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:
- the Cairns TNQ Convoy consisting of 51 business leaders are hopeful their presence in Parliament House last week will mean big ticket infrastructure items will be included in pre-election promises over the next six months;
- the race to get more direct flights into Cairns has been given further momentum after new data revealed more than one million Far North-bound passengers came to the region via Brisbane airport; and
- a new report has revealed the staggering effect the cruise ship industry has on the Far Northern economy, up $11 million on the previous year to $170m, which highlights how dredging of the Cairns shipping channel is crucial to the city’s future.
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Games of Thrones, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 15 Oct 2018
THE Far North’s own Game of Thrones has taken a new twist with the Cairns-based Bishop throwing his support behind the bid for a breakaway North Queensland. Bishop James Foley embraced a suggestion by campaigner Professor David Flint to use the Cairns Masonic Centre, which is owned by the church, as the home of a legislative assembly.
Boost for businesses, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 16 Oct 2018
SKILLS shortages are among the biggest challenges impacting small businesses across the Far North, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland’s Kate Whittle says. Up to 18 local small businesses came together yesterday to launch a nationwide campaign to show voters how supporting business can lead to employment, growth and higher wages.
FNQ takes on Canberra, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 16 Oct 2018
SPIRITS are high as a group of 51 Tropical North Queensland business leaders embark on a “perverse form of speed dating” today in Canberra. The Cairns TNQ Convoy members led by Advance Cairns chief executive Nick Trompf are hopeful their presence in Parliament House will mean big ticket infrastructure items will be included in pre-election promises over the next six months.
Riley to ‘open on time’, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 16 Oct 2018
CONSTRUCTION crews are racing to get the Riley hotel ready to go by its planned opening date of November 6. Staff are putting the final touches on rooms, restaurants and conference areas with furnishings inside.
Shorten brings more good news to convoy, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 17 Oct 2018
OPPOSITION Leader Bill Shorten has told the Cairns TNQ Convoy to Canberra his $50 million pledge to extend the National Highway to the Cairns Airport was only a “down payment”. A 49-strong troop of Far North industry leaders — two others cancelled due to illness — entered the belly of the beast yesterday armed with full diaries and well-honed pitches.
Bid for direct flights adds up, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 17 Oct 2018
THE race to get more direct flights into Cairns has been given further momentum after new data revealed more than one million Far North-bound passengers came to the region via Brisbane Airport. Cairns Airport aviation chief commercial officer Paul McLean said current economic conditions provided an opportunity for Cairns to welcome a majority of those passengers directly.
Eco-trail technical designs finalised, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 17 Oct 2018
THE engineering designs of the $21 million Wangetti Trail between Palm Cove and Port Douglas have been finished as preparations begin for a business case for the world-class eco-trail. Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said it was a major milestone for the project that would allow tourists from around the globe better access to the 76km walking and mountain biking trail.
Treasure ships bring Cairns $152m boost, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 18 Oct 2018
A NEW report that shows cruise shipping is worth $170 million a year to the Far Northern economy highlights how dredging of the Cairns’ shipping channel is crucial to the city’s future. The city hosted 57 ship visits as well as dozens more anchored offshore at Yorkeys Knob and Port Douglas in the 2017-18 financial year. The economic assessment report showed passengers spent $40m, crew spent $2.4m and cruise lines spent $32.8m.
Tight banks turn screws on housing, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 18 Oct 2018
THE Far Northern housing sector “is languishing” in part because of tough restrictions on lending. New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that, while building approvals across Far North Queensland were up 4 per cent over the year, there was a 55 per cent drop in the past three months.
Competitors join up in strategic port push, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 18 Oct 2018
A MARITIME industry boom triggering the immediate expenditure of $10 million in private money is just around the corner if things pan out the way Cairns TNQ Convoy to Canberra delegates expect. The city’s three competing slipways put their rivalry to one side to prosecute a common goal over two days in the nation’s capital.
Student house conflict, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 18 Oct 2018
HIGH-DENSITY student accommodation planned for Martyn St in the Cairns CBD has sparked the ire of locals already frustrated at a lack of offstreet parking at Parramatta Park. The change of use application lodged last week requested permission to build three stand-alone buildings which, together with the existing house, will provide accommodation for up to 54 students.
City to chase events, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Oct 2018
CAIRNS will be represented at North America’s biggest trade show next week in a coordinated effort to tap into the continent’s lucrative business events market. Cairns Convention Centre general manager Ross Steele said the United States and Canada were home to the largest concentration of associations.
Funding pitch for medical facility, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Oct 2018
James Cook University Vicechancellor Professor Sandra Harding has led a major pitch for $10 million in Federal funds to buy the property during this week’s TNQ Convoy to Canberra. While they remain tightlipped about which property JCU has its eye on, the hospital is flanked by existing unit blocks and medical businesses.
P&O whopper on the way, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Oct 2018
THE biggest ship ever to dock at the Port of Cairns will make its maiden arrival in 2020 if there are no delays in the Trinity Inlet dredging program. The Pacific Adventure, formerly owned by Princess Cruises under the moniker Golden Princess, joins the P&O Cruises fleet in October 2020 after an extensive refurbishment in Singapore.
Nullinga a keystone of North:Canavan, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 20 Oct 2018
NULLINGA Dam has been touted as a vital element of growth in the Far North as the Federal Government delivered its third annual Northern Australia statement. Minister for Northern Australia Senator Matt Canavan said nearly $1 billion had been approved so far through the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, including $280 million on water infrastructure.
Plans for petrol station and shop, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 20 Oct 2018
CAIRNS-based development firm Stateland has lodged applications to Cairns Regional Council to build a new petrol station at the corner of Macilwraith and Pease streets at Manoora. A small building, long occupied by preloved clothing store KJ’s Closet, would be knocked down, along with a number of old neighbouring homes.
Buyers chase fewer listings, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 20 Oct 2018
HESITANT sellers behind a reduction in listings across Cairns are providing the perfect environment for those willing to take the plunge in the Far Northern property market. Recent Corelogic data showed 85 homes have been listed for sale in Cairns between October 1-15 this year, 23 less than the same period in 2017.
Cairns’ future in safe hands, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 20 Oct 2018
AFTER 34 years in the media, Nick Trompf is certainly not shying away from the challenges of his “second career”. Since being appointed chief executive of Advance Cairns in December last year, the former Cairns Post general manager has used all the skills honed during his tenure at the top of NewsCorp’s regional hierarchy to smooth over the Far North lobby group’s very public spat with Cairns Regional Council.
Care centre on track, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 20 Oct 2018
CAIRNS’ new youth mental healthcare facility is on track to open early next year. The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service is evaluating offers from non-government organisations to run the daily operations of the Youth Prevention and Recovery Centre, which is under construction in Mayers St, Manoora.
Kewarra project gaining traction, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 20 Oct 2018
The move was opposed by Division 9 Councillor Brett Olds and since then he has vowed to keep residents up to date with the project. Hosting a community meeting last night, he said residents’ concerns had sparked up again recently after “some basic earth works” started at the site.
Upbeat outlook for mill rebirth, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 20 Oct 2018
CANEGROWERS are making a bid through the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility to build a biodegradable plastics refinery attached to the historic Mossman Mill. But first they need a $20 million assurance from the Federal Government.
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