Cairns news report – 10th July 2021

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Industry Supports Revival of Travel, The Cairns Post – 5 Jul 2021

NEWS that the federal government has a plan to eventually allow international travel in and out of the country has been met with excitement among the Cairns tourism sector. The long-range path to normality means Cairns’ Mercedes Gonzalez, the owner of Mercedes Gonzalez Travel, can begin to contemplate how international travel could work in the future.

Bargain Hunters Swoop, The Cairns Post – 6 Jul 2021

BUYERS have scored bargains with a stack of Mission Beach properties offered in a fire sale with James Mawhinney’s Mayfair 101 and associated companies in receivership predominantly selling for less than what was paid in 2019. All but one of the first tranche of properties – six homes and eight vacant lots – released last November sold within eight weeks, fetching a total of $4,515,500.

Defence Takes the Initiative in North, The Cairns Post – 7 Jul 2021

A NEW military base will be built in north Queensland and facilities at Shoalwater Bay will be extended to host military exercises for Australian and Singaporean soldiers each year. After four years of negotiations, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will on Wednesday announce that a deal has finally been struck to secure 302,000ha at Greenvale, about 340km southwest of Cairns.

Ruling the Waves, The Cairns Post – 7 Jul 2021

AN ambitious $317m project aims to give the Far North tourism industry one of the few things it cannot offer visitors – surfing. The surf camp, to be called Surf Port Douglas, will use the latest cuttingedge technology to produce man-made waves for surfers of all abilities.

Speed Limit Slashed, The Cairns Post – 8 Jul 2021

SPEED limits have been dropping like flies across Cairns – and residents are kicking back as another one bites the dust. Bayview Heights motorists were shocked to see signs warning the top speed on Toogood Rd would be cut from 60km/h to 50km/h on July 19. The revelation sparked an immediate response from almost 200 residents who signed an online petition calling for the current limit to remain

Surf Supporters Get on Board, The Cairns Post – 8 Jul 2021

A GROUNDBREAKING new $317m surf park planned for Port Douglas has the backing of key players and investors in the Far North, with construction capable of commencing “within weeks” if approved. A bold proposal for a 300m wave pool and resort, to be officially known as NorthBreak Port Douglas, is sitting with Douglas Shire Council planners.

Push for Seasonal Workers, The Cairns Post – 8 Jul 2021

A PLAN to get international backpackers back to the farms and pubs of Far North Queensland is being devised by worried operators who are still thousands of workers short. Discussions have opened within the agriculture and hospitality sectors about the establishment of quarantine facilities to entice working holiday makers from Europe, USA and Japan back to the country to fill a glaring staff shortage.

Beachside Hot Spots, The Cairns Post – 10 Jul 2021

CAIRNS has more than held its own as property prices nationwide continued to escalate throughout the fourth quarter of the 2020-2021 financial year, with newcomers to the Far North targeting homes on the northern beaches. Ray White Cairns Beaches Principal Paul Sterling said interstate buyers who sold their southern homes found they could afford to be beachside in Cairns.

Developer’s Vision for Evolution in Paradise, The Cairns Post – 10 Jul 2021

DRIVING down the inviting palm-fringed 4km stretch of Port Douglas Rd, John Morris points out there are no visible buildings – just greenery, leading to a township that even after six decades since he arrived still has a village-like atmosphere. And that’s the way he wants it to stay. Back in the 1970s, Mr Morris worked with council and other stakeholders on a town plan for the sleepy seaside village with a dirt road from the highway, engaging consultants from Hawaii.


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