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 from the last two weeks included:
- Cairns’ construction sector is looking up with a lift in building approvals recorded for February, along with 10,000 jobs added to the Cairns economy over the past six months boding well for the future;
- Crystalbrook Collection owner and Cairns hotel developer Ghassan Aboud’s astronomical net worth has been revealed after he graced the cover of Forbes Middle East; and
- Cathay Pacific confirms it plans to ditch its 26-year Hong Kong link to Cairns.
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Building Field in need of Impetus, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 15 Apr 2019
After a dismal end to 2018, Cairns’ construction sector is looking up with a lift in building approvals recorded for February. Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed 77 approvals were made in February this year, compared to 38 in January. That means an 102.6 per cent increase for the Far North.
Magazine estimates his Fortune at $2.45b, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 16 Apr 2019
Crystalbrook Collection owner and Cairns hotel developer Ghassan Aboud’s astronomical net worth has been revealed after he graced the cover of Forbes Middle East. The Syrian-born, Dubaibased entrepreneur took out the 16th slot in the list of richest Arab billionaires published in the magazine’s April edition – his first time making the cut.
State Coy on Highway, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 16 Apr 2019
The State Government has made no promises about digging out its 20 per cent share of the $370 million National Highway extension to Smithfield. Instead, it has railed against Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch and accused the Federal Government of leading Far North Queenslanders up the garden path.
Crystalbrook adds to Operation’s Expertise, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 17 Apr 2019
Two directors have joined Crystalbrook Collection as it ramps up plans for expansion in Australia. Murray Gordon has been appointed as development director and Raphael Antonini has come on board as hotel investments director. Both will report to chief executive Mark Davie.
Piles in Place for Beefy Boat Hoist, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 17 Apr 2019
Underwater piles have been driven a full 60m below the earth to form the foundation of a new era for the Cairns maritime industry. A ship carrying parts of the world’s largest mobile boat hoist – a seven-storey gargantuan with 1120-tonne lifting capacity – has sailed past Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and is due in Sydney by the weekend.
Holiday Park listed among World’s Best, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 18 Apr 2019
One of Cairns’ favourite holiday parks has been recognised as one of the top family hotels in the world by TripAdvisor. The BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut has been named the 21st best family hotel globally and is one of only two Australian hotels in the top 25 hotels in the world for families.
Lifesavers to get New Club, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 18 Apr 2019
Ellis Beach Surf Life Saving Club will include an outdoor deck with one of the greatest coastal views in the Far North under fully-funded plans to shift the club closer to the shore. The club has been allocated $3.5 million from the Federal Budget towards a redevelopment and relocation of its ageing clubhouse.
Port’s Nod for Marina Fee Review, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 18 Apr 2019
Ports North has bowed to pressure from dive operators, finally agreeing to let an independent umpire make a judgment on the cost of berthing fees at Cairns Marina.
Tour firm Plans Hotel, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Apr 2019
A Chinese tour company is pushing ahead with plans to build its own hotel in the Cairns CBD to avoid having to use local accommodation providers. Hong Tu Investment received approvals last year to build a six-level complex with studio-style units, a five-bedroom manager’s residence and a 40sq m ground-floor restaurant tenancy.
Threat to Gold Coast, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Apr 2019
CAIRNS is warning the Gold Coast it will become the tourism powerhouse of the State as its business community gives a warm welcome to a planned Global Tourism Hub. Business owners doing it tough in the Far North want the State Government to fast track the GTH in Cairns and actively target European as well as Asian visitors.
High-Value Travellers Dish up Economic Lift, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Apr 2019
Domestic travelers are spending big on food and entertainment in Cairns as they come to the Far North in droves. The latest National Visitor Survey data for the year ended December, 2018; shows a record 2,065,000 domestic visitors spent $2.4 billion in Tropical North Queensland in 2018.
Bill’s $250M Pledge, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Apr 2019
Labor has leap frogged the coalition in the tourism stakes and announced a $250 million funding package already earning the support of the far north Queensland Industry.
Revamp for swim Hangout, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Apr 2019
The iconic Crystal Cascades swimming hole is in line for a $1.5 million makeover with new boardwalks, viewing decks and long overdue security upgrades. The hotbed for car breakins near Redlynch has been popular with visitors for decades but even more so in recent years – not least due to its status as a crocodile and stinger-free zone.
Council decides fate of Project, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Apr 2019
A Legal attempt to block Paradise Palms from being ripped up and sold off will meet its fate today. Opponents of the golf course’s proposed residential redevelopment contracted national law firm Holding Redlich in an effort to get Cairns Regional Council on side.
Traffic Snarl hits Arterial, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Apr 2019
Traffic will be bottlenecked on Cairns Western Arterial Rd for at least two months as school and work go back after the Easter break. The road has been reduced to one lane city-bound near Loridan Dr after a landslip made part of the road unstable.
Development Fight falls into the Rough, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Apr 2019
A Show of force by numbers has fallen flat for protesters trying to convince Cairns Regional Council to block the residential redevelopment of the Paradise Palms golf course. Lawyers working for the Save Paradise Palms group made a written submission calling on the council to institute a “temporary local planning instrument” – a technical tool they hoped would put a moratorium on development.
Hedley Brushes off Pub Rumour, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Apr 2019
Developer Tom Hedley has laughed off suggestions he is trying to build a pub by stealth in the sleepy hamlet of Goldsborough as “crazy stuff” by “naughty people”. Cairns Regional Council yesterday approved a controversial development application for a convenience store and managers’ residence to be built in the growing rural-residential area south of Cairns.
Famil Draws Super Yachts, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Apr 2019
VIP international super yacht representatives will be shown the best of Far North Queensland tourism and hospitality next month. Over seven days, they will be shown why Cairns and the region is a premier super yachtdestination as part of the 2019 Super Yacht Group Great Barrier Reef familiarisation tour.
Decision on Beach Road, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Apr 2019
Driving between two beach suburbs is about to get easier with a new road to keep cars off the Captain Cook Highway. A “premature” outcry from residents of a quiet suburban Trinity Beach street helped Cairns Regional Council make its decision about which road should be linked up with Trinity Beach.
‘Golden fortnight’ for FNQ Bookings, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Apr 2019
Tourism operators in the Far North have experienced an 85 per cent jump in bookings over the past two weeks. According to statistics from travel giant Wotif.com, it has been a golden fortnight for tourism operators across the state.
Cathay Cuts Our Air Supply, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Apr 2019
The Far North’s travel and seafood export industries have been delivered a surprising and savage blow with Cathay Pacific confirming it plans to ditch its Hong Kong link to Cairns. Cathay Pacific’s relationship with the city will come to the end of the runway in October, after 26 years of operating the service.
Employment trends up, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Apr 2019
More than 10,000 jobs have been added to the Cairns economy over the past six months in a trend that bodes well for the future. This week’s Conus/CBC Staff Selection employment trend report, derived from original Australian Bureau of Statistics data, showed the job market was “in a very solid picture of strength”.
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