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:
- Crystalbrook’s cranes may be disappearing from the Cairns skyline but there’s billions of dollars worth of investment in the pipeline;
- Industry leaders have challenged the State Government to have the foresight to invest in the future of Far North Queensland after the Nullinga Dam proposal was described as “costly” and “challenging” in Queensland Parliament estimates; and
- former mayor urges council to buy into Cairns Airport to help the Far North economy.
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Flight of Fancy, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Jul 2019
A former Cairns mayor has urged the council to buy Cairns Airport to help the Far North economy hit new heights. Kevin Byrne, executive manager of Enterprise North, wrote to Mayor Bob Manning saying the council should seize the opportunity to buy the airport which was sold off in 2008.
Resort Plans in Muddle, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Jul 2019
Fitzroy Island tycoon Doug Gamble is running on pure industrial grade tropical stubbornness as he negotiates a sticky web of green tape to redevelop his ageing resort. A 10-year master plan for the resort’s transformation has been lodged with Cairns Regional Council seemingly through some kind of bureaucratic confusion.
Crane Comes Down as Flynn Rises to Next Level, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Jul 2019
The Third of Crytalbrook Collection’s major hotel project for Cairns is moving to the next stage with the dismantling of its tower crane. Crytalbrook Flynn hotel, under construction on the ES planade, is due to open in early 2020. The Southbound lanes of Abbott Stress between Aplin and Shields Streets were closed to traffic yesterday as crews worked to take down the large crane using a smaller mobile Crane.
Yorkeys Knob Locals Ramps up Opposition, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Jul 2019
The association representing residents of Yorkeys Knob has decided to oppose the State Government’s plans for a major boat ramp in the beach suburb. The Yorkeys Knob Residents Association has notified all its members that it has overturned a previous neutral stance on the contentious issue, to now formally oppose the $11 million boat ramp.
Grand Plans Grounded, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Jul 2019
The suggestion that Cairns Regional Council use ratepayer funds to finance the acquisition of the Cairns Airport has been shot down by current owners North Queensland Airports. Enterprise North executive manager and former Cairns mayor Kevin Byrne said a council-owned airport had the potential to foster stronger international engagement with industry and kick start the Cairns economy.
Popular Area has the Edge in Online Views, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Jul 2019
Cafes, cute cottages and mountain climbs – Edge Hill has it all, and doesn’t everyone know it. The leafy suburb on the edge of Mt Whitfield Conservation Park and Cairns Botanic Gardens tops the list of most viewed properties on realestate.com.au for the six months to June 30. Edge Hill houses attracted an average of 2202 views on the website, while apartments in the suburb recorded 902 views.
We’re Up for More, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Jul 2019
The dismantling of Crystalbrook Collection’s last remaining crane in the CBD will mark a momentous milestone in the city’s evolution. It will be the first time in four years the Cairns horizon has not been pierced by one of the towering pieces of machinery. But with billions of dollars’ worth of major construction on the way, one thing is very clear.
Woolies Legal Wrangle Heats Up, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Jul 2019
A two-week trial is expected for a complex law suit centred on a proposed northern beaches shopping complex. Cairns Planning and Environment Court recently heard that civil action around the contentious Woolworths development at Trinity Beach would require a dedicated judge to shepherd it thought the court system.
Close Call on Aquis, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Jul 2019
Cairns dodged a bullet with Aquis, according to experts, who have used the defunct $8.15 billion resort proposal as an example of a project that was not sustainable for the Far North. Several international and local speakers gathered at The Cairns Institute at James Cook University yesterday for a symposium to discuss the challenges in creating economic development in the tropics, that was sustainable and inclusive.
Crystallbrook Boss Departs, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Jul 2019
The search is on for a new chief executive to lead the billion-dollar Crystalbrook Collection hotel chain after the surprise departure of its founding chief, Mark Davie. Mr Davie said he had “agreed to part company” with Crystalbrook due to his own growing business commitments in Newcastle.
Lessons From History, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Jul 2019
Economist Bill Cummings has delivered a history lesson to the city’s business community, highlighting positive signs on the horizon despite Cairns underperforming over the past year. The Cairns Chamber of Commerce’s annual economic forecast luncheon at the Cairns Convention Centre heard there had been a marked shift in recent years.
