Cairns news report – 21st November 2020

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Bright View of City, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 16 Nov 2020

The COVID Response 2020 was presented to Cairns Regional Council this month by the Tropical Urbanism Design Lab during a symposium on public spaces and COVID-19 in Cairns. In coming up with their master plan, town planning students were asked: How can urban design activate the Cairns CBD for future economic prosperity?

So Grad You’re Here, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 16 Nov 2020

The Far North’s own universities of real life are churning out job – ready graduates at a higher rate than Australia’s more established institutions. New data has revealed regional universities dominate the top 10 for graduate employment.

Options for Investors, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 16 Nov 2020

Houses selling above asking price and government incentives geared at assisting new builds and first home buyers may seem like reasonable deterrents to consider purchasing an investment property. However, Far Northern homeowners looking to lock their savings into an investment property shouldn’t be disheartened by increasing median prices and strong competition among buyers across Cairns.

Spotlight on Resort Deal, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 16 Nov 2020

A Liquidator is investigating what he says are murky schemes behind the 2015 acquisition of the Port Hinchinbrook resort and marina development near Cardwell. A key focus is the roles played by Craig Gore, a former high-flying developer who has been permanently banned from providing financial services, and lawyer Daniel Clarke, a former partner to the now defunct Clamenz Lawyers.

Leader’s Tourism Role, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 16 Nov 2020

Far Northern tourism figures have taken heart from the state opposition leader double-hatting as shadow spokesman on the industry. David Crisafulli has retained his shadow portfolio for tourism as well his new role as state LNP leader.

Christmas Borders Wish, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 18 Nov 2020

Intrastate travel was one of the first things discussed between Labor’s newly appointed tourism chief Sterling Hinchliffe and Mr Healy on Tuesday, saying a key driver of the economic recovery from COVID-19 was based on the success of regional travel. There are 12 identifiable tourist regions in Queensland and each one of them has its own idiosyncrasies, Mr. Healy said.

Hotel a Mode for More Iso Stays, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 18 Nov 2020

A second cairns quarantine hotel could come online to house an influx of south Australian arrivals following an Adelaide COVID-19 outbreak. Tim Moloney, the general manager of the pacific Hotel, cairns only quarantine establishment, said the Property had quarantine guests on all 11 floors and had been operating close to capacity for some time.

Survey Reveals Thirst for Fun, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 18 Nov 2020

But don’t be too quick to pack the esky — there are a few warts on the idea that would need to be lanced for it to become a reality, Mayor Bob Manning says. Cairns Regional Council released the results of its Our Cairns survey on Tuesday showing 63 per cent of almost 6800 respondents would be keen to sip on the popular shoreline, as Ellie Anthony and Louis Campbell enjoy a healthy treat.

Retailers Count on Very Merry Season, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 19 Nov 2020

A new national report by the Australian Retailers Association and Roy Morgan Research has predicted that consumers will spend an extra $1.5bn at this year’s sales than in 2019. Across Cairns, retailers big and small have already started gearing up for the rush, with the massive discounts across Black Friday beginning next week set to mark the unofficial beginning of the holiday rush.

Virgin to Fly Cairns Services, The Cairns Post e-paper, the Cairns Post – 19 Nov 2020

Virgin flights to Cairns are not expected to be disrupted by the company’s buyout by equity group Bain Capital. The airline will continue its daily services from Brisbane to Cairns and should resume flights from Sydney to Melbourne, depending on a decision over Queensland borders.

Bypass Project Detours in Place, The Cairns Post e-paper, the Cairns Post – 20 Nov 2020

Motorists are urged to adhere to temporary detours at the Captain Cook Highway and McGregor Road roundabout in Smithfield as part of the Smithfield Bypass Project. The Department of Transport p and Main Roads stated that the changes in place p from 7pm-7am on November 19-20 and November 26-30 were to accommodate night works.

Lui Vow to Splash Out, The Cairns Post e-paper, the Cairns Post – 20 Nov 2020

Member for Cook Cynthia Lui has renewed her commitment to help fund a new multimillion-dollar water park at Port Douglas. Labor promised to pump millions of dollars into splash park developments in the Douglas Shire and Mareeba heading into last month’s election, with Ms Lui confirming $1.5m would be distributed toward both constructions.

Canberra Flights a Capital Boost, The Cairns Post e-paper, the Cairns Post – 21 Nov 2020

The first in a series of new direct flights between Cairns and Canberra starting on Saturday will open up another avenue for tourism recovery in the Far North. Qantas will operate its first flight from Cairns to Canberra, the second of three new routes to launch from the nation’s capital in the next fortnight.

My $1M Island Agony, The Cairns Post e-paper, the Cairns Post – 21 Nov 2020

The slick international marketing campaign described as a multi-layered, and masterful deception by the investor named Bruce (left), recruited mum and dad investors to bankroll a $1.5bn tourist mecca planned for Dunk Island and Mission Beach. A Cairns man promised a no loss guarantee who was lured into sinking $1m into a Mayfair 101 investment product is now facing the prospect of his life savings going down the gurgler at the company’s likely collapse.

Mission Beach Property Fire Sale, The Cairns Post e-paper, the Cairns Post – 21 Nov 2020

Luxury Mission Beach properties acquired by embattled investment group Mayfair 101 are set to go under the hammer in a fire sale to recover funds for Sydney-based lender Napla, however a battle could be brewing over note holders’ claim to the assets. Six previously settled high end houses and eight vacant lots in Mission Beach and Wongaling Beach will be sold.


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