Cairns and Far North Qld Environment Centre



Cairns and Far North Qld Environment Centre

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The Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) is a not-for-profit incorporated association which acts as conservation council for the region from Cardwell north to Torres Strait and from the east coast to the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Areas are included. Collaboration with other conservation organisations on environmental issues of state and national importance has become increasingly important.

CAFNEC also plays an important role within the broader environmental movement, collaborating with other organisations focusing on environmental issues of state and national importance.

CAFNEC relies heavily on the work and dedication of volunteers and supporters. A voluntary management committee is elected by association members, both individuals and conservation groups. Membership is open to anyone who values the natural environment and accepts the objectives and rules of the association.

Most of our funding comes from donations, fundraising and small government grants. Special purpose grants from foundations and government agencies, each separately acquitted, have covered such varied projects as a sustainability conference, rehabilitation in the Cairns Central Swamp, a campaign for a Coral Sea marine park, Cape York World Heritage assessment, and promotion of domestic solar panels.


Far North Queensland is a community that protects, respects and connects with our unique natural tropical environment.


CAFNEC is the peak environmental body advocating for the protection of the unique tropical natural environment of Far North Queensland in partnership with the community and other environmental organizations.


We understand that our natural environment has intrinsic value in addition to the social, cultural and economic values derived from human endeavour. Consequently, we have a duty to pass on our inherited natural environment in the best possible condition for the benefit of future generations, both human and non-human.

We acknowledge the cultural values of Traditional Owners of Far North Queensland and will work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, recognising and respecting their vital role in conservation.

We seek to achieve high ethical values in both conduct and image by being professional, honest, inclusive and mutually respectful in our words, actions and relationships while remaining strategic and focussed on our mission.


GOAL 1: To provide opportunities for the community to take action to promote ecological sustainability of the FNQ environment.
GOAL 2: To undertake campaigns which influence decision making to promote environmental protection of the FNQ region in accordance with the principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development.
GOAL 3: To demonstrate leadership and actively engage with all other environment groups and networks in the region, providing support as appropriate.
GOAL 4: To ensure long-term financial and organisational health.

Ratified by the Management Committee – 14 April 2015
History and Purpose

CAFNEC was formed in 1981 by members of a number of local conservation groups. It was felt that group coordination and a higher profile for regional environment issues was needed with a single, accessible contact point. Since 1991 that contact point has been both an office and library in Cominos House, a restored Queenslander at the corner of Greenslopes and Lily Streets, where the then city council chose tenants for their contribution to restoration and to co-operative management. Cominos House is one of the most well know cultural and historical buildings in Cairns, close to the Flecker Botanic Gardens. Since CAFNEC’s establishment it has been the focal point for environmental action and education in the region.

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Environment Centre
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Primary environmental focus

Conservation & Protection

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Primary location

Far North Queensland

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27-29 Greenslopes St, Edge Hill, Qld 4870

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