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.
Sorry for the delay in getting this out. A short family holiday down to Byron Bay for four days over the weekend created a little backlog for me.
Below are the top 16 news stories I came across last week.
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Cairns needs more major projects, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 17 Sep 2018
A PREDICTED 21 per cent construction trade shortage in Cairns next year will be shortlived unless more major projects start kicking up dust. Crystalbrook Collection’s hotel triple-header is employing about 650 people — enough to meet deadlines, although CEO Mark Davie said there was room for another 100 workers on site. “We’re not easily filling them but we have enough to get us through to our targeted dates,” he said.
JCU to unveil facility for GPs, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 18 Sep 2018
NEARLY 200 students studying medicine in Cairns will be able to practise their skills in a new laboratory to be launched today. James Cook University is expanding its presence in the Far North with the opening of its new clinical skills lab at its Cairns CBD campus. The lab includes a simulated hospital ward and general practitioner (GP) consulting rooms, which are to be used by 180 medical students, and by qualified doctors completing GP training.
Port at heart of city’s economy, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Sep 2018
NICK TROMPF IN the lead up to next month’s Cairns TNQ Convoy to Canberra delegation, it’s worth reflecting on one of the cornerstones of our economy. The Cairns sea port is one of the most important pieces of infrastructure in both the history and the future of this region. While the port has its natural limitations in terms of depth and width, it can still go well beyond its already considerable economic contribution by pushing the limits with sustainable expansion.
Let’s get the job done, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Sep 2018
IRRITATION is building over delays to the $176 million start of the Cairns Convention Centre expansion. It was expected work would begin on the Wharf St site (above) next year. But the State Government has now revealed the final business case is not due until mid-2019. THE State Government has been urged to get on with the job after revealing a business case completed for the Cairns Convention Centre upgrade was only “preliminary”.
$25m upgrade starts on airport highway, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Sep 2018
A GUARDRAIL is being installed along the Captain Cook Highway north of Cairns’ city centre to protect motorists from serious crashes. The Department of Transport and Main Roads this week started construction on the median strip running along the highway at Aeroglen. The work is part of $25 million of upgrades the State Government had promised to make the Captain Cook Highway safer between Cairns and Buchan Point.
Beaches lead way real estate on reno splurge, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Sep 2018
HOMEOWNERS on Cairns beaches have splashed a whopping $17 million on renovations and alterations in the 2017-18 financial year, according to new data. As at June, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals spending on renovations in Cairns was $73.08 million.After Clifton and Kewarra Beaches, the next highest expenditure was by Whitfield and Edge Hill owners at $5.85 million.
Entsch pushes highway extension, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 20 Sep 2018
WARREN Entsch is hinting that the Federal Government will fund an extension of the National Hwy to the Smithfield bypass despite no firm commitment being made. The Member for Leichhardt yesterday told Parliament he had spoken with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack last week and stressed the project’s importance. He said the entire project from Ray Jones Drive to the Smithfield bypass would require about $370 million of new money.
Hostel seeks beds, no parking, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 20 Sep 2018
A BACKPACKER hostel has applied for an exemption to the Cairns planning scheme in a bid to add 85 extra beds without supplying parking. Mad Monkey Backpackers was issued a show cause notice in April after the Cairns Regional Council learned it had increased occupant numbers from 131 to 228 without relevant development approvals. The issue was rectified and consent granted, but further planned expansion at the Sheridan St property requires new approvals.
Lagoon’s shrinking feeling, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Sep 2018
THE mega lagoon originally intended for the $200 million Botanica residential development in Caravonica has been significantly scaled back. Developers last week unveiled a new direction for the property that switched the northern portion into a luxury retirement resort. New plans lodged with Cairns Regional Council reveal what was once a 2.2ha manmade lake capable of supporting small sailing boats is now less than a quarter of the size.
Freight island hub plan gains traction, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Sep 2018
KEVIN Byrne is back from his first regional advocacy foray into Brisbane and Canberra since establishing Enterprise North. The former Cairns mayor was positive about gaining support to develop Admiralty Island into an intermodal freight hub, having raised the proposal with federal and state decision-makers. “Without exception the response to this project and the concept and the thinking behind it was positive,” he said.
Theatres go under knife, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Sep 2018
TWENTY year old operating theatres at Cairns Hospital will finally be receiving a facelift to bring them into the 21st century. The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service will spend an estimated $750,000 on refurbishing eight operating theatres from the ground up. Each of the theatres will be fitted out with new surgical and lighting equipment, general lighting will be replaced with dimmable LEDs, workstations and cupboards have been replaced and each room has been repainted.
City stretch in need of massaging back to life, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Sep 2018
GETTING plucked, waxed and oiled with your partner beside you was once so popular it required its own unisex body grooming centre right in the middle of Cairns. At some point the manscaping bubble evidently burst, leaving the city with a rundown building on one of the CBD’s main arterial roads – Sheridan St. Rust-dripping signs still proudly spruik body piercing, tanning and massage services from days of yore. Letters are falling off, glass louvres are busted and guttering and downpipes are decaying.
Westcourt tops discounts, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Sep 2018
“Show it in its best light. Have great photos. Advertise in the newspaper and on the internet and have the property staged,” Mr Moller said. “However, the market is very busy at present. With the expectation that 200 extra trades people will be needed early next year, this will put pressure on the market generally.” Mr Moller said buyers generally had a little extra up their sleeve and usually relied on those funds when they find the house of their dreams,or needed to make changes after purchase.
Casino hub EOIs closed, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 17 Sep 2018
THE door has shut for conglomerates wanting to open a second casino in Cairns. Expressions of interest for a Global Tourism Hub have closed. The hub, which includes a casino as well as high-end hotels and retail, dining and entertainment venues, could cost as much as $1 billion. The government has earmarked a preferred site in Wharf St on Ports North land and next to the city’s convention centre.
Resort would add pressure to road, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 17 Sep 2018
THE $650 million KUR-World eco-resort will significantly add to Kuranda Range traffic if it goes ahead. KUR-World chief operations officer Harry Sou said the current road’s lifespan had expired, regardless of the development. “When I arrived in 1993, traffic was about 2000 cars per day,” he said. “In 25 years that has grown by more than four times. “If we have a full development approval with conditions, there will be an increase in traffic colliding with other growth.”
Difficult times for FNQ growers, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 18 Sep 2018
STRAWBERRY farmers in Far North Queensland are feeling the pressure of a dwindling market following a strawberry contamination which has put consumers at risk. Growers such as Bob Sheehy of Shaylee Strawberry Farm on the Atherton Tablelands have been limited to who and where they can supply their produce after sewing needles were found in strawberries in the state’s south.
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