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Cairns export dreams stalled, The Cairns Post – 22 Mar 2021
Cairns is losing a race against a southern city to become the state’s regional export powerhouse as bureaucratic wheels slowly turn on three critical projects. Water, road transport and export infrastructure are widely recognized as being crucial to the expansion of the Far North agricultural industry.
Masters athletes to cook up storm, The Cairns Post – 22 Mar 2021
Olympic gold medalist Natalie Cook is looking forward to getting back on the sand when the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games is held in Cairns in May. The games ambassador will compete and check out the other sporting action. AS AN Olympic gold midlist, Natalie Cook said she could never see herself playing in a master’s competition.
Internal feud over debt means cairns club could be closed by Anzac day, The Cairns Post – 22 Mar 2021
An Interval feud over a $2m “paper transaction” may see the Cairns RSL Club forced to close as veterans march by on Anzac Day. The $2.1m dispute between the Cairns RSL sub branch — the veteran welfare organization — and the RSL Club — an independent licensed venue — has its roots in a financial agreement 30 years ago, when sub-branch trustees provided the money to allow the club to refit in the 1990s after it gained a gaming license.
Undara sets sights on a boom year, The Cairns Post – 23 Mar 2021
The owner of one Australia’s most authentic Outback tours is predicting a boom year for domestic travel and has celebrated its reopening with a multimillion-dollar accommodation upgrade. The Udara Experience unlocked its gates at Mount Surprise on Monday, with chairman Bram Collins announcing more than $3.2m has been pumped into building new “homestead-style” accommodation at the campground.
Worker pivot from tourism to trades, The Cairns Post – 23 Mar 2021
Employers are being swamped with applications from job seekers with many contenders seeking to switch from ailing tourism and hospitality sectors to careers in fields such as construction.
By-election on horizon, The Cairns Post – 24 Mar 2021
A Defamation lawsuit threatens to bankrupt Cairns councilor Rob Pyne if he loses – forcing voters to choose a new Division 2 representative in a by-election. Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive Greg Hallam has filed a $500,000 damages claim over allegedly defamatory Facebook posts made when Cr Pyne was the state MP for Cairns.
Defence boom for city, The Cairns Post – 24 Mar 2021
The Defense boss overseeing the transformation of HMAS Cairns has dropped hints about a new $4m navy shipbuilding contract – and the winning firm can now be revealed. HMAS Cairns hydrographic systems program office director Andrew Hayes spoke for an hour at the Cairns Chamber of Commerce’s business lunch on Tuesday about massive opportunities coming as Cairns steps up as a navy regional maintenance centre.
Upgrades in for approval, The Cairns Post – 24 Mar 2021
New traffic lights, a roundabout, intersection upgrades and a cycling route are about to kick off as Cairns Regional Council launches almost $10m worth of road projects. A series of critical transport projects are set to come before the council’s ordinary meeting on Wednesday, starting with the $1.8m construction of a new roundabout next to Coastwatcher’s Shopping Centre at Trinity Beach.
Bets on better future, The Cairns Post – 25 Mar 2021
The Reef Hotel Casino Trust has buffered the challenges of the global pandemic to report a net loss of $209,000 — its worst result in more than 20 years. It’s the first time since 1999 that the trust has reported a financial year loss and it is almost entirely attributed to the coronavirus crisis with international visitors locked out and sporadic domestic border closures.
Shore Leave Invasion, The Cairns Post – 25 Mar 2021
Hundreds of sailors are about to hit Cairns for two days of shore leave as the Royal Australian Navy’s biggest ship pulls into dock. HMAS Adelaide will arrive in Cairns on Friday with about 600 crew set to spill into the city for some hard-earned rest and recreation.
Optimism for tourism on the rise for Easter, The Cairns Post – 25 Mar 2021
Healthy Easter period accommodation bookings and the best April aviation arrival figures since 2019 come as a lifeline to a tourism sector in crisis ahead of a Job keeper shut-off slated for Sunday. Increased confidence in domestic travel driven by the COVID vaccination rollout and a new capital city marketing campaign has meant Cairns is one of the most Googled destinations nationwide.
Cracks at council as execs exit, The Cairns Post – 26 Mar 2021
A Toxic situation brewing among Cairns Regional Council’s top brass has collected more scalps with a key executive and manager leaving the organization in recent days. Strategic planning and approvals manager Peter Boyd was forced out on Friday after months of crumbling relationships within council’s executive, planning department and between Mayor Bob Manning and his own Unity team.
New Hub To Fight Crime, The Cairns Post – 26 Mar 2021
Two buildings across the road from a notorious Cairns caravan park will be demolished to make way for a new $3.2 million police facility. The Cairns Post can reveal the location of the new West Cairns station on Pease St at Manor, opposite the Cairns Villa and Leisure caravan park, which has long been the site of crime and anti-social behavior.
Yes to adults- only villas, The Cairns Post – 26 Mar 2021
Mission Beach’s tourism portfolio is set to grow with multiple short-stay villas given the green light for construction at Thursday’s Cassowary Coast Regional Council meeting. Mission Beach couple John Jennings and Simone Truscott have had their application approved to build six, one-bedroom villas, caretaker accommodation, a pool and a gazebo with a barbecue on vacant land at 8 Comingle Close, Mission Beach.
City sheriff rides alone, The Cairns Post 27 – Mar 2021
A Storm is brewing within Cairns Regional Council as the city pins its hopes on a new chief executive officer to stop the organization’s rapid top-end disintegration. Mica Martin starts on Monday at the helm of a local government that has lost four of its seven top executives and multiple senior planning staff to resignation and dismissal in recent months.
Navy’s giant to put wind in city’s sales, The Cairns Post 27 – Mar 2021
The navy’s biggest ship has come to town loaded with sailors itching to spend big on reef tours and resorts after a year bouncing from natural disasters to COVID relief missions. HMAS Adelaide, a Landing Helicopter Dock, arrived in Cairns for its first shore leave in more than 12 months, loaded with more than 300 crew.
In pursuit of healthy prospects, The Cairns Post 27 – Mar 2021
Far Northern students are chasing healthy post-pandemic job prospects, with demand surging for nursing degrees in Cairns. A soaring need for frontline heath workers in the wake of coronavirus has been reflected in health-related course enrolments at both James Cook University and University while growth in tourism courses had remained flat.
Staff shortage as industries boom, The Cairns Post – 27 Mar 2021
Jobs in mining, government, health, aged care, construction, community and commercial services are expected to be the best bets as the COVID stimulus winds up on Sunday. Cairns is also experiencing a skills shortage in construction, hospitality and cleaning staff. Job recruiters have mixed views on what the immediate future holds.
Multi agency station good for Manoora, The Cairns Post 27 – Mar 2021
Leading Cairns social services advocate Yolonda Entsch has labelled the new “multi-agency” police station in West Cairns as a “fabulous initiative” that would help reduce the area’s notorious reputation as a crime hotspot. Police Minister Mark Ryan and Deputy Commissioner Paul Taylor visited Cairns on Friday to reveal that the new station will be built at Manoora, opposite the Cairns Villa and Leisure caravan park, which has a history of police activity and social problems.
FNQ riding regional wave, The Cairns Post 27 – Mar 2021
Cairns’ stagnant 2020 property market has now entered a “recovery” phase with hot new figures showing house prices jumping by up to 10 per cent in some suburbs. Every corner of regional Queensland is becoming a growth star with more than half of suburbs outside the Brisbane region jumping over 20 per cent in the December quarter.
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