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 from last week included:
- Returned Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has been urged to get cracking on infrastructure projects promised for the Far North, with roads, health and water storage all high priorities. Entsch has claimed a political stake in a stadium for the city, revealing his preferred site is next to the Cairns Convention Centre;
- CBD parking was a topical issue. Council has agreed to bring back free parking from 2pm Saturday and all of Sunday. They also released development plans for a 146-bay single-story car park, which will be built on the site of the old mail centre, on the corner of Harley and Grafton Sts; and
- Far Northern holiday-makers will be able to book helicopter flights and submarine tours of the Great Barrier Reef using the rideshare app Uber as part of a multi-million-dollar campaign unveiled by Tourism and Events Queensland.
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Carpark Plan for CBD Site, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 20 May 2019
Construction on a new carpark in Cairns’ city center will provide nearly 150 spaces, easing the pain of trying to find a car spot in the congested CBD. Cairns Regional Council has released development plans for 146-bay single-storey carpark, which will be built on the site of the old mail center, on the corner of Hartley and Grafton Street.
‘Get Cracking, Warren’, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 May 2019
Returned Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has been urged to get cracking on infrastructure project promised for the Far North, with road, health and water storage all high priorities. As of late yesterday afternoon Mr. Entsch had secured more than a third of primary vote, with more than 75 percent on vote counted.
Regional tourism and a push to get overseas visitors out of the capital cities and into the more unexplored destinations is the focus of both major parties this election. Despite this, Liberal and Labor have gone down different paths.
Council Considers Axing Unpopular but Lucrative Policy, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 May 2019
A Contest between revenue and reality will pay out in the Cairns Regional Council chambers tomorrow as a decision is finally made on whether to axe paid weekend parking. The Council is understood to have made about $750000 in extra fees and fines since introducing paid weekend parking at the start of last year.
Taco Bell Expands to North, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 May 2019
One of the largest fast food chains in the US has not ruled out opening an outlet in Cairns in the near future. Taco Bell announced last week it would be expanding into North Queensland and opening its first store in Townsville. No official opening date has announced but the Mexican-themed chain is in the process of hiring managers.
Kuranda Road Review, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 May 2019
A Sweeping $1.25million safety study into the Kuranda Range road will delve deeper than the previously thought and investigate all options for a new route up the hill. Barron River MP Craig Crawford last week announced the planning project would start in July to find out “What upgrades need to be done, where they need to be done and in what order they need to be done”.
Kickstart City Dream, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 May 2019
Energized Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has claimed a political stake in a stadium, revealing his preferred site is next to Cairns Convention Center. Coming off an election win on Saturday Mr. Entsch, already committing to a fantastic plastic eradication plan this term, wants a Cairns City Deal to be Struck to make the stadium a reality.
Virgin trims its wings, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 May 2019
Virgin Australia will be downsizing some of the air-craft used on the Cairns-Brisbane route. The carrier has confirmed, that on its behalf, alliance airlines will operate two return services between the far North and Southeast of the state per week.
Drive to Fix CBD, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 May 2019
Free parking on Sunday in the Cairns CBD is to returns, Plus Cairns Regional Council is to roll out a series of actions to revitalize the city center after traders and the cairns chamber of commerce said the CBD was dying. Free parking will start 2pm on Saturday and cover all of Sunday after to force motorists to pay 18 month ago failed to bring people back into town. Among the revitalization measure are a CBD liaison manager, pop-up stalls, more entertainment, better security, lighting and a search for other ideas.
Bold Plan to Bolster CBD, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 May 2019
Cairns Regional Council will employ a CBD place manager alongside a suite of new initiatives to get the city heart pumping again. Councillors, at their ordinary meeting yesterday morning, unanimously voted in favour of a range of actions to boost CBD visitation. It includes filling empty shops with pop-up stalls and providing more public performances, and reinstating the position of CBD place manager, to employ a person to act as a liaison of sorts between traders and the council.
Real Estate Revolution, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 May 2019
Property guru Tom Panos has urged Far Northern real estate agents to make a full commitment to the profession amid tumultuous times for the real estate industry. The leading real estate trainer, auctioneer and founder of Real Estate Gym spoke to realtors gathered from Mossman to Innisfail at a workshop at the Reef Hotel Casino yesterday.
Future Hazy on Ring Rd Project, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 May 2019
Uncertainty still shrouds the future of the Cairns Ring Road Project as the State Government refuses to be drawn on the matter ahead of the State Budget. Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey studiously avoided the subject when pressed on the state’s commitment to its 20 per cent share of the $370 million National Highway extension to Smithfield.
Upgrading Hospital at Top of List, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 May 2019
Developing the Cairns University Hospital has topped a list of infrastructure projects the Palaszczuk government should prioritise for the Far North in its upcoming State Budget. Advance Cairns has released its submission to the 2019-2020 Budget, which includes a wishlist of nine infrastructure priority projects.
Reef Campaign ready With Uber on Board, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 May 2019
Visitors will be able to ride to the Great Barrier Reef like never before as part of a $3m global marketing campaign designed to breathe new life into our greatest natural asset. The campaign partners with Uber to provide a unique experience, which includes a submarine tour. Sami Harris swims alongside “scUber” which carries Phoebe Smith from the UK, pilot Erika Bergman and Christina Liao from the USA.
Chips are Down if Tourism is ‘Soft’, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 May 2019
Profit expectation for the Reef Casino Trust have fallen with the loss of Cathay Pacific last month highlighting growing concerns over the “softness” of the city’s tourism industry. The trust projecting is distributable profit between $1.2 million and $1.7million for the first six months of 2019 in its latest market trading update.
Construction Work Threat to Newly Free CBD Spaces, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 May 2019
Cairns Regional Council’s planning and environment general manager Kelly Reaston acknowledged increased development activity during the past two years had placed extra pressure on parking spaces. She said in recognition of that, there were areas of parking cordoned off through a permit system, paid for by the development. “Some construction and/or trades vehicles may occupy these areas, but are authorised by the permit holder,” she said.
Facing up To FNQ’s Needs, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 May 2019
Far North labor MPs have given Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk their priority checklist during a stopover on her whirlwind regional tour. Under pressure in the aftermath of the federal Election, the premier (right) announced a timeline for the Adani coal mine and plugged job creation.
River Estate Planned, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 May 2019
An application to develop an 81-lot subdivision on the banks of the Mulgrave River at Goldsborough has been lodged with the Cairns Regional Council. The application seeks permission to reconfigure lot 2 on Goldsborough Rd into a new housing estate adjacent to the Peets Bridge crossing.
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