Cairns news report – 24th October 2020


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 in and around Cairns.

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Thought Bubble, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 12 Oct 2020

The Silicon Valley in spired centre (above) brings together the brightest sparks in industry and the university to work on tech initiatives. Innovation facilitator Keith Sue said the lab offered an opportunity to brainstorm. Businesses have the ideas and we have the pathways to enable it, he said.

Tourisms Aussie Fair Go, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 13 Oct 2020

Cairns and Far North Queensland will have the chance to shine in a new tourism campaign aimed at putting the spotlight on less well-known destinations and new experiences. Tourism Australia has launched a $7m campaign, fronted by husband-and wife team Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster-Blake, encouraging Australians to take a local holiday.

Division decisions, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 14 Oct 2020

Developments before council: Two Proposals for nearly 100 new residential lots in the cairn’s Regional council. A former sugarcane property at Edmonton has been earmarked for 52 new residential lots while 46 blocks are part of a Mount Peter proposal.

Lagoon bid a swell idea, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 14 Oct 2020

Prominent architect Gary Hunt has suggested a stinger-free enclosure be built between the Sugar Wharf and Rex Smeal Park at the Dicksons Inlet end of Macrossan Street, saying it would create a synergistic relationship between the shopping strip, park users and the Sunday markets.

Pop-up stadium deserves a name, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 14 Oct 2020

Momentum is gathering behind a push for a formal naming of a Spence street Pop-up stadium by cairns Sports fans. For months the stadium has been referred to as the pop-up and the former Bunning site, stadium, but with more big ticket sporting events slated including a 20-game series of the WNBL a formal name for the venue is needed.

Lay cash on the table, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 15 Oct 2020

Since then Labor has come up with partial pledges of $16.5m. The LNP? Nada. PRIME Minister Scott Morrison came to Cairns before the federal election to announce $60 million towards the Cairns University Hospital project. He will return on Thursday to discover no work has begun on the critical piece of infrastructure despite almost two years passing since the visit.

Port lagoon ruled out, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 16 Oct 2020

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr has vowed to deliver a safe swimming alternative for Port Douglas within two years, but it won’t be a lagoon. Mr Kerr has knocked back a chemical-free design pitched by the council last year, slated for the Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club, and believes a stinger free swimming enclosure was unrealistic and impractical to put to ratepayers despite massive community support.

Approvals through the roof, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 17 Oct 2020

Residential development approvals are through the roof as Cairns Regional Council planning officers wade through a spike in one-off constructions and major new subdivisions. The local government gave the green light to 71 new homes in September – up 69 per cent on the same month last year – continuing an upward trend on the back of significant state and federal incentives for new builds.

Jobs to tend Boats, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 17 Oct 2020

Defence papers have revealed a long-awaited navy job-spinner in Cairns will be online by the end of next year. The documents, seen by the Cairns Post, have described the timeline for the regional maintenance centre (RMC) which will support the servicing of new patrol boats.

Road back to Tourism, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 17 Oct 2020

A dream team of tourism, hospitality and events gurus has been elected to recover billions of dollars lost to COVID-19 in what is shaping up to be a make or break year. Tourism Tropical North Queensland has released its 2019-20 annual report and announced the team expected to help restore billions into the Far North’s tourist economy.

Flood of funds to entice visits, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 19 Oct 2020

FAR North tourism operators are bracing for a challenging wet season and hoping for an easing of border restrictions as they try to bounce back from a COVID-ravaged year. Kuranda River Boat Cruises owner Warren Clinton said support, like the $74m state package announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, would be important.

Hospital gets heart-starter, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 19 Oct 2020

The Cairns University Hospital project has taken a big step on its journey with both major parties promising to deliver the goods if they win the upcoming state election. Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington on Monday will announce a $20m infusion to. Kick start the Cairns University Hospital project.

Tourism calls for border clarity, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 19 Oct 2020

Cairns tourism businesses are calling for an end to the ambiguity over Queensland’s border plan in the lead-up to an expected influx of visitors at the beginning of November. The border to New South Wales could reopen on November 1 under the Queensland government’s COVID-19 recovery road map.

Clearing way for $481 m project, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 20 Oct 2020

Preliminary earthworks and tree clearing are well under way on the 10.5km Bruce Highway upgrade set to future-proof the growth of f Cairns’ booming southern suburbs. The Cairns Southern Access Corridor Stage 3 plans will duplicate the existing two-lane sections of the road between Edmonton and Gordonvale to four lanes and increase the speed limit to 100km/h.

Paradise Palms decisions delayed, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 23 Oct 2020

A long-awaited council vote on the future of the former Paradise Palms golf course has been held over until next month. Cairns Regional Council and property owner Darren Halpin confirmed that the decision period for the development application by PPNQ Developments Pty Ltd had been extended.

Big art gig on menu, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 23 Oct 2020

The opening of a New Mexican fast food restaurant in Cairns is looming and there’s a chance for locals to become part of the team. Taco Bell has confirmed it will open its first Cairns restaurant in early 2021 at the West court DFO shopping centre next to Hungry Jack’s.

ISO hub kept us alive, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 24 Oct 2020

A Bold decision to transform Cairns’ oldest international hotel into a quarantine hub has proven to be a stroke of genius. The Pacific Hotel Cairns on the Esplanade has been able to buck a Far North trend of laying off staff, keep its doors open and was now close to capacity with 187 of its 207 rooms occupied.

Shipyard sells with hint of jobs boom, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 24 Oct 2020

A global shipbuilder under contract to produce patrol boats for the navy has bought one of Cairns’ biggest shipyards with the hint of jobs and a maritime maintenance boom. Austal Ltd acquired BSE Maritime Solutions for $27.5 million and expects earnings at the shipyard to grow by $7m over the next five years as patrol boats built by the company for Pacific nations dock in Cairns for maintenance.

Commuter Train Plan, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 24 Oct 2020

Limited public transport options in the Far North has sparked a call for one of the region’s oldest railways to offer an added service for local residents. The iconic Kuranda Scenic Railway (KSR) operates daily between Cairns and Kuranda as mainly a tourist train.


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