Cairns news report – 23rd October 2021

Here is my latest Cairns News Report, a complimentary summary of all the pertinent news stories on what’s recently been happening in and around Cairns.

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Game-Changer, The Cairns Post 11 October 2021

A SPIRIT of change is brewing in Yarrabah as the final platforms are laid on an $11.5m jetty that will open the community to the world. Construction crews are nearing the end of a new 165m jetty about a kilometre northwest of the township at Gribble Point – unmistakable physical evidence that Yarrabah is on the move.

Paradise Lost for Workers, The Cairns Post 11 October 2021

HUNDREDS of successful Work in Paradise applicants have been locked out of Queensland in a failure of the program touted as the saviour of the tourism industry. Queensland’s Work in Paradise scheme was launched in July offering people up to $1500 to relocate to areas with a shortage of tourism workers.

Tourism’s Plea to Plan for Opening, The Cairns Post 13 October 2021

KEY tourism operators have implored the Queensland government to set a bold border reopening target to capture the Christmas and New Year holiday markets. Some of the biggest players in the Cairns and Port Douglas tourism sectors have joined forces to encourage Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to “name a deadline” and build on vaccination momentum that could offer the business community a roadmap.

Virgin’s New Link is Golden Opportunity, The Cairns Post 13 October 2021

VIRGIN Australia has launched a new direct flight service between Cairns and the Gold Coast with the airline suggesting more destinations could be on the way. Tickets are now on sale for the new flights, which are scheduled to begin on December 9 and will provide nearly 9000 seats a month.

Council Warns of Dark Times Ahead, The Cairns Post 14 October 2021

FINANCIAL pressure from a looming water crisis and mounting debt has been laid bare in Cairns Regional Council’s annual report. It was an extraordinary year marked by border closures, economic confusion and a two-speed business sector with development thriving while tourism starved. Such a situation required a creative response, and it did not come cheap.

Scheme Aims to Benefit Tourism, The Cairns Post 14 October 2021

QUEENSLAND’S ailing tourism industry will receive a multimillion-dollar boost set to send hordes of holidaymakers towards sunnier climes this summer. While frustration continues at the uncertainty surrounding when Queensland will reopen borders, the state government on Thursday will announce an $8m tourism campaign

Rollout Watered Down, The Cairns Post 14 October 2021

A DEVELOPMENT boom is hitting Cairns Regional Council coffers with ratepayers set to cover a million dollar cost just to install new water meters. But there is a hitch – these new implements are not the smart water meters promised years ago, although they can be retrofitted once the project actually goes ahead.

New Qantas Flight is Short Hop to London Direct Route, The Cairns Post 15 October 2021

QANTAS has revealed it will launch a new flight route between Cairns and Darwin as the airline boosts connectivity across Northern Australia. The Cairns flights are scheduled to start in March.Qantas confirmed last week that when international travel resumes, it will operate its flagship route from Australia to London via Darwin until at least April 2022.

Cairns Plots Course for More Warships, The Cairns Post 15 October 2021

AUSTRALIA’S strategic realignment in defence in response to China’s influence in the Asia Pacific could pave the way for lucrative naval investment in Cairns, with more warships being targeted. Ramping up spending on Australia’s most northern naval base, home to the HMAS Cairns, along with the addition of two more military vessels was a key message directed to Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong by Far North delegates on Thursday.

Lights, Camera, Action, The Cairns Post 18 October 2021

A FORMER Bunnings Warehouse is set to undergo a $6.8m transformation to become a world-class film studio that rockets the industry to new heights in Cairns. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has signed off on a proposal to convert the 6500sq m building on the corner of Spence and Fearnley streets into a new production facility complete with a stateof-the-art sound stage.

Suburbs at Top of List, The Cairns Post 19 October 2021

POSTCODE 4879 has cemented its status as the hottest in a sizzling Far North property market, with eight of 13 homes to break the $1m in the last quarter on the northern beaches. Data on homes sold from July 1 to September 30 reveal the real estate boom has shown no sign of abating and Palm Cove and Trinity Park are particularly sought after by southerners seeking refuge from Covid lockdowns.

Tourism Gets Roadmap to Better Times, The Cairns Post 19 October 2021

Ms Palaszczuk’s plan to allow fully-vaccinated travellers to enter the Sunshine State without having to quarantine was welcomed by Cairns business leaders. When the state reaches the 70 per cent fully vaccinated mark, anyone who has been in a declared hotspot in the previous 14 days can travel into Queensland provided they are fully vaccinated, arrive by air, have a negative Covid test

Jobs on the Rise for City Aviation Scene, The Cairns Post 20 October 2021

CAIRNS Airport employment is now higher than preCovid levels despite international travel being ripped out of the equation – and it is causing headaches. A new Cummings Economics report has painted a picture of the city’s general aviation sector as it stood in 2019 when the world was still oblivious to the global shutdown that was about to hit.

Businesses set for New Era, The Cairns Post 20 October 2021

AS FNQ tourism operators work towards December 17 when the borders open to domestic and international visitors, Cairns businesses are formulating plans to keep staff, customers and the community safe. Queensland will begin a phased border reopening for fully vaccinated people from November 19.

Big Brands Lock in Sites, The Cairns Post 21 October 2021

COMMERCIAL property is bouncing back with some of Australia’s biggest businesses signing contracts for three footy fields’ worth of space in a matter of months. A new 3000sq m indoor trampoline, rock-climbing and obstacle course attraction has been locked in, and now one of Bunnings’ most fierce competitors are the latest to set up shop in the city.

Bridge Set for Two Lanes Again, The Cairns Post 22 October 2021

MOTORISTS are set to rejoice with the reopening of the second lane on the Barron River Bridge. But it will come at a cost. The troubled bridge has been down to one lane since February 2020 with motorists enduring long waits to cross after the Department of Transport and Main Roads imposed a load limit of 50.5 tonnes.

IT’S Over for Nova, The Cairns Post 22 October 2021

A PRESSING question has hit the city’s lips after the $550m Nova City mega development finally collapsed seven years after it was announced. What comes next? It rocketed on to the scene with a bang but has ended in a whimper with developer World Class Global (WCG) writing to pre-sale buyers to say their new apartments would not be built.

Brothers Set to Expand, The Cairns Post 23 October 2021

AN ICONIC not-for-profit sporting group has announced plans to expand its club, creating 150 local jobs in the process. Brothers Leagues Club Cairns is expected to include a brand-new cafe and a new dedicated sports bar, and Lanterns Buffet Restaurant will also be refurbished.


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