Your dollars make a difference

Support local business by keeping your dollars in Cairns. From Ellis Beach to Babinda, your purchases can help support our local economy, keep business doors open and keep locals employed.

Let’s all work together to keep it in Cairns!

What one change can you make to
where you normally spend that will help secure jobs in Cairns?


Thanks to the internet, we’re always looking for a great deal.
But did you know…choosing to buy online from businesses that aren’t local, harms our regional economy and increases local unemployment?
By spending your dollars locally, you can feel assured that you’re investing in the future of our economy.

What can be bought here?


Cairns has an diverse local economy with almost every conceivable product or service available or suppliers that will be happy to source them for you.
You just need to ask.
  • Groceries
  • Sporting Gear
  • Home Furnishings
  • Homewares
  • Travel
  • Pharmacy
  • Accounting
  • Fashion
  • School Items
  • Office Supplies
  • Financial Services
  • Cars & Vehicles
  • Machinery
  • Construction
  • Designers
  • Marketing
  • Engineers
  • Web Developers
  • Architects
  • Consultants
  • Real Estate
We all know that taking a break in our own backyard is fantastic, with endless options and beautiful locations that people travel from far and wide to visit every year. Holiday locally and explore what our beautiful backyard has to offer.





It’s up to us

While the Government and local advocacy bodies do an exceptional job at driving new job growth and local development, we as individuals can all play our part to help make a difference and support the region’s economy. It’s easy to do… Just make 1 simple change to where you spend.
With a population of over 150,000 people (and the 5th largest city in Queensland), we can spur new opportunities and greater wealth by simply spending our money with local businesses, rather than by the click of a button.
If just $100 per person was spent each month here in Cairns with a LOCAL business, we’d have an extra $15 million circulating in our economy. That’s a change that has a huge cumulative effect over time.

Cairns Regional Council already do, so why not you?

Cairns Regional Council has had a focus on buying local for many years now. From services to supplies, their purchasing policy puts Cairns-based companies first.
As one of the largest local employers, they know the difference that can be made by keeping money here in the regional economy.
What local purchases could you make for your home or business today?

How can you help?

Buy local wherever possible.

Whether it’s switching one purchase each month to a local supplier (or all of your purchases), you’ll be directly helping your local economy.

Get a ‘Keep it in Cairns’ sticker

Get a ‘Keep it in Cairns’ sticker for your business window or car and proudly show you’re a locally owned company. You can also get a logo for your website.

Share the #KeepItInCairns.

Great movements start with grassroots support - so share the #KeepItInCairns hashtag on all of your social media posts to support buying local.

Keep It In Cairns is the joint initiative of

Cairns Chamber of Commerce and Cairns Regional Council, a proud to encourage the growth of our local economy.

Let’s do this Cairns.

A note from the Cairns Chamber of Commerce CEO, Patricia O’Neill

Let’s start making simple changes Use locally based service/product providers if you are in business, Shop locally and spread around your spend.
Every little bit helps because what goes around comes around!

If we can instill these habits now and create new behaviors both personally and in business, then we will have a stronger, financially stable community for years to come.

A note from Cairns Regional Council Mayor
Bob Manning

Working together during tough times builds stronger and more sustainable communities for years to come. There’s no doubt that businesses in Cairns are doing it tough right now. And that has a trickle down impact on everyone in our community, We need to keep businesses open and people in work if we are to weather this unprecedented global event.
We need to go about our day-to-day lives as much as possible while heeding advice on social distancing and personal hygiene. But this is not the time to stop spending.
We need to buy local to keep money circulating in our community.

Be part of something special -help us spread the word

Whether you’re a passionate local who’d like a bumper sticker to display on your car, or a local business owner that wants to take part in this important initiative, enter your details below to stay up-to-date on our #KeepItInCairns movement.
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