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FAR NORTH SEES RED, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 2 Nov 2020
Curtis Pitt maintained his stronghold of Mulgrave while Barron River MP Craig Crawford, Cook Cynthia Lui and Cairns MP Michael Healy held off challenges. Katter’s Australian Party MP Shane Knuth retained the seat of Hill.
LDI’S $2m debt revealed, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 3 Nov 2020
A CAIRNS civil construction company which entered voluntary liquidation last week owes creditors more than $2m. A notice posted on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) website announced LDI Constructions (Qld) Pty Ltd would be voluntarily wound up.
Drama offers $8m boost, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 4 Nov 2020
CAMERAS have started rolling for a new Netfllix drama being shot at Port Douglas and actors from Cooktown to Cairns are hoping for an opportunity to get involved. Kylie Pascoe the producer of 12-part teen mystery Drive Club, said a casting call was announced prematurely but indicated aspiring performers would have a chance to be part of the show as extras in due course.
High-end homes surge. The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 5 Nov 2020
THE lavish upper extremities of the market have not missed out as a sales surge takes over the Cairns property sector despite every early intuition. The sale of the 21 Knott court mansion in Whitfield to Hong Kong investor Benny Wu for $5m- plus us an anomaly but there is plenty of other action at the market’s top end.
WU DROPS $5M-PLUS FOR ICON, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 5 Nov 2020
HONG Kong businessman Benny Wu has added bling to his Cairns property portfolio by buying one of the city’s most prestigious homes for a $5 million plus price-tag. The Double Island Resort and Acacia Court Hotel owner has signed a contract to buy the palatial mansion at 21 Knott Ct in the foothills of the Whitfield range.
‘Museum of coral’ a $70m marvel, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 6 Nov 2020
A PLANNED $70M tourism development at Port Douglas would also become the most distinctive function centre on the planet, according to a key driver of the project. Great Barrier Reef Legacy co-founder Dean Miller said the Living Coral Biobank would create up to 55 permanent jobs and attract some of the best scientists in the world if enough funding could be raised to complete the cutting edge facility.
Paradise Palms to discover its fate, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 6 Nov 2020
A DECISION on the city’s most controversial development is finally coming despite Cairns Regional Council scrambling to come to grips with departmental turmoil and top-level resignations. Paradise Palm owner Darren Halpin is optimistic about getting a green light for the proposed $300 million redevelopment of the former golf course.
Airport CEO moves on, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 6 Nov 2020
Outgoing Cairns and Mackay airports boss Norris Carter will leave the Far North in strong position to rebound from a horror year in air travel, North Queensland Airports Chairman Ross Rolfe Says. Mr. Carter announced his resignation as NQA chief executive on Thursday.
Tourism set to soar The Cairns Post e-paper, The Weekend Post – 7 Nov 2020
DIRECT flights from the nation’s capital and Perth will come “just in time” for the year’s last holiday tourist rush. Qantas and Jetstar have announced the resumed flights to Canberra and Perth to begin on November 21 and 25 respectively.
Tourism portfolio push, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Weekend Post – 07 Nov 2020
THE Push for a tourism minister in the tropics is heating up with key industry figures pleading with the Premier to appoint a Far North MP to the job. Annastacia Palaszczuk is expected to name her cabinet early next week with Cameron Dick already confirmed for the key treasurer posting and Steven Miles remaining as deputy Premier.
Top gong for developer, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Weekend Post – 9 Nov 2020
A Cairns housing development has beaten the $300m North Queensland Stadium in Townsville to win one of the state’s most prestigious awards for urban design. The Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Queensland branch gathered the who’s who of the construction industry for its glitzy awards for excellence celebrations in Brisbane.
A SLICE OF PARADISE, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 9 Nov 2020
The Prettejohn family has decided to sell a 19ha property called Taylor Point which has approvals for an 18- lot subdivision. There is also potential for an eco-resort or for an upmarket home, A POSTCARD perfect outcrop overlooking the Coral Sea has hit the market after years of legal battles, protests and dreams about its transformation into a line of luxury lifestyle properties.
