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 from last week included:
- Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has unveiled a plan to directly market Far North Queensland to a potential audience of 25 million people following a meeting with hotel tycoon Ghassan Aboud in Dubai;
- The Cairns Esplanade is set for a major polish as part of a CBD masterplan to drive downtown development in the coming years; and
- Pipeline construction for the Cairns shipping channel dredging could start as soon as this week as contractors prepare to pump a vast volume of sludge from Trinity Inlet.
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Finance hunt for Developer, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 08 Apr 2019
The would-be developer of a proposed student hostel unit complex in Cairns North has applied for approvals to be extended for the third time after failing to finance the project. Brisbane-based Trac Viet Nguyen, of Nguyen Accountant & Taxation Services, first received the green light in 2011 from Cairns Regional Council to build his eight-unit development at 345 Lake St.
Trail longer than it looks, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 08 Apr 2019
The Wangetti Trail biking and hiking track along the Far North Queensland coastline is shaping up to be a full 15km longer than expected. Cook MP Cynthia Lui said detailed planning and engineering on the proposed ecotourism experience had led to the course being replotted to be longer with more stops and rest areas for visitors.
Delays in house Legalities, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 09 Apr 2019
Disgruntled homeowners will have to wait at least a month to fight for costs against a self-styled luxury home builder. Cairns surgeon Dr Gamal Mousa and his wife Margaret sued Mark Vukobratich and his company for millions over their stalled multi-million dollar house, which remains unfinished four-and-a-half years after the contract was signed.
Have say on Shape of Hub, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 09 Apr 2019
The State Government is hoping new sketches and an online survey will inspire ideas about what a Global Tourism Hub should look like. The public is now being asked for feedback to provide the project’s three proponents. Neighbours of a potential billion-dollar casino development in the Cairns CBD have the chance to say exactly what they would love and hate about the project.
CBD Tower buyers seek answers on Nova Delays, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 09 Apr 2019
Construction on Nova City’s first tower is expected to start within six months – but buyers are frustrated by a lack of communication about the Cairns CBD project’s delays. World Class Global, a subsidiary of Chinese developers Aspial, has given an undertaking that builders will start on the first of seven towers associated with the $550 million luxury residential project later this year.
Parking Chaos end Nigh, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 09 Apr 2019
A final vestige of the parking free-for-all that once reigned supreme in the inner city is about to finally get the “formalisation” treatment. Cairns Regional Council’s meeting tomorrow is poised to commit $2.1 million towards upgrading the last stretch of chaotic carparking still left in the Cairns Hospital precinct.
Harvey Norman’s big show of Confidence, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 10 Apr 2019
One of Australia’s biggest retailers is pushing ahead with major expansion plans in Cairns in a positive sign for the region’s retail sector. Furniture, bedding and electrical store Harvey Norman plans to add another 1750sq m to its already sprawling showroom and shopfront in Portsmith – adding another one-third to its existing floor space.
Port work Imminent, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 10 Apr 2019
Pipeline construction for the Cairns shipping channel dredging could start as soon as next week as contractors prepare to pump a vast volume of sludge from Trinity Inlet. Ports North now says capital dredging will run from early July to mid-September – previously it left the entire May-September window open for the channel deepening and widening works.
City set to Sparkle, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 11 Apr 2019
The Cairns Esplanade is set for a major polish as part of a CBD masterplan to drive downtown development in the coming years. A new pier out over the mudflats, mangrove boardwalks and an amplified Muddy’s play area are the shining jewels in the longawaited plan.
Hotel in fear of delayed Design, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 11 Apr 2019
A Sense of urgency surrounds the redevelopment of the Esplanade dining precinct with Crystalbrook Collection due to open its new $130 million hotel Flynn in March or April next year. The conceptual CBD masterplan does not outline any construction dates and the final design by Port Douglas architect Gary Hunt is still under way.
Ants Endanger Project, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 11 Apr 2019
Electric ants are threatening to scuttle plans for a new shopping centre planned for Cairns’ northern beaches. The developers of the Smithfield Hub, slated for land at 10L Captain Cook Highway, have sought a time extension from Cairns Regional Council to complete the project.
Bypass Project revs up, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 12 Apr 2019
The Captain Cook Highway will soon have one less roundabout as construction on one of the highest profile statefunded road infrastructure projects starts in earnest. With the wet season subsiding, more heavy vehicles will start arriving at the site of the Smithfield Bypass, which is to be ready for motorists by late next year.
Grand Vision, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 12 Apr 2019
The Grand Hotel in Cairns is famous for its crocodile bar. Now its new owners plan to change the face of a high-profile corner attached to the pub with a high-rise tower. Pelathon Management is considering a 12-level building with 80 apartments at the corner of Sheridan and Shields streets.
Theme Park’s launch in Limbo, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 12 Apr 2019
A CAIRNS developer has promised his theme park planned for the northern beaches is not dead in the water. Paul Freebody has updated his Adventure Waters website, announcing a new 2021 completion date for the $45 million project near Smithfield.
Facts stack up for arts Precinct, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 13 Apr 2019
An Independent business case has shored up the viability of the Cairns Gallery Precinct despite proponents “crawling on broken glass” to get federal funding. The State Government committed almost $500,000 to fund the study to determine whether or not the development’s commercial and social benefit would justify the total $40 million price tag.
Blocks shrinking to Accommodate needs, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 13 Apr 2019
A Perfect storm of tight vacancy rates, high rental returns, difficulty in securing a mortgage and high body corporate fees is forcing Cairns homebuyers to rethink their ideal properties. Thirty years ago, any block under 800sq m was “looked upon as inferior”, but now it represents the premium end of the market, according to Real Estate Institute of Queensland Far North zone chairman Tom Quaid.
Gateway to World, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 13 Apr 2019
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has unveiled a plan to directly market Far North Queensland to a potential audience of 25 million people following a meeting with hotel tycoon Ghassan Aboud (right) in Dubai.
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