Cairns news report – 19th December 2020

 

Welcome to my last Cairns News Report for 2020, a complimentary summary of all the pertinent news stories on what’s recently been happening in and around Cairns.

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Property on the up, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 7 Dec 2020

A recent market report has shown the Cairns property market is undergoing a surge in demand for new houses, while rental vacancies sag.  Herron Todd White Cairns’ November market report for the city has shown a rise in demand for houses and units, particularly on vacant land.

No room at the inn for Cairns workers, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 7 Dec 2020

Australian overseas workers are being turned back from coming home to Cairns as the city and state’s few sanctioned quarantine hotels reach capacity.  Reports of Cairns residents being refused re-entry due to an accommodation shortage have made it to Warren Entsch’s office, and he is ropeable.

Council puts off recycling plant call, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 8 Dec 2020

Cairns Regional Council has extend its consideration of a controversial proposed recycling plant in Edmonton to 2021.  The proposed plan at Hargreaves Street has attracted the ire of residents and nearby businesses for feared noise and dust pollution from the operation’s glass and concrete crushing work.

Gym plan thwarted, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 9 Dec 2020

A Judge has blocked an F45 training gym proposed for a scenic waterfront site on Trinity Beach after nearby residents raised concerns over excessive noise and parking issues.  The gym was due to be set up across three tenancies of the redeveloped business complex on the corner of Vasey Esplanade and Trinity Beach Road.

MANSION FIT FOR IRON MAN, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 9 Dec 2020

A Sydney tech chief executive is ready to sink his millions into a mega mansion fit for a superhero.  The Missing Link chief Alex Gambotto wants to plant more permanent roots back into his former childhood home with a space-age, eight-bedroom manor along millionaires’ row at Yorkeys Knob.

SA visitors boost region, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 9 Dec 2020

Far North Queensland tourism industry operators are preparing to welcome back South Australian visitors after the decision to reopen borders to the wine state from this weekend.

Quicksilver managing director Tony Baker said visitors from South Australia helped make up the shortfall when borders were closed to NSW and Victoria in recent months.

Wanted: Tourism workers, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Weekend Post – 12 Dec 2020

The Port Douglas tourism sector is hoping a state government backed push to attract workers to “give it a go” in Queensland can help offset a holiday rush staff shortage

Flights taking off again, The Weekend Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 12 Dec 2020

Direct flights between the Far North and New Zealand are still probably months away but Cairns Airport yesterday recorded its busiest day since March.  Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk on Friday announced the border between New Zealand and Queensland would reopen from 1am Saturday.

Hey, Kiwis, we’re borderline elated, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Weekend Post – 12 Dec 2020

The New Zealand border opening means more than tourist dollars for Far Northern families splits since the pandemic hit.  JCU’s David Craig thought 2020 would be flurry of flights across the Tasman to see his children, Charlotte, 19, and Lachlan, 22, who are studying in Aotearoa.

New hotel bonanza, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Weekend Post – 12 Dec 2020

Progress is finally being made on a Port Douglas development site that has sat dormant for 15 years, with a high-flying Melbourne developer taking the first step towards a $300 million hotel.

Property prices up in cairns, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 15 Dec 2020

Capital city dwellers seeking a sea change and local first home buyers pushed the median house price in Cairns up to $430,000 for the quarter to September — a 4.9 per cent increase. Far North Queensland is increasingly being seen as  a desirable place to relocate from the big smoke.

Luxury living focus of $60m proposal, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 15 Dec 2020

High-Profile Melbourne property developer Tim Gurner has unveiled a $60m plan to build a ultra-luxury resort and homes in Port Douglas. The multibillion-dollar development firm has lodged plans for 16 boutique homes, priced from $900,000 to $15m, with another 18 boutique hotel rooms with direct access to Four Mile Beach.

A healthy turnaround, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 15 Dec 2020

Efficiencies in procurement and waste reduction have brought the region’s largest employer out of a huge back hole to deliver a small surplus while increasing patient services.

Coming of age with modern makeover, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 16 Dec 2020

A swish new $60m redevelopment at Cairns Central will create 125 retail jobs, with a stylish new food hall just launched, and more stores and a new indoor children’s playground set to open in early 2021.

JCU leader bows out, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 16 Dec 2020

Long-serving James Cook University vice-chancellor Professor Sandra Harding is ending her tenure after 14 years at the helm.  She has given the institution one year’s notice and will finish in December 2021.

Cornerstone of new gallery precinct ‘needs funding’ Mayor’s art cash appeal, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 16 Dec 2020

Mayor Bob Manning is calling on state and federal governments to take note of the $6.6m restoration but incomplete Cairns Courthouse redevelopment to be unveiled on Wednesday.

DITCH THESE STUPID LIMITS, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 17 Dec 2020

A stalemate between angry marine tourism operators and the state government is threatening to tip the industry overboard.  A meeting with Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has left the Far North’s operators hanging over their plea to revisit COVID restrictions which limit passengers on board boats to less than 25 per cent capacity.

Green light for village, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 17 Dec 2020

A new $12m housing development has been given the allclear for Port Douglas after months of negotiations.  Port Pacific Development director Danny Gray said the 42-home gated community was a perfect fit for the resort town following Douglas Shire Council’s development application approval.

Air link flying start, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 18 Dec 2020

A new direct freight link into south east Asia has local exporters confident of a sales uptick following mainland China trade embargoes. Singapore Airlines will fly a weekly non-stop freight service using an Airbus A350-900 passenger aircraft as a cargo-only flight to carry produce from the Far North direct to Singapore.

First step for a port overhaul, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 18 Dec 2020

PARALLEL tales of fasttracking and chain-dragging are playing out as the Cairns shipbuilding industry tries to catch the momentum of a national naval renaissance. Acting Premier Steven Miles visited Tropical Reef Shipyard on Thursday to announce a “fast-tracked” $2m business case as part of a $30m election pledge to upgrade marine infrastructure in Cairns.

Northern exposure ramps up, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Weekend Post – 19 Dec 2020

COVID evacuees dreaming about fleeing the capital cities for new lives are being targeted in a big new campaign to boost the Cairns population and business sector.  The COVID-19 crisis made a lot of things clear over the past nine months – not least, that life in the likes of Sydney and Melbourne was not all it was cracked up to be.

Works hit new high, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Weekend Post – 19 Dec 2020

A newly  released flythrough video has shown off the final layout of the $164m Smithfield Bypass set to be vital infrastructure for Cairns. The video by the Department of Main Roads and Transport shows the 3.8km bypass of the Captain Cook Highway incorporating an additional $12m worth of works to create four lanes at the northern end of Cairns Western Arterial Road (CWAR) at Caravonica State School.

COVID threatens state’s Christmas, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Weekend Post – 19 Dec 2020

Queensland authorities can’t rule out slamming the border shut on greater Sydney, as NSW probes whether airline crew could be behind the growing northern beaches COVID-19 outbreak. The Christmas plans of Queenslanders hoping to reunite with southern relatives hung in the balance last night, as NSW authorities put Sydney on its highest alert and urged residents to wear a mask.

 

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