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:
- Australia’s Environment Minister has declared the Great Barrier Reef is not dead or dying, and it is “not even on life support”, after viewing signs of coral recovery in the Far North;
- At least $3 million will be poured into the Far North’s economy during the three-day Targa Great Barrier Reef tarmac rally in just under two weeks; and
- The Reef Eye, a 35m-tall ferris wheel overlooking the Esplanade and CBD will start operating in Fogarty Park at the end of the month for a three month trail.
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Focus On Screen Hub, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 12 Aug 2019
Screen Queensland officials will scout locations in Cairns to kick start the Far North’s film industry, to take advantage of demand for Australia’s moviemaking studios and locations. The Palaszczuk Government has released a Far North Queensland Screen Production Strategic Plan, a three-year plan aimed at developing content from FNQ’s storytellers to deliver a range of unique, multimedia productions to gain a slice of worldwide screen sector, worth $US653 billion ($A962 billion).
‘City in Rainforest’ Plan, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 13 Aug 2019
Vertical gardens are set to bring a “city in a rainforest” vibe to a new Queenslander style cafe planned at the corner of Lake and Upward streets in the Cairns CBD. Attached to the existing Globetrotters International Backpackers, the cafe’s footprint will add 65sq m to the building and is expected to feature internal seating overlooking Upward St.
Chamber in Hunt for New CEO, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 13 Aug 2019
The hunt is on for one of the most coveted jobs in Far North Queensland as the Cairns Chamber of Commerce casts its net to snare a new chief executive officer. Transition manager Joe Mastrolembo has been appointed to oversee the selection of a new hired gun to lead the group into a new era of prosperity – and members want their money’s worth.
Time to Build Up FNQ Call, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 14 Aug 2019
The vast untapped potential of Northern Australia has been laid bare despite four years passing since the Federal Government promised to unleash a new era of economic prosperity. An audit of the nation’s independent infrastructure adviser Infrastructure Australia found huge opportunities for growth in Northern Australia while noting it faced challenges due to low populations, weather, changing markets and high building costs.
Reef ‘Teeming With Life’, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 14 Aug 2019
Australia’s Environment Minister has declared the Great Barrier Reef is not dead or dying, and it is “not even on life support”, after viewing signs of coral recovery in the Far North. Sussan Ley joined representatives from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch and indigenous rangers to go snorkelling at Moore and Flynn reefs, about 60km off Cairns.
Targa Lift Driven By Location, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 14 Aug 2019
At least $3 million will be poured into the Far North’s economy during the three-day Targa Great Barrier Reef tarmac rally in two weeks. The three-day Cairns-based rally will be held for the second time this year from August 30 to September 1 with entry numbers swelling by 40 per cent to about 270 competitors.
Pub With No Cheer, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 15 Aug 2019
The tap has run dry at the former Courthouse Hotel in Cairns with refurbishment costs blowing out by millions of dollars. Cairns Regional Council bought the heritage-listed building in 2016 with the dream of transforming it into part of a $40 million Cairns Gallery Precinct. The Abbott St property has been a dead space in the CBD ever since and funding for its artistic redevelopment is nowhere in sight.
CPAC Faces Red-Hot Bill, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 15 Aug 2019
Another expensive act in Cairns Performing Arts Centre’s fire compliance saga is unfolding with safety upgrades tipped to cost about $2 million. Cairns Regional Council is locked in a tribunal battle as Queensland Fire and Emergency Services pushes for the $70 million theatre to be shut down unless costly safety measures are put in place.
Dam Veto ‘Fell Short’, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 15 Aug 2019
Fatal flaws in the Nullinga Dam business case parameters have been laid bare as Cairns Regional Council claims the proposal was set up to fail. The State Government backed out of the water project on the Atherton Tablelands after finding it would cost up to $975 million and cost farmers an exorbitant $15,900 per megalitre. Council officers have dug through the methodology used to nix the plan and found a glaring list of issues.
New Lease of Life for Dunk, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 15 Aug 2019
One of north Queensland’s tourism jewels, which closed its doors after being smashed by Cyclone Yasi eight years ago, is set to have a new owner. Sources yesterday said a private offshore buyer had agreed to pay about $30 million for the island resort, off Mission Beach, which was owned by former Linc Energy boss Peter Bond and his family.
Moresby Same-Day Return in New Offer, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 15 Aug 2019
Business travellers and passengers headed to Fiji or the Solomon Islands are set to benefit from an extra flight on Air Niugini’s key route between Cairns and Port Moresby. The Papua New Guineanbased airline has announced an adjusted schedule that will give business travellers the opportunity to make a same-day return trip to Port Moresby from Cairns on Fridays.
Olsen to Take Over at TTNQ, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 15 Aug 2019
Brisbane marketing guru Mark Olsen is the new boss of Tourism Tropical North Queensland. Brisbane Marketing’s head of tourism and property investment has been driving the capital city’s 2031 vision as a destination. Mr Olsen will arrive in Cairns by the end of September for a two-week handover before current chief executive Pip Close leaves on October 16.
Wheel Big Deal for City Appeal, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 15 Aug 2019
A gigantic wheel of fortune will be towering over the Cairns Esplanade by the end of the month amid hopes it will unlock a burst of free social media marketing for the city. The 30m-tall Star of the Show ferris wheel – the largest continuously travelling ride of its type in Australia – will start operating at Fogarty Park for a three-month trial from August 30 to December 1.
Cape York Links Soar with New-Look Airline, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 16 Aug 2019
A far Northern airline has unveiled a fresh new look and new services to Cape York. Hinterland Aviation will still keep its blue and white colour scheme but a buff-breasted kingfisher image, designed by company staff, has been added to the company’s logo and will feature prominently on the tail of aircraft.
Beach Luxury Snapped Up, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 16 Aug 2019
THE first off-the-plan apartment sales at Palm Cove for more than a decade are under way with construction on a luxury penthouse development about to begin. Shara at 71 Williams Esp will be home to six high-quality, penthouse style apartments set within a contemporary complex. Belle Property Cairns principal Nicholas Slatyer said the 50 per cent pre-sale target had been achieved and developers could now get under way with demolition and construction later this year or early next year.
Reef Eye Presence Boost for Business, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 16 Aug 2019
Esplanade restaurant operators are keen for the influx of business they hope will come from a 35m-tall ferris wheel in Cairns’ Fogarty Park later this month. Cairns Regional Council announced the three-month trial of the ride on Wednesday. Overlooking the Esplanade and the CBD and named The Reef Eye during its spell in the Far North, it will provide 360degree views through fully enclosed plexiglas-wrapped gondolas.
Motels Struggle to Lure Tourists, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 16 Aug 2019
New research has revealed regional motel owners are struggling with the rising trend of privately rented accommodation. Tourism Research Australia revealed this week travellers spent 69.5 million more nights in regional Australia in 2018 compared with 2013. However, more than half of the visitor nights in regional areas were spent in privately rented accommodation, such as holiday homes booked through Airbnb.
Unit Prices Steady, Houses Dip Slightly, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 16 Aug 2019
Unit prices have remained steady while houses in Cairns gave the past year, but it is nothing to get too worried about. The latest Core Logic data showed the median sale price of houses in the city over the 12 months to may 2019 came in at $370000, $5000 less than 2018 figures. But, the market had lifted significantly since 2009 when the median sale price was $327750
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