Cairns News Report – 17th November 2018

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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 over the last week included:

  • APEC dominated the news with Cairns acting as de facto host for the PNG summit;
  • Proposed new direct Air New Zealand flights from Auckland to Cairns aims to increase seats by more than 10,000 per year, whilst Qantas pulls the plug on direct flights to both Darwin and Alice Springs; and
  • The Smithfield Bypass has had a last minute design plan change, which will now connect it to the Caravonica round-about, rather than the one at Yorkeys Knob. It will also now include a set of traffic lights.

If you missed any of the top Cairns news stories from last week – here they all are in full below. Just click the title to read the full story.

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Diners in for real blast, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 13 Nov 2018

THOUSANDS of Chinese delegates will be saying “tanks” for the memories as they dine at a newly completed section of the Australian Armour and Artillery Museum next year. The Cairns tourist attraction is adding 3200sq m of floor space to house 37 new tanks, armoured cars and artillery guns during the next 18 months.

Latest hotel-rooftop bar plans turn corner, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 13 Nov 2018

THE newest luxury hotel in Cairns will rise five storeys above the iconic McDonald’s outlet on the city’s golden block. Developers of the $10 million-plus, 76-room Esplanade Central hotel aim to start early next year and plan to open at the same time as Crystalbrook Collections’ Flynn late in 2019.

Cash in on superyacht fund, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 13 Nov 2018

CAIRNS marine businesses are being urged to cash in on a new multimillion-dollar fund to attract more superyachts. The Palaszczuk government has announced a Superyacht Industry Development Fund (SIDF). State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said funding of up to $335,000 would be provided over the life of the state’s Superyacht Strategy 2018-23 to support businesses looking to access the industry.

Dreamtime and adventure collide, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 14 Nov 2018

EXPANDING adventure tourism business Experience Co has added its eighth Tropical North Queensland brand in two years. The ASX-listed company launched Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel yesterday, a new educational and cultural experience where indigenous rangers will share dreamtime stories and cultural connections to the Great Barrier Reef with tourists.

Kiwis set to take flight, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 14 Nov 2018

Air New Zealand link to pave way for thousands more visitors to region. Potential to inject millions into Cairns economy and support jobs in the Far North. New agreement to be supported through State’s aviation investment fund THOUSANDS more Kiwis are expected to cross the ditch and enjoy a tropical holiday in the Far North as part of a new deal struck with their national carrier, Air New Zealand.

Qantas cuts ‘weak demand’ Cairns-NT flights, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 14 Nov 2018

QANTAS has axed its flights between Cairns and the Northern Territory, citing poor passenger demand. The national carrier will no longer service the Cairns-Alice Springs direct route, and has also pulled the plug on its direct flights between Cairns and Darwin. However, Jetstar will pick up the slack on the CairnsDarwin route, increasing its flightsbetween the two northern Australian cities from four per week to daily during peak season, starting early next year.

Reef awareness to charm Euro visitors, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 14 Nov 2018

CASHED-UP Europeans are being targeted in a new $500,000 campaign to highlight the Great Barrier Reef. The Tourism and Events Queensland campaign involving regional tourism organisations, particularly Tourism Tropical North Queensland, to showcase the Reef across Europe has a specific focus on the German market.

American Touchdown, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 15 Nov 2018

TWO giant US Air Force C-17 Globemaster jets have landed at Cairns Airport in readiness for the arrival of US Vice President Mike Pence tomorrow. Other world leaders are also using Cairns as a base for the APEC summit in Papua New Guinea.

Tankers ready to fuel fighter jets, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 15 Nov 2018

CAIRNS International Airport has been home base to two RAAF KC-30A Multi Role TankerTransport aircraft over recent days in preparation for the APEC meeting. Fighter jets based in Townsville are providing air security support to PNG during the summit.

