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.
A few of the top news stories from last week included:
- three players have been revealed as the companies vying to take on Cairns’ Global Tourism Hub;
- Tourism Minister Kate Jones met with Far North tourism operators at a Cairns Tourism Leaders Round Table to address declining tourism numbers and an uncertain future for the local industry; and
- Population forecast for one million people from Mackay north by 2043 will provide impetus for a breakaway state, according to demographer Bernard Salt.
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Three Bet on Casino, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 18 Mar 2019
THREE players have been revealed as the companies vying to take on Cairns’ Global Tourism Hub. The Star Entertainment Group, Hard Rock International, and the Reef Casino Joint Venture have all been shortlisted for the $1 billion waterfront project by the Queensland Government. Two of the companies may join forces.
Tourism talks will Influence Strategy, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 18 Mar 2019
TOURISM Minister Kate Jones will have a packed schedule in Cairns when she is expected to touch down in the Far North today to listen to concerns facing the local tourism industry. The minister has scheduled meetings with delegates at the 2019 Amway China Leadership Seminar, local politicians and Tourism Tropical North Queensland, as well as an industry round table being held tomorrow.
Amway China Seminar $40m Boost for Cairns, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Mar 2019
THE first of more than 6000 Amway China delegates will touch down in Cairns today as part of a month-long initiative set to pump $40 million into the Cairns economy. Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones and Member for Cairns Michael Healy will welcome the first flight carrying Amway staff into Cairns for the Amway China 2019 Leadership Seminar.
Cairns to make Case for an Airport Export Hub, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Mar 2019
FAR Northern primary producers are set to benefit from new markets if Cairns Airport secures a proposed $10 million agricultural distribution centre. The State Government has invited a business case from Airfreight Handling Services designed to help boost rapid airfreight access for Queensland agricultural producers.
Back to the Future, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Mar 2019
Far north tourism operators want industry leaders to make the region competitive again when they meet at the cairns tourism leaders round table being held today. The meeting chaired by tourism minister kate jones has been convened to address declining tourism numbers and an uncertain future for the local industry.
Tourism Hub in Go-Slow Mode, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Mar 2019
CALLS for the State Government to speed up a proposed Global Tourism Hub for the Cairns CBD and provide a higher level of detail on the project have followed confirmation two big-name companies have been shortlisted for the site.
Port in a Storm, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Mar 2019
Great barrier reef tour operators are threatening to permanently set sait from cairns unless they are afforded fairer fees at the city’s marina.
Here’s Cheers to Beer From up Here’s Efforts, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 20 Mar 2019
GREAT Northern Brewing Co kicked off an Australiawide $5 million billboard advertising campaign yesterday. Billboards feature photographs of stunning Tropical North Queensland, taken by Sunshine Coast adventure photographer and beer enthusiast Krystle Wright.
Ministers to Review Marina Fee, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 20 Mar 2019
TOURISM Minister Kate Jones is expected to hold talks with her ministerial counterpart Mark Bailey after she copped the wrath of Great Barrier Reef tour operators furious over Cairns marinafees. Ms Jones met with a group of the operators yesterday amid claims the Marlin Marina is the most expensive place to berth a vessel on Australia’s east coast.
Cheers to Big Ideas, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 20 Mar 2019
A THREE-PRONGED attack will be launched to tackle flagging visitor numbers to the region. Tourism Minister Kate Jones (left) yesterday chaired a round table of industry leaders hearing concerns firsthand before agreeing collective action was needed on marketing and brand, domestic airfares and a local levy.
Tourism Holds Key to Region’s Growth, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 20 Mar 2019
TOURISM has a long and proud history in the Cairns region. It is the gateway to hundreds of unique experiences set against the backdrop of the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s oldest tropical rainforests, and the outback, combined with an ancient culture and passionate locals.
Scoop to Help City Planners, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Mar 2019
OUR tropical city is headed for a major growth spurt over the next decade and our region’s political, business and innovation leaders need to start planning now. On Saturday, we launch Future Cairns inside the Weekend Post.
Flood List: MP Slams Insurers, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Mar 2019
A FAR Northern MP has derided a report rating Australia’s most flood-prone electorates, saying it is being used as justification to keep price-gouging residents. The Insurance Council of Australia has released a list of the nation’s most regularly inundated electorates, with 16 located in Queensland and four in NSW.
Sinking Under Fees, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Mar 2019
THE boss of one of Cairns’ oldest dive businesses says skyhigh berthing fees at the city’s marina has been dampening tourism growth in the Far North. Down Under Dive managing director Peppi Iovanella has joined other operators calling upon the State Government to set an independent arbitrator to help reduce commercial berthing fees at the marina.
Upgrade for Parklands, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Mar 2019
BALLET dancers will no longer have to get changed in tents behind the stage of Munro Martin Parklands, which will receive a $1.3 million upgrade. The $71.5 million outdoor performance space, which opened in August 2016, will receive behind-the-scenes facilities including changerooms, toilets and an office area, alongside a permanent box office, upgrades to the Minnie St gate, and better power distribution.
