Cairns news report – 12th September 2020

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Successful Event Gets Far North’s Engine Restarted, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 07 Sep 2020

TARGA defied the odds to entertain Far Northern spectators at the weekend, despite the COVID restrictions that have wiped other big events from the calendar. Kym and Tim Hall celebrated yesterday with the Thoroughbred Trophy as tourism operators enjoyed a big Father’s Day weekend boost. Three days of top-class rally racing across some of the Far North’s most spectacular backdrops left tourism operators as the biggest winners.

Business Buoyed by Extended Tax Relief, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 08 Sep 2020

A desperate extension to the payroll tax holiday has received a nod of appreciation from struggling tourism operators who hope to one day see the revenue raising mechanism revoked altogether. Treasurer Cameron Dick has released the State Government’s economic update with grim figures for the Queensland economy and a suite of measures to take some of the immediate sting out of the COVID-19 crisis.

Excess to Move to New uni hospital, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 08 Sep 2020

Health executives will be shifted out of their CBD silos closer to the action in a move to cut costs and streamline the operation once the $165 million Cairns University Hospital is built. Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service board chairman Clive Skarott said executive offices in the GHD tower on Lake St and other buildings around the city could close once the new facility was up and running.

A $1m wrecking ball, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 09 Sep 2020

Frustration and disappointment is festering at the awarding of a demolition contract on the $70 million Cairns Hospital mental health unit upgrade to a Townsville-based firm. It has begged the question, why locals didn’t get a look in. Hutchinson Builders Cairns won an early works package which Down to Earth Demolitions and Richard Field Constructions also tendered for.

A hospital with the lot, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 09 Sep 2020

Cafes, shops, offices and a newsagent are on the cards as Cairns University Hospital’s full development potential is gradually realised. A campaign for more than $163.5 million in extra funding to build the critical health and research facility is in full swing after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk pledged $1.5 million for a preliminary business case last week.

Barr Creek Bridge has green light, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 10 Sep 2020

Construction of a bridge in an environmentally sensitive area that links two beachside suburbs is to begin this month after the project received Cairns Regional Council approval. The Barr Creek bridge, which will be 150m-long with a 3.5m-wide cycling and pedestrian path, joins Willow St in Holloways Beach to Marshall St in Machans Beach as part of the Northern Beaches Leisure Trail.

Petition backing New Hospital goes to Parliament, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 10 Sep 2020

A petition for urgent funds to build the Cairns University Hospital will be tabled in Queensland parliament on Thursday after weeks of campaigning by the Cairns Post. More than 1700 people across the Far North have left their signatures in support of building the critical piece of health infrastructure.

Port Douglas lifts luxury bar, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 10 Sep 2020

New artist impressions of the $300 million Fairmont resort at Port Douglas reveal a stunning design which pays homage to the Dain tree rainforest and is designed to return the bling to the seaside holidaymaker’s playground. PLANS for an Australian-first, $300 million, five-star resort at Port Douglas have been revealed with construction to begin as early as January.

Boat Ramp Deal Afloat, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 11 Sep 2020

It’s been a long hard road but a controversial boat ramp project at Yorkeys Knob has finally hooked conditional state approval. The new $11m ramp go-ahead was met with much excitement from the Cairns and FNQ Fishing Group after a six-year battle. Keen Yorkeys Knob boa tie Ross Davies (right) said he was looking forward to parking his trailer closer to the water.

Top Job up for Grabs, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 11 Sep 2020

The Far North has the opportunity portu to get real skin in the to tourism game in the critical Cal y years ahead, following minister Kate Jones’ (left) shock decision not to contest next month’s state election. The October 31 state ballot is looming as one of the most important ever to the region’s future with local leaders crying out for more voices around the cabinet table in Brisbane.

$16m to help Far North Tourism, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 11 Sep 2020

The first-ever long-term agreement between the Far North’s peak tourism body and Cairns Regional Council is set to help fight the devastating impact of the coronavirus on the region’s biggest industry. Tropical Tourism North Queensland will receive $16.5 million from the council during the next five years, with $2.9m in 2020-21 then $3.4m for each of the following years.

Lack of will on Hospital Condemned, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 12 Sep 2020

A firecracker has been lit under both sides of state politics over their underwhelming and unacceptable commitments to the Cairns University Hospital. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has demanded both Queensland Labor and the LNP pull the proverbial finger out and commit the full $165million-plus needed to build the critical piece of health infrastructure.

New Field of Dreams, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 12 Sep 2020

A relentless dream of Cairns scoring a world-class rectangular stadium has been prodded back to life by two business leaders looking to reignite funding pressure. Enterprise North executive manager Kevin Byrne and the Northern Frontier Foundation, led by businessman Dean Pradel, have released a new blueprint and 3D flythrough video showing how Cairns could be moulded into a top-notch sporting city.

 

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