Cairns News Report – 10th November 2018

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Welcome to this weeks edition of my Cairns News Report, a complimentary ‘week in review’ of all the pertinent news stories on what’s happening around Cairns.

A few of the top news stories over the last week included:

  • Security measures are in place as Cairns prepares to host some of the world’s most powerful leaders over the coming week, with scores of fly-in, fly-out entourages for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation of 21 member countries set to call Cairns home;
  • The new owner of Dunk Island has a $500 million-plus grand vision which includes a 160-room five-star hotel and conference centre, hillside and beachfront villas, a golf course and a new runway capable of handling direct flights from Australian Capital cities, Cairns and Townsville; and
  • Three Cairns suburbs, which have made it on to a list of the state’s best performing properties, have posted double-digit growth over 12 months.

If you missed any of the top Cairns news stories from last week – here they all are in full below. Just click the title to read the full story.

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FNQ left high and dry, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 5 Nov 2018

MAYOR Bob Manning has indicated the Cairns region has been left thirsting for funds by the Prime Minister’s $200 million pipeline plan to ensure water security for the Townsville region. Scott Morrison yesterday announced a $5 million business case to determine the merits of the slated Haughton pipeline duplication which, if built, will deliver water to the city from the Burdekin River.

Film, TV plan bit closer, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 5 Nov 2018

SCREEN Queensland will cohost a roundtable meeting in Cairns today to develop plans for a multimillion-dollar sound stage for the Far North. Mulgrave MP Curtis Pitt will also host the screen industry meeting, involving local industry practitioners and key community stakeholders, to discuss the status of the industry in the region, and future opportunities for film and television infrastructure.

Development angers locals, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 6 Nov 2018

LONG-TERM residents insist that tree-clearing on land bordering rainforest in a Cairns suburb is ruining their lives. Christine and Richard Barber have lived on the corner of Douglas Track and Glacier Rock roads at Kamerunga for 11 years, opposite the construction site of a new residential estate.

Island’s revival, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 6 Nov 2018

CYCLONE-HIT Dunk Island resort will be reborn under a $500-million plan to buff it into a tourism jewel set to outsparkle Port Douglas. That’s the vision of Tim Sommers, co-founder of new investors, Property Bay, which is planning a hotel, villas, golf course and new runway capable of welcoming direct flights. The first stage of the five-year plan will start next year, cost $155 million and create hundreds of jobs.

Details of NAIF money laid out, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 6 Nov 2018

SPENDING habits of the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility have been revealed right down to how often staff log on to eBay during work hours. NAIF chief executive officer Laurie Walker told a Senate Estimates hearing the organisation had made six investment decisions and four conditional approvals worth a combined $1.035 billion over the past two-and-a-half years.

PM’S Tour De Farce, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 7 Nov 2018

SPENDING habits of the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility have been revealed right down to how often staff log on to eBay during work hours. NAIF chief executive officer Laurie Walker told a Senate Estimates hearing the organisation had made six investment decisions and four conditional approvals worth a combined $1.035 billion over the past two-and-a-half years.

Five-star resort opens doors to pure luxury, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 7 Nov 2018

THE first guests at the newest hotel in Cairns are lounging by the 1000 sq m pool overlooking the Esplanade, trying dishes featuring beef raised in the region and ordering snacks via the iPad control centre in their rooms. Yesterday’s opening of Crystalbrook Collection‘s first five-star resort, Riley, was a chance to get a glimpse of the sustainable luxury the 311room hotel brings to the city.

Trees make way for $104m road upgrade, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 8 Nov 2018

MASS tree clearing beside the Southern Access Corridor is paving the way for a $104 million plan to slash the morning commute to the Cairns CBD. The roadside landscape has quickly transformed since construction on the Bruce Hwy upgrade between Links Dr and Aumuller St began last month.

Suburbs ranked on state hot list, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 8 Nov 2018

THREE Cairns suburbs, which have made it on to a list of the state’s best performing properties, have posted double-digit growth over 12 months. Palm Cove, Whitfield and Clifton Beach have been ranked in the same growth category as Brisbane’s elite innercity suburbs Paddington and Auchenflower and Noosa’s Sunrise Beach in the 12 months to June, 2018.

Crystal clear on big plans, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 9 Nov 2018

CRYSTALBROOK Collection hotel developer Ghassan Aboud has written an open letter to the people of Cairns revealing he has “many more properties” on the way. The fledgling hospitality empire opened its first of three five-star hotels in Cairns this week. Riley is already notching up positive reviews on TripAdvisor.

Report clad in secrecy, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 9 Nov 2018

A CLOAK and dagger report into fire safety deficiencies at the Cairns Performing Arts Centre is being kept even from the councillor who represents the CBD. Division 5 Cairns Regional Councillor Richie Bates has resorted to filing a right to information request to Queensland Fire and Emergency Services after weeks of being stonewalled by the council.

Advance Cairns on even keel, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 10 Nov 2018

ADVANCE Cairns has rein stated its board of directors without any of the turbulence that plagued the organisation a year ago. If the mood at its annual general meeting is any indication, the regional advocacy group appears to have turned a corner.

FNQ Preparing, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 10 Nov 2018

SKY HIGH security measures are in place as Cairns prepares to host some of the world’s most powerful leaders over the coming week. Scores of fly-in, fly-out entourages for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation of 21 member countries are set to call Cairns home.

Footy Faceslap, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 10 Nov 2018

CAIRNS rugby league has copped a $40,000 double whammy with the North Queensland Cowboys costing the code precious funds by taking a trial game to Mackay in 2019. It is the Far North’s third footy snub after South Sydney confirmed it would not play at Barlow Park next season and the AFL dropped its Cazalys fixture.

Planning begins on city’s northern artery, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 10 Nov 2018

EXTRA turning lanes and road widening could be on the horizon for northern beaches motorists under plans to ease traffic congestion along the Captain Cook Highway. The Department of Transport and Main Roads has started a new $1.65 million planning study for the highway stretch, between Florence Street in Cairns city and the Barron River.

 

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