The Cairns wharves are the centerpiece of the Cairns Foreshore Redevelopment.
The wharves were constructed in the early 1900’s and were the first set of reinforced concrete wharves built in the country. They are the last remaining wharves of their type in Australia servicing their communities admirably over the last 100 years. The project re-used and revitalised an existing heritage listed built environment. Through re-using the existing wharf building, the project saved much of the energy and materials that would be required to create a facility of that size, whilst simultaneously remembering the past uses and giving a new direction to the precinct, reconnecting it to the Cairns of today.
“Ports North is bringing forward the redevelopment to support jobs, investment and economic development in Cairns and the region.” – Paul Lucas, Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State
The success of the redevelopment was recognised with the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal winning 10 architectural and engineering awards in its first year of operation.
Ports North has displayed a unique consideration of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals:
11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
12 – Responsible Consumption and Production