Please enjoy our profiles of the hidden heroes keeping Cairns moving, focusing on the unique personalities that make living here such as stimulating experience. Were not interested in celebrities, CEOs or council leaders, rather the genuine salt of the earth folk who enrich our lives each day through their hard work and good deeds. Send your nominations to
Lifeguard Shane Moller leads the team of surf life savers watching over families
and tourists at Cairns Lagoon every day.
Overlooking mountains, mangroves and the reef: the airport control tower is the
best situated office in Far North Queensland.
Working in the Flecker's tropical paradise, Horticultural Superviser Louisa may
just have the best job in Cairns.
Kiwi Pam came to
Cairns on holiday and quickly decided she'd rather be here than
Auckland. She plays a key role at Cairns' best Op Shop
Andrew & Demitri Stylianou
Traditional gentleman's barber Andrew learned his trade in Cyprus and has been
cutting hair for 50 years
Cairns' most popular artists, sculptor Dom is best known for his giant
shell on the Esplanade. A genius with mosaic
Nothing beats being a passenger in this lifelong enthusiast's beautifully restored 1928 Model A
Enjoying a life city dwellers dream of, Philip lives on the beach in Yarrabah,
surviving off the fruits of his market garden and the sea
The former dancer from Perth has lived in Kuranda for more than 20 years - she
claims her job in the rainforest is the best of her life.
Working early-morning at Rusty's in a market packed with personalities, Josie
stands out, occupying a prime position facing onto Sheridan.
Since very young, Mechel has loved laying on the hands.
specialises in remedial therapy and hot
After working for Queensland Rail across the Far North, Kuranda Scenic Railway
Driver Merv now enjoys the relaxing run up the range.
Enthusiastic, passionate Environment Officer Lance spends his day
talking up the wonders of the Wet Tropics rainforest at Red Peak.
ARMED with leafblowers, sheers and man-size John Deere lawnmowers, Scotty s from
Cairns Regional Council keep the Esplanade clean.
Is there a more relaxing way to start your day than a free yoga class beside the
Lagoon? Yoga teacher Joyce chills out dozens of locals...
Cairns' dedicated baristas, Dolce & Caffe's Kelos is up before the
birds to ensure we get our coffee, smoothies and breakfast fixes.
Three times a week, octogenarian swimmer
Thelma clocks up the laps
at Tobruk outdoor pool.
Early each morning Aeroglen mobile pie van man Danny is serving it up.
Former blues guitar wildman Johno has been a key driver of the Cairns scene for the past 40 years.
Nick Stevens is a croc-loving character at the heart of Far North Queensland.
You wouldn't get too close to an elephant says Bruce, so why do people demonise crocodiles?
Working with the world's most deadly snakes a lifetime's dream for Reptile Supervisor Alex.
This twitcher is best spotted bird-watching in the early mornings or late afternoon.
Living the dream, lucky lady Amy works on Norman Reef on the Reef Magic platform.
On his own on the Great Barrier Reef, Rhys loves the ying and yang of life at sea.
AS a place to work and live, fly boy Brenden can think of nowhere better.
Cliff and his wife Dawn have spent decades researching and writing about birds.
Chris Dahlberg pioneered dawn cruises on the Daintree River.
Lucy De Vries
Vintage queen Lucy plans each day's outfit before going to bed: and it shows!
In 28 years as a weatherman, Bill has experienced pretty much everything, but big cyclones still scare him.
"If you have a fascination with aviation, that's pretty much what it's all about."
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