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Cairns Wedding Industry Questions Cairns City Council Over Permits and Fees – Dec 2013

December 31, 2013 8:32 PM

Beach Wedding

In September the Cairns wedding industry got together at an event at the Cairns Hilton Hotel  (to read all about it click here) for their quarterly networking event. There were around 100 attendees and on the night they raised around $200 for the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Fitzroy Island.

Save The Sea Turtle


This was an extra special event as the whole industry had been talking about the onerous council permits and licences that are required if you wish to be married in a public place within the boundaries of Cairns City.


We sent an invitation to Brett Spencer who headed up Cairns Parks and Gardens as the Manager and he kindly accepted and came to the event with his assistant Patricia as our guest speakers.  Brett addressed the wedding suppliers on the councils wedding permits and then the wedding suppliers asked questions of the councillors. You can read more about the evening here.

Cairns Wedding Suppliers Questions To Cairns City Council

We have set down below a list of all the questions that we had collated over a number of weeks after this event so that they could be submitted to the Cairns City Council on behalf of the wedding industry in a more formal and organised meeting.

Please read here all of the questions the wedding suppliers of Cairns wrote for submission to the Cairns City Council.

Questions to the Council:

Palm Cove Beach Wedding


Gardens Wedding

  1. 1 hour  set up is not enough time. It is only a 15-20 minute window as guests arrive 30 minutes early to weddings. Setting up while guests start arriving looks bad. No wow factor.
  2. Auditorium is in full sun. Can we have shade cloths?
  3. Can we park in Goodwin Street? Can we have access to the side gate? (up the hill wedding)
  4. Why do we have to be out of the garden’s by 4:00pm? the Botanical Gardens shut at 5:00pm
  5. Bumping out – not enough time
  6. Wangetti – rubbish bins are dreadful. Can there be new bins introduced?
  7. Little Cove – 8 chairs only. Why? 

Beach Wedding

Palm Cove Jetty Wedding
Palm Cove:
There should be a ‘first in, first served’ policy in hiring beachfront locations on public lands.
All persons/entities hiring a public area to pay the same fee. There should be no exclusions.
On the 29th January 2013, an email was sent to me indicating that the Council would be ‘taking bookings for the area adjacent to the Angsana Resort & Spa from the 1st march 2013 on a ‘first in, first served’ basis. This has not occurred.
A more concise explanation should be available re: any zoning or re-zoning of public land that may have been done.
The public should be informed of the reason for a company having exclusive use of public land.
Map of public and private land – area from mouth of Sweet Creek to Veivers Road – to be presented at a meeting for further clarification; see coloured map: property of the Cairns Regional Council of 25 May 2011 Plan No. Na / Sheet 1 of 1. There is a COPYRIGHT on the map so I dare not to attach it. This map shows the definite Property Boundary, Road Reserve and High Water limit. It is important that this mpa is exhibited for discussion at any meeting.
1 Hour Permit:
1 hour booking at the Botanic Gardens to be extended please to allow reasonable time for setup, ceremony, congratulations, photos and pack up time.
In spite of Council stating that beach permits are for 2 hours, in June (11/06/2013) I had a ceremony that only had 1 hour allocated on the beach at Clifton Beach. Copy available.
Cairns Harbourside Area:
Clarification of just what areas around the Salthouse near the Pier are controlled by (a) Port Authority and (b) Cairns Regional Council.

If you have more concerns you would like to be brought up, please email us:

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