Revamp of old pub site to start, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 15 Nov 2018

A JUDGE’S gavel, prisoner dock and antique law books will be removed from the former Courthouse Hotel as Cairns Regional Council gears up to create a $40 million art gallery precinct. The heritage-listed building has a long and proud history dating back to 1921, meaning it also is beholden to stringent heritage protection.

City to get Tokyo-style crossings, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 15 Nov 2018

A TOUCH of Tokyo life will be injected into the CBD as Cairns Regional Council creates new diagonal “scramble” crossings at two key intersections. Pedestrian crossings where Shields St meets with Abbott and Grafton Sts are set to undergo drastic changes in the coming weeks.

Flight deal to help steal Kiwi tourists, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 15 Nov 2018

A FAR Northern business leader believes proposed new direct flights to Cairns from Auckland would give the region a reason to steal more Kiwi visitors from the Gold Coast. The Queensland Government has agreed to fund a deal for extra Air New Zealand flightsbetween the two destinations by providing a financial incentive.


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Call for more migrants, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 15 Nov 2018

THE number of foreigners applying to work in the Far North has skyrocketed in the past five years – but business advocates say the number of those knocked back is still too high. New figures released by the Department of Home Affairs show how reliant the region is upon international workers, with 17,003 people submitting applications for the Regional Federal Government was too much.

Trudeau no-show as Cairns awaits Pence, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 16 Nov 2018

OH, Canada. There were some broken hearts in Cairns today, eh. The wails of disappointment were audible when it was confirmed that the world’s favourite Canuck – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – would not be swooping into the Far North, snug pants, floppy hair and all.

Bypass design U-Turn, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 16 Nov 2018

THE State Government has backflipped on its $152 million Smithfield Bypass project and moved its connection further west from the Yorkeys Knob turn-off to Caravonica. The Caravonica roundabout will be upgraded with traffic lights. It will mean traffic arriving from four thoroughfares instead of three at Yorkeys.

Job plan already working, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 16 Nov 2018

AN ambitious program aims to tackle high unemployment in the Cairns region by placing 50 jobseekers into apprenticeships before the end of the year. Employment provider Busy at Work yesterday kicked off the initiative called Cairns 50 at EK Design Kitchens in Portsmith.

Defence spotlight shines on Cairns, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 17 Nov 2018

Cairns is back on the defence policy radar as the “gateway to the Pacific” after a whirlwind visit by ALP defence spokesman Richard Marles. Mr Marles toured HMAS Cairns, Portsmith slipways and the TAFE Great Barrier Reef International Marine College on Thursday morning.

Paronella Park leads tourism awards field, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 17 Nov 2018

PARONELLA Park has emerged the darling of the tropical North’s tourism industry taking three awards at the annual Queensland Tourism awards. The park received the RACQ people’s choice awards for experiences and services.

Council wary of bypass tweak, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 17 Nov 2018

The new look Smithfield bypass left Cairns civic leaders scratching their heads, with one questioning the wisdom of adding a set of lights to the captain cook Hwy.

MP rejects buyback bid, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 17 Nov 2018

BARRON River MP Craig Crawford says Cairns Regional Council made the “wrong decision” to approve a residential estate bordering rainforest at Kamerunga. But the Palaszczuk government frontbencher has ruled out a state acquisition of the property to stop the development.

JCU taps into past to inspire future ideas, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 17 Nov 2018

AN ancient form of Japanese art has inspired the design of a multimillion-dollar building that will be under construction in Cairns early next year. James Cook University has unveiled design plans for its Cairns Innovation Centre (CIC), which will translate the university’s research and business ideas into products and services that are in high demand. The centre is to be constructed on land next to the campus’ Cairns Institute building.

Leaders converge on Cairns, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 17 Nov 2018

CAIRNS is ready to act as de facto host of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit in Port Moresby from Saturday. United States Vice-President Mike Pence plans to commute from Cairns because of security concerns in the Papua New Guinea capital, a 90-minute flight away.


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