Cairns News Report – 13th July 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 from last week included:

  • Cairns City Council is considering to allow rideshare scooter firm Lime to run trials in the city centre;
  • A study into the feasibility of a light rail metro system linking the airport and CBD has been written off; and
  • a $500,000 study on the Captain Cook Highway between Trinity Beach roundabout and the Clifton Beach turn-off to be completed to improve safety and efficiency.

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Kuranda Range Road to Disaster: Gilmore, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 08 Jul 2019

Urgent talks with key decision makers to avoid an impending traffic “disaster” on the Kuranda Range road are being sought by the Regional Organisation of Councils. Organisation chairman and Mareeba Mayor Tom Gilmore was not surprised by Department of Transport and Main Roads data revealing the closure of the road 130 times in 2018-19.

Visit Huge in All Ways, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 08 Jul 2019

The significance of Australia’s biggest warship arriving in Cairns for the first time should not be downplayed. Our lives could well depend on it. The HMAS Canberra pulled into port on Thursday with about 1000 crew and soldiers on board for some wellearned rest and relaxation before setting sail tomorrow.

Shipper Looks to Island for Port, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 08 Jul 2019

The head of Australia’s biggest privately owned shipping company wants all options — even the drastic ones — to be on the table in a huge study to guide the industry’s growth over the next 30 years. Sea Swift CEO Fred White argues the project will be a waste of time and money if transforming Admiralty Island into an intermodal logistics hub complete with railhead is not seriously considered.

Have Your Say on Servo, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 08 Jul 2019

Time is running out for residents to have their say on a proposal to build a new service station at Smithfield. The new servo on the corner of McGregor Rd and the Captain Cook Hwy will “not diminish the amenity of any adjoining residential area … and responds to the character of the area”, according to the development application lodged with Cairns Regional Council.

Bid to Attract Air Links to Asia, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 09 Jul 2019

The Queensland Government is expected to use its multimillion-dollar Attracting Aviation Investment Fund to lure an airline to replace the Cathay Pacific service between Cairns and Hong Kong. The Palaszczuk government is joining Cairns Airport and the Cairns Regional Council to test the market for a new airline to transport freight and tourists between the Far North and Asia.

Landmark Gets Facelift, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 09 Jul 2019

A refresh of a dated CBD landmark, which includes a new entertainment arcade, is expected to bring new life to a city block in need of a boost. Abbott Street Investments Pty Ltd has lodged plans to refit and install a new facade at the Katies Centre on the corner of Abbott and Shields streets.

Growers Secure in Own Mill, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 09 Jul 2019

A feeling of relief has washed over Mossman as the region’s sugarcane growers took ownership of the town’s mill. Farming co-operative Far Northern Milling have been officially handed the keys to the “lifeblood” of the small coastal community in an announcement 28 months in the making. Fourth-generation cane farmer Michael Giudice, who owns four farms at Mossman, said the acquisition of the mill from Mackay Sugar ensured his family’s future.

Airlines Cleared Over Safety Issues Claims, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 09 Jul 2019

Air safety investigators have ruled Regional Express Airlines safe to fly following a two-day audit of its maintenance base at Wagga Wagga. But inspectors have prepared a list of reforms to Rex’s safety systems and workplace culture, described by some former staff and aviation officials as intimidating and ruthlessly devoted to cost-saving and profit.

Cultural, Eco-Tourism Projects Secure Funds, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 09 Jul 2019

The re-opening of hot springs west of Cairns are among three indigenous tourism projects to be given a $4 million boost by the Palaszczuk government as the Far North region seeks to cement its position as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultural experience capital of Australia. The first stage of a cultural and ecotourism project at East Trinity and the redevelopment of Yarrabah’s arts and cultural precinct are the others.

CQu Plan to ‘Boost Jobs’, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 10 Jul 2019

The major take-away of CQUniversity’s new five-year strategic plan is that it will bring more jobs to the Far North Queensland region. In launching the document yesterday, the university’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Nick Klomp was emphatic in the institution’s commitment to building the regions.

Scooter Trial Rests on Vote, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 10 Jul 2019

Electric scooter rideshare companies are about to get their answer after months courting Cairns Regional Council to launch trials of their dockless vehicles in the CBD. Today’s council meeting will vote on whether to allow e-scooter rental companies like Lime, which has already taken over Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide, to come to Cairns.

Master Site Has Tenants Lined Up, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 10 Jul 2019

A real estate vacuum left by the shutdown of hardware giant Masters Home Improvement finally looks like getting filled. The Woolworths-owned company’s nationwide collapse in 2016 left an enormous commercial property on Draper St in Portsmith abandoned.

Study Comes to Dead End, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 10 Jul 2019

THE city’s public transport future has arrived at a red light after the State Government refused to fund a meagre $80,000 study into developing a new Cairns metro system. Cairns Regional Council wrote to Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey requesting the relative pittance to develop a business case for a new high-frequency public transport link between the Cairns Airport and the CBD.

Five-Star Hotel Jobs Open as Bailey Recruits, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 10 Jul 2019

Crystalbrook Collection will hold two recruitment days this month ahead of the opening of its newest hotel Bailey. The company is looking to fill an assortment of roles, including lobby ambassadors, experience curators, porters, housekeepers, food and drink guides, chefs and “fix-it team” members. Bailey is set to welcome its first guests in October.

