Cairns news report – 16th January 2021

 

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Work to get bypass project over the line, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 11 Jan 2021

A long-awaited overpass is almost complete as construction crews work through rain and heat to finish one of the city’s most important road projects on time. The $164m Smithfield bypass project was put on hold over the Christmas break but is back in full swing, with contractors out in force across the 3.8km building site.

Hunt on for three CEOs, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 11 Jan 2021

Cairns has become CEO city with three of the region’s highest flying positions hitting the job market and drawing interest from across the country.  Top level executive jobs are rare commodities outside capital cities and having three Cairns-based chief executive officer jobs online concurrently is extraordinary indeed.

Keep the faith in FNQ, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 11 Jan 2021

Far Northern businesses are waiting nervously on a possible extension to Brisbane’s tough lockdown today, pleading with visitors to hold on to their bookings.  Operators are worried about another dent to confidence with families unsure about committing to a break.

Digging into Tjapukai, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 11 Jan 2021

Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has vowed to dig into the death of Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre to find out whether it can ever be resurrected.  Staff of the iconic tourism operation were told of its permanent closure last week, 10 months after it “temporarily” shut down during the COVID-19 lockdown in March.

Vale city’s no.1ticket holder, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 12 Jan 2021

The city’s biggest fan Ross Moller has died suddenly aged 66 sparking a torrent of tributes for the community stalwart and real estate industry leader. His service included Cairns Taipans board member and Cairns Amateurs president.

Fights taken to streets, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 12 Jan 2021

The fight to overturn approvals for the Paradise Palms redevelopment application is $40,000 stronger as fundraising efforts ramp up ahead of a January 27 deadline.  Save Paradise Palms has begun letter dropping in a grassroots offensive to fund its legal appeals. To date $40,000 has been raised.

Hopes for NZ flights soon, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 13 Jan 2021

Cairns Airport boss Richard Barker is cautiously planning for the return of international flights by the end of March, with New Zealand a priority.  He believes flights from Japan and Singapore could follow mid-year but the highly infectious UK COVID strain and resulting lockdowns are creating uncertainty.

Funds for new school, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 13 Jan 2021

Construction of Newman Catholic College, set to open on the grounds of James Cook University at Smithfield in 2022, will start next week with the secondary school receiving a state government funding injection of $14.9m.

The Esplanade of dazzling dreams, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 14 Jan 2021

Luxurious glitter strip development proposals are popping up all along the Cairns Esplanade as investors look to transform the city’s most desirable address.  From mansions to apartment towers and everything in between, here are 10 of the most exciting developments currently on the cards.

Nothing to see here as CBD slowly dies, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 15 Jan 2021

The CBD’s descent into tumbleweed town status has been documented by a business leader pleading to the state government to acknowledge the heavy impact of COVID-19 on Cairns.  The commercial property vacancy rate in the CBD was already high before COVID-19 but certain pockets are now a ghost town.

Job surge opportunity,
The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 15 Jan 2021

Rise in job vacancies across the state has prompted Cairns employment experts to urge jobseekers to maximise the surge, despite anecdotal observations concluding that openings in Cairns remain relatively idle.

Road block on the Bruce, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 15 Jan 2021

IT’S as regular as clockwork- come the wet season and the Bruce Highway will cut between Cairns and Townsville.  Business is booming in Cardwell but not for the reasons locals would like.  Cardwell Beachfront Motel owners Janet and Steve Arnold have been booked out all week with the highway closed due to the irrepressible Herbert River (below) flooding.

Exotic tastes spicing up FNQ, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 16 Jan 2021
The Cairns dining scene is enjoying a revival, led by some of the city’s favourite haunts.  The crew at Edge Hill’s Noa will be branching out into Mexican flavours with the anticipated opening of Guerrilla in March.

Skilled mining jobs up for grabs, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 16 Jan 2021

A NEW mining operation getting underway in northern Queensland has opened the door to Cairns jobseekers looking for specialized full-time work.  New South Wales-based mining company PYBAR Mining Services has been awarded a development contract at the Eloise Copper Mine in northwest Queensland.

Target for departure, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 16 Jan 2021

The majority of target stores across the Far North are to shut down or be revamped by mid-year as parent company Wesfarmers tries to stem its losses and focus on the growing Kmart chain.  The Atherton store will close on January 23 while the Clifton Beach and Cairns Central sites are listed for some time in April and May.

Tjapukai now tells a compelling story, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 16 Jan 2021

Tjapukai relaunch plans have been revealed a week after the cultural tourism icon was shut down and big changes are on the cards.  Indigenous Business Australia wants to wash its hands of the park and hand ownership to the Djabugay and Yirrganydji people.

 

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