Cairns News Report – 28th September 2019

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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:

  • Mission Beach locals are cautiously backing plans to transform the holiday community into in international tourism mecca with an ambitious $1.6b vision for resorts;
  • Superliners set to start steaming to Cairns as inlet dredging finishes; and
  • Florence Street is set to have it’s two roundabouts at Lake and Abbott Streets removed and replaced by traffic lights.

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Missing Out on Millions, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 23 Sep 2019

Architectural contracts worth more than $12 million for the $176 million Cairns Convention Centre expansion have been awarded to a Sydney firm. Cox Architecture has been awarded a $1.764 million schematic design stage while $10.3 million is the estimate for the architectural costs over the lifetime of the project.

It’s Mission Possible, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 23 Sep 2019

Mission Beach locals are cautiously backing plans to transform the holiday community into an international tourism Mecca. Investment group Mayfair 101 said it would spend $1.6 billion over the next 15 years, creating an estimated 3680 full-time jobs, and 6850 indirect full-time jobs. The Australian-owned company’s contract to purchase Dunk Island Resort went unconditional on Friday.

Project Powers up to Supercharge Tourism, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 23 Sep 2019

Several of the Far North’s key tourist attractions will now become go-to places for electric car owners to charge up their vehicles. Construction has started on installation of electric vehicle charging stations at Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, the Mossman Gorge Visitor Centre, Paronella Park, the Historic Village of Herberton, and Coffee Works Mareeba.

Council: Work in CBD Not Over Yet, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 24 Sep 2019

Drivers suffering fatigue from changed road conditions are being asked to take deep breaths with more CBD projects set to test their patience. With the end of work on Crystalbrook Collection’s two hotels Bailey and Flynn in sight, motorists were hoping for a reprieve. However, work began yesterday in Abbott St to replace under-street high voltage power cables with a host of other construction projects planned.

Roundabouts to be Removed as Part of Florence Street Upgrade, ­ – 24 Sep 2019

Concept designs for Cairns Regional Council’s $10.5 million Florence Street Link project have revealed a tropical throughfare with no roundabouts. Traffic lights will replace the roundabouts at Lake and Abbott Street, which council officers say have revealed a tropical, trellised throughfare with no roundabouts.

New Rooms for Students, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 24 Sep 2019

A four-storey student accommodation facility is planned for the CBD with expectations it will help meet a rising demand in the sector. The application is for a 30-room facility, classrooms and a ground floor cafe and shop for the Cairns College of English and Business. The city’s popularity as an education destination was growing, said Carol Doyle from Study Cairns, an education and training network.

Big Plan for Dunk Resorts, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 25 Sep 2019

The new owners of Dunk Island Resort will only require Cassowary Coast Regional Council’s approval to revamp the property and add two more resorts to the holiday destination. UK-based investment group Mayfair 101 has announced it will spend about $1.6 billion over the next 15 years on transforming the island and Mission Beach into a “tourist mecca.”

Upbeat Pick for Housing Market, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 25 Sep 2019

The “time has come” for Cairns to shine on the national and international stage as a variety of investors scared off by the confusing stockmarket and poor cash returns with banks eye the affordable and profitable Far North housing market. RE/MAX Australia managing director Michael Davoren’s comments came as he visited Cairns to renew Tony Williamson’s second five-year franchise agreement with the global real estate brand.

Superliners Set to Start Steaming to Cairns as Inlet Dredging Finishes, ­ – 25 Sep 2019

Four Booking have been taken from superliners at the Port of Cairns, as a Dredging project to widen and deepen Trinity Inlet comes to a close. The work, which began in July, allow vessels up to 300 metres in length to now access the port. Cairns MP Michael Healy onboard dredging ship Balder R with staff who worked on the project.

 Bid to Tempt Glamour Boats to Come South, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 25 Sep 2019

Superyacht Group Great Barrier Reef deputy chairwoman Kathleen Ferguson will be targeting world cruising superyachts, their owners, captains, charter brokers and managers at the 2019 Monaco Yacht Show this week. With 125 superyachts worth $5 billion on display, Ms Ferguson said the event was the perfect platform to entice the lucrative industry Down Under. She said the health of the Great Barrier Reef and preservation efforts would be a key discussion point.

New Lights Questioned, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 26 Sep 2019

Plans for new traffic lights on a busy Cairns street have revved up a backlash from drivers who have questioned the benefit of additional controlled intersections. Two roundabouts on Florence St will be removed to make way for traffic lights under a $10.5 million revitalisation plan. More trees and a covered walkway outside the Cairns Aquarium will also form part of Cairns Regional Council’s Florence St Link project.

Focus is on safety but lights not so fantastic, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 27 Sep 2019

Drivers and nearby workers are in a spin over the removal of roundabouts on Florence St, but Cairns Regional Council insists safety is the priority. The $10.5m Florence St link project will deliver green space, a covered walkway outside the Cairns Aquarium, new footpaths and bike tracks after getting the tick of approval from council on Wednesday. The upgrade, which includes the installation of traffic lights on the corner of Florence and Abbott Sts, will take place on the doorstep of CBD business Hostel Reef Trips.

Local Contracts Crucial, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 27 Sep 2019

A major $16.3 million road project will turn 3.5 times through the Cairns economy if local companies are awarded contracts to build the Harley St section of the Western Arterial Rd upgrade. The safety improvement and congestion breaking project, set to kick off in November, went out to tender this week. North Queensland Civil Construction Association president Phil Cassell said Cairns companies with project management skills could potentially take on the job.

Mayor Calls for Tariff Support, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 28 Sep 2019

Cairns Mayor Bob Manning has urged both side of politics to get behind his tourism levy plans, tweak Queensland Government legislation and do “what’s best for the sate”. It has been six months since Mr. Manning flagged the concept of a “bad tax” for Cairns in a bid to increase funding for Tourism Tropical North Queensland to market the region.

Flexibility the ticket: TTNQ boss, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 28 Sep 2019

The Far North’s new tourism boss has hit the ground at a virtual sprint, spending his first two days on the job in high powered talks with many international airlines. Mark Olsen, who took on the role of Tourism Tropical North Queensland’s chef executive on Monday, said that with Cairns Airport bosses he met leaders from Emirates, Chain Southern, Chain Eastern, Asiana, Hainan and Korean airlines along with Japanese and domestic carriers during the World Routes Conference in Adelaide.


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