Cairns news report – 23rd January 2021


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Tourism’s JobKeeper fear, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 18 Jan 2021

Thousands of Far North people could be out of work within weeks if the federal government does not extend the JobKeper program. With the COVID support payments to end in March, the situation has become “dire” according to Tourism Tropical North Queensland chairman Ken Chapman. Cairns have previously been confirmed as having the highest number of JobKeeper applications in Queensland.

Please to extend support, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 20 Jan 2021

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has broken ranks to directly contradict Treasurer Josh Frydenberg as Far North business look into the rapidly approaching chasm of the end of JobKeeper. Tourism operators are desperate for JobKeeper to continue beyond its March cut-off date but Mr. Frydenberg has hosed that down, saying it “was always intended to be a temporary program”

 Desperate bid for unit, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 21 Jan 2021

FNQ leaders have made a last-ditch push for the state government to announce Cairns Hospital as the recipient of a new kidney transplant unit promised for regional Queensland. Cairns, Lockhart River and Yarrabah mayors are concerned the government could throw logic to the wind and base the unit in Townsville

Our new power suburbs, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 21 Jan 2021

THREE new power suburbs are emerging with pressure building on Cairns planning executives to get the balancing act right between lifestyle and population growth. Smithfield, Edmonton and Mareeba are being touted as possible future central business districts for our growing linear city of the future with character identification and transport options key to development success.

Let’s get it done right, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 22 Jan 2021

MAYOR Bob Manning insists Cairns Regional Council’s strategy for the Smithfield area is the correct way forward, despite calls from planning experts to rethink parts of the code. The Cairns Institute’s professor of tropical regional development Dr Allan Dale and Planz Town Planning’s Nikki Huddy both agree residents in the increasingly significant northern beaches are likely to see a “more haphazard and in the incremental approach to development,” than the rapid growth and technology infused futures they envision.

Betting on a revival, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 22 Jan 2021

A LANDMARK inner city hotel is in local hand after being bought by Far Northern business figure Adam Adams.  Mr. Adams bought Reef Plaza Hotel in November last year in a move that has the potential to transform one of the busiest hotel streets in the Cairns CBD

Hotel buyer checks in The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 22 Jan 2021

THE purchase of an inner-city hotel, closed due to the economic sledgehammer of COVID, is expected to supercharge Grafton Street and boost confidence in the CBD. Far Northern business figure Adam Adams has bought the Reef Plaza Hotel (formerly Rydges Cairns) at the corner of Grafton and Spence streets, which closed in July. A landmark inner city hotel is in local hands after being bought by Far Northern business figure Adam Adams.

Excitement builds over new school, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 23 Jan 2021

ENROLMENTS and excitement are building after a very important meeting heralded an upswing in construction at Cairns’ newest high school. Main building works have begun at Newman Catholic College after a month of demolition and site preparation on the grounds of James Cook University at Smithfield.

Regional property markets on rise The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 23 Jan 2021

QUEENSLAND’S regional property market is booming, with 72 locations now identified as “rising markets”. And those rising markets can be found right across the state, according to the latest Price Predictor Index Summer 2020-21 report, published by In the Far North, Gordonvale was identified as a rising market. The Sunshine Coast region has the most rising markets — 14 in total.


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