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Pharmacy course proves a winner with JCU students, The Cairns Post 22 Feb 2021
JAMES Cook University’s new pharmacy course is proving popular, with the cairns intake now full. JCU’s head of pharmacy, Associate Professor John Smithson said the response to their first year of offering pharmacy in Cairns and Mackay had been encouraging.
Protest against ‘ghastly’ project, The Cairns Post 22 Feb 2021
THE Yorkeys Knob community has protested in droves against a mooted Chinese wellness centre in the sleepy suburb, labelling it “ghastly” and “gross” – and high-profile resident warren Entsch has weighed in, too. Mr Entsch was among about 100 people to express exceedingly dim views on the proposal.
Qantas to ramp up flights by Easter, The Cairns Post 22 Feb 2021
QANTAS is expected to ramp up direct flights to Cairns before April as the airline keeps an eye on fluctuating demand and the fluid state borders. Uncertainty caused by ongoing changes to border restrictions has given customers second thoughts about going interstate for holidays or taking business trips.
$3.2m reef project helps protect jobs, The Cairns Post 22 Feb 2021
LOCAL, reef tourism operators, including Quicksilver and Passions of Paradise, will monitor and survey reef health across 234 reefs in a $3.2m project to protect jobs. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said 17 marine tourism operators stuck up their hand to do the work, which would support about 300 existing jobs.
Alliance to resume its Weipa-Cairns routes, The Cairns Post 23 Feb 2021
ALLIANCE Airlines is resuming flights between Cairns and Weipa on Thursdays. Tickets are priced from $150 one way. The carrier has also announced new routes including Brisbane to Weipa, Sunshine Coast to Emerald and Brisbane to Emerald.
Canopy edge bids to make a splash, The Cairns Post 23 Feb 2021
A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE developer has launched a new bid to construct a six-storey luxury apartment complex on the edge of a Cairns lake – and there is more to come. Otto Pfiffer has an impressive real estate portfolio including a $15m mega-mansion on the Gold-Coast, but Cairns is where the real money lies.
Bespoke move to expand cycle trade, The Cairns Post 23 Feb 2021
PEDAL-POWERED picnic dates could soon be working up a sweat in Cairns as the city’s only pedicab company awaits a critical decision about its future. Cairns Regional Council is due hand down a verdict on Wednesday on a proposal for Cairns pedicabs to extend its hours and geographic range of operations.
Tax benefit for tourism, The Cairns Post 23 Feb 2021
A TAX-BASED cash flow boost for tourism businesses is shaping up as the most likely industry support to replace JobKeeper, according to sector sources as they warn a ‘serious’ economic cliff is looming. Industry groups say it appears increasingly likely there will be no tourism-specific wage subsidy to replace JobKeeper after March, despite it being their preferred option.
Let $3m festival roll on, The Cairns Post 24 Feb 2021
A MAJOR European-inspired festival is set to pump more than $3m into the struggling Port Douglas economy later this year, in a timely boost for the Far North region. The event would see the seaside town taken over by cyclists from September 10-12, for the inaugural Port Douglas Gran Fondo — a European term for big bike ride.
Tonic for tourism as Cairns wins top town, The Cairns 24 Feb 2021
CAIRNS’ road to recovery from the coronavirus has received a big boost with its crowning as Aussie Town of the Year following a tumultuous 2020 for the city’s most prominent industry. The win, as judged and announced by travel website Wotif on Wednesday, comes as the award returns to Queensland after four years, when Mackay took top spot.
Decision is a train wreck, The Cairns Post 24 Feb 2021
A SURPRISE decision to drastically reduce the daily schedule of the iconic Kuranda train has sent a chill through the Kuranda community and left businesses scrambling. The Queensland Rail decision was made with less than 24 hours’ notice. BUSINESS owners are scrambling to deal with the fallout of a last-minute government decision to drastically reduce a critical Far North tourism service with less than 24 hours’ notice.
Eye on Amateurs gold, The Cairns Post 25 Feb 2021
PACKED hotels, big business AGMs and multimillion-dollar spending sprees were once part and parcel of the glitzy Cairns Amateurs racing week — and the city’s top brass wants it all to come back. Dollar signs flashed whenever the Amateurs rolled around as multinational companies like BHP organised high-level meetings to coincide with the event.
Council’s new CEO’s decided, The Cairns Post 25 Feb 2021
CAIRNS Regional Council has decided on a new chief executive to take over the reins after John Andrejic (below) resigned amid a storm of hostility four months ago. Only one step remains before the mystery bureaucrat will be revealed following a closed business item in the council’s meeting on Wednesday.
Kuranda’s trade crisis, The Cairns Post 25 Feb 2021
COUNTLESS marine stingers have been found in the waters and on the sand of a Port Douglas beach, including deadly box jellyfish and nasty “hair jellies”. The emergence of the cyanea barkeri, better known as “snotties” or hair jellies, on Four Mile Beach has kept Port Douglas lifeguards on their toes with the jellyfish capable of delivering a painful sting with tentacles stretching more than 10m long.
China shuts lucrative exports of coral trout, The Cairns Post 26 Feb 2021
A SIGNIFICANT Cairns export industry is the latest casualty of belligerent trade restrictions imposed by China. The latest industry to be hit is the lucrative live coral trout export market, with China inexplicably refusing to renew a permit with the nation’s biggest exporter, the Cairns based Australian Reef Fish Trading Company (ARFTC).
How TNQ can ‘win’ Olympics, The Cairns Post 26 Feb 2021
HOSTING Olympic competition may be in the minds of sports fans, but Cairns Mayor Bob Manning is most excited about how a 2032 games in the state’s southeast could supercharge international tourism to Tropical North Queensland. The International Committee has voted unanimously to give Brisbane’s bid for the 2032 Olympics “preferred host status.
Katter’s mission possible, The Cairns Post 26 Feb 2021
BOB Katter has written a ransom note with two Far North projects right at the top after a federal government MP’s defection allowed him to kidnap the balance of power. The Kennedy MP is back in familiar territory with Prime Minister Scott Morrison needing his vote after Craig Kelly walked to the crossbench and ended the government’s working majority.
Dreamtime’s fast becoming a reality, The Cairns Post 27 Feb 2021
A FEAT of modern engineering is playing out in a Portsmith shipyard as the gigantic steel skeleton of Cairns’ newest tourism attraction comes to life. Tourism conglomerate Experience Co wants to have Dreamtime Island on the water by Christmas, but there is plenty of work to happen between now and then.
FNQ playing for keeps, The Cairns Post 27 Feb 2021
CAIRNS is facing a defining moment in time as the alarm is set to sound on the JobKeeper wage subsidy in a month. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has given a strong indication that “targeted support” for the Far North is secured after meetings with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who will be in Cairns on March 8 to deliver an economic briefing at a breakfast hosted by Advance Cairns, Cairns Chamber of Commerce and TTNQ.
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