ process, such as privately selling, may be appealing when looking at the upfront costs, but this can end up being very expensive when it literally costs you tens of thousands of dollars. Would you select the cheapest surgeon? Would you select the cheapest mechanic? Probably not. It’s best to talk to a Real Estate Agent who is an experienced expert in the industry.

P 0419 623 263





Why The Relationship with Your Partner Needs to Come First

With 1 in 3 marriage lasting 12.1 years we wanted to dig deeper on why some relationships don’t make the distance. One of the most stressful times for a relationship is during the parenting years. With only so many hours in the day, it’s easy to prioritise the kids and neglect your partner. We want you to have a thriving life – not just as a parent, but as a human in a romantic relationship too. But how do you do both and why does your relationship with your partner need to come first? We asked relationship experts Allan and Barbara Pease some questions to help us out with this very important topic.

Should the relationship with our partner come first?

“Becoming a parent is the single greatest gift in my life”, says Barbara – mother of three, stepmother of three and grandmother of eight. “But there is no question that being a parent is hard work. While children bring new and urgent demands, the couple should remain the overall priority or resentment, anger and feelings of being neglected can build. Without a strong ‘couple relationship’, separation and divorce can rear its head.”

“At the beginning of a relationship, you are lovers and friends. Hormones are keeping you ‘in love’, but it doesn’t last forever. From about six months on, most couples enter a new phase where their relationship shifts as hormones return to their default levels. There is less hormone-driven passion and the bonding-partnership phase begins ”, says Allan.

“When children come along, several things happen – you lose sleep, you focus most of your attention on your child and whatever is left over is spread thinly between other priorities.”

“All of a sudden, you’re not a Husband or Wife or a sexy lover, you’re a Mum or Dad facing the demands of little people who vomit over you. That can make intimacy difficult to maintain if you stop making an effort with your partner and it’s easy for a partner to feel neglected. What worked in the beginning may not now work as kids grow. You have to be prepared to adapt. It’s also important to have regular relationship check-ins with each other”.

“That’s why it’s so important to carve out time for the two of you, right from day one. Create an opportunity to laugh and reconnect with your partner. Keep a sense of humour about nappies and night-time duties, school runs and snotty noses – each phase has its end”, says Barbara. “And prioritise sex – it builds intimacy and is good for your mood!”

Why is it so important to invest in your relationship with your partner after having children?

“Two is a couple – three is a crowd. You’ve gone from being a sexy, selfish, loving couple to being in 2nd place (or even 3rd place if you have a pet). If this goes unchecked, resentment and anger can grow”, says Allan. “Having children is exciting and rewarding. But separation and divorce rates spike in the 18-month period after the birth of a first child. Make your relationship a priority at all times.”

Here are some daily tips:

Make time every day to chat with your partner and tell them about your day. Even if it is only 10 minutes…make a cup of tea and go to a quiet space and focus 100% on them.

Make intimate contact every day, whether it’s hugging, holding hands or caressing. For men – this is not necessarily the cue to having sex every night but a chance to connect in a loving way.

Create a ‘you’ time either weekly or monthly where you go for a walk on the beach, have dinner, go to the movies or just sit on the couch and cuddle up.

Have a book that you write in each day about what you loved about each other that day… no negatives just positives and share it once a week.

Have fun together like you used to before you became a Mum and Dad…watch a funny show, go out and just laugh.

How does my relationship with my partner affect my children?

“Without intimacy, a relationship can easily become victim to the stresses of raising children”, says Barbara. “It’s so important to put your relationship first, because without it, you are heading for a very rocky ride.”

“You are a relationship role model for your children – show them that love between parents is a natural and important part of a happy family life. Children will mimic the behaviour of their parents, so you pass on great habits to your future generation. Honest and frequent communication between partners is a key to a long-lasting relationship. It generates understanding so there are less arguments and it means you’re sharing your life with one another, so you’re less likely to grow apart and seek a new relationship. Children find comfort and security in their parents’ healthy relationship, so nurturing it is important. Partners need to come first, but with the understanding that there will be times when children will be your top priority. It comes down to communicating with each other and finding that happy place and letting your partner know that they will always be number one, above everything and everybody.”

If my connection with my partner has been lost, how can I find it again/ rekindle it?

“To create a strong and long-lasting relationship, communication must come first” says Allan.

“But you won’t do it if it’s not enjoyable, so create a fun little ritual for the two of you” says Barbara. “Allan and I have a coffee and work out in the gym together daily. This is our time to connect and at night we are always watching funny movies together. Every Sunday we walk to our favourite coffee shop and it is our time to reflect and be a couple, without the interruption of children.”

The couple add these tips for better intimacy and a happier family life:

Be upfront and open about what you want in your relationship.

Aim for balance – spend some time apart and some time together.

Accept that children will change your relationship, but that with communication you can solve any problem together.

Make time for each other. In the long run, your children will admire happy parents who support and love each other.

If one parent needs time out from the world then this needs to happen….it may be that the Dad needs to go fishing for the weekend or the Mum needs some girl time with her friends. You will come back relaxed and happy to reconnect to your family.

“Remember the reasons you fell in love with your partner and that they are still your soul mate, lover and best friend and not the enemy when times get tough. Your relationship will be the model and guide for your children when they have a relationship and intimacy. Children absorb everything that they learn through our behaviours. They learn about gender roles, respect, boundaries, intimacy and love. When a child watches his father love and respect his mother, he will do the same to his partner. When a child watches his Mother have a strong sense of self-worth, unconditional love and respect, that child will pass this onto the next generation. Handling conflict together so that you are coming from the same page is what the children need to see and learn from. Your children will pass this onto their children. Making your partner number one at all times ensures that your bond is strong and that your emotional connection is resilient, helping your relationship last a lifetime”.

About Barbara and Allan 

Barbara & Allan Pease are the most successful relationship authors in the business. They have written 18 bestsellers – including 10 number ones – and travelled the world extensively giving seminars in 70 countries. Visit their website HERE. 


Read ‘How to Fight Fairly In Your Relationship’ with Julia Nowland, from Whole Heart Relationships, HERE.