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Blow for Plans to Reopen, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 22 June 2020
A Potential border reopening delay due to Victoria’s COVID-19 spike has been labelled a disaster by Far North tourism bosses already gutted by the ongoing crisis. Deputy Premier Steven Miles has warned Queensland will likely stay shut until at least July 10, quashing hopes of an earlier reopening after Victoria recorded a further 44 cases over the weekend.
He’s Taking the Mick, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 22 June 2020
Minister declared a no show for convention Centre Meeting, Far North business have been left frustrated after housing and Public works Minister Mick de Brenni pulled the pin on a critical meeting scheduled for today to discuss the operation of major contracts for the multimillion dollar Cairns Convention Centre upgrade.
New Museum on Way, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 22 June 2020
Far Northern history buffs and tourists are set to benefit from a proposed new aviation museum which is now one step closer to reality. Construction on the new FNQ Aviation Museum could begin at Mareeba as early as this year after its board members recently completed site lease negotiations with local council and have now released concept images of the potential end product.
Cash for QLD Roads, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 22 June 2020
Far Northern roads are set to benefit from a $415 million infrastructure spending splurge across Queensland, delivering 700 jobs and a major sugar hit to the state’s economy as it bounces back from the coronavirus shutdown. The Morrison and Palaszczuk governments will jointly pump funds into 14 shovel ready road safety projects expected to create jobs across the state as construction kicks into gear within months.
Wet Days Cause Wait, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 23 June 2020
Headaches for Smithfield residents living near McGregor Rd are likely to be drawn out beyond the expected June 30 completion date. But the $164 million Smithfield Bypass project built in collaboration with Cairns Regional Council’s McGregor Rd works are on track for a late 2021 completion.
Taking it up to Tassie, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 23 June 2020
Tasmania’s tenuous claim to be Australia’s ecotourism capital is on increasingly thin ice with $9 million in new works about to launch on the Wangetti Trail. Tourism Minister Kate Jones (below) will today inspect the ongoing construction of a 65m pedestrian bridge spanning the Mowbray River.
Golden Weather Draws Visitors, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 23 June 2020
A picture tells a thousand words. Beaches, bikinis and best wishes from the Far North, Australia — it’s the place to be right now. As poor Victoria suffers a COVID-19 setback and maximum temperatures lower than our minimums this week, Cairns cousins Jesse and Melanie Woodrow will be hitting the beaches.
Vote No to a Fee Rise, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 24 June 2020
Councilors will vote on the recommendation that the fees and charges, which amount to about $19 million yearly, are frozen at their current level for 2020-21. The freeze would warm the heart of those sick of the rising price of parking. Fees were due to increase 20c up to $2 per hour but look likely to remain stagnant at their current $1.80 level.
Covid reopening’s Riley Ready to Welcome Back Guests, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 24 June 2020
One of the premium hotels in Cairns is preparing to welcome back guests in a big way. Crystal brook Collection will reopen its Riley resort to the public on July 1, after temporarily closing due to COVID-19. Riley general manager Jeremy Nordkamp said with the school holidays fast approaching, it was the perfect time for locals to enjoy a post-isolation staycation.
Jobless Rate Jumps, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 24 June 2020
The Far North’s unemployment rate is reaching staggering new heights with at least 25 per cent of the population now out of a job. In a report released by Bill Cummings of Cummings Economics, figures show there has been a 160 per cent increase in the number of people from Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Tablelands, Mareeba and Douglas on unemployment benefits from January to April this year.
Employment Drive Call for FNQ Maritime Training Centre, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 24 June 2020
Cairns MP Michael Healy has just announced a $100,000 boost for TAFE Queensland to bid for a contract that would create 17 new jobs in his patch. A successful bid would make Cairns host to about 160 students due to crew 21 guardian patrol boats under an Australian defence Force cooperation program with 12 small Pacific Island nations.
Jobless Totals at Scary Level, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 25 June 2020
Job seekers are being urged to diversify and up skill as concerning new figures show the Far North’s unemployment rate skyrocketing with at least 25 per cent of people in the labor force now jobless or on Job Keeper. Bill Cummings of Cummings Economics has released a report that showed those receiving unemployment benefits increased from 8915 to 23,100 in January-April this year.
Danger Road Up For Cash Injection, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 25 June 2020
A Dangerous Cairns intersection known for collisions between inattentive motorists and cyclists has been earmarked for a critical $605,000 safety upgrade. Cairns Regional Council has nominated the intersection at Draper and Upward streets for federal black spot funding in the 2020-21 financial year.
Cairns Airport Axe for Senior Leaders, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 26 June 2020
Airport chief executive Norris Carter has confirmed two executives had been made redundant with the future of international travel still in doubt. It was a bleak day yesterday with one union chief claiming the Qantas cuts would be devastating to the Far North.
Campsites booked up ahead of School Break, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 26 June 2020
A Cairns Regional Council spokesman said Bramston Beach Campground had no spaces left for the first week of school holidays. There is some limited availability in the second week of the school break for both powered and unpowered sites, he said. Strong interest has come from both interstate and intrastate visitors, regular and new guests.
Highway Work Begins, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 26 June 2020
Leichhardt and Mulgrave MPs Warren Entsch and Curtis Pitt were joined by Queensland transport and main roads minister Mark Bailey to mark the start of the upgrade between Edmonton and Gordonvale – the Far North’s biggest road project, which will have a number of at-grade level crossings removed, a new overpass south of Maitland road and a new alignment for the highway.
Palm Cove Harbour Push, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 26 June 2020
Division 9 Councilor Brett Olds and LNP candidate for Barron River Linda Cooper said the safe Harbour would be a catalyst project for Palm Cove and would attract investment in further tourist development in what Cr Olds said was the jewel in the crown. No one does anything alone, we need the State Government. I would like to see them involved with a master plan, Cr Olds said.
Tourism Businesses Face Headwinds from Carrier’s Downsizing, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 26 June 2020
Savage Qantas staff cuts are expected to land another blow to businesses reliant on tourists arriving by air to Far North Queensland. The flying kangaroo has announced the cutting of 6000 jobs including ground and cabin crew as it sets up a three year plan to come back from the COVID-19 crisis.
Fix Double Trouble, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 27 June 2020
Double Island off the coast of Cairns was once a party haven for Hollywood Alisters. Now there are claims it has become littered. Cairns Regional Council is demanding the State Government ask developer Benny Wu to repair and clean up the once pristine property. It was supposed to become one of the world’s most attractive offshore tourist resorts but instead Double Island is littered with growing piles of rubbish while its beaches erode away.
Full Steam ahead as Port Project Finishes, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 27 June 2020
More than 400,000 hours were worked on the project, which included dredging the Cairns shipping channel, building an 8km pipeline to transfer silt for re-use and restoring six wharves built more than 100 years ago. Ports North chairman Russell Beer said the project team would now work through all the required close-out matters in the coming months to bring an official end to the Cairns Shipping Development Project.
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