Cairns veteran Business network

Most people don’t give much thought about who owns a local business. But what if we told you there are a significant number of veteran owned businesses, and businesses that are Veteran employment friendly in our region? Would it change where you shop? Over 50% of veterans own or run their own business after they leave the service. 

The Cairns Veteran Business Network (CVBN) was establishing in February 2020 to identify owned and operated businesses of Veterans, as well as those that support Our Defence Family through positive employment practices of Veterans, to enable us to grow ‘Stronger Together’. Our aim is to increase exposure of CVBN members businesses, offer networking opportunities, provide marketing support and access information and services that can increase business efficiency. 

If you know of a Veteran owned business or Veteran friendly business, then we would welcome you to share both the Brochure and the Membership application with them.


Marlin Coast Diving

Marlin Coast Diving was set up by Richard Stevens, a former RN Engineer. 

After a successful corporate career, Richard and his family moved to Cairns with the intent of setting up a business specifically focussed on the rehabilitation of individuals with physical and mental disabilities using SCUBA. 

The benefits of SCUBA in rehabilitation are undeniable and, often, life-changing.  Richard’s passion is to assist as many ADF veterans as possible. 

If you have ever wanted to go diving on the Great Barrier Reef but have been told that your disability is an obstacle – call Richard on 0400 324 664 to find out how he can make your dream a reality.

FNQ Hot Property

FNQ Hot Property has been successfully servicing the Cairns community since 2008 by Nathan and Jenna Shingles. FNQ Hot Property is a veteran and family owned and operated business.

Regan O'Neill Art

Regan O’Neill of Regan O’Neill Art has previously worked at the Cairns RSL Sub Branch and still volunteers her time with us. Regan is a huge advocate of veterans.

Regan uses her art to help support charities. Every year she donates 20 paintings to different charities, including the Cairns RSL Sub Branch, to help raise much needed funds.

She is now designing and creating handmade polymer clay earrings, all one of a kind and completely unique. An affordable piece of bright colourful artwork you can wear everyday!

Skypark Cairns by AJ Hackett

Danny Hughes is the CEO at AJ Hackett International and served as a LEUT in the Royal Australian Navy.

Skypark Cairns is Australia’s first and only Bungy Jump and offers the world’s fastest Giant Swing. The Jump Menu offers 16 different jump styles, weather you are a thrill seeker or a first time jumper, there’s a jump for you. We guarantee we’ve got a jump to take you out of your comfort zone and a bit further! There’s nothing like a little adrenalin hit to remind you you’re still alive!

Skypark Cairns will soon be offering a “Walk The Plank” style activity. Lock in a date to have a look at what you are missing at the newly renovated Skypark Cairns.

The Bullet Proof Counsellor

Graeme is a Veteran, Author, Qualified Lifeline Councellor, and Videographer.

He is an ex-British Paratrooper who served in Northern Ireland and the Gulf and also spent four years in Bosnia during the war, as an Aid Worker.

Graeme’s passion lies in raising awareness and teaching PTSD recovery.

Feral Vertebrate Reduction Contracting

FVR Contracting (FVRC) is a veteran owned Conservation and Land Management business focused on heavily compliant, risk managed and integrated feral animal/vertebrate pest management and planning inclusive of detailed consulting, reporting and analysis. FVRC is owned and operated by Nathan Ravenscroft (director) who has a long-term previous career as an Australian Army Officer and has an extensive background in real risk management andfirearms use.

FVRC has the highest level of licensing and codes available in QLD pertaining to firearms use and is a specialist in all forms of firearms related feral animal control including aerial shooting (fully qualified and Civil Aviation Safety Authority accredited), ground shooting, urban area shooting and thermal shooting. FVRC also has extensive experience incoordinating trapping programs for both predators and feral pigs and is appropriately qualified against the Australian Qualifications Framework in all of these areas noted above.



HolySheet! Cairns is located in the Smithfield Shopping Centre, and is a Veteran family owned and operated business.
HolySheet! specialises in bedding, homewares and giftware’s.
HolySheet! always have the funkiest home wares, groovy gifts, unique products for kids, all with personalised service and free gift wrapping.
See something you like? Contact Sue at holySheet Cairns or hop onto their website

Adaptive Bookkeeping & Taxation

Adaptive Bookkeeping & Taxation is a small accounting practice, providing tailored taxation and business services.
Providing professional advice to individuals and small to medium businesses, Adaptive helps ensure compliance and statutory obligations are met.
A Registered Tax Agent and holding a Certificate of Public Practice from the Institute of Public Accountants in Australia, our Principal, Natalie Yates has a down to earth communication style and passion for helping clients.
A simple tax return or full business service, Adaptive can help you with your accounting needs. Pls call  0448 718 002 for all your accounting needs.

