Cairns news report – 20th November 2021

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Race On to Beat Investors, The Cairns Post 6 November 2021

PROPERTY experts have pinpointed parts of Cairns first home buyers and families should focus on for the best deals as hungry investors flood the market. Southern and local investors’ insatiable appetite for Far North property might make nabbing a great deal on a family home a tricky task in the year ahead.

Hope On Way for Renters, The Cairns Post 6 November 2021

FAMILIES seeking rental properties struggle to find a home in Cairns while tenants face steep rent rises – but increasing investor activity across the region will start to ease the pressure. A surprising range of suburbs are dominated by rental properties – 71 per cent of Palm Cove, 74 per cent of Cairns North, Parramatta Park Manoora and Westcourt all more than 50 per cent, compared with suburbs with few rentals, such as Kanimbla, Redlynch and Brinsmead.

FNQ’s Wait for Freight, The Cairns Post 8 November 2021

FAR North businesses and families face a nervous countdown to Christmas with shipping issues and postal delays causing frustration. Cairns Central store Allsorts of Sweets is waiting for a shipment of international favourites which should already be on the shelves in time for the seasonal rush.

Hands Off Our Suburb, The Cairns Post 9 November 2021

T’S a suburb not thought of as a hotbed of crime — and residents of Freshwater want it to stay that way. A staggering increase in crime in the past year has the laid-back enclave issuing a rallying cry with a group of residents urging everyone to lock up and look out.

Labor’s $50m for CQU, The Cairns Post 10 November 2021

LABOR has made a $50m pledge to build a new CQ University campus in Cairns should they be successful in the upcoming federal election. The facility, to be built on the long vacant block on the corner of Grafton and Hartley Streets, is expected to create 330 construction jobs and allow thousands of wide-eyed students to study in the CBD, providing a $41m windfall for the Cairns economy alone.

Now’s the Time to Invest in Diverse Enterprises, The Cairns Post 10 November 2021

HEADLINE unemployment rates are often highly misleading as a measure of the health of the economy and with all the distortions in the labour force due to Covid that has never been truer than right now. There’s no better example than the jobless figure for the Cairns region* emerging from the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics monthly unemployment data (Sept 2021).

Prepare for Takeoff, The Cairns Post 10 November 2021

A BOLD wishlist for the Far North is targeting a $100m investment for Cairns Airport to propel a revival of international travel. Advance Cairns is pushing for $80m to revitalise the international terminal and $20m to attract a major European airline to fly direct. Advance Cairns chairman Nick Trompf said the region could recapture the glory days of international visitors.

Direct Euro Flights Dream, The Cairns Post 11 November 2021

TRAVELLERS could soon be stepping on a plane in Europe and off at the Great Barrier Reef in an exciting new plan. Airport chief executive Richard Barker confirmed the airport was in discussions with Singapore Airlines about a flight from Frankfurt to Cairns via Singapore.

City’s $13bn Growth Plan, The Cairns Post 11 November 2021

AN ambitious strategy to have Cairns achieve a prosperity trifecta comprising a $13bn per annum economy, create 15,000 new jobs and be recognised as a green economy leader were the key targets for a new economic agenda endorsed by Cairns Regional Council at its meeting on Wednesday.

Mine Jobs Bonanza, The Cairns Post 11 November 2021

JOBS for 100 people with a starting wage of $80,000 for unskilled workers will be on offer at a tungsten mine at Mt Carbine that could produce $20bn of the rare metal over a 20-year lifespan.

The ASX-listed EQ Resources has invested $20m to date on operations at the 385ha site about 200m from Mt Carbine village, employing 50 locals with an estimated 50 more jobs to come as production ramps up.

Minister Urged to Snap Up Key Site, The Cairns Post 11 November 2021

THE state government is being urged to buy Taylor Point at Trinity Beach after the 18ha headland hit the market – again – with an asking price of $8m. MP for Barron River, Craig Crawford, has written to Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon asking her department to buy the land for conservation purposes.

Council Rebukes Plan to Approve, The Cairns Post 12 November 2021

ARLINGTON Esplanade at Clifton Beach will be home to a five-storey building despite opposition from residents who questioned the worth of a town plan if Cairns Regional Council did not adhere to it. St John’s Community Care will build a retirement facility, which would be 17.265m high.

Iconic Centre in New Hands, The Cairns Post 12 November 2021

IN an off-market deal, Australian asset manager Fawkner Property has snapped up Stockland Cairns Shopping Centre for $146m. The deal was confirmed on June 30 this year and is expected to settle in the third quarter of the 2021/22 financial year. The shopping centre, located on the Bruce Highway at Earlville (right), with the iconic marlin on its signage, has two supermarkets as anchor tenants and is a landmark holding of 111,300sq m.

Route a ‘Game Changer’, The Cairns Post 12 November 2021

TOURISM Tropical North Queensland boss Mark Olsen has backed a “game-changer” push to develop direct access into Europe with marketing strategies already in play. TTNQ will send its Western and Asian marketing heads into the overseas regions in December and January as key tourism stakeholders gauge how hot the markets are for Far North travel.

Office Relocates to FNQ, The Cairns Post 13 November 2021

CAIRNS has triumphed over Canberra as the new location for the Department of Defence’s Pacific Patrol Boat Systems Program Office, which aims to combat illegal fishing, transnational crime and related security challenges. On Friday, the department announced that under the Pacific Maritime Security Program, Australia had committed $2.1bn to deliver and support 21 Guardian-class patrol boats

Booster Shot to City, The Cairns Post 13 November 2021

A DEAL between a Cairns medical provider and a church could soon lead to more hospital beds as a city health hub begins to take shape. Ramsay Health Care, operator of the Cairns Private Hospital is building on its FNQ portfolio by purchasing the land from Cairns Baptist Church on Lake St, adjacent to its current facility

It’s lift-off for Pilot Program, The Cairns Post 13 November 2021

A LOOMING pilot shortage as post-Covid travel gets carriers back in the air is the motivation behind a new training scheme to launch young aviators into the cockpit. Three big players in the Queensland aviation sector have teamed up to provide new pilot pathways beginning with basic theory training and leading all the way to becoming a captain with a major regional airline.

