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:
- Cairns has landed a $10 million export hub that will put the region’s produce on to the world’s plates;
- The Cairns rental vacancy rate has reached a historic record low of 0.9 per cent for the quarter; and
- Crystalbrook Collections’ latest five-star CBD hotel named ‘Bailey’ has opened, and the third and final edition named ‘Flynn’ is on track to opening in January.
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Listen to your heart, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 28 Oct 2019
Calls to revive Cairns CBD have come from traders facing the biggest challenges in the heart of our city. With a Cairns Regional Council Survey on the CBD wrapping up yesterday, businesses told the Cairns Post the city needed improved safety, more free parking and a better look for visitors.
Work’s started but wait begins, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 28 Oct 2019
CRYSTALLBOOK Collection’s fear the new Flynn hotel would open with an ugly worksite on its doorstep may have been sidestepped – but Cairns Regional Council has still has plenty on its plate. Consulting firm Urbis has been tasked with reviewing the data from the council’s CBD user survey and formulating recommendations to ensure the city’s heart will be a vibrant precinct.
Flynn’s room to grow after a ‘soft’ opening, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 29 Oct 2019
CRYSTALLBOOK Collection has an unexpected plan in place to avoid flooding the Cairns Tourism market with its trilogy of luxury hotels in quick succession. The Cairns Post understands Flynn will open only a portion of its room after construction ends in the first quarter of next year.
Hotel in the wall signals big Cairns Central upgrade, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 30 Oct 2019
Gaping holes in the side of the Cairns Central building on McLeod St reveals a $60 million redevelopment project in full swing. The upgrade will include a full refurbishment of Myer, to new only cover one floor, that will offer an “improved retail experience and in increased number of new exclusive brands” according to building owner Lendlease.
Debate no longer parked, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 30 Oct 2019
THE hotly disputed redevelopment of a wooded park into a housing estate would have been rubber-stamped by a bureaucrat had Cairns Regional Council not finally succumbed to pressure last week. Public consultation closes today on a proposal to rezone a 7000sq m parcel of land at the entrance to Smithfield Village on Reed Rd to allow for residential construction.
Heritage crew rolls in, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 30 Oct 2019
HERITAGE officers are finally coming to inspect the former Courthouse Hotel and other regional historical buildings across the Far North- about three years and $12 million too late for Cairns tax payers. The Queensland Heritage Council (QHC) will conduct examinations of heritage-listed places on the Cassowary Coast on Thursday before heading to Cairns on Friday.
New heart starts beating, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 30 Oct 2019
CONSTRUCTION is set to start on a new business hub west of the Cairns CBD. The Redlynch Central Commercial Hub is “set to be the future heartbeat of the community” by providing essential services to the growing area, according to Colliers International Cairns agent Jay Beattie. Completion is expected in the middle of next year.
New low for rental vacancies, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 30 Oct 2019
THE Cairns rental rate has reached a low. The latest REIQ Rental Vacancy Report has revealed Cairns vacancies reached an historical record low for the region, reporting 0.9 per cent for the quarter. “Weekly median rents were up year-on-year for the June quarter across three-bedroom houses, three-bedroom units and three-bedroom townhouses, with three-bedroom townhouses reporting the highest increase of 6.3 per cent,” the report said.
Show and Tell, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 30 Oct 2019
THE Cairns Show Association wants Cairns regional councillors to reconsider a request for a 30-year lease of its Parramatta Park site. The call follows the council referring the lease application in September to chief executive John Andrejic because of conflicts of interest legislation and he approved a three-year term. Now the association wants full debate by a standing committee so it can plan for long-term tenure of the historic site and its redevelopment.
FNQ icons go global, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 30 Oct 2019
IMAGES of Far North Queensland will soon be broadcast to the likes of Germany, Japan and China as part of a $38 million three year tourism operation injecting a bit of Australia into the field of philosophy. Tourism Australia will today launch a series of global tourism campaigns titled “philausophy” – emphasis on the “aus” – banking on research that shows 70 per cent of high-value travellers believe Australians have a different perspective on life.
New TTNQ board plans year ahead, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 30 Oct 2019
LAST week the Tourism Tropical North Queensland board held its first meeting after the October 18 AGM, welcoming back directors elected by members including Craig Pocock and Sam Ferguson (general directors), Paul Fagg (Tropical Tablelands and remote zone) and Mark Evans (southern zone). The board has nine elected positions, with either four or five positions alternating for election each year, providing directors with a two-year term.
Asian run in full flight, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 31 Oct 2019
THE first Air Niugini flight has departed Cairns for Hong Kong in a service the airline hopes will provide lasting certainty for passengers and producers exporting into China. Loaded with 8.5 tonnes of live fish, fresh produce and aquarium coral the departure of the Boeing 767 wide body aircraft marks the beginning of a new era for the Cairns aviation industry after the severing of a 25-year relationship with Chinese airline Cathay Pacific.
Ready to feed the world, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post – 31 Oct 2019
THERE was a collective sigh of relief and then an air of excitement as Cairns landed a $10 million export hub that would put the region’s produce on to the world’s plates. Air Freight Handling Services will oversee the project on a 3400sqm site at Cairns Airport. The State Government funding is a giant win for the Tropical North’s producers and looks to the future after the loss of Cathay Pacific this month.
New $10m export hub, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 31 Oct 2019
THE giant artwork on the side of a $10 million regional export hub to be built at the Cairns Airport says it all – Far North Queensland is going global. Cairns MP Michael Healy made no effort to conceal his smile as he announced the complete funding package to build the distribution centre was going to Cairns, with Toowoomba’s Wellcamp Airport getting an equal investment.
Rebel group gears up, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 31 Oct 2019
A TOURISM industry splinter group’s spiky leader has vowed to be a thorn in the side of anyone suggesting what is good for Brisbane is necessarily good for Cairns. The Cairns Tourism Industry Association (CTIA) has now officially formed – paperwork signed, stamped and lodged, and the website is up and running.
Show saga big riddle, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 31 Oct 2019
STRANGE political manoeuvring is under way as the Cairns Show Association struggles to secure a longterm lease over what has been its home for almost a century. Cairns Regional Council has offered only a three-year permit to the volunteer notfor-profit organisation, calling for more “robust” financial modelling before it commits to a lengthy tenure.
$1.3M Subbie Payout, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 1 Nov 2019
ONE of the biggest builders in Cairns is appealing a decision over a dispute about storm damage on a Crystalbrook Collection hotel construction job which has led to a mega-payout. The Queensland Building Construction Commission (QBCC) has ordered Prime Constructions (QLD) to pay $1.3 million in unpaid fees to subcontractor HPS.
Bailey opens page on fresh piece of history, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 2 Nov 2019
A NEW five-star offering from Crystalbrook Collection welcomes its first guests today as another key part of Syrian businessman Ghassan Aboud’s vision for Cairns becomes a reality. The $120 million Bailey CBD hotel will have 100 guests checked in to 50 rooms and the new arrivals will be welcomed with performances and live art demonstrations.
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