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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great turnout for Anzac Day commemoration on Thursday… sunny morning( for a change !)standing room only… I laid a wreath on behalf of SAFCA…. “lest we forget” ... See MoreSee Less
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large branches have today broken off the huge fig tree( Ficus elastica)in LeGrande Park, Freshwater… & destroyed the water bubbler…it will be interesting to see what Council does next… clear the fallen branches, prune the tree and mulch underneath it( proper care & maintenance)& repair the bubbler…or declare the tree riddled with decay to justify razing it, as they have done elsewhere in Freshwater.Tree care & maintenance is such an important component of tree health; we all know how important trees are for our own health & wellbeing ( as long as they’re not falling on us…!) If Council are so reluctant to care properly for our trees, I propose we “Adopt-a-Park” & work with Council to manage trees in our parks. ... See MoreSee Less
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