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 over the last week included:
- Thousands of potential jobs hinging on Cairns being designated a strategic military port have been bolstered by a few key words form US VP Mike Pence;
- Construction gears cranking up in FNQ’s engine room are driving the region at full speed into a year of growth not seen for decades. Read about the 15 major projects that promise to make 2019 a standout year for our region; and
- Crystalbrook spur discussion around the Cairns Esplanade outdoor dining precinct.
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Karen’s wonder at Reef day out, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Nov 2018
THE tweeting fingertips of the US Second Lady have given the Cairns tourism industry a level of publicity money cannot buy. While US Vice President Mike Pence was engaged in APEC negotiations in Papua New Guinea, his wife Karen was soaking up the sights of Far North Queensland.
Cairns may expand its navy role, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 19 Nov 2018
THOUSANDS of potential jobs hinging on Cairns being designated a strategic military port have been bolstered by a few key words from US Vice President Mike Pence (right). Donald Trump’s second-in-command and Second Lady Karen Pence have flown the coop after focusing the international spotlight on the Far North Queensland tourism industry – and even photobombing a wedding.
Free waiting area for drivers meeting arrivals, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 20 Nov 2018
A NEW area for drivers to park for up to half an hour free-of-charge while waiting for passengers to disembark has been unveiled at Cairns Airport. The standby zone will provvide 22 car parks behind the T1 budget carpark. Drivers can go straight through the roundabout coming off Airport Ave and turn left at the second roundabout just before the international terminal. Bright orange signs will guide drivers to the carpark.
Vision of dining haven, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 20 Nov 2018
THE Cairns Esplanade has been reimagined in vivid colour as a pedestrian and outdoor dining precinct amid calls from Crystalbrook Collection to push ahead with construction. The growing hotel company has just opened its first five-star resort, Riley, in the city centre, with two more to follow over the coming year, starting with Bailey in September.
Region’s apprentices skilling up for boom, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Nov 2018
JOBSEEKERS have been told to take heart even though apprenticeship opportunities in the Far North have been limited over the past year despite a looming infrastructure boom. Construction Skills Queensland director of evidence and data Robert Sobyra said he was surprised at his company’s annual review which showed the Far North had one of the lowest apprenticeship hire rates in Queensland.
MP denounces delays, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Nov 2018
NON-COMMITTAL language abounds in the State Government’s timeline for the $176 million Cairns Convention Centre extension. The project has been hamstrung by delay’s since the last State Budget unequivocally announced a business case would be considered in 2017-18 with construction over the next two financial years.
Appetite for dining hub, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Nov 2018
CRYSTALBROOK Collection is turning the screws to get a straight answer to a simple question — is the Cairns Esplanade outdoor dining precinct plan going ahead? The fledgling, but rapidly growing, hotel company yesterday exclusively released a vision for the city’s most iconic promenade to the Cairns Post in an effort to prompt action.
Growth rumblings just sign of avalanche to come, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Nov 2018
CONSTRUCTION gears cranking up in Far North Queensland’s engine room are driving the region at full speed into a year of growth not seen for decades. Crystalbrook Collection has roused a sleeping giant with its $370 million investment across three hotel developments in Cairns. The spend has spurred a suite of 15 major projects that promise to transform the region — all while federal political parties clamber for our votes.
Blue skies for hangar, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Nov 2018
ENGINEERING firm Hawker Pacific is setting its sights on bigger planes and projects thanks to a $4.5 million expansion of its hangar at Cairns Airport. The maintenance hub, officially opening tonight, now has the potential to double its 132-strong workforce. THE $4.5 million expansion of Hawker Pacific’s Cairns Airport hangar could attract future contracts that will double its current 132-strong workforce.
US Navy crew’s break in ‘second home port’, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Nov 2018
MORE than 550 sailors and marines are piling off the USS Green Bay for tropical rest and relaxation, and the captain reckons Cairns is well on the way to becoming US Navy ship’s “second home port”. The 210m-long amphibious platform dock ship was last stationed in Cairns in June last year and could become a frequent sight as the US joins Australia and Papua New Guinea to create the joint Lombrum Naval Base on Manus Island.
CPAC to open on time – at big cost, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Nov 2018
STRICT fire safety measures will be place to ensure the Cairns Performing Arts Centre opens on schedule – but it is going to be expensive and the unions are kicking. Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said Cairns Regional Council had struck an agreement to install extra fire hydrants, sprinklers and smoke detectors.
More retail variety tops some shopper’s wish list, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Nov 2018
Myer is in discussion with centre owner Lendlease about the reconfiguration, which would free up the smaller topfloor tenancy for a new Woolworths supermarket. A reduction in staff is not expected as Myer aims to improve its product and brand offerings at the store.
Buyers cautious post inquiry: REIQ, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Nov 2018
SOUTHERNERS moving to Cairns are driving up the value of houses in the region. New data from CoreLogic’s latest Regional Market Update report shows 6 per cent fewer houses wew sold in the year to August 2018 than the same time last year.
Skyrail thrill walk, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Nov 2018
A STUNNING lookout and seethrough view 300m to the bottom of the Barron Gorge is a highlight of a new feature being built by Skyrail. Images of the cableway’s latest investment due to open early next year have been revealed.
Dining hotspot planned, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Nov 2018
CHRIS CALCINO in time for Easter next year, the Beach House will effectively correct that shortage with four new dining outlets or drawcards that refocus the spotlight on Trinity Beach as a destination to visit.” The 1938sq m attraction was built over two years on the former home of Trinity Beach Bar and Grill.
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