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:
- Wheels are in motion for a plan to connect Palm Cove through to the Cairns Esplanade with a beachfront cycleway;
- A super dam of almost $1 billion is one of four earmarked for the Far North to capture flooding rain and provide some drought insurance for Queensland; and
- Australia’s regional property markets, particularly in coastal areas, are continuing their strong performance.
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Master Builders name the best, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Aug 2018
The Best in Far Northern construction has been celebrated at the Far North Queensland Master Builders Housing & Construction Awards. The event brought the biggest building and construction names to the Cairns Convention Centre on Saturday. FK Gardner & Sons won Project of the Year for its work on the Cairns Aquarium, while Higham Building Group took out House of the Year.
Growers crop a caning as prices plunge, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Aug 2018
TOUGH times are ahead for Far North canegrowers as a 10year sugar price low eats into the market. Raw sugar prices dropped to 10.12 US cents/lbs on Friday, pushing it dangerously close to levels not seen since 2006-2008. Cairns canegrower Mark Savina said growers would have to be frugal going forward to keep costs down.
North ‘can go it alone’, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 Aug 2018
A REPORT from Cairns economist Bill Cummings has been circulated at a forum for fed-up secessionists calling for a breakaway state. A splinter group led by North Queensland State Party leader Bill Gates and the Katter’s Australian Party met in Townsville to formalise their plans last night. Mr Cummings’ report said North Queensland punched above its weight. “The North, with about 6 per cent of the nation’s population, now accounts for about a half of Australia’s merchandise exports, due especially to the North’s mineral wealth,” it said.
Beachfront cycle track design start, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Aug 2018
WHEELS are in motion for a plan to connect Palm Cove to Cairns along a beachfront cycleway, with detailed bridge designs getting started. Cairns Regional Council has submitted a development application to itself to build a new crossing over Delaneys Creek in Clifton Beach. Cyclist Gary Kaczkowski rides his electric bike between Palm Cove and Clifton Beach about five times a week.
Watertight future, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Aug 2018
A SUPER dam of almost $1 billion is one of four earmarked for the Far North to capture flooding rain and provide some drought insurance for Queensland. The Australian Government unveils the plan today for the $755 million Pinnacles Dam north-west of Cairns, along with the proposed Nullinga Dam and two others, which could support agricultural growth. Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan said it was now up to the Queensland Government to show serious interest to encourage private investors to fund the projects.
Mexican food on the run, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Aug 2018
SOUTHSIDE workers will soon be able to score a coffee and a burrito without stepping out of their cars. Australian-owned Mexican restaurant chain Zambrero has a development application before Cairns Regional Council to fit out a new store at the corner of Balaclava and Mulgrave roads at Earlville. An existing carpark in front of seven smaller storefronts, and across the road from Stockland Cairns Shopping Centre, will make way for the purveyor of palatable parcels.
‘Just put up dam money’, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 Aug 2018
COOK MP Cynthia Lui has told the Federal Government to put up or shut up about dam creation in the Far North. The state Labor member’s comments came as the CSIRO identified four potential dam sites to unlock 140,000ha of year-round agricultural production in Cape York and the Atherton Tableland. “They’re always keen to find them, but not so great at funding them,” Ms Lui said. “They could start by releasing some of the money in the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.”
Coastal markets buoyant, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 Sep 2018
AUSTRALIA’S regional property markets, particularly in coastal areas, are continuing their strong performance. A new report from CoreLogic found, while sales activity was down in some of the major regional markets in the past year, there was still price growth in many areas.
Warning on dams promise, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 Sep 2018
THE Wilderness Society has hit back at claims Northern Australia could become an irrigated food bowl through the creation of super-dams. The environmental advocacy group’s national director Lyndon Schneiders said the move would be a multibilliondollar waste of time. “Northern Australia will never be a food bowl,” he said. “It’s a graveyard for costly failed agricultural projects. “All big irrigation projects have been expensive spectacular failures, including the Ord and Camballin in Western Australia and Humpty Doo in the Northern Territory.”
Council wades in to save foreshore mud, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 Sep 2018
WOODEN barriers have been constructed along the Cairns Esplanade to prevent the city’s famously muddy foreshore from drowning in sand. Cairns Regional Council has installed timber boards – known as groynes – under the boardwalk at three locations to reduce the movement of sand from north to south. Environmentalists have been concerned for years that large amounts of sand accumulating along the mudflats could dramatically change the natural habitat of more than 200 species of birds that have been recorded there.
Digital black spots hurting our tourism, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 Sep 2018
POOR digital connectivity is robbing the Far North of a powerful new breed of free “instatravel” tourism marketing. Image is king for the hashtag generation and instantly uploading photos of waterfalls and pink cocktails is integral to any journey worth its salt.Tourism Tropical North Queensland CEO Pip Close said digital black spots and plain dodgy 4G internet connections were an unnecessary hindrance.
Riley’s sign of the times, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 Sep 2018
CRYSTALBROOK Collection has applied to put the finishing touch to its newest $130 milion hotel in cairns. Artist impressions of the former tradewinds redevelopment reveal the company’s plans to spruik the hotel’s new name, Riley, in simple blue lettering. The sign at the main entrance will be 20cm deep with fabricated acrylic letters, internal LED bacl-lighting.
Get set for busy spring, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 Sep 2018
PROPERTY listings in regional Queensland are already on their way up as the market hits its peak spring selling season. REA group chief economist nerida conisbee said spring was traditionally a time when more properties were listed for sale. “In places like regional Queensland, we have been an uplift in activity and there does seem to be more activity this spring than there was last spring,” she said.
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