Cairns news report – 30th January 2021

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Last- ditch challenge to rooftop beach bar, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 25 Jan 2021

A new rooftop bar on the Palm Cove waterfront is almost ready to start pouring beers, but only if a last-ditch effort to shut it down does not succeed.  Sarayi Boutique Hotel owner Mark Biancotti received approval for Double Island Tavern from Cairns Regional Council early last year.

Campaign to lure Chinese Aussies for Lunar New Year, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 25 Jan 2021

Hundreds of thousands of Chinese Australian living in Victoria have been urged in a new campaign to consider Cairns as the place to go to celebrate Chinese New Year.  Tourism Minister Striling Hinchliff said tourism and events Queensland had partnered with and Alipay to reach almost 400,000 Chinese Australians in Victoria.

FNQ can get boost from sea-change, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 25 Jan 2021

Cairns will roll out the welcome mat for pandemic-weary sea changers keen to escape the colder, jam-packed cities on the east coast.  Interest in short-term rentals and properties has already spiked across the city and Port Douglas, with the bulk of inquiries coming from Melburnians.

March Madness, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 25 Jan 2021

Futurist Bernard Salt (below) has warned about the dire threat to the Far North economy if JobKeeper payments are not extended beyond the planned March cut-off.  Mr Salt fears a doomsday scenario if the region’s unemployment rate soars without help to keep tourism workers attached to businesses.

‘Brought to their knees’ The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 26 Jan 2021

The company behind a failed $1.5bn proposal to transform a Cassowary Coast area into a tourism mecca has refuted allegations it transferred shares to an overseas firm to the detriment of investors, saying the “damnation” destroyed lives.

FNQ’S fight back plan, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 27 Jan 2021

PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk has been urged to think of frontline tourism operators when visiting Cairns to discuss the industry’s future.  Ms Palaszczuk and Cairns MP Michael Healy will meet Far North tourism representatives on Wednesday to discuss the industry’s economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Demand climbs up for land in south, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 27 Jan 2021

The developer behind a 226lot subdivision at Gordonvale is keen to launch further projects along the southern corridor.  Noel Covey’s Sunshine Coast-based firm, Mahaside, currently has two major developments before Cairns Regional Council.

On the knife’s edge, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 28 Jan 2021

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has delivered a blunt warning to the PM — cull JobKeeper and be ready for the fall of thousands of tourism businesses.  In Cairns on Wednesday to meet industry leaders, Ms Palaszczuk appealed for the wage subsidy program to be extended beyond March.

Aussies urged to holiday in FNQ, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 29 Jan 2021

Far Northern tourism industry leaders are fervently hoping southerners will arrive in droves to spend money to fill a void with international visitors absent after borders open between Queensland and NSW on Monday.

Paradise Palm dispute move out of court, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 29 Jan 2021

A court application in the ongoing battle between the Paradise Palms Residents Association and Cairns Regional Council has been adjourned to give the parties time to resolve the matter outside of court.

Tourism stimulus calls grow, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 30 Jan 2021

More regional tourism operators claim they have been left “standing on a cliff”, bleeding millions each month, with border blockades eroding customer confidence and the end of JobKeeper threatening to undermine the crucial Easter holiday period.

Centre set to open in May, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 30 Jan 2021

The Cairns Convention Centre is steaming ahead towards its completion date of late March with just one day lost to bad weather.  Events are expected to kick off in May 2021, with “four or five” conventions cancelled.


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