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 stories included:
- a big line up of new food and beverage outlets have been revealed for the new $55 million refurbishment and expansion of Cairns Airport’s domestic terminal which is expect to be complete in late 2020;
- nine exciting developments that you have probably never heard of have popped up before Cairns Regional Council in the past six months; and
- monsoonal rain and the flood disaster in Townsville have converged to create one of the toughest new year periods for tourism operators in years.
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Time to Give a Dam, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 11 Feb 2019
DESPITE a record-breaking wet season, Cairns Regional Council has put long-term water security at the top of its federal election wishlist. Cairns Mayor Bob Manning will call upon both sides of politics in Canberra this week to fund the Nullinga Dam on the Tablelands. The mayor says the dam will not only provide long-term water security for the region, but also help grow our agricultural industry and local economy.
Tender let for Dredge Work, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 11 Feb 2019
THE $127 million Cairns port upgrade is a step closer after the tender was awarded for major dredging and construction. RN Dredging Pty Ltd, the Australian subsidiary of Rohde Nielsen A/S, has won the contract and will work alongside Queensland’s largest dredging firm Hall Contracting.
Shops Fold in Cairns Centre, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 11 Feb 2019
CAIRNS Central will say goodbye to two longstanding retailers in the coming weeks after they both went into administration. Make-up giant Napoleon Perdis appointed Worrells Solvency Accountants as administrators last Thursday and has closed almost half of its Australian stores since, including its Cairns Central business.
Record $2m for Block at Yorkeys, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 12 Feb 2019
THE owners of a hillside block of land, which has been in the same family for nearly 70 years, have had a $2 million-plus pay day. High on Yorkeys Knob and with views north to Port Douglas, 46-50 Buckley St settled last month for $2.1 million with buyers from New South Wales.
Infection Halts Building, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 12 Feb 2019
A MANAGEMENT-ordered shutdown at a Crystalbrook Collection construction site will not delay the opening of the company’s Esplanade hotel. Work was stopped on the site of the Flynn hotel at 85 The Esplanade after staph infections were confirmed over the weekend affecting two contractors.
Golf War Looms, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 12 Feb 2019
OPPONENTS of the proposed redevelopment of Paradise Palms want Cairns Regional Council to buy the Kewarra Beach golf course. The 18-hole premier golf course is due to close in midJune as owner PPNQ Developments prepares to transform the 113ha property into a residential estate, possibly including a new school, retirement village and tourist park.
Tourism Giants Next Big Move in FNQ, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 12 Feb 2019
TOURISM giant Experience Co’s growing empire is expected to expand its reach even further into Far North Queensland with another major takeover looking likely. Trading of the New Zealand-based adventure tourism giant’s shares was halted yesterday in the lead-up to the mystery revelation.
Ruling on Luxury Units, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 13 Feb 2019
A GLORIOUS outcrop with unhindered views to paradise is about to lose another slice to development. Taylors Point — a picturesque elbow of bushland that thrusts out to the Coral Sea at Trinity Beach — has been the site of plenty of battles over the past few decades.
Conflicted Councillors Rely on CEO, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 14 Feb 2019
DEMOCRACY has been dealt a blow for the sake of expediency in the Cairns Regional Council chambers. Impassioned debate came to nought yesterday when members of the Unity Team formed a rampart to block independent councillors from voting on any item marked by a donation made to the electoral clique.
Game Over at Golf Club, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 14 Feb 2019
THE beleaguered Paradise Palms golf club will close permanently next month, three months earlier than expected. Owner Darren Halpin spoke to staff in a special meeting yesterday afternoon to break the news and met club members last night.
Kuranda Push for Own Rep, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 14 Feb 2019
KURANDA residents wanting “fair representation” for their community have launched a petition to become a separate division of Mareeba Shire. Launching late last month, almost 1000 signatures of support have been added to the petition.
Mining Input Hits $424m, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 14 Feb 2019
A HIGH rollout of big mining projects has translated to a direct investment of $424 million into the economy of Cairns. However, the industry still has a long way to go if it wants to compete with the top-tier industries in the city.
Perfect Storm Hits FNQ, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 14 Feb 2019
MONSOONAL rain and the flood disaster in Townsville have converged to create one of the toughest new year periods for tourism operators in years. Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief executive Pip Close said forward bookings to Tropical North Queensland had fallen following the extensive media coverage of the floods to the south of the region.
Marine Precinct Priority For City, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 15 Feb 2019
THE Cairns marine precinct’s untapped potential to become a global industry powerhouse is getting special attention as Advance Cairns steadies its knuckles for some serious door-banging in Canberra. Advance Cairns chairman Trent Twomey and CEO Nick Trompf will take the organisation’s billion-dollar Federal Budget submission to the capital next week, targeting key government decision-makers in the lead-up to April 2.
Club Set for Grand Send-Off, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 15 Feb 2019
THE early closure of Kewarra Beach golf course Paradise Palms has been met with dismay. But the club may have a bumper final month with many fans vowing to have a final round of golf or meal at the financially stricken organisation before its March 31 closure.
Myer Spreads Out, Woolies in the Mix, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 15 Feb 2019
SHOPPING is getting a shake-up at the city’s biggest retail complex with new blueprints revealing the extent of plans to transform Myer and bring in a new supermarket competitor. A development application to Cairns Regional Council shows owner Lendlease’s intention to extend Cairns Central Shopping Centre’s current Myer tenancy with an extra 945 sqm of floorspace over two levels on McLeod St.
Airport Menu Boom, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 16 Feb 2019
TRAVELLERS will be able to tuck into kangaroo meat before they hop on a plane at Cairns Airport’s redeveloped domestic terminal. The airport has revealed the list of new food and beverage outlets that will call T2 home, once the $55 million refurbishment and expansion of the terminal is complete in late 2020.
Warning on Dole Figures, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 16 Feb 2019
CAIRNS’ improving employment landscape is behind a steadily declining number of jobseekers receiving Centrelink payments, but the region is not out of the woods yet. The number of people receiving the Newstart allowance was 11,844 in December 2018, down about 2000 from 13,201 in June 2017.
Cairns Sales Hit New Highs, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 16 Feb 2019
BEACHSIDE, canal-side or up among the hills overlooking the city, there are a plethora of locations home to Cairns’ 2018 top price-getters. Trinity Park’s 22 and 26 Brindabella Quay, 11 Marina Quay and 81 Harbour Dr took up almost half of the top 10 properties sold in the Far North last year.
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