Cairns news report – 14th August 2021

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Query On Links To Developer, The Cairns Post 2 August 2021

A COUNCILLOR has questioned Mayor Bob Manning and some Unity Team colleagues after learning a prominent Cairns developer helped collect donations for their campaign, querying why they did not declare conflicts of interest. Paradise Palms owner Darren Halpin is behind the controversial redevelopment of a golf course into a residential estate, tourist and water park, school and retirement village.

Famous Restaurant Back On The Table, The Cairns Post 2 August 2021

BOB KATTER’S favourite Cairns restaurant has sold for more than $2m to one of the city’s most prominent culinary couples. Brothers Arthur and Tony Basha closed Barnacle Bill’s on the Esplanade in 2019 after opting to trade four decades in the industry for hardearned retirement. The legendary operation was briefly leased to other operators – including Palm Cove Neptune restaurateur Martin Boylan and Jack and Shanan’s owner Paul Gilmartin – but failed to take off.

Life’s A Pitch For Mayor, Developer, The cairns Post 4 August 2021

MAYOR Bob Manning has been photographed in a oneon-one meeting with developer Darren Halpin on the very day revelations of their campaign links were made public.  The pair met at Noa Restaurant at Edge Hill in broad daylight on Monday afternoon for almost an hour. It was the day the contents of a 2016 email were printed stating Mr Halpin helped collect electoral donations for Cr Manning’s Unity Team.

Lawyer Quits Role, The Cairns Post 6 August 2021

CAIRNS property lawyer Ranjit Singh has resigned as branch president of a powerful development lobby group as the corruption watchdog probes a $150,000 loan made to Mayor Bob Manning when he was on the brink of bankruptcy.  The law firm partner (below) resigned as Cairns president of the Urban Development Institute of Australia. “Mr Singh’s offer to stand down, and the institute’s acceptance of it, should not be taken as an indication of any wrongdoing on his part,” the UDIA said in a statement.

Chance To Snap Up A Slice Of Paradise, The Cairns Post 6 August 2021

A SLICE of tropical paradise has just hit the market with the opportunity to pounce on major development potential – and it includes its own popular beachside bar. The iconic Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows Holiday Park and the accompanying Ellis Beach Bar and Grill have been listed for sale with expressions of interest invited until September 9.

Region’s Shot At 2032 Goals, The Cairns Post 07 August 2021

IF 2032 seems a long way off, that’s because it is. With the latest lockdowns hurting Far North businesses, the 11 years until Brisbane hosts the Olympics might appear too much to comprehend. But there’s a reason Olympics hosting rights are awarded so far out – it takes at least that much time to get the infrastructure in place. That’s not just the time to build, but the space to argue, debate and dither.

A Vision To Plant Food Hub For FNQ, The Cairns Post 7 August 2021

THE Far North could one day be home to a vast agricultural precinct stretching from the Tablelands out to Lakeland in the north and Georgetown in the south, creating thousands of jobs and generating millions for the region. That’s the vision of Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils and its chief executive Darlene Irvine – but there are some key ingredients required to make that dream a reality.

Works Drive Down Commuting Times, The Cairns Post 7 August 2021

IT’S official, after enduring three years of roadwork headaches, commuting time down Ray Jones Drive at Portsmith has been slashed by a completed multimillion-dollar Cairns Southern Access Corridor upgrade. Before the start of works in August 2018, travel time along the Bruce Highway, between Foster Rd and Draper St, averaged 16 minutes during the morning peak.

Call To Stand Down, The Cairns Post 7 August 2021

A POWERFUL union and an independent councillor have called for Cairns Mayor Bob Manning to stand down pending a corruption watchdog investigation into allegations of misconduct. The Crime and Corruption Commission has been investigating conduct within Cairns Regional Council for months with a focus on the mayor and his Unity Team.

Grand Plans For Roof Bar, The Cairns Post 7 August 2021

THE city’s newest hotel still has one big trick up its sleeve with major plans to build a new top floor with a multimillion-dollar rooftop bar. The Benson Hotel – formerly the dilapidated Rydges Plaza – has been operating for just over a month following a massive renovation spearheaded by new owner Adam Adams (above), who bought the property for $11m in November.

