Cairns News Report – 11th May 2019

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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:

  • Last-ditch efforts to stop Cathay Pacific abandoning Cairns have failed to salvage the airline’s 26-year service, whilst;
  • Asian carrier Silk Air has confirmed it will expand with daily services to and from Singapore beginning in June; and
  • Council to debate the merits of a so-called Cairns Metro system – an electric bus route ferrying visitors from the airport to the CBD

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Evolving City to Capitalise on Asia Links, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 06 May 2019

Analysis of the Cairns economy reveals growth beyond tourism and hospitality into an industrial base that’s expected to capitalise on the city’s proximity to Asian markets. Australian Industry Group’s Shane Rodgers said Cairns was rapidly evolving into a city with a diverse industry base that had the opportunity to become a serious player in the Asia Pacific.

Businesses lacking in confidence, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 06 May 2019

Subdued business confidence is not expected to improve over the next few months, despite a declining unemployment rate in the Far North. The latest Suncorp-CCIQ Business Pulse Survey, released today, revealed uncertainty around the federal election, benign economic growth and difficult operating conditions continued to weigh on the small business sector.

SilkAir To Boost Flights, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 06 May 2019

An Asian carrier has confirmed it will expand services to and from Cairns this year. The news comes as relief after Cathay Pacific pulled out the Hong Kong-Cairns route after 26 years. Singapore Airlines public relations manager Karl Schubert said the airline and its offshoot SilkAir would not go the way of the other airline.

Vacancy Rates a Boon for Buyers, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 06 May 2019

Cairns real estate industry experts have called for investors to have faith in the region and take advantage of extremely tight rental vacancy rates and growing rents. The Real Estate Institute of Queensland Residential Vacancy Report for the March quarter showed just 1.3 per cent of Cairns rental properties weren’t tenanted.

Electric Dreams, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 07 May 2019

A proposal for a new clean, green public transport system is getting a renewed push with the promise of the global tourism hub casino development adding to its viability. Cairns Regional Council will tomorrow debate the merits of the so-called Cairns Metro system – an electric bus route ferrying visitors from the airport to the CBD.

Boss Opts for Wild Ride, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 07 May 2019

New Experience Co boss John O’Sullivan faces a challenge to turn around the tour operator’s falling revenue and profits. The Tourism Australia boss managing director has been appointed chief executive and executive director of the ASXlisted Company Experience Co which operates several ventures in the Far North.

Council to Make Call on Tower. Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 07 May 2019

A proposed 12-storey apartment tower with views over the Cairns Esplanade is about to meet its fate. Developers Michael and John Deeb will learn tomorrow whether Cairns Regional Council will approve their 41m-tall residential unit complex proposal. The vacant block nestled between the historic Floriana Villas guesthouse and the Pelican House mansion on the Esplanade is one of the most prized pieces of land in the city.

Health Facility Unveiled, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 08 May 2019

It has an operating theatre, medical services and even emergency bays and a helipad – but you can’t call a major new health facility to be built in Cairns a hospital. The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service yesterday showed off design plans for the “Cairns South Health Facility”.

Hostel Almost Ready, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 08 May 2019

One of Cairns’ most enduring backpacker bars and accommodation sites will unveil its new-look hostel within weeks. But you won’t have to wait as long to have a drink in Rattle n’ Hum on Cairns Esplanade with a renovated watering hole reopening on Friday night. The refurbished, budget rooms will be open to guests from the first week of June.

Master of Our Destiny, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 09 May 2019

What does a mountain city riding the “green rush” and a Middle Eastern military town turned tech hub have in common with Cairns? They have exploited their strong points and flourished. A meeting of industry minds in the first Empowering the Regions forum yesterday found that Cairns was well placed for future growth if it stuck to its guns and focused on what it did best.

Cathay’s Fly Bye, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 09 May 2019

Last-ditch efforts to stop Cathay Pacific abandoning Cairns have failed – with a demand for millions of dollars believed to be the deal-breaker. The Cairns Post understands the Hong Kongbased airline asked for State Government subsidies of up to $70,000 per flight for negotiations to progress.

Trad has Faith in Project Revival, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 09 May 2019

Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has confirmed that Far North projects such as the Global Tourism Hub and renovation of the Cairns Convention Centre are needed to boost the region’s international competitiveness. Ms Trad was in Cairns yesterday to inspect initial site works on the Smithfield bypass. She said construction would begin with gusto after the next wet season.

Approval for Coast Site Plan, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 09 May 2019

The development permit for a controversial stretch of a land on the northern beaches has been extended by Cairns Regional Council. The council’s chief executive John Andrejic endorsed recommendations to extend the time allowed to develop on Taylor Point at Trinity Beach until June 9, 2025 at a general meeting yesterday morning.

Backing for City Tower Designs, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 09 May 2019

Construction of a 14storey residential tower approved for the Esplanade will not take place straight away, but the developer behind the 22-unit project says he is grateful Cairns Regional Council has backed the plans. The council’s chief executive, John Andrejic, decided to endorse recommendations for the development at 191 and 193 the Esplanade and 200 Lake St at a general meeting yesterday.

Flight Plan Opens Up, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 10 May 2019

Cathay Pacific’s withdrawal opens an opportunity for a bigger and better international airline to fly into Cairns – but it comes with a warning that disunity is death. The Cairns Post yesterday revealed the Cathay goose was cooked unless taxpayers coughed up an unreasonable $70,000-a-flight ransom. Cairns Chamber of Commerce president Nick Loukas said turning down the offer was a no-brainer.

Cairns Drivers Hit in the Hip Pocket at the Bowser, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 10 May 2019

According to RACQ’s latest monthly fuel report, the average price last month was 148.9cpl.

RACQ spokeswoman Lucinda Ross said while there had been an increase in the global oil price which had put upward pressure on the cost of fuel, many retailers had taken it too far. “Fuel is at the mercy of many global factors and lately we’ve seen Brent crude oil record high monthly average price for 2019 of US$71 a barrel,” Ms Ross said.

Data Backs Bid to Home in on China, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 11 May 2019

The state Government will keep targeting Chinese tourists but renew it for domestic flight links to cairns in the wake of Cathay Pacific’s shock departure. Tourism Minister Kate Jones said latest passengers figures suggested 75per cent of international visitor to the region came via domestic flights.

FNQ has to Stand Unaided, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 11 May 2019

Mr Crisafulli said airlines needed to be confident that major projects long-touted for Cairns and the Far North would go ahead. Otherwise they would opt for other destinations hungry to take up the vacancy.“It will be an important destination for a long time to come, but it’s not the only destination,” he said.



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