Cairns Airport is proud to work with the local community, universities and not-for-profit organisations to better understand and protect the natural environment and native flora and fauna that rely on it. Our environmental partnerships focus on sea turtle care and rehabilitation, pest species management, water quality and revegetation of the Barron River riparian zone. Cairns Airport also supports various research projects within the surrounding mangrove ecosystems through partnerships with universities and other research institutions.
Cairns Airport is home to the Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk, an asset managed by Cairns Regional Council. The boardwalk gives visitors a close up experience of a mangrove ecosystem and the opportunity to learn about tropical Australian mangroves and saltmarsh, the broad range of species, and some of the key functional attributes of these tidal wetland systems.
The Cairns Airport Environmental Consultative Committee (AECC) meets every three months and provides a forum for meaningful dialogue between Cairns Airport, Airservices Australia, Airline representatives, local community representatives, local government and other stakeholders to address environmental issues which are of concern.