Cairns News Report – 16th March 2019

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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:

  • State Tourism Minister Kate Jones will fly to Cairns this week to host a special meeting to address key issues facing the Far North Industry;
  • China Southern airline to suspend direct flights to Cairns from late April to October; and
  • a new survey has revealed nearly half of Cairns CBD businesses would like to see the Esplanade closed to traffic in the afternoon.

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Aboud and Minister Talk Tourism, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 11 Mar 2019

SYRIAN developer Ghassan Aboud has held talks with Tourism Minister Kate Jones on the future growth of the Far North’s tourism industry. The pair, along with Crystalbrook Collection chief executive Mark Davie, met in Brisbane last week and agreed a joint effort between the industry and government was needed.

My Seeds of Hope, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 11 Mar 2019

A BILLION-DOLLAR hemp industry in Far North Queensland is just waiting for governments and growers to get on board. That is what Mark Green (left) believes anyway, and he wants those men and women in the corridors of power to stop and listen.

Trade Service Jobs Up, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 11 Mar 2019

NEW data shows which industries are hiring in the Far North, with total job ad growth going up by 10.7 per cent in the past 12 months to January 31, 2019. Trade and service positions are the biggest contributor to job ad growth in the Far North, according to figures released by Seek, contributing to 2.8 per cent of the overall growth.

Farmers Given Visa Boost, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 11 Mar 2019

FAR Northern farmers will gain easier access to skilled foreign workers to fill critical job shortages under a relaxing of visas rules by the Morrison Government. Regional communities across the state have faced major labour shortages in agriculture and have sharpened their campaign to make it easier for farmers to attract migrant workers.

ALP Fuels UNI Pilot Dream, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 12 Mar 2019

A TOTAL of 150 aviation students a year would be the benficiaries of a $10 million ALP funding pledge towards the final stage of CQ-University’s aviation hub. Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek (right) is expected to reveal the commitment in Cairns today.

ALP’S Aviation Pledge, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 13 Mar 2019

LABOR’S Deputy Leader has reconfirmed the party’s commitment to loosening the purse strings of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility for expenditure in the Far North. Tanya Plibersek was in Cairns yesterday to pledge $10 million towards the final stage of CQUniversity’s Asia-Pacific Aviation Hub.

Focus on China after Southern Discomfort, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 13 Mar 2019

CHINA Southern’s decision to suspend direct flights to Cairns has prompted a call to arms from Cairns mayor Bob Manning. Tourism industry leaders confirmed yesterday the airline would pause flights between Guangzhou and Cairns from late April to October as part of a “review of their international routes”.

Business Push Grows to Close Esplanade, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 13 Mar 2019

A New survey has revealed nearly half of cairns CBD business would like to see the esplanade closed to fraffic in the afternoon. The survey, by the cairns chamber of commerce, had more than 200 responses, with the focus bieng on the 46 business that responded from directly in the CBD.

Growth Mindset Gives Flying Start, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 13 Mar 2019

Yesterday’s pre-election announcement that a Shorten Labor Government will invest $9.9 million in the CQUniversity Asia Pacific Aviation Hub is another example of how the region can leverage its location and unlock the growth opportunities on our doorstep.

Cairns-Philippines Direct Flights on Radar, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 13 Mar 2019

DIRECT flights between Cairns and the Philippines could be on the horizon, with a major airline looking to relaunch the once-popular international route. Cebu Pacific, the largest carrier in the Philippines, has confirmed that Cairns is on its radaras a destination as it expands its Airbus A321neo fleet.

Push to Energise CBD, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 14 Mar 2019

CAIRNS Chamber of Commerce has put the ball in coucil’s court over how to make the Esplanade more attractive to locals and visitors. A recent survey of chamber members and local business owners revealed most were in favour of beautifying the Esplanade and closing it off in some form to vehicle traffic.

Travel Jewel is on Track, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 14 Mar 2019

THE first section of a new mountain bike and walking trail linking Port Douglas and Palm Cove touted as a potential “national icon” for the region is expected to begin in September. The Cairns Post can exclusively reveal the State Government has announced $5.7 million for a 7km section of the Wangetti Trail, running between Port Douglas and Mowbray River.

Our Small Wonders, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 15 Mar 2019

TWO leading business gurus say that Cairns’ entrepreneurs can survive and thrive through tough economic conditions – if they follow a simple plan. Shark Tank star Naomi Simson (below) and Council of Small Business Organisations Australia CEO Peter Strong offer their advice as statistics reveal the extent of business closures over the past four years.

Earlville Estate Drawing Interest from Afar, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 15 Mar 2019

DEVELOPERS of a new residential estate are confident they can help boost the Cairns real estate market, with strong interest coming in from international investors. Boasting the feature of being the “last available parcel of land” close to the Cairns CBD, Enclave has 58 lots available at Jacamunda Circuit, Earlville.

Rare Unit Release in Palm Cove, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 15 Mar 2019

A MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR residential property is about to break ground on Palm Cove’s Williams Esplanade. Shara, a six-apartment building, will fill one of the last available oceanfront sites at the seaside suburb. The threebedroom apartments will start at $1.3 million each.

Projects Need Support, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 15 Mar 2019

BIG projects such as the Global Tourism Hub and revamping of the Cairns Convention Centre are key to reinvigorating the Far North’s struggling tourism industry according to Shadow Tourism Minister David Crisafulli.

Canal Homes Offer Value, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 16 Mar 2019

A real estate agent working in trinity park has more than half a dozen million-dollor properties on the market. FNQ hot property principle nathan shingles said the waterfront properties in the suburb had asking prices ranging from $1 million to $3.2 million.

Degree Program Aims High After Labor’s $10m Pledge, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 16 Mar 2019

The vision for cairns aviation students is that they will be able to start not only their degrees in cairns, but also their commercial careers. The fairly new aviation degree offered by cq university is set to expand and welcomed this week’s labour announcement of a $10 million commitment to help cairns take off as a world – renowned destination for training pilots.

Cairns MP Spells Out Complaints to Qantas Chief, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 16 Mar 2019

CAIRNS MP Michael Healy said he had personally penned a letter to Qantas boss Alan Joyce after his office was bombarded by public complaints about the airline. Tourism and civic leaders last week raised concerns about the actions of the airline in reducing domestic capacity for Cairns flights, saying it was impacting tourism as 75 per cent of international visitors arrived on domestic flights.

Fight for Our Place, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 16 Mar 2019

LEADERS of three of the most iconic brands ands in the Far North have come e out swinging at state and national tourism bodies with one labelling their strategy for promoting the region as “dumb”. Skyrail managing director Ken Chapman, CaPTA Group director Pip Woodward (both right).


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