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.


Neil Turnbull is a RAAF veteran of 20 years and has been selling Real Estate in and around the Cairns area since 2001. Neil runs his own business servicing his clients as a contractor through the National network of Real Estate Professionals “@realty” and is keen to give back to the defence and veteran community.

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.


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.

TSW Security Solutions

TSW Security is owned and operated by Toby and Samantha Waite, 2 Naval Veterans who are always looking for ways to benefit the veteran community. Toby and Sam participated in the 2020 Charity/Community Work at the Afghanistan Avenue of Honour. They take the same pride of their service, to their business and clients everyday.

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 Family

Our Happy Family 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!