Cairns news report – 28th August 2021

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Plan for 14-Unit Block in Suburb, The Cairns Post 16 August 2021

THE developer behind a controversial unit block on the site of a historically significant Freshwater cottage has changed tack to pursue a new townhouse construction just up the road. It’s hoped a new two-storey, medium-density unit block proposed for Freshwater will help ease a critical Cairns housing stock shortage.

Pick a Field of Dreams, The Cairns Post 16 August 2021

THE race is on to build a new Cairns stadium for the 2032 Olympics and the legacy it could leave. But Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch says the city needs to get behind a single idea and site, with Darwin making moves to develop a tropical stadium of its own.

Vision to Harvest Strengths of North, The Cairns Post 16 August 2021

NORTHERN Australia’s economic prosperity hinges on creating jobs across traditional industries like mining and agriculture but also in new and “hidden” sectors, with no time left for the useless “schoolyard fights” being picked by the “extreme right and left”.

Take It to The Next Level, The Cairns Post 17 August 2021

A CLEVER way to get the Barron River Bridge fixed, a second Kuranda Range crossing and highway fixes all the way to Mareeba is gaining momentum – and it has been done before. Attempts to secure funds to upgrade the diabolic link between Cairns and the Tablelands have repeatedly failed for decades on end.

Agony for FNQ Businesses, The Cairns Post 17 August 2021

AN INFLUENTIAL Cairns business leader has warned it’s not just the tourism sector suffering as the Far North rides out devastating nationwide lockdowns that have brought the region to a standstill. It comes as applications for the $600m support package open today for businesses; the same day Darwin and Katherine announced a lockdown to add to an alarming list of cities shut off from Cairns.

Stadium’s Ideal Formula, The Cairns Post 17 August 2021

THE city’s stadium dreams could hinge on a simple formula taught in primary schools all over Australia – length times width equals area. Proponents pushing for the city to finally get a rectangular sporting arena have called for Cairns to unite behind the concept and, ideally, a site.

Course Set to Take off, The Cairns Post 18 August 2021

CAIRNS’ world-class aviation hub will play a key role in a new partnership between Aviation Australia and CQUniversity to deliver Australia’s first aircraft maintenance engineering degree. The course, which has been developed to address emerging aviation industry requirements, provides many outcomes for students.

Magnificent 7 Projects, The Cairns Post 19 August 2021

A CONSTRUCTION army has been deployed by Cairns Regional Council across the region to carry out seven major upgrades and new infrastructure projects worth more than $13m. CONSTRUCTION crews have been deployed across the region to carry out major upgrades and new infrastructure projects from Goldsborough up to Holloways Beach.

Key Moments for Manning, The Cairns Post 20 August 2021

INVESTIGATORS have returned as a long-running probe into Cairns Regional Council conduct edges towards an end. Independent of this investigation, the Cairns Post has conducted its own review into council voting behaviour over the past seven years. Officers from the Crime and Corruption Commission were holed up in a boardroom at the Harbour Lights apartment tower last week to conduct interviews.

Savage Slash to jobs, The Cairns Post 21 August 2021

THE Far North’s battered tourism industry is facing a grim realisation – without drastic government support measures soon thousands more jobs will disappear by Christmas. New research from the Tourism and Transport Forum shows another 3150 jobs will be lost by the time Santa Claus makes his rounds unless emergency support is adopted quickly.

Buyers Sink Millions into Mega-Deals, The Cairns Post 23 August 2021

BUYERS have snapped up almost $30m worth of real estate as the ink dries on two of the region’s biggest property sales of the year.The Hotel Grand Chancellor at Palm Cove has sold to a Sydney investor for a cool $10.88m, after being taken off the market earlier this year, via an expression of interest campaign.

Waiting for a Deal, The Cairns Post 23 August 2021

A WAR of words has erupted between state and federal politicians over wage support for the Far North’s struggling tourism and hospitality sectors. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has written to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Treasurer Cameron Dick suggesting federal money was ready and waiting.

Grants are Coming for Far North Businesses, The Cairns Post 25 August 2021

SMALL business grants will be coming to Far North Queensland and the guidelines are set to be released Wednesday. The $5000 Business Basics grant that was launched on May 31 is back but only for regional Queensland. Member for Cook Cynthia Lui encouraged Far North Queensland businesses to apply.

Villas are Appealing, The Cairns Post 25 August 2021

A BOUTIQUE gated community in the city’s most exclusive suburb is moving ahead with villas selling to sea-change investors before the start of construction. The Serenity Villas development was first flagged in 2018 as an enticing option for buyers looking to downsize in the often prohibitively expensive Palm Cove.

City’s Thirst Priority, The Cairns Post 25 August 2021

A DO OR DIE Cairns water security push has been thrust upon the city with surprising ferocity as the countdown to crisis drips towards zero. It must be our most critical advocacy priority, according to Cairns Regional Council, or else a time will rapidly arrive when we lack the water we need to function as a city. The plan seems simple enough – collect flowing water from the Mulgrave River at Gordonvale, run it through a new treatment plant.

$902m Road Backlog, The Cairns Post 26 August 2021

A STAGGERING road maintenance backlog is piling up as momentum builds behind a push to take the highway between Cairns and Mareeba off the state government’s hands. Transport Minister Mark Bailey revealed the North Queensland road upkeep mountain had reached $902m despite a warning about the ailing condition of roads. A STAGGERING road maintenance backlog is piling up as momentum builds.

Plans could Alter Our Beachfronts, The Cairns Post 26 August 2021

A SPECTACULAR beachside bungalow park has hit the market with massive redevelopment approvals that could change the face of the coastline – but it is not the only one. The Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows Holiday Park and accompanying Ellis Beach Bar and Grill are searching for a new owner with expressions of interest closing on September 9.

Targa revs up region, The Cairns Post 27 August 2021

THE Targa Great Barrier Reef tarmac rally hits the roads of the Far North next week with entries well up on last year. Targa chief executive Mark Perry said that people should expect a lot of fun, free entertainment and some of the coolest sets of wheels in Australia.

40,000 Tourism Jobs Lost in State, The Cairns Post 28 August 2021

It was the start of the economy but tourism is now out of Queensland’s top 10 industries. New research to be released on Friday by the Tourism and Transport Forum reveals 40,000 tourism jobs have disappeared in the last 14 months, with dire predictions another 16,000 will be gone by Christmas.

Big Pay Packets, The Cairns Post 28 August 2021

The Cairns Post can reveal a full-time carpenter working a 40-hour week with four hours on Saturdays is earning $187,281 a year on the worksite, including meal, site, travel and tool and other allowances. For casual workers, that figure is $188,418 – more than $100,000 more than the trade’s average salary of $76,008.

Work Set to Start on Palms Project, The Cairns Post 28 August 2021

DEVELOPERS of a $300m-plus residential, tourist and water park project have finally announced a construction date after the book closed on a long-running court battle. Paradise Palms owner Darren Halpin is pushing ahead with plans to transform former Kewarra Beach golf course into The Palms Collection – a master planned community complete with school and retirement village.

 

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