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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sad day for a once beautiful Weeping Fig in Richmond Pk, Freshwater… first photo was taken on Tuesday, showing the flush of new leaves after 3 months of preventing cars parking beneath it…others are from this morning at the beginning of this travesty and at day’s end… leaving its bare skeleton… as a reminder of what was once a magnificent tree… vale Freshie Fig…! ... See MoreSee Less
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In spite of valiant attempts to preserve and remediate the Freshie Weeping Fig, CRC will take it out, shortly… this has happened due to the compaction of its roots by cars parking on the crusher dust that CRC put underneath it, after the playground was removed, 4 yrs ago. Richmond Pk is NOT a carpark…!It’s a terrible outcome for this beautiful tree; CRC must take some responsibility for its neglect… however they are asking for “Farewell Messages”to be sent in as a final act of closure on this sorry saga… this iconic sentinel of Richmond Park is fated to be raised on the 15th August… see if you can send your messages in before then ... See MoreSee Less
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Reminder, I have my mobile office down at Stratford General Store this afternoon from 5pm. Then we have the Stratford and Freshwater Community Association meeting tonight from 6:30 at the Stratford Hall. See you there! 🤩 ... See MoreSee Less
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Stratford and Freshwater Community Association meeting is this coming Tuesday the 19th. From 6:30. I’ll also be at the Stratford General Store from 5pm for those that would like to come for a chat. ... See MoreSee Less
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