Cairns news report – 22nd May 2021

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$7.7m to Spruik FNQ Year round, The Cairns Post – 19 May 2021

KEY federal funding to boost visitation during traditional market low points has been welcomed by the Far Northern tourism sector. An additional $7.7m in targeted support to promote the Tropical North Queensland region as a year-round tourism destination will be announced by Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch on Wednesday.

Setback for $60m Prestige Project, The Cairns Post – 19 May 2021

PLANS for a proposed upscale $60m Port Douglas development by Melbourne entrepreneur Tim Gurner appear to be at a stalemate with an application kicked back by Douglas Shire Council over a small patch of scrub. In the meantime, the Protect Our Paradise group is campaigning vehemently against the proposal, saying it will tower 27.8m high.

Servo Plans for Former Cairns zoo, The Cairns Post – 19 May 2021

PLANS to redevelop a site of a former zoo on the northern beaches into a service station and two fast food outlets have been revealed. Developer Heavey Lex Pty Ltd bought the former Cairns Tropical Zoo property for $3.15m in 2015 but has only just submitted a rezoning application to allow it to be used for mixed-use activity.

A Servo War on Highway, The Cairns Post – 20 May 2021

COMPETING developers have lodged applications on the same day to build service stations directly next door to each other – and both projects spell irretrievable death for former tourist attractions. The Cairns Post on Tuesday revealed Heavey Lex Pty Ltd planned to demolish the former Cairns Tropical Zoo to make way for a service station and two fast food outlets.

Albo Bets House on FNQ, The Cairns Post – 21 May 2021

THE FAR North would be front and centre to receive affordable housing funding from an ALP government, the Opposition leader has revealed in Cairns. Anthony Albanese was in Cairns on Monday with the party’s spokesman for climate change and energy Chris Bowen and Queensland Senator Nita Green to endorse the candidacy of Elida Faith for the seat of Leichhardt. It’s her second tilt at the seat.

Squeeze Tighten on Rent Market, The Cairns Post – 21 May 2021

MORE single parents have come forward to reveal the extent of their rental application struggles, sparking an online debate around eviction laws. Common themes of despair, sorrow and confusion flowed through hundreds of social media comments on the Weekend Post’s story about Kewarra Beach mother of four Evelyn Smith, who believes she could be out on the street in a week.

Region’s Big Screen Role, The Cairns Post – 21 May 2021

A surprise $240 million commitment is set to fix a congestion headache for Cairn commuters.  The plan to turn the Cairn Western Arterial Road into four lanes will fix a notorious traffic bottleneck and add the final piece of the Cairns Ring Road dream.

Cash to Lure Key Staff, The Cairns Post – 21 May 2021

THE launch of a new campaign connecting adventure hungry workers with Far Northern businesses desperate for quality staff has the potential to deliver dream jobs in paradise while delivering a workforce to hit back against the pandemic. The Work in Paradise campaign, ahead of the region’s peak visitation period, aims to entice hospitality, marine workers, tour guides and restaurant staff.

Firm’s ‘crunch’ Time, The Cairns Post – 21 May 2021

THE future of Cairns manufacturers ReGen Plastics is still an open question as director Colin Van Staveren refuses to hint at what the future may hold. ReGen, once a joint project between Colin and Lesley Van Staveren, made a name by producing building materials from recycled milk containers.

New Virgin Flights to Cairns to Link Cities in South and West, The Cairns Post – 21 May 2021

ADELAIDE and Perth are to be added to Virgin Australia’s services to Cairns as part of the airline’s domestic growth plans. The airline announced on Thursday more than 700 extra weekly domestic flights and 250 new jobs as a part of the new expansion strategy.

Premier’s Blunt Force, The Cairns Post – 21 May 2021

A FURIOUS Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ordered her deputy to sort out the land needed for a Cairns University Hospital. James Cook University has entered a multimillion-dollar agreement to buy property for the hospital expansion but the Premier says the tertiary institution has complicated the issue.

Ill feeling Around Hospital Land Sale, The Cairns Post – 21 May 2021

A BUREAUCRATIC bunfight has erupted over land, threatening to bog down the Cairns University Hospital development, and the Premier has come out swinging. James Cook University beat the state government to the punch and signed contracts to buy several valuable parcels of land after months of chain-dragging.

$40m Lifeline for Wind Farm, The Cairns Post – 21 May 2021

THE state has come to the rescue of a $373m Ravenshoe wind farm after the project’s funding was blackballed by Northern Australian Minister Keith Pitt. Two weeks ago Mr Pitt exercised veto powers to block French firm Neoen from receiving Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) funding for the Kaban Green Energy Hub at Ravenshoe, about 120km west of Cairns.

Workers Line up for Cash, The Cairns Post – 21 May 2021

MORE than 1600 people have signed up to receive cash through the Work in Paradise website just hours after the announcement of a $7.5m campaign to lure hospitality workers to the Far North. Under the scheme – designed to entice cooks, deckhands, wait staff, baristas and housekeepers to fill positions usually taken by international backpackers

Developers Drawn to Booming North, The Cairns Post – 21 May 2021

A TASMANIAN development company has bought almost 30ha of land at Edmonton and will create a 210-lot residential development, with a sales launch expected within months. Five parcels of land between Woodlock Drive and Wiseman Road Reserve, comprising flat former sugarcane land and forested hilly slopes, have been secured by Launceston-based The JAC Group.

Locals Deal Casino a Win, The Cairns Post – 22 May 2021

AUSTRALIANS – locally, throughout Queensland and interstate – unable to travel overseas have offset the lack of international gamblers at the Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns. The Reef Casino Trust annual meeting on Friday was told that, despite no overseas tourists, the complex had done well in the first four months of 2021.

Struggle to Beat Logjam Building, The Cairns Post – 22 May 2021

DEVELOPERS are scrambling to beat the building boom bottleneck and unleash more residential stock on to the market as buyers clamour to snap up new Far North properties. Kenfrost Homes is one developer with several largescale projects under way in suburbs including Mount Peter, Trinity Beach, Mount Sheridan and Redlynch.

Flights a Winter Boost, The Cairns Post – 22 May 2021

THE Cairns tourism industry hopes to seize the momentum from the announcement of two flight routes and seat capacity, with winter gearing up to be do or die time for local businesses. Virgin Australia is introducing more than 700 extra weekly domestic flights and 250 new jobs, including up to four new flights a week between

Quick Land Move Vow, The Cairns Post – 22 May 2021

DEPUTY Premier Steven Miles will move quickly to compulsorily acquire land for the James Cook University Hospital Precinct. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, visiting Barron Gorge hydro-electric station in Cairns to announce the government would invest $40m in upgrading transmission lines in Far North Queensland, said she had met Mr Miles on Thursday night over the vexing issue of land for the hospital.


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