Cairns news report – 13th March 2021


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Mystery tours, The Cairns Post 8 Mar 2021

FEDERAL Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is Cairns today to hear first-hand about the plight of our hard-hit tourism industry – but he’s making no promise of a big pay-off. At the same time, thousands of Queenslanders are expected to register for the state’s initiative offering $200 vouchers for discounted experiences in the Far North. Businesses hope the deal will fuel spending in the region.

Growing uni celebrates, The Cairns Post 8 Mar 2021

TERM one is kicking off at CQUniversity Cairns with the campus celebrating a five year mile-stone, but there’s an urgent push for $15m in federal funding to build a new city centre campus. CQU Cairns associate vice president Jodie Duignan-George said the campus was now home to more than 2000 students and 130 staff and growing by more than 20 per cent annually, with 300-plus new students set to start this term.

Bank on vouchers, The Cairns Post 8 Mar 2021

TOURISTS will start scrambling on Monday for the chance to grab one of the state government’s new discount travel vouchers to the Cairns region – and the businesses are counting on the incentive to fuel a surge in bookings. The state government will offer $200 travel vouchers to 15000 Queenslanders to spend on tourism experiences in the Far North until June 25.

‘Huge response’: Travellers snap up vouchers to see FNQ, The Cairns Post 9 Mar 2021

About 43,000 people have signed up for a chance to secure 15,000 free travel vouchers to spend on tourism experiences in the Far North to help struggling operators. As of 5pm on Monday, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk tweeted that “the response to our Cairns Holiday Dollars campaign has been huge”.

Subdividers squeezing value out of small lots, The Cairns Post 9 Mar 2021

LEPRECHAUN lots, backyard duplexes and a “battle axe” development are on the cards as property owners try to maximise profits in Woree. The Cairns Post has reported on one landholder’s application to subdivide an existing 800sq m property at 20 Rigg Street to allow a dwelling to be built.

City flexes defence muscles, The Cairns Post 10 Mar 2021

CAIRNS has won a $36m naval training program to help expand its maritime sector capabilities and diversify the economy. TAFE Queensland in Cairns and the Australian Defence Force signed a contract on Tuesday to deliver a five-year maritime program that will train students from 12 Pacific Island nations to crew 21 Guardian patrol boats.

Hotels call for voucher support too, The Cairns Post 10 Mar 2021

THE accommodation sector has called for an extension of the Cairns Holiday Dollars to include the Far North Queensland hotel and motel sector. On Monday, about 43,000 people signed up for a chance to secure the 15,000 free travel vouchers, worth $200 each, to spend on tourism experiences in the Far North to help struggling operators.

House squeeze revolt, The Cairns Post 10 Mar 2021

A NEIGHBOURHOOD revolt has erupted over a developer’s plan to squeeze a tiny set of six units into a suburban street in Cairns. An upswing in “leprechaun lot” developments is causing headaches across the city after Cairns Regional Council launched an incentives program to increase population density and stimulate construction.

Cash to aid economic recovery, The Cairns Post 11 Mar 2021

CAIRNS Regional Council will receive $12.11m from the latest round of the Palaszczuk government’s Works for Queensland program as part of the state’s plan for economic recovery. The Cairns total forms part of the $48.7m going towards councils across the Far North. Eligible projects range from roadworks to town beautification, parks and playground upgrades, renewable energy installations, tourism, water and safety.

Cheap seats to bail us out, The Cairns Post 11 Mar 2021

HALF-PRICE domestic airline tickets to Cairns, small business loans and the extension of support programs form the bedrock of the federal government’s highly-anticipated $1.2bn replacement of JobKeeper. Keeping Queensland’s borders open will be the “big key” to the success of the government’s ticket to recovery, to be announced Thursday, aimed at getting Australians moving again particularly to areas hardest hit by COVID-19 like Cairns.

FNQ’s ticket to recovery Cheap airfares, aviation industry support key to economy taking flight, The Cairns Post 11 Mar 2021

CAIRNS has been chosen as one of 13 key regions set to experience a rush of tourists as part of a new $1.2bn package to help devastated tourism hot spots recover from the coronavirus fallout. The federal government will announce on Thursday it has formed partnerships with airlines to offer 800,000 tickets at half-price.

Village plan for farm site, The Cairns Post 11 Mar 2021

A CINEMA, fountains, clock tower, hair salon, chapel and a cafe called the Cane Cutter’s Wife have a clear path to construction after a major retirement village and housing project received the green light at Gordonvale. The southern Cairns suburb has historically had very limited aged care options beyond the high-care Pyramid Residential Care Centre nursing home, with residents forced to move as they aged.

