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Locally Owned & Operated Since 1986 - Guaranteed Service Standards & Workmanship - Packing & Storage - International - Local & Interstate - Cape York & Torres Strait.
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Meet Our Management Team

Les Forrester - Greater Northern Removals Cairns - Removalists Cairns

les Forrester

Managing Director

Kirsten Forrester - Greater Northern Removals Cairns - Removalists Cairns

Kirsten ForRester


Terry Homes - Greater Northern Removals Cairns - Removalists Cairns

Terry Homes

General Manager

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About Greater Northern Removals

Greater Northern Removals, the business, was conceived by Kirsten and Les Forrester in November, 1986 and conducted as a partnership until December, 1993, when the business was incorporated into a Company, Greater Northern Removals Pty Ltd.

Greater Northern Removals Pty Ltd is involved in many State and Federal Government Employee Transfers i.e. Police, Teachers, Main Roads, D.P.I. and Department of Defence to and from remote Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait regions as well as a regular service to south east Queensland and all other Queensland areas utilising road and rail transportation.

We are part of the Chess Moving Australia Group which gives us access to all major centres Australia wide as well as a comprehensive international network to service private and corporate clientele alike. 

Over the years we have managed and been involved with many large office relocations throughout our North Queensland region as well as our day to day domestic removals. We can also provide full or partial pack or unpack services and we have a very clean, modern and well documented storage facility. 

Greater Northern Removal’s motto is “Caring Creates Success”.

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Environmental Policy

We recognise the necessity for an environmental policy and that we are in a position to recycle waste. All workers are made fully aware of our policy and will promote and assist in its implementation.

We have established the following commitments:

  • Aim to prevent all forms of pollution.
  • Reduce wherever practicable the consumption of natural resources.
  • Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle wherever possible.
  • Used packing materials are to be placed in recycling containers.
  • All office staff will recycle waste paper.
  • When ordering materials, checks are to be made to ensure items can be recycled and re-used.

Our policy & Statements

Mission Statement

This company operates in a highly competitive environment.  Striving to exceed client needs and expectations is our aim.  We encourage each and every member of the team to develop long-term corporate relationships and lasting friendships with those we deal with daily.

Our Mission is:

  • To provide our clients with excellent value and service;
  • Strive to provide our services in a most professional and friendly manner; and
  • To exceed the client’s expectations by solving problems before they arise.
  • Perform all duties as required by legislation

We strive toward achieving these goals by providing:

  • Highly motivated, well trained, fully-equipped staff who are backed by a solid support structure;
  • Service which is safely delivered on time; and
  • Cost effective and efficient service which results in excellence.

We support staff to achieve these goals, so that clients will come to know our company’s service is the best, and in return reward us with recurring business.

Vision Statement

Contribution - This organisation is committed to its employees, customers, quality and profit.

Commitment - We are a business in a highly competitive industry.
To ensure our progress continues we share a common responsibility to customer needs.
This is achieved through commitment to SERVICE, QUALITY, CONSISTENCY, and PRIDE in what we do.

Philosophy - Our philosophy is reflected in our values, which we strive to uphold every day; by maintaining a healthy and safe workplace, with open communication, fair policies, job security, team values, personal and professional development, and leadership.

Dedication - We are dedicated to fulfilling these goals. Worker commitment is vital. By developing mutually positive relationships, we are confident that the future will be secure and rewarding.

Quality Policy Statement

In conducting our business, we have a commitment to our customers for ensuring complete satisfaction with the standard and quality of our work. We offer proposals, options and solutions to our clients as part of our service delivery package and we seek their feedback to measure our performance.

Our company policies, procedures and work practices are reviewed regularly, and where appropriate redefined to meet the changing needs and expectations of our clients. This assists in ensuring that our employees maintain a standard approach for delivering effective and efficient services.

All company employees are encouraged to be involved in reviewing and offering suggestions for improvement to our method of operations and service delivery procedures.

The Owners together with the management team is responsible for fostering an environment for quality management and continuous improvement among all employees.

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Five Reasons to Choose Greater Northern Removals

1   Individually tailored and competitive pricing to alleviate your stress.

2   Strong values and principles driving us to provide a comprehensive and complete end to end service.

3   Family owned and operated successfully in North Queensland for over 30 years.

4   Associations with Chess Moving, Federal and State Government Departments and AFRA.

5   We guarantee our service standards and workmanship.

Greater Northern Removals Cairns - Removalists Cairns


Today went so smoothly because of the wonderful work put in by Rowan, Nigel and Rob. It was stress free and so professionally executed, as well as being lots of fun with the guys cracking jokes. They made us feel reassured that our goods were in capable hands. A great reflection of the great service we've received from your Company. 

Ingrid G and Peter B

GN Store, Townsville to Coffs Harbour NSW 14/7/14


The service we have received from Greater Northern Removals has been exceptional and this experience was no different. I have recommended your company to several people after our happy experiences.

carol b.


We were impressed by how hard Rob and Tim worked.
The hours were very long, but they were careful unloading the heavy furniture on out new polished wooden floors.
Thanks very much again to them.

Doug B.


We are so Grateful to you all from Les down, for the care and consideration you have all shown us during this big upheaval in our lives. to the boys who so cheerfully packed and carried a very special thank you.
We are both so very, very grateful.

Coral & Tony C.


Thanks for the move. The guys who loaded and unloaded everything were great. With the stairs in our new house I am sure it wasn't a mountain of fun for them, but they quickly and efficiently (and happily!) put everything into it. I don't think I could ever say moving is pleasant, but they were great to deal with and that really helped. So thanks.

Patti W.


Greater Northern office staff and the moving crew were fabulous!
The whole experience was painless and wonderful value for money (given that it was a difficult move regarding access). I have to give special thanks to the truck crew who maintained an impressive efficiency and good humour over two days of an arduous move.

Peter W.

testimonials - short & sweet

Very professional and all staff very helpful. Brian & Jan L.
I Found from my first email to you up to and including the delivery your service was outstanding. - Amanda J
Dean, Nigel and Aidan were all outstanding, professional, courteous and a credit to Les and his vision. - Frank D.
Everyone involved did a really good job. Very professional, pleasure to work with, wonderful! -Cherie L.
The personnel from the office and "handlers" at both ends were very pleasant to deal with and could not be faulted. Many Thanks! - Barbara & Tony M.

Chess Greater Northern Removals Cairns

Your North Queensland Partner of Chess Moving Australia

Greater Northern Removals are partners of the Chess Moving Australia group, an Australia wide network (11 offices in all states) of long standing family owned professional removal companies. All partners are full members of AFRA and therefore bound by its strict code of conduct which allows us to offer you a professional and secure service nationally.

Chess Moving Australia is the proud amalgamation of several leading Australian owned moving companies, with industry experience dating back to 1887. The result of this amalgamation is a powerful and dynamic organisation with a reputation for excellence across the nation.

Globally, Chess Moving Australia offers an extensive moving service to multinational and corporate businesses through more than 1350 branches in over 130 countries worldwide.

Nationally, Chess Moving is located in every Australian capital city and regional centres covering 98% of the Australian population. Our services include regional, national and international household moving and storage for private, corporate and government clients.

From your very first contact with Chess Moving you’ll discover that we have the ability to combine the strengths of a national business with the expertise of local management. Chess Moving has proven specialists and experienced staff at each location who will ensure that every move, however small, large or complex, is carried out professionally on time every time.

award winning Member of AFRA

(Australia Furniture Removers Association)

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For your protection, Greater Northern Removals is a full member of AFRA and therefore bound to AFRA’s strict code of conduct.

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