Kick Starting the Revitalisation of Shields St, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Jul 2019
Revival of one of the deadspots of the Cairns CBD is expected to get under way next month. Cairns regional councillors are due to endorse today trial programs to breathe life back into Shields St between Abbott and Lake streets. The Shields Street Trial Activation Initiatives from August to October include entertainment, markets and community-based programming.
It’s So Dam Costly, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Jul 2019
Nullinga Dam’s fate hangs by a thread at the mercy of accountants who will tick or flick the Far North’s most critical piece of infrastructure for the next three decades. The crucial water security project was the focus of yesterday’s estimates hearing in the Queensland Parliament, where it was the subject of some deeply troubling conversation. Building Queensland completed the detailed business case for the $330 million dam in June and sent it to the State Government.
Free City Parking Boost, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Jul 2019
Free weekend parking is about to extend even further as Cairns Regional Council unlocks an arsenal to try to drive shoppers back to the CBD. The Lake St multistorey carpark was overlooked when the council in May reintroduced free parking in the CBD after 2pm on Saturdays and all day Sunday.
How Our City’s Rates Stack Up, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Jul 2019
Ratepayers were hit with a 1.5 per cent rate rise in Cairns Regional Council’s 2019-20 Budget amid much fanfare about the spike being just a modest blip in line with CPI. Now the council’s number crunchers have compared the increase against other local governments across Queensland with a population base greater than 100,000. Finance manager Jason Ritchie said the study benchmarked four categories.
Luxury Units to Hit the Market, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Jul 2019
Luxury apartments in one of Crystalbrook Collection’s new five-star resorts are about to hit the market. The company’s outgoing chief executive, Mark Davie, spoke with the Cairns Post just a day before his departure was announced this week. He revealed the sales timeline for the 110 units in the $120 million Bailey development alongside 220 top-end hotel rooms.
Industry Backs Dam Plans, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Jul 2019
Industry leaders have challenged the State Government to have the foresight to invest in the future of Far North Queensland after the Nullinga Dam proposal was described as “costly” and “challenging” in Queensland Parliament estimates this week. Building Queensland completed the detailed business case for the $330 million dam in June – the probe finalises the government’s commitment to the project unless more funding becomes available.
FNQ Backpackers’ Hostel Joins World’s Best in Top 10, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Jul 2019
A BACKPACKERS’ joint in Cairns costing just over $20 a night has been rated one of the world’s most Instagrammable hostels. Travellers Oasis Backpackers in Scott St has come in at No. 8 in travel giant Hostelworld’s top 10, joining venues in exotic destinations from Venice to Costa Rica. The results were compiled according to the hostels with the most “likes” on Instagram by Hostelworld customers.
On a Charm Offensive, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Jul 2019
The community group of two sought-after Cairns suburbs wants the council to introduce regulations to protect the look of the area in what is believed to be a first in regional Queensland. Stratford and Freshwater Community Association president Liz Taylor said the “one size fits all” approach of the current Cairns Plan did not work in their area and they wanted to prevent small subdivisions to keep the suburb’s character.
Management Defends Board, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Jul 2019
Asia consortium to support China Southern Airlines. “Cairns Airport is investing heavily in aviation attraction to drive economic growth through greater connectivity.” Other initiatives included the airport and TTNQ joining forces to attend World Routes 2019 in Adelaide in September to showcase Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef to global airlines, and the sponsorship of organizations and events.
Why We Need Buy-in, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Jul 2019
The Single biggest economic driver for this city and region is currently the Cairns International Airport, which along with the Macky Airport is owned by NQ Airport Ltd. From all reports, and despite the falling Passenger number through the gates. It remains a financially lucrative asset for its owners with record profits predicted for the 2018-19 financial year.
Far North Designers Impress State Judges, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Jul 2019
Five outstanding Far North designers are the toast of the region this week after beating rivals for recognition in the Building Designers’ Association of Queensland State awards. Buck Design won two awards for best alteration or addition to an industrial building for the firm’s work on the Reece Plumbing and NQ Petro sites in Cairns, while balay Vandyke Building Design’s off-grid home at Paddys Green near Palm Cove was named Queensland’s best in the sustainable residential building design category
Timeline for Big Hall Revealed, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Jul 2019
Work on a new $11 Million hall for Cairns State High School will start early next year. Member for Cairns Mr. Healy told student yesterday that the Centennial Hall project was set to go out to tender soon. Work will start in January. “Education is major priority of mine and ensuring that Cairns schools have the best facilities to equip our young people for the future is critical”, he said.
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