The municipality owns its water-works and its electric-lighting plant.
Cairns became a municipality in 1885.
The municipality owns its watersupply system.
The government was vested in the council (1 30uXii) and people (8rl/20s), and administered by civil officers with Greek titles, the proedros (president), the grammateus (secretary), the archons, syndics and dekaprotoi (a fiscal council of ten), following the model of a Greek municipality under the Roman Empire.
The municipality owns and operates its water-works.