Rainforest overlooking reef


Situated between two World Heritage listed areas, the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest it is important the Cairns Convention Centre maintains stringent environmental controls.

The Cairns Convention Centre is Australia’s first environmentally designed major public building and has won many awards for its energy and resource conservation features. Twenty years after winning the EIBTM “Most Environmentally Conscious Congress Centre Award” the Centre continues its industry leadership in the area of sustainable operation.

The Cairns Convention Centre holds Earth Check Green Globe benchmark status based on practices commenced in 1996 when the building opened.

Rain Water Storage


Cairns Convention Centre’s double layer pleated plate roof is designed to capture the seasonal tropical downpours, and channel rainwater directly into storage tanks.

Flow Restrictors


The Centre’s water usage is modified further by the installation of water flow restrictors on all outlets.

Solar Hot Water


Solar hot water heaters provide between 30% and 35% of the Centre’s hot water needs.

Shading Devices


Shading devices are installed along the eastern side of the structure, reducing the level of air conditioning needed to keep the building cool.

We respect our natural environment and recognise the need to reduce any harmful effects on it and promote sustainability to ensure not only these natural wonders, but the whole environment is preserved for future generations.


The Centre aims to promote better sustainability through:

  • Compliance with all relevant environmental legislation and adhering to all required standards and benefits.

  • Setting and communicating environmental objectives to reduce natural resources used and minimise adverse environmental impacts

  • Incorporating sustainability principles in current and future policy, procedure and decision making processes

  • Aid regeneration through supporting locally accredited environmental organisations as a means to off setting clients, delegates and our own footprint and assisting the sustainability for future generations

  • Continually review, monitor and reduce the Centre’s impact on the environment by assessing and setting targets on energy consumption, water consumption, waste production, paper, cleaning and pesticide use by reducing, recycling and reusing

  • Encourage and engage staff, suppliers and other partners whom have similar environmental philosophies