Cairns news report – 18th December 2021

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$70m Chopper Spend, The Cairns Post 6 December 2021

A CAIRNS tourism operator is about to cast a $70m vote of confidence in the post-Covid economy with 10 of the most hi-tech aircraft in the world. Nautilus Aviation has made its name as Northern Australia’s biggest helicopter operator with the lion’s share of its business coming from Cairns.

Stadium Kickstart, The Cairns Post 6 December 2021

THE city’s stadium dreams are taking a step forward with the state government flagging a $40m-plus allocation to Cairns as a 2032 Olympics satellite city with Barlow Park earmarked for major improvements. THE city’s stadium dreams are finally taking a step forward with tens of millions of dollars on the table and high hopes for much more.

Force to be Reckoned with In City, The Cairns Post 7 December 2021

BUSINESS owners in the city centre are at an impasse as they plead for a greater police presence to combat spiralling crime. Business people say crime and anti-social behaviour is rife, it is adversely affecting their businesses, with customers often hassled, and there aren’t enough police walking the beat.

Early Start for Tourism Comeback, The Cairns Post 7 December 2021

WITH the state border set to reopen at 1am, December 13, most Far North leaders have expressed their relief after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced an easing of restrictions earlier than anticipated. Quicksilver Group managing director Tony Baker said he was thrilled with the announcement.

Third Time’s a Charm for Esplanade Ruling, The Cairns Post 8 December 2021

A THREE-RING circus is playing out at city hall, with an Esplanade traffic ban set to be repealed and brought back for its third debate in as many meetings. Indecision over the what to do about vehicles along the new-look outdoor dining precinct is about to poke its head through the chamber doors again on Wednesday.

FNQ Braces for a New Covid Normal, The Cairns Post 8 December 2021

THERE is an air of cautious optimism in the Far North as the region prepares to welcome back visitors en masse from next week, despite Cairns being put on Covid alert after an international traveller tested positive. Queensland Health listed several exposure sites on Monday night, including Cairns Airport and a flight from Sydney to Cairns, after a person was found to be positive during routine testing in hotel quarantine.

Green is Good to Go, The Cairns Post 8 December 2021

A FAVOURITE Far North destination resort has reopened after it temporarily closed its accommodation because of Covid uncertainty and lockdowns. While day trips to Green Island have been running, the Green Island Resort reopened on Wednesday after an eight-week closure just in time for borders to open on Monday.

Works set to Begin at Beach Site, The Cairns Post 9 December 2021

BULLDOZERS have rolled into a prime beachfront patch of land as Cairns property tycoon Alex Sekler gets moving on a new development. The construction site at 2-4 Poolwood Rd at Kewarra Beach is just up the road from Mr Sekler’s palatial mansion at 46-48 Kewarra St

Waiving of Fees Likely to Aggravate, The Cairns Post 9 December 2021

RATEPAYERS will foot a whopping bill for one of the city’s most controversial developments amid fears a dangerous precedent has been set for the northern beaches. But there is a silver lining in the expensive enterprise. A plan to build a five-storey retirement village on the Clifton Beach waterfront has met staunch resistance from locals who want a four-floor limit to be maintained.

We’ve had en-Nard, The Cairns Post 9 December 2021

IT WAS a tough day at the office for Cairns Regional councillors on Wednesday after slamming into a deadend and then having to reverse. There was meant to be a spectacular backflip on the Esplanade traffic ban enforced two weeks ago after two attempts at it. The stage was set for an attempted mutiny set in motion by Cr Amy Eden with Cr Rob Pyne her supposed trump card.

Plans for Eyesore are Picture-Perfect, The Cairns Post 9 December 2021

AN ARCHITECTURAL carbuncle on the Esplanade’s backside is finally about to be surgically removed. Crammed between heritage-listed buildings lies an L-shaped eyesore with all the aesthetic appeal of the most shameful hairstyles sported by its 1980s contemporaries.

Signs We’ll strike Back, The Cairns Post 10 December 2021

CAIRNS is almost ready for the next phase of its Covid recovery as the interstate iron curtain drops and attention shifts from avoidance to acceptance. The city’s double-dose vaccination rate is set to hit 80 per cent in the coming days – a milestone already reached for Queensland as a state.

Hi-tech Safety Boost, The Cairns Post 11 December 2021

A STATE-OF-THE-ART technology station is the latest piece of infrastructure designed to improve road safety, manage incidents and reduce unplanned closures on the Kuranda Range Road. The 13km section of highway through World Heritage rainforest from Cairns to Kuranda has, on average, 45 road closures a year due to crashes, vehicle breakdowns, fallen trees and landslips.

Double-up at Edge Hill, The Cairns Post 13 December 2021

WHAT’S good for the goose is good for the gander with an affluent suburb now getting the same “battle-axe” subdivisions that have been approved in the likes of Woree. A proposal to slice up a back yard to allow a second house to be built at 172-174 Woodward St in Edge Hill was recommended for rejection by Cairns Regional Council planning officers.

We’re Back Baby, The Cairns Post 13 December 2021

TODAY, the long wait and the uncertainty is over – tens of thousands of relieved and excited locals and tourists were set to stream over the border at 1am. FIFO dads will see their kids again – some meeting babies for the first time – grandparents will reunite with their families, couples will see each other for the first time in months and some Queensland locals will simply be allowed to go home.

Healthy Progress, The Cairns Post 15 December 2021

CAIRNS’ bid for a full tertiary hospital has hit a key milestone, with the ink now drying on a crucial deal between the city’s public health service and James Cook University. The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service will buy a parcel of land, currently owned by the university, which will form the base of the first stage of the Cairns University Hospital project.

Demand high for home offices, The Cairns Post 16 December 2021

THE popularity of small and mid-size industrial is changing the face of Cairns with 199 Newell St, Bungalow sold after a standout campaign. In the past two years Knight Frank agents have seen a constant demand for this type of property, with Bungalow and Portsmith the hot spots for buyers.

We’re Vax in Business, The Cairns Post 17 December 2021

FNQ woke to a brave new world of Covid restrictions Friday with proof of vaccination needed to enter hospitality and entertainment venues. Find out what the new rules mean for you. “FREEDOM to choose” is the philosophy behind the decision of one resident in the Far North’s traditional anti-vax capital to refuse vaccination.

House Prices Boom, The Cairns Post 18 December 2021

CAIRNS is on track to hit the half-a-million-dollar mark for houses as the Far North property boom soars unabated. While southern buyers are snapping up homes on the northern beaches, agents say locals are dominating the market for suburbs closer to the CBD. The median for the Cairns region has soared this year from $425,000 to $465,000, according to the latest available CoreLogic data.

Work Begins in New Store, The Cairns Post 18 December 2021

CAIRNS is on track to hit the half-a-million-dollar mark for houses as the Far North property boom soars unabated. While southern buyers are snapping up homes on the northern beaches, agents say locals are dominating the market for suburbs closer to the CBD. The median for the Cairns region has soared this year from $425,000 to $465,000, according to the latest available CoreLogic data.


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