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Vice President to visit, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Sep 2018
US Vice President Mike Pence will visit Cairns in November while he is in the Pacific region for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch confirmed the American politician’s visit and said it would be a chance to shine a spotlight on Far North tourism.
Surf club’s call for help, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Sep 2018
PRESSURE is mounting for both sides of federal politics to commit funding to shift the Ellis Beach Surf Life Saving Club across the dangerous Captain Cook Highway. The club secured provisional tenure for land on the eastern side of the road from the Department of Transport and Main Roads in 2016. The site, 27km north of the city, had been pushing for the move since 2011.
Testing times for CPAC, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Sep 2018
CAIRNS Regional Council sought to conduct its own rudimentary fire testing of suspect cladding only to be told it lacked the resources to do so safely and effectively. The aluminium composite material used in the $71.1 million Cairns Performing Arts Centre, along with synthetic insulation material, has been sent off for lab testing in Canberra amid fears it could pose a threat to public safety.
Council to rule on shore upgrade, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Sep 2018
CAIRNS Regional Council will tomorrow decide on a $2.9 million plan to redevelop the Holloways Beach foreshore with new barbecue shelters, landscaping, improved lighting and CCTV security. The proposal also includes reopening Casuarina St at the intersection of Luke St to create a new one-way northbound thoroughfare.
Reef to light up the big screen, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Sep 2018
A 5D cinema is among the new additions to arrive at the Cairns Aquarium by the end of the year to entice more visitors to learn about and experience the Great Barrier Reef. The tourist attraction’s staff and owners celebrated the first birthday on the weekend and are now preparing work on the second stage of the $50 million venue.
Huge wind farm powering ahead, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Sep 2018
QUEENSLAND’S largest wind farm has started pumping out a third of its capacity as the last of its 53 turbines has been erected on the Atherton Tablelands. The last major component has been transported via road for the Mt Emerald wind farm as developer Ratch Australia nears completion for its large-scale renewable energy project at Walkamin.
Cairns region on show, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Sep 2018
Superyacht Australia will be promoting the Cairns and South Pacific regions when the peak superyacht body showcases the best Australian brands at the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show later this month. Superyacht Australia has ensured a good cross-section of industry will be present to profile the capability of the Australian superyacht industry and promote Australia, including the Cairns region, and the South Pacific.
Drive-through Mex a first for Far North, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Sep 2018
Today the first Zambrero drive – through restaurant north of brisbane will throw open its sliding windows to drivers. To, celebrate, dinner will be treated to $5 burritos and bowls, and every breakfast ordered between 6am and 11am will be accompanied by a free coffee. The eariville store on Mulgrave rd is only the fourth drive – through zambrero in Queensland and adds to co-owners.
Council coy on spending in IT rollout, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Sep 2018
RATEPAYERS are forking out for a new council computer software system but once again are being kept in the dark about how much it will cost them. Cairns Regional council yesterday voted in favour of the new system. It will replace a multimillion dollar flop.
Olds hits back at whingers, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Sep 2018
A CAIRNS councillor has criticised serial grizzlers who complain about development along the city’s northern beaches. The council, at its ordinary meeting yesterday, unanimously approved the $2.9 million upgrade of Holloways Beach foreshore. The upgrade will include adding new barbecue shelters, landscaping, improved lighting and CCTV security.
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