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ONE of the brains behind a growing Cairns car dealership has been named this year’s Cairns Businesswoman of the Year. Connie Kang has been running Cairns Cars alongside husband Alan Ren for four years, since moving from Sydney.
SHEONA Dawson-Leary’s front door is some 300m from Cairns Airport’s general aviation section – and the noise is “relentless”. Compounding the issue is the smell and the black soot that covers everything, the Aeroglen residen said. And since moving to the suburb three-and-a-half years ago, Ms Dawson-Leary said the issue had only gotten worse.
A BILLION-dollar investment in social housing across the Far North is vital to resolve a critical housing shortage and boost the economy, according to Cairns Regional Council Mayor Bob Manning. He wants the state government budget on June 15 to reflect the fact there has been no, or very little, social housing built in Cairns for the past nine years.
THE manager of the sole COVID quarantine hotel in Cairns is confident guests will have no hesitation returning to the facility once they transition back to tourist accommodation. The Pacific Hotel is in conversations with the Queensland Government about the next steps for the 207-room hotel, which has been housing returning international travellers throughout the pandemic.
THE sale of troubled Dunk Island to an Australian buyer is in the process of being finalised.
It is understood negotiations for the island, off Mission Beach, between agent JLL Hotels and Hospitality Group and a mystery buyer will be announced in coming days.
Qantas Adelaide Route, The Cairns Post – 26 May 2021
QANTAS has added direct flights between Adelaide and Cairns as part of an expansion. The flights, using Embraer E190 regional jets as part of QantasLink’s partnership with Alliance Airlines, will operate four times a week from August 17. Special fares on the Adelaide route are $199.
MORE than 10,000 people have jumped on board for a $1500 payout to come and work in the Far North. The State Government’s Work in Paradise scheme has attracted 10,529 registrations and more than 40,000 website page views, Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said on Tuesday.
Mangrove Boardwalk Upgrade, The Cairns Post – 27 May 2021
CAIRNS Regional Council has agreed to spend $460,000 to revive the Jack Barnes mangrove boardwalk at Cairns Airport. The unanimous decision absolves council of ongoing maintenance of the much loved environmental site, which is on airport land.
THE state government’s $7.5m Work in Paradise scheme to entice workers to head north to address critical labour shortages won’t help Port Douglas because there’s nowhere to house staff. That’s the view of Douglas Shire Council Mayor Michael Kerr. “While it’s a great initiative, I don’t believe it is going to assist our position up here,” he said.
Cairns Airport is dusting off the red carpet at the international terminal to welcome trans-Tasman visitors with the resumption of direct flights from Auckland next month. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern last month announced quarantine-free travel between the two countries.
Planes Full to Escape Lockdown Airport Boss Says It’s A ‘Hiccup’, The Cairns Post – 28 May 2021
ATHLETES, bikes and bags crammed aboard flights north as Ironman competitors narrowly escaped the Victorian hotspot. Cairns Airport recorded a bumper run of flights that were comparable to pre-Covid levels this week.“The planes were absolutely packed,” airport CEO Richard Barker said.
The new Advance Cairns chief executive said the Coral Sea city had to act quickly or it would become an example of bad planning, dominated by urban sprawl and devoid of green space. The key, he said, was smart densification, eco-friendly planning and a shift to integrated public transport.
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