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 over the last week included:
- One of the biggest tourism attractions planned for the Far North in decades is a step closer to completion, with KUR- World developer upbeat over EIS;
- Tourism Minister Kate Jones has funds ready for any airline in the world that wants to fly directly to Cairns, with Cairns Airport still vying to have Emirates join its direct international flights; and
- The State Govt has declared a 856ha parcel of land at Wrights Creek for major industrial growth south of the city.
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Aboud’s family, friends on way, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Oct 2018
DOZENS of Ghassan Aboud’s closest confidants will be among initial guests when the city’s first new hotel in decades opens its doors. The Crystalbrook Collection owner will arrive in Australia in the third week of December ahead of the official grand opening of his $130 million Riley hotel on New Year’s Eve.
Project eyes feedback, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Oct 2018
ONE of the biggest tourism attractions planned for the Far North in decades is a step closer to completion. The draft environmental impact statement on the proposed KUR-World eco-resort at Kuranda has been released by the Queensland Coordinator-General for public feedback. KUR-World proponent Reever and Ocean director Ken Lee said the EIS process had examined and addressed the project’s potential direct and indirect environmental, social and economic impacts.
Hi-tech park edges closer, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Oct 2018
A WORLD-CLASS industrial precinct south of the Cairns CBD is gathering pace. The Queensland Government is adamant its numbers stack up where Cairns Regional Council’s fall down. The contentious Cairns South State Development Area plan has canegrowers fearing valuable agricultural land will be swallowed up by the project, but Mulgrave MP Curtis Pitt has given assurances the loss will be minimal.
Top earners revealed, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Oct 2018
SALARIES for Cairns Regional Council’s seven highest paid managers will be published today. The council will sign off its 2017-18 annual report featuring a $169 million spend on capital works and a $1.8 million surplus at the financial year’s end. It also reveals six senior employees earn $200,000$299,000 per year with chief executive officer John Andrejic taking home an annual salary within the bracket.
Cairns ready to take flight Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Oct 2018
TOURISM Minister Kate Jones has funds ready for any airline in the world that wants to fly directly to Cairns. Ms Jones told the Cairns Post that the money was on the table yesterday when she was in town for the new Tourism Events Queensland (TEQ) board’s first meeting.
Industry site has nod Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Oct 2018
A NEW industrial engine room driving the Cairns economy is about to be opened up to investors. The Queensland Government will today declare a State Development Area over an 856ha parcel of land at Wrights Creek, setting the scene for major industrial growth south of the city. The State Government has been at loggerheads with Cairns Regional Council which argued sufficient industrial land already existed.
Gallery’s rejection Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Oct 2018
A $40 MILLION art and cultural gallery precinct dream in Cairns has stalled after the Federal Government rejected a $13 million funding application. The knockback has put in doubt a 2021 completion date for the precinct centred around the former Courthouse Hotel.
Call to get in queue for hub Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Oct 2018
FAR Northern businesses are being invited to register for a slice of the proposed billion dollar Global Tourism Hub in Cairns before a successful bidder has even been announced. The State Government is targeting Queensland businesses, particularly in Cairns and the region, from indigenous experience operators to legal services.
Job on hands fixing figures Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Oct 2018
A DECLINE in the city’s participation rate poses one of the biggest challenges for Cairns’ employment prospects. Ivan Neville, the Australian Government’s labour market research and analysis branch manager, is in the Far North today to attend the Mareeba Job Fair. He spoke to a select group of community leaders last night on the outlook for jobs.
Units fall, homes rise Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Oct 2018
CAIRNS apartment approvals have collapsed in 2018 with new numbers showing none have been given the green light this year. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show 88 buildings worth a total of $26.9 million were approved in the Far North in August. The number and value of approved buildings was up on July, when 76 buildings worth $24.2 million were approved.
Council sticks to arts hub timeline Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Oct 2018
Cairns Regional Council has chucked a Hail Mary and sent out hundreds of invitation to the Cairns Performing Arts Centre opening night. The $71.1 million project has been fraught with hiccups, with budget blowouts and grave concerns about the flammability of cladding and insulation used in construction
Anger at beach link plan Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Oct 2018
HOLLOWAYS Beach residents are rallying against plans to link their suburb with a neighboring beach. Some fear it could worsen crime in the area. Cairns Regional Council has released an alignment plan for the Barr Creek footbridge/cycleway project as part of the $13 million Northern Beaches Leisure Trail.
Buyers in rush to FNQ Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Oct 2018
SELLERS have a matter of weeks to capitalise on the influx of southern migrants ready to start a new life in the Far North. Although listings have been down this month compared to October last year, historically the phones of real estate agents start to run hot at this time of year with inquiries from those starting new jobs in the new year.
Chinese tech project under way in Cairns Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Oct 2018
A BOLD new project designed to reach Chinese tourists in their own language on technological platforms they are familiar with its underway in Cairns. Under the Connecting with Asia project, Tourism Tropical North Queensland is developing a WeChat City Experiences mini program for Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.
Building industry predicts labour shortage in 2019 Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Oct 2018
TRADIES are forecast to be hot property in Cairns with the Far North’s construction industry tipped for boom times. Industry groups have predicted a looming building trade shortage in 2019 when a number of big-ticket infrastructure projects will kick off simultaneously. A 15 per cent trade skills shortfall is expected to power high demand for plumbers, electricians, plasterers and structural steel workers.
Outlook still grim for rental Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Oct 2018
THERE is no reprieve in sight for Cairns’ rental market which tightened for the second consecutive quarter to 1.4 per cent. Vacant Cairns rental properties have been extremely hard to come by since December 2015. The new figures were released yesterday by the REIQ as part of its Residential Vacancy Rate report for the September quarter.
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