Show deal leaves sting, The Cairns Post 11 Mar 2021

A DOUBLE-EDGED deal should ensure the Cairns Show goes ahead this year — but only if organisers take the knee and make unwanted concessions. Cairns Regional Council has resolved to offer the Cairns Show Association $65,000 in cash and $25,000 in-kind support to run the annual celebration in 2021.

Improved road to city is a step closer, The Cairns Post 11 Mar 2021

CRITICAL milestones are about to be passed at two pinch points as $600m worth of Bruce Highway works forge ahead at the southern entrance to Cairns. Work on the southern access road has been under way for years with the $150m Sheehy Road to Kate Street stretch completed in 2014, and the $58m Robert Road to Foster Road section opened in 2017.

Border warning for flights offer, The Cairns Post 12 Mar 2021

THE Far North aviation sector has welcomed the federal stimulus package offering half-price flights to 13 destinations nationally including Cairns – but warns it is not a magic bullet solution. Cairns Airport chief executive Richard Barker said initiatives to stimulate demand that benefited the region broadly were important but it was critical that state governments kept interstate borders open.

Small operators find hope in way forward, The Cairns Post 12 Mar 2021

SMALL Far North tourism operators have been jumping for joy as a result of the $1.2bn support package for the tourism sector, believing it will reignite travel confidence. Under the package, half price domestic flights will be available to Cairns, and tourism operators will be eligible for two-year interest-free loans of up to $5m.

Fare way forward, The Cairns Post 12 Mar 2021

FAR North business leaders have largely welcomed a federal government package with seven key initiatives targeting aviation and tourism hubs including Cairns – but not everyone is convinced it’s enough. While the package is worth $1.2bn nationally, some believe it is spread too thin. Between April 1 and July 31, 800,000 half price flights will be available to 13 destinations nationally including Cairns.

High anxiety as Palm Cove works begin, The Cairns Post 12 Mar 2021

FOUNDATION works have started on a controversial development site that have left residents fearing it may lead to an eight-storey building in the heart of Palm Cove. MPDT Road Works had published a public notice on March 9 advising that works would start on the private land at 33-41 Cedar Road from Thursday.

Let the state in on deal, The Cairns Post 12 Mar 2021

QUEENSLANDERS’ appetite for intrastate travel should prompt the federal government to subsidise flights between Brisbane and Cairns, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said. The route became the country’s most popular in the midst of the pandemic last year when the state opened up internally.

‘Survival of the fittest’, The Cairns Post 12 Mar 2021

UP TO a quarter of Far North tourism businesses will be shut down within 12 months despite the federal government’s rescue package and hopeful looming return of international flights. That is the dire warning of Enterprise North executive manager Kevin Byrne, who said a spike in the region’s unemployment was inevitable even though he supported the $1.2bn plan and loans scheme.

Lift for aviation but subsidy grounded, The Cairns Post 12 Mar 2021

THE beleaguered travel and aviation industries received a vote of confidence on their prospects on Thursday morning. Although the broader market oscillated throughout the day, news that the federal government would subsidise half the ticket price of 800,000 domestic flights to 33 tourism dependent areas and make retention payments for stood down international airline staff boosted travel-exposed stocks.

Airline boss confident demand will take off, The Cairns Post 13 Mar 2021

QANTAS chief Alan Joyce has touched down in Cairns declaring it central to a looming domestic tourism boom. He announced Qantas would add 21 new services a week from Sydney and Melbourne to Cairns and a new Canberra route underscoring his confidence in the Far North.

Kuranda rail option gains momentum, The Cairns Post 13 Mar 2021

BARRON River Bridge safety concerns, traffic delays and the eye-watering cost to operate a near empty Kuranda Scenic Railway train has prompted renewed calls for a commuter train service between the rainforest village and Cairns. In new figures released by Queensland Rail it has been revealed the twice daily tourist train service through the Barron Gorge National Park cost $1.5m per month to operate.

FNQ-Japan joint venture route plan, The Cairns Post 13 Mar 2021

MOVES are afoot to bring back Qantas direct flights between Cairns and Japan, with the carrier seeking a joint venture with Japan Airlines (JAL) which would make the service viable. Qantas dropped its flights on the route from 2010, having installed Jetstar from 2008, but the Japan market had a distinct distaste for long haul flights on Jetstar and visitor numbers deteriorated.

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