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:
- The State Goverment is very close to announcing their decision on an export hub worth $10 million at Cairns airport, and the only other contender is Toowoomba;
- The company behind a proposed $650 million eco-resort at Kuranda has come up with a plan B if the project is knocked back by the State Government; and
- Cairns has been ranked among the top 100 affordable property hot spots in Australia.
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Plan B for Ecoresort: 46 Lots, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 09 Sep 2019
The company behind a proposed $650 million eco-resort at Kuranda has come up with plan B if the project is knocked back by the State Government. Reever and Ocean Ltd has applied to the Mareeba Shire Council to divide 66ha of the northern part of its 626ha site into 46 rural-residential lots.
Cairns on Top 100 Value for Money Index, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 09 Sep 2019
Cairns has been ranked among the top 100 affordable property hot spots in Australia. The recent Core Logic Top Affordable Suburbs Report includes suburbs and towns where the median value was less than $500,000 and had grown in median value over the past 12 months. Cairns comes in at number 72 and is one of just 11 Queensland areas on the list.
This Hub Belongs Up Here, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 10 Sep 2019
Civic leaders will make a last-minute pitch today for a $10 million agricultural export centre to be based at Cairns Airport, with a decision on the facility to be made within weeks. Cairns is facing off against Toowoomba to secure funding from the State Government to build the refrigerated export hub. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has already hinted that the export hub could be split between the two regional centres.
Revamp for Raintrees, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 10 Sep 2019
Plans to breathe new life into the ageing Raintrees Shopping Centre at Manunda are on the drawing board. The centre has submitted plans to Cairns Regional Council to relocate the existing Woolworths tenancy, construct new first-floor offices and add a new BWS outlet to trade from floor space currently occupied by Buns on the Run and Fruit Buzz.
Airlie Beach Closes the Gap on Cairns, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 10 Sep 2019
It’s a graph that could send shivers down the spine of the Far North’s tourism industry, suggesting that Cairns could lose its mantle as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef to Airlie Beach. But at a second glance, tourism leaders aren’t breaking a sweat: rather, they say a clear picture has emerged that of Reef use being muddied by cruise ship visitation carrying passengers who may or may not participate in specific reef activities.
Catholic College over ‘First Hurdle’, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 11 Sep 2019
A proposed new Catholic college for Cairns’ northern beaches has received accreditation to open its doors in 2022. The approval from the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board is an important milestone for the secondary college, which will be housed on James Cook University’s campus in Smithfield. Catholic Education’s school effectiveness (secondary) director Dora Luxton said it meant the school had passed its “first regulatory hurdle.”
Hope for New Export Era, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 11 Sep 2019
A decision on an export hub worth $10 million at Cairns Airport could coincide with the last of Cathay Pacific’s flights out of the Far North next month. State Development Minister Cameron Dick, in Cairns yesterday for the South Pacific Defence and Industry Forum, would not be drawn on the chance of Cairns winning the aviation export hub from Toowoomba but said the government was “very close” to making a decision on the facility.
Tourism Trio Keen to Stay, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 11 Sep 2019
Three tourism heavyweights are seeking a further term on the Tourism Tropical North Queensland board. Cairns Airport chief executive Norris Carter, who also is deputy chairman, will accept a reappointment, Skyrail managing director Craig Pocock will seek re-election as a general director and Paronella Park owner Mark Evans will vie to represent the southern sector again.
Muscle Up for Work, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 11 Sep 2019
A tradie army is being called into action with a list of major projects driving a Far Northern civil construction uplift. Construction Skills Queensland says it’s time to skill up as big-ticket projects worth $3.7 billion over the next 12 months get under way or ramp up. Developments such as the Kidston Solar Project and Cairns Southern Access Corridor will move into new stages of work while the Aurukun Bauxite Project and the Kaban Green Power Hub are planned and the Smithfield Bypass revs up.
Bailey’s Rise and Shine, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 12 Sep 2019
An emphasis on art and tropical luxury has been revealed in the latest Crystalbrook Collection CBD high-rise hotel which opens in November. The Cairns Post has been given an exclusive walk-through of the striking green tower and what it will offer. But it’s not just about the guests, there’s much for the locals to enjoy too. FROM the lavish lobby tiled with gold leaf to the guest-only plunge pool and vistas across Cairns, guests at Crystalbrook Collection’s Bailey hotel will experience tropical luxury unlike any other city accommodation offering.
Morning Flight for Bali Trippers, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 12 Sep 2019
Travellers flying from Cairns to Bali will be able to arrive mid-morning in a welcome change of schedule during the peak season. Jetstar has changed the non-stop flight times and passengers will be arriving at Denpasar’s international airport at 10.20am after leaving Cairns at 7.45am, instead of departing at 9.45pm and landing at 12.20am. A Jetstar spokesman said the flights would operate in the peak season from October 29 to December 12 and from January 30 until March 27.
Lagoon Tourist Draw, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 12 Sep 2019
A luxurious freshwater lagoon on Port Douglas’ foreshore will rejuvenate the region’s off-season. The Australian-first design will feature chemical free water with safe swimming areas year round. The proposal has the potential to attract visitors during the off-season. Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree executive officer Tara Bennett said the lagoon could be the region’s answer to the summer lull.
Pool Bar Make a Big Splash, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 12 Sep 2019
A cairns swimming pool factory is one step closer to turning their luxury showroom area into a licensed pool bar. A development application by Placid Pools to transform its Smithfield showroom into a bar, named The Watering Hole, was given conditional approval by Cairns Regional Council yesterday Councillors delegated the decision to acting chief executive Christine Posgate due to conflicts of interest.
Chamber Picks Chief, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 13 Sep 2019
THE Cairns Chamber of Commerce has chosen a new chief executive because of her impressive engagement skills. Patricia O’Neill, who was the head of sales at the Cairns Post, replaces Debbie AnneBender. Chamber president Nick Loukas said the standard of applicants, which numbered more than 30, was “amazing”, but Mrs O’Neill was the standout.
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