Cairns news report – 25th September 2021

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$300M Plan in Doubt, The Cairns Post 14 September 2021

ANOTHER high-flying property developer is facing joining a conga line of cashed-up investors pulling the plug on lucrative projects in Port Douglas. A planned $300m Fairmont resort dubbed the biggest construction “since Christopher Skase” looks doomed with the developer butting heads with council planners.

Brakes put on Japan Flight Bid, The Cairns Post 14 September 2021

A FAR Northern tourism leader has vowed to keep fighting for a direct Cairns to Tokyo flight route after the nation’s consumer watchdog blocked a proposed codeshare relationship between Qantas and Japan Airlines. Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief executive Mark Olsen said he understood the ACCC’s decision, but he still had aspirations of a national carrier providing a Cairns-Tokyo service.

Brakes put on Japan Flight Bid, The Cairns Post 14 September 2021

BILLIONAIRE investor Ghassan Aboud remains a “tremendous supporter of Port Douglas” despite freezing his $250m waterfront redevelopment. Crystalbrook Collection chief executive officer Geoff York said his Syrian-based boss was revisiting options at the superyacht marina but had not pulled development plans completely off the table.

Dark Side of The Boom As Supply Chain Wanes, The Cairns Post 15 September 2021

CAIRNS is experiencing a massive boost to housing construction activity off the back of the surge in work created through the HomeBuilder and Regional Home Building boost grants, record low interest rates and peaking interstate migration.

Meeting Targets Subsidies, The Cairns Post 15 September 2021

CAIRNS business leaders will meet directly with the Premier and Treasurer on Wednesday to build a case for a new wage subsidy to reduce the loss of crucial skills in the Far North. Not-for-profit organisations Advanced Cairns, Tourism Tropical North

Developers Drawing on the Unusual, The Cairns Post 16 September 2021

DEVELOPERS are moving on plans to build one of the most architecturally striking office blocks in Cairns on the site of what was once an even more unusual building. Liral Holdings bought 102-104 McGregor Rd in Smithfield in a “part sale” from a related company for $685,000 in 2015. Demolition crews had already torn down a bizarre golf ball-shaped space observatory

Funding Hopes for FNQ, The Cairns Post 16 September 2021

THE reallocation of an estimated $100m of state and federal funding has formed a key pillar in a pitch to the Queensland Premier from Cairns tourism leaders. Tropical North Queensland sat down with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Deputy Premier Steven Miles and Cairns-based Labor MPs in Brisbane to flesh out what they hope is a plan to repair a sinking Far North economy.

Famous Resort for Sale, The Cairns Post 16 September 2021

ONE of the Far North’s most loved resorts has hit the market, with offers of over $20m expected.The Castaways Resort and Spa in Mission Beach is being sold by Melbourne-based property mogul James NevilleSmith and is tipped to attract developers and cashed-up buyers from around Australia and overseas.

Export Hub on Runway, The Cairns Post 17 September 2021

A LUCRATIVE contract to build a new $10m regional export hub in the Far North is finally up for grabs. Queensland deputy premier Steven Miles said tenders would soon be called to construct the pivotal Cairns Airport project expected to “supercharge” rapid airfreight access for agricultural producers and aid the Far North’s economic recovery.

New Wave of Job Support Talks, The Cairns Post 17 September 2021

A CAIRNS tourism delegation has met with senior officials from the state treasurer’s office where “saving Far North jobs” was a key agenda item. Advance Cairns chairman Nick Trompf and chief executive Dr Paul Sparshott will also meet with members of premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s department today after a series of roundtables over three days in Brisbane.

City Could Ride Subs Deal Wave, The Cairns Post 17 September 2021

CAIRNS’ reputation as a capable marine precinct with an established naval maintenance centre could provide opportunities in a major international military agreement announced on Thursday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Australia was set to build nuclear-powered submarines in a new partnership with the US and UK.

Exodus to the Far North, The Cairns Post 18 September 2021

CAIRNS has been listed as the eighth most desirable place in Australia that people have migrated to after over a year of lockdowns in the southern states. New data from Commonwealth Bank and the Regional Australia Institute has revealed that Cairns was the third highest place in Queensland as well.

Destinations Battle it Out for Tourist Dollars, The Cairns Post 18 September 2021

BORDERS may be closed across much of Australia, but the battle for the interstate tourist dollar has begun in earnest. Queensland holiday providers have laid down the gauntlet, with bonus deals totalling $2m for the first 8000 people to book trips to the state’s north.

Rethink on Relief Funds, The Cairns Post 20 September 2021

THE picture of a desperate and struggling Far Northern economy has been painted for the Premier, who has agreed to rethink how relief funding could be spent in the Far North. Advance Cairns chairman Nick Trompf sat in a series of meetings with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, members of her team and members of Treasurer Cameron Dick’s team last week.

Paradise Lost, The Cairns Post 20 September 2021

THE locking out of the Far North’s key tourism markets has forced the hand of Green Island Resort owners Quicksilver Group, with managing director Tony Baker confirming the resort will temporarily close after the school holidays. Day trips to the island will be unaffected by the decision, and Mr Baker said staff would be kept on to cater for those visitors.

Resort in for Long Haul, The Cairns Post 21 September 2021

AN island resort in the Far North is positive about better times ahead, despite border closures damaging business for tropical destinations. The Cairns Post revealed on Monday that Green Island Resort will temporarily stop taking bookings after the current school holiday period.

Wind In Farm’s Sails, The Cairns Post 21 September 2021

A BIG four bank will throw its considerable financial might behind a gamechanging new $370m Kaban wind farm in Far North Queensland. The renewable energy project is set to be an economic boon for the region, creating 250 jobs and providing cleaner, more reliable energy.

Airport’s Border Wait, The Cairns Post 22 September 2021

CAIRNS Airport boss Richard Barker has deemed a multimillion dollar federal investment in international security screening for Australian airports to be of “minimal” use to the facility until a border commitment is reached.

Celebrities Flee to the Sun, The Cairns Post 22 September 2021

PORT Douglas has long had a reputation as a playground for the rich and famous but the global pandemic has influenced a roaring revival of the high-end property market. From rich listers, property moguls, shock jocks and former sporting superstars, this idyllic seaside town is home to an eclectic mix of celebrities and business heavyweights who have escaped the city lockdowns for a palm-fringed life

Housing Plan Surprises, The Cairns Post 23 September 2021

A NEW disability housing development in a Cairns suburb has raised the eyebrows of neighbouring homeowners and prompted an investigation from Cairns Regional Council. Far North construction company VIS Construction has begun building a complex of five two-bedroom apartments in between residential housing in Gordonvale, to be managed by a special disability accommodation provider.

Casual Job Spotlight, The Cairns Post 24 September 2021

A NATIONAL report comparing working conditions across the country has brought to light workers in the Far North are lower paid and more insecure than most Australians. The Spotlight on Job Insecurity and wages report by the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Queensland Council of Unions showed employees in Cairns earned 8 per cent less than the national average.

Conflict on Unity Choices, The Cairns Post 25 September 2021

MAYOR Bob Manning’s grip on Cairns Regional Council has been questioned during a fiery debate about committees, conference delegations and other sweet gigs being stacked with Unity Team members. Division 9 councillor Brett Olds had some choice words for the Mayor after questioning what process was used to choose which councillors would be delegates to an upcoming local government conference.

$70M Tourism Lifeline, The Cairns Post 25 September 2021

A TARGETED $70m package of support has been announced to help keep some of the Far North’s major tourism players afloat as borders closures bite.The joint initiative by state and federal governments will direct $30m to iconic tourism attractions and $40m for a second round of grants to businesses.


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