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 over the last week included:
- A heaving-hitting delegation of 51 business and community leaders is armed with a $1.5 billion-plus hit list aimed at Canberra when the convey descends on the nation’s capital this week;
- Australia’s former top ranking military officer, retired Lieutenant General John Grey, says the Federal Govt must designate Cairns as a strategic port or defence operations will suffer the consequences; and
- The Mandingalbay Yidinji Corporation’s $39 million Eco Structure development at East Trinity has gained Cairns Regional Council approval. The project consists of three 33m-tall towers along a 1.1km boardwalk, all connected with flying fox cables, and is expected to create 360 jobs during construction and more than 150 ongoing when operational.
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Entsch’s dinner with the deputy, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 08 Oct 2018
A COUPLE of women from Doomadgee had a surprise dinner with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack at Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch’s house last night. The duo had just returned from a trip to Papua New Guinea with Mr Entsch’s wife, Yolonde, where they distributed “moon sick” care bags to local women and taught them to make reusable and washable sanitary pads.
Rival site in race for food export hub, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 08 Oct 2018
TOWNSVILLE is trying to muscle in on the Cairns bid to host a $10 million export centre in a submission to the State Government. If successful, it would see the introduction of international flights to centres such as Singapore, and the consolidation of sea freight, currently diverted to Brisbane, at Townsville.
Blueprint to create NQ state, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 08 Oct 2018
PROPONENTS of a separate North Queensland state have secured one of Australia’s most noted legal academics to speak at a forum in Cairns this week. Professor David Flint, leader of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy and former head of the Australian Broadcasting Authority, said the current political system was broken and only a national convention could fix it.
Range fix review, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 09 Oct 2018
AUSTRALIA’S Deputy Prime Minister says any construction to extend the National Highway in Cairns is “probably too far off” as a business case was needed first. Michael McCormack, who is also Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, was taken on a drive through Cairns and up to Kuranda on Sunday by Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch.
Bus boss urges road fix, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 10 Oct 2018
THE chief operator of the Sunbus public bus service in Cairns is aware of reliability problems with the service, but says better road infrastructure is needed for a permanent fix. Transit Australia Group chief operations officer John Calabro, who spoke at the Australasian Bus Conference in Cairns yesterday, has shared his vision for improved public transport in the city.
Hopes fade for new Woolworths centre, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 10 Oct 2018
Woolworths appears to be losing the race to build a new shopping centre on the northern beaches of Cairns. Cairns Regional Council will today decide on the grocery giant’s bid to build a 4350sq m retail centre on the corner of Trinity Beach Rd and the Captain Cook Highway.
FNQ championed at Monaco Yatch Show, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 10 Oct 2018
The Monaco Yatch Show has proved to be the perfect vehicle to showcase the wonders of the great barriers reef and entice big spenders to far noeth queensland.
Park decision in sight, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 10 Oct 2018
AN INDIGENOUS tourism park that would send visitors hurtling along zip lines between towers in the East Trinity wilderness could get the green light today. A development application for the Mandingalbay Yidinji Corporation’s $39 million Eco Structure development will come before Cairns Regional Council’s ordinary meeting this morning.
Revamp plans on hold, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 11 Oct 2018
CONSTRUCTION of the $176 million Cairns Convention Centre upgrade and extension is not expected to start for another year and a half. Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni will hold a media conference outside the building this morning to explain the State Government’s logic behind the long wait.
Stage is set for theatre, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 11 Oct 2018
DOUBT has been cast over a fire safety report clearing the Cairns Performing Arts Centre to open as scheduled in two months on Saturday, December 15. Cairns Regional Council has declared the $71.1 million project on track after commissioning a laboratory near Canberra to carry out tests on questionable cladding and insulation.
Migrant policy a ‘thought bubble’, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 11 Oct 2018
INDUSTRY leaders say the Far North could benefit from a policy that would send more migrants to regional areas. Enterprise North executive manager and former Cairns mayor Kevin Byrne said they supported the initiative to incentivise migrant population growth in the region, but needed more detail from Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Tourism plan given clearance, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 11 Oct 2018
VISIONARY plan to forge an indigenous tourism venture at East Trinity with towers, zip lines and overnight accommodation has gained Cairns Regional Council approval. The Mandingalbay Yidinji Corporation’s $39 million Eco Structure development received the go-ahead yesterday despite the council’s long-held desire for residential expansion into East Trinity.
Limit to flexible week, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 11 Oct 2018
A FOUR-day work week is unlikely to set Cairns ablaze unless it is driven from the top, research says. The concept has had recent success in New Zealand when trialled by white-collar company Perpetual Guardian, which found productivity and motivation rose.
Call for our port status to be lifted, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 12 Oct 2018
AUSTRALIA’S former topranking military officer says the Federal Government must designate Cairns as a strategic port or defence operations will suffer the consequences.
Visa red tape a pricey hospitality headache, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 12 Oct 2018
TWO years managerial experience and qualifications from Australia and her home country may not save Wiktoria Poplewska from being forced to return to Poland.
Tourism’s funding focus, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 13 Oct 2018
THE Far North’s tourism marketing body is warning that ongoing funding remains a critical concern for the organisation. “Sustainable funding remains an issue for our organisation,” tourism Tropical North Queensland chairwoman Wendy Morris and chief executive Pip Close told members at the annual meeting last night.
Buyers build a bright future for Far North, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 13 Oct 2018
FAR Northern buyers are snapping up their own slices of paradise as the region’s housing approvals build on healthy growth. A housing community at Bentley Park is ramping up construction due to an enthusiastic response.
Software bugbear, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 13 Oct 2018
cairns regional council has defended signing a 10-year deal to install a new software package. Technology one has done similar programs for other councils but two councils have complained of issues.
Convoy in $1.5B raid on capital, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 13 Oct 2018
A HEAVY-hitting delegation of 51 business and community leaders is armed with a $1.5 billion-plus hit list aimed at Canberra. The Cairns TNQ Convoy to Canberra descends on the nation’s capital next week to discuss funding and policy requests for the region with politicians, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
Builders lament finance squeeze, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 13 Oct 2018
CONSTRUCTION industry representatives say growing the local economy is the first step to getting more buildings in Cairns. Urban Development Institute of Australia Cairns branch president Adam Gowlett said the building and construction industry was the sixth-largest employer in Cairns.
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