Cairns news report – 21st March 2020


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 in and around Cairns.

I’m skipping my summary of what were the top news stories from last week, because we all know it was about COVID-19. Let’s play our part to protect ourselves and the more vulnerable in our community. Please follow the recommended health advice from the authorities – it’s critical in beating the spread. Stay safe!

If you missed any of the top Cairns news stories from last fortnight, here they all are in full below. Just click the title to read the full story.

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It’s a Whole New Ball Game, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 16 Mar 2020

Competitions have been suspended or cancelled has the novel corona virus threats disruption to sport on a national and global scale starts to be felt in the regions. Sporting organisations are taking steps to limit the spread of COVID-19, with members encouraged to take simple but necessary measures.

Cruise Ban Big financial blow for our FNQ Ports, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 16 Mar 2020

CAIRNS will be bereft of cruise ship arrivals for the next month after further measure announced by the Morrison Government to contain coronavirus. Following a phone hook-up with state and territory leaders under a new national cabinet on Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison also banned cruise ships from arriving at Australian ports for an initial 30 days.

Keep it calm, no carry-on, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 16 Mar 2020

Cairns mayor has urged Far North Queenslanders to Keep Calm and carry on as coronavirus knocks at the region’s door. Townsville confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on Saturday, after a local dance school manager tested positive to the potentially deadly illness after returning home from a trip to France.

Keep it in Cairns, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 17 Mar 2020

Organisations and consumers are being urged to make simple adjustments to how they operate and spend locally to help safeguard the future of local businesses. The Keep it in Cairns campaign, a Chamber of Commerce and Cairns Regional Council partnership, kicks off today.

Region expected to suffer hit of $1B, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 17 Mar 2020

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Far Northern economy is now expected to last up to eight months and come at a cost of more than $1 billion, according to the region’s peak tourism body.

Show seeks certainty, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 17 Mar 2020

The Cairns Show Association has made another plea for its showground lease to be extended as uncertainty swirls over whether the show will even be held this year. There is concern agricultural shows across the country could be called off after Sydney’s Royal Easter Show was cancelled due to the threat of coronavirus.

Candidates Poll Plea, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 18 Mar 2020

The plea follows reports of voters panicking about people standing too close at pre-polling stations. A MAYORAL candidate with a PhD in public health and social policy has called for local government elections to be postponed until after the immediate threat of coronavirus has passed.

Locals Urged to spend up, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 19 Mar 2020

An eight-month downturn predicted to cost the Far Northern economy up to $1b has Tourism Tropical North Queensland and the Cairns Chamber of Commerce driving home the message that Cairns is still open for business and pushing for government tax relief.

Nightclub Crisis talks, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 19 Mar 2020

Cairns nightclub operators have held crisis meetings after the Prime Minister announced tough new social distancing rules to combat the spread of coronavirus. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a ban of “non-essential” indoor social gatherings of over 100 people. The ban is effective immediately.

Airport won’t be shutdown, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 20 Mar 2020

Cairns Airport will remain open despite the full effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic yet to hit the Fair North’s Economy. A spokeswomen for the vital piece of infrastructure said it was an important life-line for passengers, freight patient transport and connecting communities across the region.

Councils restrict travel to cape, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 20 Mar 2020

Access to the northernmost point of the country may be off limits and national parks are to be locked down but Cape York tourism operators assure travellers the 2020 camping season will get under way at the conclusion of the wet season.

Virus Lands in Far North, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 20 Mar 2020

MP Michael Healy is calling for calm and caution after a female visitor was locked down in isolation in hospital as the city’s first confirmed case of coronavirus. Authorities are retracing the steps of the foreign tourist who arrived in Cairns from Sydney and is understood to have come in contact with the public in both cities.

Rafting, ballooning activities suspended, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 21 Mar 2020

Experience Co has shed it whitewater rafting and hot air ballooning operations in far North Queensland to survive the economic impact of the corona virus Pandemic. The Wollongong-based tourism company informed its raging thunder adventures staff yesterday it would be immediately halting.

Pump up the volume, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 21 Mar 2020

The council announced it would pump $2.5 million via a raft of measures into the community over the next three months with Mayor Bob Manning saying now was not the time to stop spending. The lifelines come as stricter guidelines are enforced and job losses are felt across the region.

Relief starts to appear, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 21 Mar 2020

A bizarre situation has emerged with Cairns Regional Council trying to slug a business with a 60 per cent rent rise while simultaneously offering a temporary 50 per cent coronavirus discount. Cairns Botanic Gardens Restaurant and Cafe owner Kimara Timms rents her property from the council, which has tried for months to apply a steep 60 per cent rent increase.

Cabinet to look at wage subsidy idea, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 21 Mar 2020

“There may as well be a partial wage subsidy that covers their mortgage and essentials so they still have a job when this all passes. “They might not be able to pay their life insurance for a couple of months, that might drop off. “But as long as the mortgage and the bare essentials are covered, that is really important.

No Curve flattening by council in 60% rent rise for cafe, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 21 Mar 2020

A council spokeswoman said all of the local government’s leased facilities were handled by an external commercial property manager. “In April 2019, in accordance with the lease, the property manager appointed a value to review the annual rental for the premises against similar businesses in the area, resulting in a rental increase commensurate with the property value,” she said.

Crystal brook axes staff as stays drop, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 21 Mar 2020

Such was the success of the secret treatments that 50 Australian hospitals will be given HIV medication Kaletra and malaria treatment hydroxywere required. The measures included pushing back the opening of the new $180 million Flynn hotel by six months to October.

Private hospital offers support, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 21 Mar 2020

Cairns private hospital has offered to take surgeries away from cairns hospital to ease the burden on the public system from the coronavirus epidemic. The private hospital is on standby to add capacity to cater for Covid-19 patients, should the need emerge in the Far North.

Investors like Bricks and mortar, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 21 Mar 2020

A Global Pandemic has not dampened demand for property in the Far North with many agents posting record sales. Elite Real Estate services sale director Karl Latham said this week had been the firm’s busiest in months.

Demand for local produce, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 21 Mar 2020

Daniel Bateman ploys 55 staff and five extras have put on duty to help cope with demand. Mr Johnson said he was also looking to employ another meat packer. “I don’t think customers need to panic, they need to eat healthy,” he said. “Instead of eating a Mars Bar, maybe have a piece of fruit instead.”

Tourism Specials to keep it local, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 21 Mar 2020

Keep your distance and wash your hands but to keep boredom at bay, take advantage of the deals Far North businesses are offering during one of the region’s most uncertain times. From enjoying a meal out or getting one delivered from your favourite restaurant to exploring the world- class attractions right on our doorstep, many businesses are offering half-price tickets and entry.

Tourism campaigns on hold after travel advice, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 21 Mar 2020

There will be further discussion about travel issues before the holidays … the advice is to reconsider the need for unnecessary travel,” Mr Morrison said. The advice comes after Tasmania became the first state in Australia to close its borders. Visitors from the mainland have been banned from entering the island state.

Shops row hits court, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 21 Mar 2020

Early in 2018 the business development arm of Woolworths, Fabcot, applied to Cairns Regional Council to build a shopping center, service station, childcare center, a food and drink outlet and pylon signage at the western end of Trinity Beach Rd.


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