Cairns news report – 20th February 2021

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Tourism job losses looming, The Cairns Post 15 Feb 2021

More than 2,50,000 Queenslanders were still relying on JobKeeper towards the end of last year, with fears there will be job losses across crucial industries – particularly – tourism when subsidy dries up next month. New treasury figures reveal more than 5,00,000 JobKeeper recipients have come off the pandemic subsidy, but some key tourism hot spots have remained disproportionately impacted.

Northern operators fear business will go south without support, The Cairns Post 16 Feb 2021

BORDER certainty will be more crucial than ever as JobKeeper comes to an end and struggling operators in Queensland’s tourism meccas scramble to guarantee employment. Tourism leaders in north Queensland and the Whitsundays have joined in calling for replacement to wage subsidy, fearing embattled operators will be disproportionately affected when the scheme ends in March.

New CEO’S green plan for luxury hotel chain, The Cairns Post 16 Feb 2021

A FOCUS on sustainable luxury is among goals for newly appointed Crystalbrook chief executive Geoff York who was previously the interim head of the hotel chain. Crystalbrook, which has hotels Flynn, Bailey and Riley in Cairns, is owned by Dubai based businessman Ghassan Aboud, who has outlaid almost $600m on acquisition and development hospitality assets in Australia, starting in the Far North.

A Naval seal of approval, The Cairns Post 16 Feb 2021

THE sale of a second Cairns slipway in four months is offering hope of a major maritime industry revival for the Far North. Norship Marine has been bought by Varley Group, one of the country’s oldest engineering and manufacturing facilities.

Campaign won’t hold up palm’s project, The Cairns Post 16 Feb 2021

PARADISE Palms owner Darren Halpin is not letting a pending legal appeal stop the wheels from turning in his bid to execute a $300m redevelopment of the former golf course.  Development firm PPNQ has lodged a new application to carve off five lots from the property – including a large parcel to be transformed into a Catholic primary school.

Mayfair’s ‘fatal blow, The Cairns Post 17 Feb 2021

THE professional conduct of embattled Mayfair 101 director James Mawhinney has been put under a microscope during a Federal Court trial brought by the corporate regulator aimed at banning the finance mogul from raising future funds. A packed online audience tuned in to hear the case to permanently restrain Mayfair 101 managing director Mawhinney from advertising any financial product and soliciting funds.

Shipshape handover, The Cairns Post 17 Feb 2021

NORSHIP Marine’s new and old owners have spoken out for the first time after the Cairns shipbuilder’s landmark sale to a national company. The Cairns Post revealed on Monday that Norship had sold to Varley Group, one of Australia’s oldest engineering and manufacturing firms with facilities in Newcastle, Brisbane, Ballarat, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Mackay, Townsville, Darwin, Katherine – as well as three locations in the US and one in Indonesia.

Resort’s revamp kicks off, The Cairns Post 17 Feb 2021

WORK on a $15m revamp of luxury bolthole Silky Oaks Lodge has started, with the resort just outside Mossman set to open on October 1. Cairns construction company Prime Australia will lead the refurbishment, and Baillie Lodges project manager Joel Walker says the goal is to engage locally based tradespeople.

Tourism site ready to spring free, The Cairns Post 17 Feb 2021

QUEENSLAND’S most extraordinary geological wonder — in the heart of the Far Northern Gulf region — will soon be opened up to road tripping visitors at the completion of boardwalks, access roads and accommodation. For the first time since Talaroo Hot Springs’ creation 65 million years ago, a new tourist attraction will allow overnight access and education of an ancient and significant site to the Ewamian people.

Border bans are blocking confidence, The Cairns Post 18 Feb 2021

SNAP border lockdowns are demolishing the confidence of tourists to travel interstate, with dire consequences for Far North businesses now calling for a nationally consistent approach. Crystalbrook Collection Hotels general and area manager Joel Gordon said ever-changing state border bans made travellers jittery.

Marching to changes, The Cairns Post 18 Feb 2021

THE last gasps of March will be a time of enormous to and fro in Cairns as one of the region’s key tourism pillars resurfaces just as the industry’s most crucial COVID-19 lifeline expires. Hospitality workers are sharpening their knives as the completion date for the first major part of a $176m Cairns Convention Centre overhaul draws near.

Extra turning lane installed but will it do the trick?, The Cairns Post 18 Feb 2021

DEPARTMENT of Transport and Main Roads has finished reworking an intersection which had been causing gridlock nightmares for Cairns motorists. On February 7, traffic switched to a temporary signalised T-intersection at the intersection of Captain Cook Hwy and Cairns Western Arterial Rd.

Floating on dreams with tourist ‘island’, The Cairns Post 19 Feb 2021

THE Far North’s biggest tourism conglomerate has revealed details of a new multimillion-dollar floating tourist “island” and opportunities to snap up rival businesses after JobKeeper ends. Experience Co chief executive John O’Sullivan has delivered the ASX-listed company’s half-yearly results with a net loss of $200,000 to December 31, but it could have been worse.

Buyers find homes hard to come by, The Cairns Post 20 Feb 2021

SIX million Australians will be able to book a GP appointment for their COVID-19 vaccination within days. A list of the limited number of GP clinics approved to provide the jabs from March will be posted on the federal government’s Healthdirect website, a spokesman for Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

Developers line up with resort plans, The Cairns Post 20 Feb 2021

CROWDS of shoppers caused carpark gridlock on Wednesday as Mareeba locals welcomed K hub to town, just 12 days after the town’s Target Country closed for good. The K hub format is being established in regional towns as a “smaller, more focused, less complex and more digitally enabled” store.

Tourism funds in gun, The Cairns Post 20 Feb 2021

TOP Queensland Government bureaucrats eyed off funding cuts for the state’s tourism body at a time the sector was battling for survival amid the COVID crisis. An application by News Corp under the state’s right to information laws has confirmed officials looked at whether they could find funding cuts at state-owned authority


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