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.
The news last week was dominated by Crystalbrook collection boss Ghassan Aboud’s visit to Cairns, where he:
- has vowed to “wake up” the true potential of Port Douglas after releasing the first image of his estimated $200 million-plus marina development;
- expressed disappointment and called for more to be done in attracting a Middle Eastern airline to Cairns;
- is considering development options for a half-hectare block of land used as a carpark on Grafton Street; and
- accused council of going slow on the roll out of a CBD pedestrian zone on the Esplanade between Shields and Aplin Sts.
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Food, Power Costs Hit Cairns Living Standard, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Feb 2019
A NEW report has revealed food and energy costs contribute to Cairns being Queensland’s second most expensive regional city, behind Mount Isa. The report by the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has concluded Cairns residents are paying more for food and have higher household energy costs.
Dairy Farmers Glad for End to Price War, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Feb 2019
DAIRY farmers across the Far North will be given a fair go for the first time in more than eight years as one supermarket chain puts an end to the $1-alitre price war on milk. From today, $1-a-litre milk will be axed from Woolworths stores across the country.
Planning Process Farce, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Feb 2019
THE fate of one of the most controversial developments to hit Cairns in decades could wind up being decided by an unelected bureaucrat due to donations made to Cairns regional councillors. Paradise Palms owner Darren Halpin helped fundraise for Mayor Bob Manning’s Unity Team in 2016 and the golf course company he heads also donated gifts in kind worth $1898.
Prime CBD LOT In Sights, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Feb 2019
A PRIME slice of undeveloped real estate in the city centre is about to meet its fate as Crystalbrook Collection boss Ghassan Aboud (right) rolls into town. The billionaire investor spent last night in the penthouse of Riley – his first visit since the $130 million hotel opened its doors late last year. He will inspect the fruits of his $500 million-plus investments planned for Far North Queensland over the next few days.
Pokies are Raking it in, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Feb 2019
CAIRNS pokies made an average of $12,621 every hour in December. Queensland Government figures show, across the Cairns region, the 1809 poker machines made a total of $9.4 million in December – an average of $5191 per machine.
Enclave’s First Stage Opens, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Feb 2019
THE first stage of a new residential estate near the Cairns CBD will officially open today. Breaking ground last year, Urbex is leading the charge as developer of Enclave in Earl-ville, and is working with BMD Urban delivering civil works and J Mac Constructions delivering the landscaping.
Mega-Office Part of Fresh Masters Plan, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Feb 2019
THE abandoned Masters Home Improvement warehouse’s days as an inveterate vacancy are numbered with shock new plans to convert the bulk of it to government offices. Blueprints submitted to Cairns Regional Council reveal the Department of Human Services plan to shut its four sites in Cairns to be consolidated in a mega-office within the Portsmith building.
Estate Release Despite Critics, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Feb 2019
THE first lots of a controversial residential estate being developed bordering rainforest at Kamerunga have been released to the market. Five blocks at the new 6ha hillside property along Douglas Track Rd, called “Sanctuary on Stoney’s”, have been made available by developer iicon Cairns Pty Ltd, which says it has already had a heap of interest from buyers.
Aboud in Public Plea for Results, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Feb 2019
THE man responsible for the city’s latest premier hotel has taken a potshot at state and local governments’ efforts to entice new air routes from Middle East carriers. Syrian billionaire and Crystalbrook collection owner Ghassan Aboud expressed dismay at the difference between promises given and results delivered in the business of luring new airlines to the Far North.
Cheap Land Bid to Avoid Dispute, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Feb 2019
PARADISE Palms boss Darren Halpin is about to make a cut-price land offer to residents with homes backing onto the ill-fated golf course in an effort to get them onside with his development plans. The proposed residential redevelopment of the famous fairway has sparked rigid opposition from neighbours – something Mr Halpin hopes to turn around with a sweet deal.
Vision to Restore Reputation as vibrant FNQ Destination, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Feb 2019
GHASSAN Aboud has vowed to “wake up” the true potential of Port Douglas after releasing the first image of his marina development, following a successful meeting with Douglas Shire Council today. Residents of the tourist town are also set to benefit from an estimated $200 million-plus project to transform the existing land along Dicksons Inlet, which will include a public boardwalk, waterfront access and parkland.
Airline Bids not Hurt by Change, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Feb 2019
CAIRNS Airport has assured its plans to attract more airlines to the Far North have not been grounded by the departure of one of their high-flying executives. Airport chief commercial officer for aviation, Paul McLean, has resigned during a crucial phase for the facility, which is looking to build on a surge in international tourism.
Case of Double Standards?, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Feb 2019
DOUBLE Island appears to have been forgotten by authorities, as the State Government cracks down on run-down Great Barrier Reef island resorts. Council officers were due to visit the island, off Palm Cove, late last year after ordering resort owner, Chinese property tycoon Benny Wu, to undertake remediation actions.
ISLAND GEM NEEDS TIME, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Feb 2019
THE complicated business of turning a profit on Far North Queensland islands has claimed a growing line of ambitious investors who bit off more than they could chew. Plenty have failed but a few have flourished – and others are desperately trying to keep their heads above water right now.
Buyers Quick to Nab Blocks, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Feb 2019
FIFTEEN new lots have opened up in one of Cairns’ most desirable and leafiest suburbs. Named Kanimbla Gardens Estate, the new land release extends the neighbourhood to the south of the Western Arterial road.
Tycoon’s Views Fail to Faze Manning, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Feb 2019
MAYOR Bob Manning says he is not fazed by criticism levelled at council by visiting Crystalbrook Collection boss Ghassan Aboud. The duo sat down to a meeting yesterday after the Syrian billionaire accused council of going slow on the roll out of a CBD pedestrian zone on the Esplanade between Shields and Aplin Sts.
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