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First wave of construction for Cairns Aquarium

April 2019
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Major work is set to commence on the new Cairns Aquarium site this week with an official sod turning on Wednesday at 11am for Australia’s first public aquarium in more than 15 years.

Cairns Councillor for the CBD and inner suburbs Richie Bates was delighted with the announcement saying, “I have been an advocate for this development since it first came to my attention in 2012 – This is a visionary tourism project that supports marine science and education”

Cr. Bates continued, “The Aquarium project founders Daniel Leipnik and Andrew Preston have shown enormous tenacity and initiative to get this venture underway, I commend them for creating something very special for our city”

“Not only will Cairns Aquarium become one of regions best tourist attractions, it will provide jobs and investment for Cairns, with a total project value well in excess of $40 million”

“100’s of local construction jobs followed by full-time operational positions, supporting 500,000 visitors a year creates a significant economic benefit for the area”

“Combine this with involvement from 30 research and education organisations and it’s not hard to see the sustainable value that this infrastructure brings”

“The Aquarium has backing from all levels and government, public and private stakeholders, this is a facility that our community can be proud of, and feel a sense ownership”

“This iconic attraction will provide a unique CBD setting to showcase the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics”

“The 3 level aquatic wonderland will be innovative and world class with millions of litres of saltwater and freshwater habitat supporting thousands of fish, animals and plants”

“I’m proud to say Cairns Regional Council has been instrumental in support of the Aquarium and I look forward to its completion in January 2017”