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:
- bigger cruise ships will be steaming into Cairns next year after the Federal Government granted its final approvals to dredge Trinity Inlet;
- Crystalbrook Collection is poised to unveil plans to build luxurious six and five-star hotels at the Port Douglas marina; and
- Cairns residents are asked to buy into future development aspirations of a city on move, by participating in the creation of the Cairns 2050 Shared Vision by Cairns Regional Council.
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North Needs People, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Nov 2018
The PM’s proposal to ease congestion in cities by introducing a permanent migration cap will do little for regional communities who need the growth, say Far North Industry leaders. Enterprise North executive director Kevin Byrne said Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s proposal to reduce the annual migration intake by 30,000 was a kneejerk response to planning failure in the metropolitan cities.
Union Rejects Ransom Claims, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Nov 2018
Unions have denied using fire safety fears at one of the city’s most important pieces of new infrastructure to hold Cairns Regional Council to ransom. The Cairns Performing Arts Centre is expected to gain temporary approvals from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services this week to allow it to open on December 15 under a suite of strict controls.
Focus on port growth, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Nov 2018
A STUDY into the Cairns marine precinct has identified crucial infrastructure upgrades to take advantage of a 13 per cent increase in demand for dry dock facilities over the next five years. The GHD investigation, commissioned by the State Government, identified a suite of projects including ramping up the precinct’s power supply and rehabilitating common-user wharf infrastructure.
New hotel’s six appeal, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 28 Nov 2018
THE first six-star hotel in the Far North is earmarked for Port Douglas. Crystalbrook Collection is poised to unveil plans to build luxurious six and five-star hotels at the Port Douglas marina in a private meeting with Douglas Shire Council. Crystalbrook chief executive Mark Davie said the company’s billionaire owner, Ghassan Aboud, was reviewing three architectural concepts in preparation for a formal offer to council in January.
CPAC gets gree light, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 28 Nov 2018
MAYOR Bob Manning is pushing one of the toughest dogfights of his political career to the side to focus energy on the Cairns Performing Arts Centre’s opening night. Cairns Regional Council has received a certificate of classification permitting it to open the facility on December 15 after months of wrestling over the fire safety of its external cladding.
Pursuit of a vision, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 Nov 2018
A NEW bargaining chip to secure a lucrative City Deal is now in Cairns Regional Council’s grip – and Mayor Bob Manning wants the whole region to get on board. Months of chipping away behind the scenes has led to the creation of the Cairns 2050 Shared Vision, a document listing all of the region’s key infrastructure and policy aspirations for the coming decades.
$120M Wave for Port, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 Nov 2018
BIGGER cruise ships will be steaming into Cairns next year after the Federal Government granted its final approvals to dredge Trinity Inlet. Nothing legally now stands in the way of 1 million cubic metres of dredge spoil being taken from the shipping channel in order to bring in ships up to 300m long. THE final hurdle to capital dredging in Trinity Inlet has finally been scaled with the Federal Government issuing its environmental approvals.
Prime valley units stalled, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Nov 2018
UNITS approved for development on Redlynch Intake Rd are being listed for sale off the plan ahead of scheduled construction in the much sought-after Redlynch Valley. Rosso Investments applied to Cairns Regional Council in June this year to build an eight unit complex on a 1587sq m parcel of land at 72-78 Redlynch Intake Rd. Council approved the development on the condition certain requirements, including parking and the installation of a convex mirror were met.
Second SDA on cards, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Nov 2018
A SECOND State Development Area could be set up in Cairns to remove red tape from the city’s proposed Global Tourism Hub (GTH).The State Government is investigating whether it can declare an SDA over the proposed waterfront site of the $1 billion project, which may also encompass the Cairns Convention Centre, the Reef Hotel Casino and associated Pullman hotel and resort.
Council salary impasse persists, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Nov 2018
CAIRNS Regional Council’s salary negotiation stalemate will drag on well into next year as unions try to split wage agreements by the colour of workers’ collars. The unions have applied to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission to cleave the enterprise bargaining agreement down the middle, allowing deals for office workers and outdoor workers to be negotiated separately.
Woolies appeals decision, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Nov 2018
THE battle is nowhere near over between Cairns Regional Council and the would-be developer of a new shopping centre on the Northern Beaches. Woolworths has appealed to the Planning and Environment Court to reverse the effective dismissal of its proposed development on Trinity Beach Rd. The council last month ticked off a few small segments of the project – a child care centre, service station and food and drink outlet – but was not so amenable to the rest
Sunday Parking Review, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 1 Dec 2018
SUNDAY parking fees are finally under review after an outcry from businesses trying and failing to make an honest buck in a weekend wasteland. The introduction of paid weekend parking has been one of this Cairns Regional Council’s most controversial policies to date with shop owners crying foul about a customer exodus from the city centre.
Leader Push for dining precinct, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 1 Dec 2018
THE battle for the Esplanade is just ramping up a Crystalbrook Collection flexes its muscles to propel Cairns Regional council into action. The company behind the burgeoning hotel empire has teamed up with Cairns chamber of Commerce president Nick Loukas to call for the CBD strip’s conversion to an outdoor dining precinct to be urgently brought forward.
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