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 stories included:
- Tertiary level status is looking inevitable for Cairns Hospital following a $60 million funding commitment from Bill Shorten;
- Crystalbrook Collection is aiming to start construction of its $200 million Port Douglas marina as early as September;
- A new school, retirement village, and tourist park for Cairns’ northern beaches are all being considered as part of a multi-million-dollar redevelopment plan for one of the Far North’s premier golf courses; and
- Cairns Regional Council has given its approvals for the pumping and storage of dredge spoil from Trinity Inlet, paving the way for the $120 million Cairns Shipping Development Project to go ahead.
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Shorten Vows $60m to Hospital Upgrade, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Jan 2019
TERTIARY level status is looking inevitable for Cairns Hospital following a $60 million funding commitment from Bill Shorten. The Federal Labor leader has exclusively announced to the Cairns Post his financial pledge for the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service to help make the Cairns University Hospital reality.
Weight of Numbers, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Jan 2019
A COMMUNITY action group has claimed responsibility for bombarding the Queensland Government with 19,000 submissions about a controversial eco-resort proposed near Kuranda. But the developer behind the $650 million KUR-World says the sheer amount of interest in his project’s environmental impact statement (EIS) public notification period was “extremely encouraging” and simply shows the importance of the EIS process.
Call for Bypass Advisers, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Jan 2019
NORTHERN beaches residents are being urged to join a community advisory group to help guide the development of the Smithfield bypass. The Department of Transport and Main Roads has called for applications for its Captain Cook Highway – Smithfield bypass Project community liaison group.
Shorten’s Team Pledges $15m Hospital Spend, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Jan 2019
CAIRNS hospital’s emergency department will receive a much-needed expansion under a $15 million redevelopment plan by a shorten government. The ALP chose Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s visit to Cairns yesterday to exclusively outline its pre-election commitment for the hospital with the Cairns Post.
Sugar is Gold to North, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Jan 2019
THE economic value of the Far Northern sugar industry has been quantified in a new report commissioned by the Australian sugar Milling Council. Figures collated by Lawrence Consulting estimate Mossman, Mulgrave and Tablelands mills make a direct and indirect economic contribution of $322 million to the economies of four local government areas.
Building on Solid Ground, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Jan 2019
CAIRNS and the Far North have dodged the worst of somber building industry predictions for 2019 with jobs growth and major projects. Master Builders and the Australian Bureau of Statistics show a 4.6 per cent drop in approvals over the last 12 months in Far North Queensland.
Centre Delivers $80m Spend, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Jan 2019
THE Cairns Convention centre has cemented its importance to the Far Northern economy by revealing it genearted $80 million last year. A study of delegate spending and travel patterns last year showed the centre generated big economic revenues for the region.
Golf out as Paradise Palms Alters Course, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Jan 2019
A new school, retirement village and tourist park are being proposed as part of a multi-million dollar master plan for the Kewarra Beach prime site. Resort managing director Darren Halpin is preparing to lodge a development application with Cairns Regional Council with golf to cease on the 18-hole course from mid-June.
Access Corridor a Step Closer, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Jan 2019
THE beginning of the third stage of the Cairns Southern Access corridor is a step closer to completion after the government advanced two shortlisted contractors to the next stage of tender process. The two tenderers to take part in Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) phase are John Holland Seymour Whyte AECOM Joint Venture (HSA Group) and Bielby Hull Albem Coleman Joint Venture (BHA Coleman JV).
Port Project Set to Sail, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Jan 2019
CAIRNS Regional Council has given its approvals for the pumping and storage of dredge spoil from Trinity Inlet, paving the way for the $120 million Cairns Shipping Development project to go ahead. Mayor Bob Manning (above) said the approval was a key milestone in the long-awaited project.
Bonanza Cruise Times, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Jan 2019
THREE uber-luxury cruise ships with 1400 wealthy passengers on board will bring an Australia Day weekend spending spree for the Far North starting today. Seven Seas Mariner, Europa 2 and Le Laperouse will each spend a day at the Port of Cairns.
Crystalbrook Marina Set to Kick off in September, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Jan 2019
CRYSTALBROOK Collection is aiming to start construction of its $200 million Port Douglas marina as early as September. Chief executive Mark Davie said their new plans had received “positive vibes” from Douglas Shire Council.
Legal Stoush for Paradise, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Jan 2019
THE owners of paradise Palms have been warned to expect a “long drawn out” legal battle over their redevelopment plans for the premier golf course. The Kewarra Beach 18-hole course is set to be shut down permanently from mid-June as owner PPNQ Developments prepares to transform the 113ha property into a residential estate, possibly including a new school, retirement village and tourist park.
Shangri-La Provides the Link to Trinity Bay, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Jan 2019
THE tourism industry is celebrating the nine-month, $13 million overhaul of the Shangri-la Hotel, The Marina in Cairns. The renovation of 184 guest rooms which began in March 2018 has been officially completed and will complement the hotel’s new restaurant, The Backyard, which opened last month.
Hang on: 100 Staff on Way, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Jan 2019
CENTRELINK and Medicare callers will have less hold time on the phone under a Labor plan to boost call centre staff in Cairns. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, who is expected to arrive in Cairns today, will commit $7.2 million to create 100 permanent full-time Department of Human Resources jobs in the city.
New Plan for Flood Response Accepted, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Jan 2019
A new emergency action plan created after flash flooding tore through Redlynch valley last year has received final regulatory approvals. An exhaustive independent review of how cairns regional council infrastructure held up in the torrential flooding.
Shorten Files Last Bit, With Promise of Cash, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Jan 2019
Bill shorten flew into cairns on a qantas passenger plane after an executive decision to end his big red bus tour in Townsville – but he came bearing gifts. The opposition leaders arrived on yesterday’s 12.15pm Qantas flight from Townsville to the cairns airport.
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