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Canberra to keep us on Hold, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 05 Oct 2020
Several key Cairns infrastructure projects are likely to remain on the workshop floor as the Federal Government prepares to release its delayed 2020-21 budget on Tuesday. Cairns Regional Council Mayor Bob Manning said the city desperately needed strong federal investment in projects that would help the struggling economy recover.
Slim Summer Pickings, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 05 Oct 2020
With producers unable to fill their quota with locals, they will turn to backpackers, Pacific Islanders and seasonal workers on extended visas. New Federal Government changes also are expected to allow those aged over 31 to be hired.
Wind Farm Project to Power Ahead this year, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 05 Oct 2020
Work on a $380 million wind farm near Ravenshoe is expected to begin before the end of the year. The Kaban Green Power Hub, 6km northeast of Ravenshoe and 80km southwest of Cairns, will be built by Neoen’s Energy.
Bruce Upgrade Scrap, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 06 Oct 2020
The Federal Government is set to commit $20 million towards Queensland LNP’s Bruce Highway upgrade plan to cost $33 billion over 15 years. LNP leader Deb freckling ton has announced her party’s plan to upgrade the highway to four lanes, from Cairns to Curra, near Gympie, if it win the state election on October 31.
Mission is Possible, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 06 Oct 2020
Tourism hot spot Mission Beach is preparing for the future after Mayfair 101 investment group’s plans to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into the community were thrown into turmoil. At the heart of Mayfair’s foray was a redevelopment of Dunk Island, considered to be the jewel in the region’s tourism crown, as part of a $1.6bn spend — but the firm has been placed in provisional liquidation.
Singapore Bubble Bid, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 08 Oct 2020
A travel bubble between the Far North and Singapore could be on the cards after the city-state’s transport ministry confirmed its government would consider one. It comes after Singapore’s Transport Minister, Ong Ye Kung, last week announced the country’s border was reopening to Australia and Vietnam on October 8.
Labor’s big TAFE Pledge, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 08 Oct 2020
Cairns Tafe will get $5.6m invested in its manufacturing and cyber security departments in the next three years if the Queensland Labor government is re-elected. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the pledge on Thursday with $3.6m towards an advanced manufacturing hub and a $2m cyber security training operations centre.
WNBL a slam dunk for FNQ, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 09 Oct 2020
Cairns has scored a national sporting trifecta after potting 20 Women’s National Basketball League games in the 2020 season. The windfall comes as the entire WNBL season is moved to North Queensland over six weeks in November to December. The matches will be played in Cairns’ popup arena with four teams based here across the season.
All Systems go to Catch Local Trade, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 09 Oct 2020
SAVVY Cairns tour operators have doubled down on the local and domestic tourist market as the region’s peak marketing body maps a way through the COVID summer. Tropical Tourism North Queensland has already locked and loaded a campaign to entice domestic tourists to the Far North, border closures notwithstanding.
Renewed Call for Lagoon, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 10 Oct 2020
A Push to revisit a multimillion-dollar lagoon at Port Douglas is back on the agenda with a postcard-perfect location in the sights of its designer. Hunt Design principal Gary Hunt is pleading for local, state and federal governments to unite and deliver the Port Douglas community a safe swimming enclosure to be developed on coral rubble between Rex Smeal Park and the Sugar Wharf.
School Plan for Palms, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 10 Oct 2020
Less than three weeks remain before Cairns Regional Council will deliver its verdict on the proposed transformation of the former Paradise Palms golf course into a residential and tourist precinct complete with a water park. PPNQ Developments confirmed the Catholic Diocese of Cairns had entered into a contract to acquire a parcel of land allocated for a school on the massive site’s master plan.
Premier Flags Big Spending, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 10 Oct 2020
New halls and performing arts centres, classrooms and administration blocks have been flagged for four key Cairns schools as Labor rolls out a billion-dollar election spend on education. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk flew into Cairns on Friday to unveil her Great Schools, Great Future policy funded from $4bn in borrowings.
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