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 stories included:
- Aussie’s love affair with the Tropical North is driving domestic visitor numbers to grow at a faster rate than international tourists;
- The Esplanade dining precinct proposal still divides opinion amoung city leaders and businesspeople, as restauranters clamour for a spot; and
- Read about some of the biggest events coming to the Far North in 2019.
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JCU in Sweet Reef deal, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 08 Jan 2019
ONE of the world’s largest confectionary makers has signed a deal with James Cook University to kickstart several research projects in the Far North. US food giant Mars Incorporated will collaborate with JCU to fund a long-term coral reef restoration project on the Great Barrier Reef and cocoa production techniques to help small farming communities across the tropical world.
Star Project Looking to Network with FNQ, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 08 Jan 2019
THE partners of a $3.6 billion project in Brisbane are on the lookout for niche Far North Queensland producers and tourism providers. Representatives from star Entertainment will be spruiking interest from suppliers and tourism operators during the invitation-only event at the Pullman International hotel years in Mareeba.
What is Going to Affect the Cairns Market in 2019?, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 09 Jan 2019
WITH a federal election on the horizon, investors and property owners alike are asking what will be the issues inPEPPE’S fluencing the Cairns property market in 2019? And this is the question most often asked of chairman of First National Real Estate David Forrest. He said the local market may not have lived up to the expectations of some but it was “certainly not real estate Armageddon”.
Eateries Place Orders, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 09 Jan 2019
Restaurateurs clamouring for a spot in proposed Cairns Esplanade dining precinct. RESTAURATEURS in the heart of the city are fighting to be included in any plan to transform the Cairns Esplanade into a pedestrian-friendly outdoor dining precinct. Mayor Bob Manning says that is exactly what they will get as Cairns Regional Council methodically works through the masterplanning process without swaying to pressure to get on with the job.
Eyeful Tower, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 09 Jan 2019
THE city’s hottest new hotel is surely living up to its reputation – offering views inside and out of its iconic glass tower. Residents are reporting being able to see naked hotel guests at Crystalbrook Collections’ 12-storey tower at Riley on The Esplanade. Crystalbrook CEO Mark Davie said they didn’t want to inhibit views but were investigating darker tinting.
Star Tzar’s Quiet Plan, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 09 Jan 2019
THE partner in a multi billion dollar Brisbane hotel precinct is tight-lipped about whether it has cast its hat into the ring to develop a second casino in Cairns. In the Far North yesterday to drum up supplier and tourist operator interest in the Queen’s Wharf project, Star Entertainment CEO Matt Bekier could “neither confirm nor deny” if the company was involved.
Tourism’s Local Heroes, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 09 Jan 2019
AN AUSSIE love affair with the Tropical North is driving domestic visitor numbers to grow at a faster rate than international tourists. Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief executive Pip Close said the domestic market increased by 14.9 per cent to 2.04 million over 12 months.
Esplanade Boardwalk Revamp Nearly Finished, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 10 Jan 2019
COUNCIL work crews are putting the finishing touches on the $2.43 million project to replace every plank of the Cairns Esplanade boardwalk.
Readers Back Trial Esplanade Closure, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 10 Jan 2019
A RESOUNDING majority of Cairns Post readers want the Esplanade to be closed to cars for Friday night trials, but the proposal is likely to take a lot longer than they hope. The plan to turn the busy strip to be used as a shared pedestrian and outdoor dining precinct during the peak nightlife period has received 81 per that began over a year ago.
Fuel Price to Stay High, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 10 Jan 2019
MOTORISTS should steel themselves for another year of high fuel prices across the Far North, according to experts. Independent Cairns fuel price campaigner Phillip Whykes said a fleeting dip in the cost of petrol at bowsers around the region in December wasn’t an indication of things to come in 2019.
FNQ’S Smart Earners, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 11 Jan 2019
James cook university and cquniversity campuses in cairns are outperforming some of the big names in brisbane. The 2018 graduate outcomes survey, to be released today, show jcu and cqu not only had the highest percentage of graduates securing full-time work immediately after graduating, but were among the highest earners in the country.
Need for Dredging Trumps Boat Ramp, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 11 Jan 2019
WATERFRONT residents of the ritzy Bluewater Estate have urged authorities to dust off their dredge as demolition crews rip down a public boat ramp. The Department of Transport and Main Roads has sent in the wrecking crew to dismantle the existing ramp before a replacement can be installed.
FNQ on a Good Wicket, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 12 Jan 2019
GET your ringside tickets to some of the biggest events coming to the Far North in 2019 — and it all starts tonight. Women’s cricket will burst on to the oval at Cazalys from 6.15pm when the stadium hosts the Big Bash league clash between the Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder. It’s the first time the women’s league has played in Cairns and arrives as the city cements its reputation as an events tourism destination.
Labor’s Tax Plan Could Hit Market, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 12 Jan 2019
LABOR’S proposed negative gearing reforms have driven an ideological wedge through the Cairns property market, between sceptical industry veterans and first homebuyers looking for a foot in the door. The package, tipped to reel in $32 billion in extra revenue over a decade when coupled with changes to capital gains tax, will be one of the chief battlegrounds of the upcoming federal election.
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