The agriculture industry in Tropical North Queensland contributes $863 million to the regional economy, with a proven track record in areas like coffee, fishing, food processing, horticulture and dairy. The Tropical North Queensland region offers a large supply base for the products and services required for agriculture, along with many service providers experienced in tropical agriculture and food processing.
The Tropical North Queensland region is the ideal location for tropical forest science, biopharmaceuticals, tropical health, tropical foods and natural resource management. James Cook University, home of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, the Australian Tropical Forest Institute and the Australian Tropical Herbarium, conducts internationally acclaimed research into such areas.
The construction industry is one of Tropical North Queensland’s most productive sectors accounting for 9.1% of the total regional economy and generating approximately $1,014 million yearly revenue. Environmental considerations inherent to life in the tropics make the region’s construction industry a trusted authority in tropical architecture and engineering design.
Education and Training
From primary to tertiary, Tropical North Queensland is perfectly positioned for education. The region boasts world-class facilities including James Cook University, ranked in the world’s top 4% tertiary institutions, Central Queensland University, Great Barrier Reef International Marine College and TAFE North. Apprenticeships, traineeships, industry-based training and courses for domestic and international students cover a wide range of topics and areas of expertise.
With dual World Heritage areas of the Wet Tropics rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, tourism management and training is naturally one of the regions areas of expertise. The region’s well-trained professionals provide accommodation, entertainment, activities and experiences to the 3.1 million visitors per year, generating 24,000 jobs and contributing $3.1 billion to the economy.
Tropical Health and Medicine
Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef region is home to the Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, offering programs encompassing public health, bi-molecular, clinical, and translational health systems research. Research is conducted across several James Cook University centres exploring key areas including tropical infectious diseases, health security and biosecurity, chronic disorders with high prevalence in the tropics, genetic diseases and health services in regional and remote communities.