Welcome to Stratford and Freshwater Community Association

SAFCA was established by the two communities in 1985 to improve and maintain the amenity and liveability of Stratford and Freshwater. It was incorporated in 2005 and celebrated 30 years at a street party in 2015.

A history of 30 years of community engagement can be found here

The AGM is held in August each year, before the monthly general meeting.

Stratford and Freshwater Community Association Inc (SAFCA) meets at 6.30 pm on the third Tuesday of the month, usually at Stratford Community Hall.

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Aerial View of Stratford, 1940.
Image: Cairns Historical Society (B4266

Stratford and Freshwater Heritage Trail Maps

There are two heritage trails in our area, Stratford and Freshwater. They consist of self guided walks (parts can be driven by car) with information boards at important sites. The aim of the project was to engage the local community by recording and sharing our history. Funded through Q150, Cairns Regional Council and the sponsorship of local businesses, organisations, residents and SAFCA members, the Heritage Trails record and preserve the rich and diverse history of the area.

Click the images to view and print.

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SAFCA was proud to be involved in the Freshwater State School’s 100yr celebration of its Corkhill St campus. We put up our history display in the “mini museum”, which attracted much interest…& we presented the P&C with 50 gift boxes of 2 champagne glasses engraved with the centennial logo, the proceeds of the sales of which, went to the P&C (there are a few left…so get in fast…they’ll be great mementoes)As a community organization, representing Freshwater & Stratford, we are happy to be involved in such significant community events… ... See MoreSee Less
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the new disability car park adjacent to Richmond Pk( don’t frett…that’s a genuine disability sticker parking in the bay)… thanks CRC… there’s a plan for a disability access pathway from current footpath to CWA Hall( I have asked CRC to keep SAFCA in loop with these plans) ... See MoreSee Less
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after raising with Cr Vallely, at a recent SAFCA meeting, the issue of the severely deteriorating parking area opposite Jonsson’s Markets in Johnston St, Stratford, we are very happy that CRC responded, by grading and compacting the area to make it more accessible… thanks CRC…! ... See MoreSee Less
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Anzac Day celebrated in usual wet conditions at Stratford Cenotaph this morning… huge crowd braved the rain to pay their respects… Paul, SAFCA’s secretary laid a wreath to commemorate all those who had fought & fallen to protect out way of life in this stunningly beautiful part of the planet…🙏 ... See MoreSee Less
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