Council Gives Red Light to Airport ‘Green Train’ Plan, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 11 Jul 2019

A deathblow has been dealt to the city’s immediate public transport future with a divided Cairns Regional Council writing off a study into building a metro link to the airport as a waste of money. Councillors in May unanimously supported asking the State Government to use taxpayer funds to develop a business case for a metro system linking the airport and CBD. But when their request for $80,000 was rejected, they did not see fit to use money to do the same.

Study on Highway Gridlock, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 11 Jul 2019

A critical pinch point on the Captain Cook Hwy is about to be the subject of a $500,000 study to iron out some of its most infuriating traffic problems for morning commuters. Barron River MP Craig Crawford said the study would look at options for the highway between the Trinity Beach roundabout and the Clifton Beach turn-off.

Delay on Scooter Decision, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 11 Jul 2019

Rideshare scooter firm Lime is back in the game after Cairns Regional Council postponed a decision on whether to allow the company to run trials in the city centre. The last-minute retraction of a report to yesterday’s Cairns Regional Council meeting means its recommendation – that trials be rejected due largely to safety concerns – will be revisited before returning for debate.

Former Owners Win PK’s Back, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 11 Jul 2019

After five years of court battles, the owners of a Cape Tribulation resort have taken back management of the backpacker drawcard. Ashlee Piper and Mark Biancotti have owned PK’s Jungle Village for 15 years and were given back management rights to the Cape Tribulation property last week in a ruling by Brisbane’s Supreme Court.

Sea Swift to Set Sale, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 11 Jul 2019

Cairns-based shipping company Sea Swift is negotiating the sale of its majority shareholding to a mystery buyer. Private equity firm CHAMP Ventures bought the business from its founder Sid Faithfull in 2012 and is now selling out. Sea Swift chief executive Fred White said “a confidential, detailed, due diligence process” was underway and if successful the new “partner” would be revealed in September.

Air Niugini in Talks to Expand Trade Links, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 12 Jul 2019

Air Niugini is shaping up as a chief contender to fill the gap left by Cathay Pacific’s suspension of its Cairns-Hong Kong route. Trade and Investment Queensland principal trade and investment officer Dale Edney told yesterday’s delegation meeting talks were under way with PNG’s national airline. “One of the organisations that we’re talking to is Air Niugini,” he said.

Genex to Get NAIF Funding, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 12 Jul 2019

Hundreds of fly-in, fly-out jobs will be available from Townsville after a hydro energy project was given a $610 million loan by the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. Construction on Genex Power’s Kidston Stage 2 Pumped Storage Hydro Project is expected to start in September once finance is secured.

Friends With Benefits, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 12 Jul 2019

Papua New Guinea’s emerging economic prosperity is presenting Cairns with perhaps its greatest trade opportunity in decades — and businesses on either side of the Coral Sea are looking to capitalise. Delegates from Cairns’ sister city Lae are in town on a two-day mission to forge new trade links with their southern neighbours.

Stress Taking its Toll on Reef, Says Report, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 12 Jul 2019

Results from the latest Reef monitoring program has noted a decline in coral off Cairns and concluded stress is taking a toll. The Australian Institute of Marine Science Reef Condition Update report has revealed hard coral cover in central and southern Great Barrier Reef regions has declined while in the north, coral cover was up from 11 per cent on 2017 to 14 per cent in 2019.

Right Up Your Street, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 13 Jul 2019

One of the oldest streets in the Cairns CBD is set to become the jewel in the city’s crown. A series of private and public investments will make the historic boulevard dazzle, from facelifts and streetscaping works to new developments, including retail, dining and hotel drawcards. A construction surge in the city centre is getting noticed by big-name developers with itchy trigger fingers and money in the bank.

Delay in Art Hub’s Revamp, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 13 Jul 2019

“The redevelopment of CoCA was shaped through consultation with stakeholders, including the local arts community and traditional owners.” Ms Enoch did not respond when asked if the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair would be taking up permanent residency in the centre, which could potentially limit the space afforded to other tenants.

Businesses to Get Tax Boost, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 13 Jul 2019

Peter Carruthers ed the grants to increase jobs in the region. Cairns MP Michael Healy said the breakfast allowed an opportunity for small business owners to engage with government and ask questions of the minister. “It’s terrific to see the businesses acknowledge the importance of some of the tax breaks we have been getting,” he said.

Plan for Port Douglas Plunge Into Posh End, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 13 Jul 2019

A Melbourne company is kickstarting a high-end property revival at Port Douglas by planning a $120 million luxury complex complete with a living coral reef diving pool. The building slated for construction on Port Douglas Rd will feature a rooftop bar and convention facilities and be designed by award-winning architect Charles Wright.

A Shady Plan The Reef, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 13 Jul 2019

AN innovative product could be key to saving the Great Barrier Reef. The use of surface film is among a number of radical solutions proposed in a 113-page report from the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, which outlines how it plans to spend a $444 million war chest of Federal Government money. Man-made clouds and cool water sprays are also being considered.

Scooter Safety Heads Up, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 13 Jul 2019

Alarm bells are ringing in Cairns after a study found nearly half of Brisbane’s rideshare electric scooters were being ridden illegally. The QUT observational study identified the need to ensure helmets were available for riders and called for further research into whether standard bicycle helmets were adequate for e-scooters.



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