The Cairns and District AssociatioInc (CADCAI) have plans to build a Chinese Culture and Heritage Centre in Cairns  dedicated to the preservation  of  Chinese arts, culture and heritage in Far North Queensland. The Centre will provide a permanent home – storage and exhibiton space for the nationally significant Cairns Lit Sung Goong Temple collection and other important communtiy heritage objects . The facility will be dedicated to the Chinese pioneers who made a significant contribution to the economic development of Cairns from 1876 to the 1900s.

Past planning has centred on CADCAI owned land at Arthur St.  However  following an eighteen month review of the project,  CADCAI is currently raising funds to  build the facility within the cultural precinct on Greenslopes Street, Edge Hill, diagonally opposite the Centenary Lakes, Chinese Friendship Gardens, Moongate and Pagoda.

The Centre will be the hub of a wide range of cultural activities including the  Chinese lion, dragon and molihua performing arts,  drumming and  language classes as well as  provide a much needed venue in Cairns for community workshops, events and the celebration festivals such as the annual Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn festival.

Stage 1  includes a multipurpose space for cultural activities and meetings, museum standard storage for the Lit Sung Goong collection, curator workshop, display and  reception.  Estimated cost:  $2.4 million

Stage 2  will develop a future teahouse, under cover pagoda and  Chinese gardens.

To view current designs please click here.

For more information regarding this project please contact



This exciting community project needs your support.  CADCAI invites you  and/or your organisation to support  this new major cultural facility by donatng funds or services in-kind.  In doing so, you will help reinstate the missing link to our region’s Chinese history with a permanent facility that enables CADCAI to preserve and share contemporary and longstanding Chinese culture and heritage. 

The North  Queensland Chinese Cultural and Heritage Fund established in 2009 enables CADCAI to accept tax deductible donations. All donations gratefully accepted. 

To make a tax deductible donation please contact,au  or simply donate on-line using our secure PayPal facility. 

Donations over $2 are tax-deductible. Thank you for your support. 


Photo Credit: Neil Mitchell Brierly 1945, Cairns Victory Parade, Grafton St,  Cairns 

Cairns & District Chinese Association Inc

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