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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a beautiful 80 tear old Fig Tree beside the Freshie Tennis Club has been recently threatened with being cut down. It is a tree showing signs of stress due to compaction of its roots by cars parking on top of them. A branch fell on a car recently, causing council to call in their arborist who is currently trying to determine how healthy or otherwise it is. A local resident has called in an independent arborist to give a second opinion. It is hoped the tree can be saved with some rehab work, stopping cars parking there & ongoing tlc.… the Freshwater Festival will go ahead Friday, but you may notice an exclusion area under the tree. We love our trees in Freshwater…the 100yr old Mango Tree out front of Limberlost has recently had many of its branches braced to help prevent mishaps beneath… some trees, it seems recieve attention… others are neglectedenjoy the festival… & be kind to the Fig Tree…! ... See MoreSee Less
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first Freshie Market of year… SAFCA will be there… come along, have a chat, learn what’s been happening in Freshwater & Stratford ... See MoreSee Less
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beautiful sunset tonight… good night for Taste of Japan at Freshie Station… well done Australia Japan Society Far North Queensland…! ... See MoreSee Less
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good turnout for a saturated Anzac Day… rain never dampens the Anzac spiritLiz & Paul laid a wreath on behalf of SAFCA ... See MoreSee Less
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