It’s going to be a Bumpy Ride,  The Cairns Post 13 November 2021

TOURISM leaders are bracing for a “bumpy ride” in Port Douglas despite an expected bounce in bookings over Christmas. Douglas Shire businesses have been busy preparing for an onslaught of visitors when the borders finally open to Queensland on December 17, with occupancy sitting at around 75 per cent from then until the new year, and it’s expected to increase.

Hope for Doctor Training, The Cairns Post 13 November 2021

A FAR Northern tertiary education provider is awaiting feedback on a proposal it believes will drastically bring reprieve to the region’s GP shortage. James Cook University, which graduates about 150 medical students each year, has put a submission to the federal government, asking for an additional 80 medical places.

High Hopes for key Esplanade Property, The Cairns Post 15 November 2021

A 14-storey apartment complex could be built at the site of Caravella Backpackers on the Esplanade, which has just hit the market. Caravella Backpackers was damaged by a fire in a room last week and police are investigating, treating the incident as suspicious. Colliers International agent Jay Beattie said just days after hitting the market the property had attracted interest from developers.

It’s Time for Kick-Off, The Cairns Post 15 November 2021

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has urged Cairns Mayor Bob Manning to commit to a stadium vision before it’s too late. As other potential Olympics sites make progress, Mr Entsch said: “We’re wasting time and the Olympics in 2032 is not that far away.” THE pitch to secure a worldclass football stadium for Cairns is at risk of being relegated to the scrap heap by a cash-strapped council and bad blood among city leaders.

Cairns ‘in Shackles’ on Easing of Border, The Cairns Post 16 November 2021

SOME Far Northern leaders have criticised Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk as not going far enough after she announced those who were fully vaccinated would be able to enter the state from Covid-19 hot spots. The business community, while cautiously optimistic, has called for more details while Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch demanded Ms Palaszczuk release the Far North from “the shackles”.

Council In a Spin Over Esplanade, The Cairns Post 16 November 2021

THE days of vehicular traffic along the Esplanade appear numbered – but not before another bout of mass confusion in Cairns Regional Council. THE days of cars cutting laps down the Esplanade are numbered with a guillotine finally about to drop on vehicular traffic – but not before another bout of mass confusion in Cairns Regional Council.

Target to Make a Return to Far North, The Cairns Post 16 November 2021

A FAVOURITE Australian retailer is making a comeback to Cairns Central on Thursday after it closed its doors earlier in the year. With an expansive floor space of 2400sq m, Target is set to reopen its doors on Thursday, taking up the position where Kmart was on level 1. Target Australia managing director Richard Pearson said he was thrilled the franchise could continue to build its history with Cairns.

Tourism Spend Still Proves Worthwhile, The Cairns Post 16 November 2021

RATEPAYERS’ return on investment has been revealed after almost $3m was funnelled into Tourism Tropical North Queensland in 2020-21. It was a heck of a year with overseas visitors ripped from the economy and interstate travel gutted by border closures – and yet domestic holiday-makers spent more than they did in 2019-20.

Careful Next Steps on Esplanade Cars, The Cairns Post 17 November 2021

ESPLANADE traders have demanded a quick decision on banning cars from the glitter strip as pedestrians run the gauntlet with speeding traffic. Cairns Regional Council failed to arrive at a consensus at its most recent meeting despite warnings from business owners, engineers and police about a string of near-misses.

Tourists will Sniff at $150 Swab Bill, The Cairns Post 18 November 2021

TOURISM leaders have called on the state government to scrap a plan to force interstate visitors to undergo expensive Covid tests amid predictions it will cost the industry millions. From December 17, fully vaccinated interstate residents will be allowed into Queensland without quarantine provided they have polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 tests before arrival

Trigger Pulled on Site, The Cairns Post 18 November 2021

A CRITICAL trigger has been pulled as developers wheel in heavy machinery for one of the city’s biggest subdivisions in decades. The Pinecrest estate in Mount Peter now has a structure plan approval for 883 lots and the effective go-ahead to start work on stage 2 of its Rocky Creek precinct.

Key City Players to Discuss Stadium, The Cairns Post 18 November 2021

BARLOW PARK has been earmarked for a world-class Olympic stadium that would boost capacity from 1700 seats to 16,000 under phase one of a plan pitched by Enterprise North executive manager Kevin Byrne and bankrolled by businessman Dean Pradel. However, differences between Cr Manning and former mayor Mr Byrne threatened to sink plans dependent on council support.

Film Talent Set to Roll, The Cairns Post 19 November 2021

PLANS for the establishment of a film hub within a $6.8m state government project to convert an old Cairns Bunnings site into a world-class film studio have been put in motion. A group of local independent filmmakers have come together to form a proposal for the creation of a Cairns Film Hub, which would give local filmrelated businesses and organisations a tenancy at the studio and act to funnel young trainees into the industry.

Travellers Set to Seek True North The Cairns Post 20 November 2021

IT seems the measures that kept Cairns relatively safe from the pandemic could be what propels the region into the forefront of tourists’ minds when choosing their next holiday destination. And in a further boost for beleaguered tourism operators, research suggests the Far North just has to play to its strengths in order to attract visitors back to the region.


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