Driven to make shift to Cairns. Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post –10 Nov 2020
A MAJOR new developer is shifting his family to Cairns with plans to call for construction tenders on a potential 1500-lot new neighbourhood before the end of the year. Frederik Kroymans now has approvals in place for the first 46 lots of the Pinecrest subdivision at Mount Peter, with 826-lot overall masterplan in place and significant further expansion on the cards,
FINALLY, IN LIKE FLYNN, The Cairns Post, JACK LAWRIE–10 Nov 2020
Crystalbrook Collection’s third Cairns hotel throws open its doors on Tuesday with a handful of initial guests expected to build up in December as stable borders move to fully reopen, and there are incentives to entice locals.
Extra lanes to help with flow into city, The Cairns Post, The Cairns Post –11 Nov 2020
New temporary lanes are set to open for Cairns motorists travelling into the city from Smithfield this week as the $164m road project gets into its next stage of construction. A Development of transport and main roads spokeswoman said work would begin on installing decking units this week.
D-DAY IN FIGHT FOR PARADISE, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post –11 Nov 2020
OBJECTORS to the $300 million redevelopment of the Paradise Palms golf course are vowing to fight on despite a report recommending it be given the green light. Cairns regional council officers recommended preliminary approval for the Kewarra beach residential and tourism precinct which goes to councilors for a decision on Wednesday.
Fast food giants may be on way, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post –12 Nov 2020
AMERICAN fast food giants Taco Bell and Carl’s Jr. could soon set up in a new Smithfield food and health hub development just given the green light by Cairns Regional Council. A property near the Smithfield campus shopping village once used for the cultivation of palm trees will be transformed into a food, shopping and health hub after councilors unanimously voted in favour of a rezoning application on Wednesday.
Price up in hot market, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post –12 Nov 2020
FIRST- home buyers and real estate investors hoping to snap up a bargain from COVID-19 house price falls are set to be disappointed. Home values in all states have been resilient this year, and economist and real estate specialists say not even the looming end of JobKeeper and Australia’s immigration slump will shatter this strength.
SCARY VOTE FOR PALMS, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 12 Nov 2020
Mayor Bob Manning said the emotive decision, 13 months in the making, had been a scary one. A LANDMARK decision to rezone a championship golf course at Kewarra beach has opened the door to a game changing $300m residential and tourism precinct.
Dunk is back on market, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 13 Nov 2020
THE relisting for sale of beleaguered Dunk Island has the Mission Beach community hoping for a fresh future as tourism struggles. Investment fund Mayfair 101 bought the 135-hectare. Dunk Island lease late last year from the Bond family with an ambitious plan to transform the island and Mission Beach area into an international tourism mecca.
MEETING with the Far North’s peak tourism body and operators will be among the top priorities for Cairns MP Michael Healy after he was named assistant tourism minister. Mr. Healy said he would work alongside incoming Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe to advocate for the struggling sector.
FAR North tourism and business leaders are still hoping for a low-season festive visitor boost, but fear the “horse may have bolted” by the time a border decision is made. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk held firm on her plan to make a decision about greater Sydney and Victoria at the end of the month, despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirming after the National Cabinet meeting on Friday the country, aside from Western Australia, would be open by Christmas.
LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has challenged the state government to make good on its pre-election commitment to the Cairns University Hospital in a speech to federal parliament. Entsch, in a cynical jab at the Palaszczuk government’s attention to the project, described the proposed university hospital as a critical piece of civic infrastructure.
Hotel firm on top of world, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Weekend Post – 14 Nov 2020
THE Crystalbrook Collection has been judged the best luxury hotel group in the world at the prestigious 2020 World Luxury Hotel Awards. The hotel corporation, which has three properties in Cairns, also received three other accolades at the awards.
Developer presses on, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Weekend Post – 14 Nov 2020
A MELBOURNE – BASED developer has vowed to finish a controversial residential development at Port Douglas by March. Chiodo Corporation principal Paul Chiodo defended his high-end apartment project at 33 Davidson Street which has been marred by accusations of unpaid work through the involvement of controversial builder Frank Nadinic.
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