Cairns news report – 23rd May 2020


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Ready to Bounce Back, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 18 May 2020

A popular Cairns adventure site is urging locals to take the plunge as it prepares to make a return this week. AJ Hackett will reopen its bungee jumping this Friday with a COVID safety plan in place. It follows the reopening of AJ Hackett Macau Tower in China in April, which was the first adventure tourism business in the world to reopen following the COVID shutdown.

Focus on Islands Revival, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 18 May 2020

Boaties keen to hit the islands can now do so for day trips but commercial ferries will not get back on the water until the second stage of the government’s COVID recovery road map. Far Northern marine tourism operators will have to assess the commercial viability of operating under COVID-safe regulations limiting groups to a maximum of 20 people, expected to be rolled out from June 2.

Region embraces Returning Visitors, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 18 May 2020

Port Douglas was a hot getaway destination for many Far Northerners over the weekend, sitting tantalisingly outside the previous 50km travel limit from Cairns City. With the new rules in place, many residents, who hadn’t visited the holiday destination since the beginning of the year, were able to take a trip out to Four Mile Beach or enjoy shopping and a meal in the town Centre.

Make It a Keeper Please, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 19 May 2020

As the medical emergency shifts to an economic one, key stakeholders are predicting heartache if the payment is cut off as planned on September 27 and if state borders remain closed impacting traditional tourism cycles. Cairns Chamber of Commerce president Sally Mlikota said some businesses were only alive because of Job Keeper.

Island Resort Marooned, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 20 May 2020

Fitzroy Island management is navigating uncharted waters and grappling with a lack of clarity surrounding a post-COVID-19 reopening of the resort in what the chief executive described as a one size fits all recovery plan. Parts of the popular island resort, located about 25km east of Cairns, reopened to day trippers travelling in their own boats when an easing of restrictions allowed gatherings of 10 people or fewer at the weekend.

Zero Reasons to Starve Tourism, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 20 May 2020

The Cairns and Hinterland health district has finally rid itself of any known active cases of the disease after months of strict social distancing and travel bans. Now there are grave fears the health crisis will give way to an insurmountable economic crisis after Ms Palaszczuk revealed her intention of keeping the state’s borders locked down until September.

Eateries hoping Tables will Turn, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 21 May 2020

Kitchens across Cairns are heating up as a second wave of restaurants reopen their doors to diners this week. While many businesses took the opportunity to reopen last weekend when Stage 1 of the eased restrictions came into play, others held off.

Amateur’s Event in Doubt, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 22 May 2020

A triple whammy caused by COVID-19 has plunged the 2020 Cairns Amateurs carnival into uncertainty. Restrictions on large gatherings, border closures and poor economic conditions are providing organisers with a tough call to proceed or not. A decision will be made in coming days. Having a trackside bet at one of Cairns’ premier annual social events might be off the cards completely this year.

Talks of Relaxing NAIF Rules, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 22 May 2020

Northern Australia Minister Keith Pitt raised hopes this week when he backed a push to relax the eligibility criteria of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. The fund, originally furnished with $5 billion, is already undergoing a near complete statutory review of its criteria.

Botanica Contractor Appointed, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 23 May 2020

Cairns Company FGF has been appointed the civil construction contractor for the $ 90 million Botanica Lifestyle Resort at Caravonica. Botanica director Robert Wallace said the appointment of FGF encompassed a long partnership between the two companies, with the team behind Botanica first hiring FGF more than 30 years ago on the Redlynch Valley Estate development.

Let us live in Our Bubble, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 23 May 2020

The owner of North Cairns cafe Guyala has survived – and thrived – during the coronavirus pandemic with the timely launch of takeaway business Smoky Pete’s. I am very data driven, Mr. James said. We researched Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and saw what was in the top 10 and what was missing in Cairns; it was smoked meats.

Growers Monitor Chinese Blow-Up, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 23 May 2020

Tablelands producers are managing to weather the storm caused by the diplomatic row between Australia and China. Tensions have been brewing since Australia requested an independent inquest into the origins of COVID-19 and Chinese ambassador Jingye Cheng warning of possible boycotts of Australian products.

Ruling set to end battle of Palms Soon, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 23 May 2020

Chris Calcino within the precinct, and almost all of those people bought because of the golf course – not because they played golf, but because they liked the proximity to that open space. Mr. Halpin said he had made allowances to try to keep the local community onside, including shifting the site for the proposed water park.

No Sure Bet for Race Day, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 23 May 2020

Punters excited about one of the biggest social events on the cairns Calendar will have to wait until early next week to finalize plans. A shadow was cast over the cairns Amateurs Racing carnival yesterday when organizers could not say if the popular event would go ahead under Covid-19 restrictions as usual on September 10-12.

Demand for Rentals Still There, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 23 May 2020

The fierce competition among tenants chasing long-term rental properties in cairns is here to stay, with the latest vacancy rate figures showing good news for investors. An REIQ report showed the Cairns region ended the opening quarter to March with a vacancy rate of 3.5 percent, up 1.8 percent after experiencing record low rates last year.

Axe Falls on Target, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 23 May 2020

The future of Five Far North Target stores has been thrown into doubt after the retailer announced it would be closing 75 businesses across the nation. Parent Company Wesfarmers announced yesterday it would address the brand’s unsustainable financial performance by closing up to 75 target and target country stores across Australia and converting 92 others in Kmart’s.

Unlock gate to FNQ, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 23 May 2020

Business and tourism leaders are drawing a line in the sand in a bid to have unrestricted travel allowed within north Queensland. Tourism Tropical North Queensland, Townsville Enterprise, Mackay Tourism, Tourism Whitsundays and the Outback Queensland Tourism Association have joined forces to compel the State Government to lift the impending 250km restriction on recreational travel from the Marlborough stretch north.


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