Federal Funding Appeal for Trail, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Mar 2019
TOURISM Minister Kate Jones has called for the Federal Government to urgently commit funding to the worldclass Wangetti Trail. Earlier this month, the State Government agreed to fund the first section of the $21 million mountain biking and walking trail which will connect Port Douglas and Palm Cove.
Cairns Late With Levy, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Mar 2019
DOUGLAS Shire mayor Julia Leu says Cairns should have adopted their model of tourism levywhen the two councils amalgamated more than a decade ago. The shire, which takes in Port Douglas and Mossman, is dependent on tourism which makes up 80 per cent of their economy.
FNQ Mine Jobs Go Fast, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Mar 2019
AN industry which pays more on average per week than any other has just 25 openings currently available in the Far North … and skilled local tradies are hungry for them. The Far North is being overshadowed by other regions in Queensland for mining and resource job vacancies, but the success of the fullycommissioned Rio Tinto Amrun project and a highly successful recruitment drive for Far North workers from a smaller operation suggests what few that are available are in high demand.
Cairns Growing, But Not Catching Townsville Yet, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Mar 2019
CAIRNS’ population is booming, but not enough to outstrip Townsville as the capital of the North. Demographer Bernard Salt says the growth rates of both cities will still be keeping pace with each other in the next decade. “The last five years or so show Cairns and Townsville are adding the exact same numbers of people,” he said.
City Brims with ‘can-do’, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Mar 2019
I have a theory about remote australian communities the further a city is from the succour and support of taxpayerfunded jobs in capital cities the greater the sense of ‘can-do’ entrepreneurship and self-reliance. Cairns fits this theory perfectly.
Push to Ease City Logjams, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Mar 2019
PETER CARRUTHERS two lane bridge over the Barron River is a bottleneck, traffic banks up from Smithfield almost all the way to Redlynch every morning,” he said. The recommendation calls for a $365.5 million investment over three years in upgrades, including a new bridge across the Barron River and at big intersections such as McCoombe St as well as improved access to the CBD and port from the north.
Strong Force for Our Region, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Mar 2019
THE idea of the university being at the core of cities is what keeps the CQUniversity vice-chancellor Nick Klomp up at night, and is also what gets him out of bed the morning. Mr Klomp was appointed to the CQUniversity’s top job in February after finishing up as the deputy vice-chancellor academic at the University of Canberra.
Diversity, Teamwork Way to Go, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Mar 2019
“With a strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture at its core, it has long had a on leadership and capitalising on business opportunities. “We are a strong smallbusiness economy and there is real innovation in our business culture,” Prof Dale said. “It is something we should capitalise on, particularly in terms of exporting tropical innovation.”
2043 Viable Due Date for FNQ ‘Quexit’, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Mar 2019
NORTHERN Queenslanders will be able to put forward their best case for separating from the rest of the state within the next 25 years. Demographer Bernard Salt has estimated the northern part of Queensland, stretching from Torres Strait to midway between Gladstone and Mackay, will reach one million people by 2043.
Plan to get best out of growth, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Mar 2019
The queensland government is well aware that cairns is booming, but more needs to be done to ensure there is good growth for the region. State development minister cameron dick, who visited cairns this week, said far north queensland was experiencing significant growth in population due to a thriving economy.
Insurance Council Hits Back, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Mar 2019
The insurance council of australia has hit back at leichhardt MP warren entsch’s claims the industry has been price-gouging. The council this week released a list of australia’s most flood-affected electorates.
Dive operator Signs for Marina, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Mar 2019
A sole dive operator has broken ranks from other marine tourism businesses, indicating it will be signing a new lease at cairns marina. About a dozen operators, under the banner of the association of marine park tourism operators.
Quexit In Our Future, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Mar 2019
A rapidly growing population from the Torres Strait to south of Mackay within the next 25 years will provide impetus for a breakaway state. Leading demographer Bernard Salt has exclusivelyely crunched the numbers on our region as part of the Cairns Post ost’s Future Cairns campaign, which kicks off today.
Real Estate Hot Spots Now Closer to the City, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Mar 2019
“And if you’ve got a lot of them in your community, there’s a lot of energy and year, just in time to get settled in before a new school year. “Cairns North and Parramatta Park are close to the cityand buyers love the convenience and the Cairns State High School catchment,” he said. “It’s just a short walk to the Esplanade and there are plenty of world-class sporting facilities nearby like hockey, tennis and Tobruk Pool.”
Facts and Figures Show Region’s Future Looks Bright, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Mar 2019
FAR North Queensland’s powerhouse is fast approaching critical mass, according to one of the country’s leading demographers. An audit of Cairns’ demographics, exclusively compiled by Bernard Salt for the Cairns Post, shows the region is on track for an 18 per cent growth in its population by 2030.
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