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 stories included:
- PM Scott Morrison guarantees $60 million funding towards a bold vision of Cairns Hospital becoming a tertiary institution through LNP’s plan to support JCU’s Cairns Tropical Enterprise Centre;
- Action is finally starting on the $152 million Smithfield bypass with heavy machinery crews clearing vegetation this week; and
- Palm Cove gets listed in the top 10 tourist towns of Australia.
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Mango Export Target, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 14 Jan 2019
A NEW $2.24 million push to improve the quality of exported mangoes is set to boost the amount of tropical fruit sent to China by 200 per cent within five years. Calypso mango orchards in Mareeba and Dimbulah are among those selected as research locations for the project. FNQ Growers president Joe Moro said improvements would have a flow-on effect to other varieties.
Project gets 60 to Work in FNQ, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 14 Jan 2019
A SCHEME to provide apprenticeship and traineeship positions for Cairns’ unemployed has smashed its target. Employment organization Busy At work provided jobs for 60 Far North jobseekers, beating its target goal of 50 by the end of 2018.
New Jobs Iin Mining, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 15 Jan 2019
SKILLED tradies living in Cairns will be the big winners when 50 new jobs open up at a Cape York mining operation. Metro mining Limited, which runs the Bauxite Hills mine at Skardon River on the western coast, is looking for electricians, plumbers, supervisors, operators, maintainers and a mine planning engineer.
Bypass Work Begins, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 16 Jan 2019
ACTION is finally starting on the $152 million Smithfield bypass with heavy machinery crews clearing vegetation next week – but it will leave things looking very bare. The McGregor Rd roundabout is due to be cleared of all vegetation between Monday and Wednesday from 7am-5pm.
Paid Parking Backlash, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 16 Jan 2019
DRIVERS caught short by rising parking fees have urged Cairns Regional Council to rethink how much meter money it slugs ratepayers with. Grafton St worker Catherine Landicho was among those surprised as hourly parking fees shot up to $1.60 this year.
Suburb Makes Name for itself in Industry, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 16 Jan 2019
A BEACHSIDE suburb of Cairns has inexplicably cruised into a list of the top 10 tourist towns of Australia – not that locals are surprised. Hotel reservation website Wotif has placed Palm Cove at number seven on its Aussie Town of the Year Awards based on visitor reviews and its own pricing and demand data.
Tourism Group Targets Solid Backpacker Trade, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 16 Jan 2019
AN influx of big players to the Far North adventure tourism market has prompted a band of industry dynamos to revitalise an advocate group focused on the backpacker segment. Last week about 50 adventure tourism operators who service the youth market met in Cairns to discuss their concerns about the industry.
Backpacker Cap ‘will Hurt Industries’, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 17 Jan 2019
A union push to ban backpacker from working for a second year has been written off as crippling to northern australian economies. Enterprise north executive manager kevin byrne has urged labor leader bill shorten not to back the australian council of trade union’s proposal.
South’s Values Charge North, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 17 Jan 2019
IT IS full of acreage blocks complete with babbling creeks, fresh air and great communities, but the south of Cairns is also home to the city’s best property bargains. Data from CoreLogic to October 2018 has revealed Babinda, 45 minutes’ drive from Cairns CBD, offers the most affordable homes in the city with a 12-month median house price of just $220,000.
Poll Hopes to Face off, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 18 Jan 2019
CANDIDATES angling to push Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch into early political retirement have a bit more than a month to sharpen their oratory daggers. The Cairns Chamber of Commerce has set the date for its meet-the-candidates federal election debate, pooling together Entsch and four of his key would-be successors to face a crowd.
CBD out of Incentives, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Jan 2019
Cairns Regional council has ruled out financial incentives as a mean to attract more business to the CBD. More than a dozen shop fronts remain empty on lake, grafton, spence and shields streets as a softer than expected 2018 tourism season and slumbering economy provide less than ideal conditions for retailers.
Lobby Group Claims Big Win, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Jan 2019
ADVANCE Cairns is notching up the $60 million grant for Stage 1 of the Cairns University Hospital project as a win for its Convoy to Canberra delegation to the nation’s capital. The lobby group’s chairman Trent Twomey said it was a critical step towards the region’s ambition to elevate the hospital to a level 6 tertiary referral university facility.
Rental Market Hits New Heights, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Jan 2019
With properties getting snapped up faster than you can blink, Cairn’s rental market has never been stronger and new data has revealed the top suburbs where tenants want to live. Over the past year, Egde hill has been the darling of real estate analysis, offering some of the best returns on apartments and houses in the far north and with owners prepared to splash a whopping $5.85 million on renovations.
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