Servo Projects Faces Refusal, The Cairns Post 11 August 2021

IT was once the site of a planned heliport but now developers want to turn a picturesque tract of agricultural land at Yorkeys Knob into a service station. They may have run into trouble this time with Cairns Regional Council officers calling for the plan to be rejected. The planning and environment committee is due to decide on Wednesday whether to approve a service station and two fast food restaurants on current sugarcane land on the Captain Cook Highway.

Bridge A ‘Strangle Point’, The Cairns Post 12 August 2021

A FAR North advocacy chief has labelled the restricted Barron River bridge at Kuranda a “strangle point” stifling the region’s economic development. The latest restrictions on the beleaguered Kennedy Highway bridge were just another Band-Aid measure, FNQ Regional Organisation of Councils chief Darlene Irvine said. Transport and Main Roads has announced that for four weeks from August 16 there could be regular delays of up to 15 minutes at a time while welding under the ageing structure takes place.

Esplanade In Hot Demand, The Cairns Post 12 August 2021

NEW POLICY SETS ESPLANADE AGENDA A BOMBARDMENT of businesses and events hoping to use the city’s premier slice of real estate has forced a quick rethink about what residents want from the Cairns Esplanade. The glitter strip’s $28m dining precinct redevelopment has cemented its status as a prime location for event organisers with Cairns Regional Council fielding a recent influx of inquiries. Now it knows what direction it wants to take – and it looks like there could be a lot more “activations” coming.

Council Push To Link Up Suburbs, The Cairns Post 12 August 2021

AN intersuburban road war has another battle to play out with neither side refusing to admit defeat and bulldozers waiting at the ready. It has now been made clear more suburbs will be on the hit list in the years to come.  Neighbours have been pleading with Cairns Regional Council to abandon plans to demolish a house and build a new road linking Trinity Beach to Kewarra Beach.

Buyers Are Snapping Up Beach Homes, The Cairns Post 13 August 2021

A FAMILY-FRIENDLY suburb on the Cairns northern beaches has rocketed up the list of areas poised for major price growth and potential buyers should take note.  Trinity Beach has come in fifth out of the top 20 suburbs in Queensland to watch as prices are predicted to rise, according to the Well Home Loans Green Shoots quarterly report.

Urgent Call For New Road, The Cairns Post 13 August 2021

MAKESHIFT repairs to a bridge over the Barron River at Kuranda have sparked fresh calls for an urgent assessment of a new route to the Atherton Tablelands. From August 16 drivers face intermittent 15-minute delays as welders work to repair faults on the ageing bridge. In February 2020 the Department of Transport and Main Roads imposed a load limit of 50.5 tonnes and since November last year commuters have dealt with single-lanes controlled by temporary traffic lights.

Help Us Spring Back, The cairns Post 13 August 2021

Lockdowns cutting off FNQ from visitor markets have crippled our tourism sector and other businesses. Our economy is in a scary nosedive. ScoMo and Annastacia, please help with wage support and a roadmap to certainty.

The New Petrol Stations Planning To Hit The Road, The Cairns Post 13 August 2021

The Big one- a service station, three fast food restaurants, a gym, offices and multiple shops. The site of the old Cairns Tropical Zoo has been earmarked for a new service station. Unfortunately there are also plans to build another one right next door.

Locals Edged Out Of Market, The Cairns Post 14 August 2021

NEW homebuyers priced out of Sydney and Brisbane are driving a property surge by investing in the high-end Cairns market. Desperate to get a foothold, southern investors are snapping up million-dollar Far Northern properties to lease and then renting another property in major cities where homeownership is out of reach.

Package Of Help Locked In For FNQ, The Cairns Post 14 August 2021

NEW data has revealed Far North Queensland has been open to all Australian travellers for a paltry 53 days since the coronavirus pandemic began more than 500 days ago.  The figures, compiled by Tourism Tropical North Queensland, also revealed the longest period of uninterrupted travel into the region was just 26 days – from the end of April to late May this year, which coincided with the destination’s busiest time.

$44m FNQ Roads Boost, The Cairns Post 14 August 2021

THE ball is about to start rolling on one of Cairns’ most crucial road projects under more than $44m in “use-it-or-loseit” funding spread across the Far North. The federal government has announced its national Road Safety Program recipients, with the $5m first stage of the Captain Cook Highway widening project among the first cabs off the rank.


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