Aspire Financial Planning Group

Aspire Financial Planning Group have 2 advisers located in Cairns, both have more than 20 years’ experience in the industry and are focused on building unique and quality advice for all their clients.

 We have clients located across Queensland and our staff have strong ties to Far North QLD and the military with Thirza’s husband, Chris, serving in the Army from 2001 to 2015.

 We provide specialist advice in the following areas:

  • Retirement Planning
  • Superannuation
  • Centrelink & DVA Planning
  • Investments
  • Personal Insurance including life, trauma, permanent disability, and income protection

If you would like to book a free initial consult, please call Thirza on 0435 867 663 or send her an email


Jarrod Brain, owner/operator of Pest No More served in the Army before being medically discharged in 2014. After being discharged, Jarrod found himself unable to go back to the building industry due to his injuries. In 2019 Jarrod gained employment in pest control which turned into a business opportunity. And in 2020, Jarrod started his own company Pest No More. If your home is being overrun by pest, Pest No More provide a complete solution to pest control no matter the size of the job. Put a stop to pesky pest, give Jarrod a call 0416 659 297 or email

Oh Baby Ultrasound Cairns

Rachael Hinze owns and operates Oh Baby Ultrasound Cairns. Rachael offers 3D/4D ultrasounds to reveal the gender of your baby alongside other fabulous ultrasound packages. She has worked tirelessly to deliver a 5 star experience for her clients. Her business offers families an opportunity to bond with their unborn bundle in a beautiful surrounding, with a relaxed and calming environment.

2Ez Electrical

Following in his Fathers footsteps, Jamie Morris joined the Royal Australian Navy at the age of 17 as an electronics technician. Whilst serving he was able to purse outside education via the Defence assisted study scheme, where he did night school and obtained his electrical contractors license. After 13 years of service and multiple operations including Operation Slipper and Op Resolute Jamie left the Navy and started his own business – 2EZ Electrical Pty Ltd. Jamie is the managing director of 2EZ Electrical and specialises in photovoltaic and storage systems (solar and battery). They service Port Douglas, Cairns, Tully and the Tablelands. All staff are qualified local electricians providing honest advice and competitive pricing. Jamie also provides special rates for serving or ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force.

NQ Staff Services

NQ Staff Services is a vibrant part of the local Cairns and Far North Queensland economy and has provided professional recruitment services, traffic management and training to the region since 2007. Pat is a veteran and a huge contributor to our community.

Hire a Hubby Brinsmead

Hire a Hubby Brinsmead is owned and operated by Daniel Towne. No job is too big, too small, or too complex for our dependable tradesman Dan. His attention to detail is second to none, with customer service also being a strong focus. For all your jobs around the house, contact Dan for a free quote.

Tropik Nutrition

We’re all about that healthy lifestyle! We live in Cairns, Far North Queensland and our shop is in the heart of the CBD.

We create delicious smoothies and energising teas, loaded with nutrients and vitamins. Our products are healthy and low in calories.

Our smoothies look naughty, but they’re healthy! They are low-calorie protein-based smoothies made with quality products and ingredients.

Our energising teas are refreshing and energising – boosting energy and burning fat, all in a low calorie sugar-free drink.

Ranch n' Tyme

“Ranch n’ Tyme is a small family run business based in Cairns.

We specialise in Custom home and business signage along with event signage hire. Our reputation precedes us, we are well known for our quality and service standard. Nothing but the best!”

Rikki Bradley - Transitional Lifestyle Coach

Rikki is a Transitional Lifestyle Coach who works with women around life and hormonal transitions. Her aim is to see women find themselves through stressful life circumstances and during hormonal shifts. Rikki believes that during these times women, being nurturers tend to focus on the needs of others more than themselves and it’s not until a woman feels exhausted and lacks energy and enthusiasm for life that she realises what she has lost. It’s time to reconnect to yourself – mind, heart and body – so you can lead the life you want to live.

Far North Support

Far North Support is here to support you to understand and implement your National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding by:

  • Helping you to understand your NDIS plan, find services and supports in your local area, and assist you to choose and connect with service providers
  • Support you to explore and link with mainstream services and community supports
  • Work with you to identify your needs and develop your goals for your future NDIS plans

We support Participants of the National Disability Scheme who reside in Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Douglas Shire, and Atherton Tablelands.

