Community Engagement

The Cairns Convention Centre is a founding partner of Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef. Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s first collaborative movement for the Reef – a unique, data-driven and united approach to Reef conservation. The aim of Citizens of Great Barrier Reef is to mobilise the world in measurable action for the Reef, providing a platform to share knowledge about its true condition, facilitate practical solutions, and showcase the people, projects and organisations leading the charge.

Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre (CTRC) is a voluntary non-profit organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles. The Cairns Convention Centre is a supporter of the CTRC and funds the rehabilitation of a turtle every year. The Great Barrier Reef is home to six of the world’s seven species of marine turtles. A number of these are seriously threatened by a diverse range of natural and, more significantly, human induced factors. The rehabilitation facilities are located on Fitzroy Island and James Cook University.

Reef Unlimited's Reef Connect Program Science-based conservation & cultural connection on the Great Barrier Reef Experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef like never before with Reef Unlimited's groundbreaking Reef Connect Program. This program offers an adventure of a lifetime, immersing guests in captivating experiences centered around conservation, culture, and citizen science. Join us for personalized snorkel tours, guided island nature and culture walks, and presentations showcasing various research projects. The CSR-inspired activity program can be added to all of Reef Unlimited's Island or Outer Reef Experiences departing from Cairns and Port Douglas.
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Reef Restoration Foundation is a not-for-profit social enterprise who collaborated with successful coral restoration projects in Florida and the Caribbean before creating the first Great Barrier Reef nursery near Cairns. They successfully grow coral at a nursery at Fitzroy Island on coral tree frames. Once established, Reef Restoration Foundation replant them on nearby reefs. This process of coral regrowth mimics nature and accelerates the growth process to enable reefs to recover from bleaching and cyclone damage faster.

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