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:
- Air Niugini management hope talks with Far North politicians will cement the success of new flights between Cairns and Hong Kong three times a week;
- Indonesian miner Freeport Indonesia has shut its administration offices and a warehouse and ended shipping operations after 45 years; and
- dredging of Trinity Inlet will commence in this month with Australia’s largest backhoe dredge on it’s way to commence works.
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Plan Hits the Skids, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Jun 2019
It could take a decade for the State Government to finally duplicate one of Far North Queensland’s most congested roads despite years of calls for action. New advice from the Department of Transport and Main Roads reveals even the design work for the Cairns Western Arterial Rd upgrade is not scheduled for completion until late-2025.
Threat of Legal Action on Ramp, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Jun 2019
Groups opposed to the construction of a controversial boat ramp at Yorkeys Knob will consider legal action if the $11 million facility gets the green light at tomorrow’s Cairns Regional Council meeting. Councillors have been advised to support a motion that the council cements a deal with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to design the Half Moon Creek rock breakwater and – subject to a business case – enter into a funding agreement with TMR to build a rock breakwater on the northern side of the creek mouth.
Funding for Swim Spot to Dry Up, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Jun 2019
The Cairns Regional Council bag of gold could be too light for a proposed $1.5 million upgrade to Crystal Cascades – the fate of which will be decided tomorrow. The ambitious four-year plan is nearly $400,000 short of cash for stage 2 of the project: a $546,000 work to upgrade the boardwalk and viewing platform of the Redlynch swimming spot. The entire upgrade is anticipated to cost $1,546,000.
Trade is ok, but not Everyone’s Buying it, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Jun 2019
The 2018/19 financial year in the retail sector has been characterised by soft trade and reduced customer spending but business is showing signs of improving heading into the peak tourist season. Palm Cove fashion retailer Annie Gillow is optimistic about an invigorated winter peak season which is desperately needed to offset her “worst year’s trade since the global financial crisis” in 2008.
Work on Jetty Hit to Resort, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Jun 2019
GREEN Island will only be open to day visitors during a four-month closure of the resort next year due to maintenance on the jetty. Green Island Resort management last night said the noisy and disruptive nature of the planned works from February next year forced the accommodation closure.
Why Retail is the Place to Find a Job in Cairns, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Jun 2019
A flurry of high-end retailers opening in Cairns has employment experts tipping the industry will be the next boom area in Far North Queensland. During May, jobs data showed solid prospects for the region with unemployment at 4.1 per cent, according to the latest quarterly Conus/CBC Staff Selection Trend Industry Jobs report. More than 1200 jobs were added to trend employment in May.
CEC Boss Vows to Fights Commbank for Investors, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Jun 2019
A one-time Cairns construction mogul driven to bankruptcy after the global financial crisis has vowed to fight the Commonwealth Bank despite the bank absolving itself of blame. Thousands of creditors who lost money when CEC Group was liquidated in 2011 will have to keep waiting in hope of their money being returned after an internal legal assessment of the bank’s role in the collapse found it had no case to answer.
Hong Kong Airfares Detailed, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Jun 2019
Air Niugini management hope talks next week with Far Northern politicians will cement the success of new flights between Cairns and Hong Kong three times a week. The airline is advertising an introductory offer from $837 for flights to the Asian metropolis from July to November.
Region’s Cash Drought, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Jun 2019
The Kuranda Range road could have been duplicated four times over if the State Government’s spending in Cairns was on par with Central Queensland over the past eight years. Cairns Regional Council analysis of Queensland Budget allocations found capital expenditure had increased by 54 per cent since Cairns MP Michael Healy was voted in. Tenants have been locked out. Time,” he said. “I was not able to do that and that’s when they came in and changed the locks.”
Powerless to Pay High Bills, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 28 Jun 2019
Skyrocketing energy costs are forcing regional Queenslanders to choose between paying electricity bills or making mortgage repayments. According to the latest quarterly report published by the Australian Energy Regulator, 3500 regional Queensland homes are in billing arrears with Ergon Energy. Coordinator of the Cairns based Queensland Electricity Users Network Jennifer Brownie said this equated to a 16 per cent increase in 12 weeks.
$176M Blow to Export, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 28 Jun 2019
AN Indonesian-based gold and copper mining company which has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in Cairns for more than 40 years closes its city operations today. Freeport Indonesia has shut its administration offices and a warehouse and ended shipping operations, adding another economic blow to the city reeling since Cathay Pacific announced its departure.
Safety Lifeline for Highway, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 28 Jun 2019
THE notorious winding road that claimed the life of Cairns rugby league player Kingi Ford in a horrific crash three months ago has been earmarked for $18 million in urgent safety upgrades. Mulgrave MP Curtis Pitt visited the Gillies Range Rd between Cairns and Atherton this morning to announce the funding alongside Assistant Treasurer Glenn Butcher. “Local residents and freight carriers know just how tricky this section of road can be,” Mr Pitt said.
Slipway Job Lift-Off as Hoist Doubles Staffing, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 28 Jun 2019
A CAIRNS shipbuilding firm is about to double its workforce to 120 staff after finally putting the world’s biggest mobile ship hoist into action. Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington was at the BSE Cairns Slipways yard for barely five minutes before a remote control was put into her hands. She took the seven-storey gargantuan piece of machinery through a few pirouettes before fronting the media.
Hard Times Claims Cafe, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 Jun 2019
One of the longest operating Chinese restaurants in Cairns is closing for good. Cafe Chain’s Spence St Premises was hit by heavy rain damage in January this year and closed temporarily while repairs were done. But owner Harry Sou said a combination of factors had led to its permanent shutdown from tomorrow at the end of the financial year.
Chamber to Farewell CEO, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 Jun 2019
Alicia nally Cairns chamber will continue to be an increasingly strong force in the business and economic development of the Far North Queensland region in the years to come. “I am grateful for the dedication and hard work of the current and previous Cairns chamber operations team to advance the Cairns chamber to what it is today.
Monster Sludge Dredge, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 Jun 2019
Australia’s largest backhoe dredge affectionately named after an Aboriginal spear-throwing device will soon start ploughing up the Trinity Inlet sea floor. Buderim-based Hall Contracting has unveiled Woomera, the latest immense addition to its feet, in the lead-up to starting work on the Cairns Shipping Development capital dredging program next month.
Answer on Doorstep, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 Jun 2019
The hole left by the disintegration of a 45-year export relationship between Cairns and the Freeport mine in Indonesia can be filled by enormous opportunities with one of our closest neighbours. Papua New Guinea has many mining developments under way in its resource-rich territory, including the WafiGolpu copper and gold mine, about 65km southwest of Lae.
Cooper Hits Back on Roads, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 Jun 2019
The State Government’s snail’s –pace approach to duplicating one of the city’s most notoriously congested roads has struck a never in Cairns Regional Council. The Cairns Post on Monday revealed the Department of Transport and main roads had not scheduled the design work for the Cairns Western Arterial RD Project to finish until late-2025, meaning actual construction could be take-up to a decade to complete.
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