We are 100% Veteran owned and operated, with 22 years combined military service and 10 years combined community/ disability experience.

Contact Tennille or Corrie to find out how we can support you.

Ph: 0480 348 137 / 0480 382 990





Far North Day Hospital

Far Northern Day Hospital is a locally owned, clinically excellent, Veteran friendly Day Hospital. They strive to support our Veterans both as employees and as clients. Far Northern Day Hospital welcome Veterans, their families and carers to their facility, and support them throughout their patient journey. Their services include Urology, General Surgery, Fertility / IVF, Dentistry, and Gynaecology to name a few.

frontrow foto

Paul Furse served eight years as a Fighter Controller in the Royal Navy, with service in Falklands and Arabian Gulf, followed by 20 years in corporate civvy street. In 2018 Paul turned his hobby into his job by becoming a full time commercial photographer with frontrow foto. Paul is an expert at creating and snapping those special moments on camera. Not only is he a professional photographer, he’s a comedian and musician so he entertains you while he photographs you. Even if you hate having your photo taken, Paul makes sure it is a relaxing and fun experience.

Paul has an uncanny knack of capturing not only your looks, but your personality in his photos. He brings out the best in people, and it shows in his photos.

Paul takes his work seriously, and seriously has a great time. So will you. And you’ll have great photos!

Australian Armour & Artillery Museum

The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum employs 3 veterans and is dedicated to the collection, preservation, restoration and display of Armoured Vehicles and Artillery from the 1800’s to the present day. The museum is privately owned and is the largest museum of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Our Happy Life

Our Happy Life is owned by Michelle Hayden. Michelle is a mum, wife, ex-ADF member, former personal trainer, daughter, sister, friend and doTERRA Wellness Advocate. Michelle specialising in essential oils. Her desire is to educate people on how to use oils, the importance of safety when using oils and how different oils can support you.

Split Peas

Jason and Suzy Pickard dreamt up Split Peas in order to have a balanced and stable life for their family of 6 (3 children and Ted the dog). It was either that or return to the fast paced life of city living in a corporate world.

Split Pea is about finding unique everyday items for your home, pet and lifestyle. It is 100% Australian owned and operated.

Jungle Tactical

Jungle Tactical is a gel blaster hobby store owned by Army Veteran Jonathan Tidboald.  Gel blasters are a lot of fun and clubs are available to join in weekly skirmish games.  A number of veterans are members of the local clubs, and this has provided a great social network to be a part of.

Jonathan knows all the ins and outs of gel blasters and sells a quality range of blasters and accessories.  Jonathan will give you excellent customer service with expert advice, and also offers a repair/upgrade service.

Jungle Tactical retail store is in Cairns, and our online store is   Jungle Tactical also offers a standing 10% discount to all veterans!

Donut King

Luke Heard has had a  passion for food his whole life. He worked in several take away stores as a young boy. As a young adult he moved into food manufacturing, producing meat marinades, before moving across to the dairy industry in 2001 were he started in the milk plant and moved to yogurt with National Foods (Now Bega).

In 2006, Luke decided on a career change and joined the Royal Australian Navy. Having spent most of his career in Cairns, Luke’s wife Stacey worked at the Westcourt DFO Donut King for 9 years.  In 2017 an opportunity was presented to purchasing their  own store at Earlville. With the success of this store, Luke and Stacey saw the need for a store in Smithfield, which they recently opened in June 2021.

Our passion continues in Coffee, Donuts, and of course customer service and engaging with people.

M & N Waterproofing


M and N Waterproofing and Restoration Services have operated in Cairns since 1994 and in Sydney prior for 10 years. We specialize in both commercial and residential waterproofing as well as stone/tile cleaning, sealing, and restoration services.

Coochie Hydrogree

Jarrod McCann has recently transitioned out of the Royal Australian Navy, having served for 12 years as a Hydrographic Systems Operator/Manager and has spent the majority of his career posted in Cairns. Jarrod has recently purchased a franchise called Coochie Hydrogreen which is a lawn care service providing residential and commercial properties advice and treatments to maintain a healthy looking lawn.

Get a lawn that’s the envy of your street! Coochie HydroGreen are the experts you need to maintain or repair your existing lawn or turf. Using our unique 6-in-1 liquid lawn treatment, tailored especially for your lawns, your lawn can be green, weed-free and grub-free with no hassles.  To book an appointment please call Jarrod – 0434 220 948 or email –