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:
- business owners have shared what they would like to see from a revamped Esplanade;
- Cairns will need at least five new suburbs within the next 10 years to accommodate the city’s booming population; and despite this claim
- New figures show population growth eased in Cairns last financial year, caused by more Australian’s moving away from the tropical city than to it.
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Problems have been Identified, Goals Set Now Let’s Act, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Mar 2019
LAST week’s tourism round table illustrated the urgency for all stakeholders to collaborate. Our region and our industry are underperforming and this was clearly identified and agreed upon at the meetings. Some key statistics. Since 2006/2007 Cairns’ market share of international visitors to Australia has fallen from 17.29% to 10.28%.
Cairns will See Boom in Suburbs, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Mar 2019
CAIRNS will need at least five new suburbs within the next 10 years to accommodate the city’s booming population. Bernard Salt’s demographic audit of the Cairns region – including Mareeba, Atherton Tableland, Cassowary Coast, Yarrabah and Douglas local government areas – points to an influx of 50,000 more people coming to live in Far North Queensland during the coming decade.
Bats and Bandits Harming Cairns as a Destination, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Mar 2019
CRIME and flying foxes in the heart of the Cairns CBD have been identified as some of the key issues that need to be tackled to make the city a more attractive tourism destination. Along with infrastructure improvements and planning for future growth, providing a safe environment for all visitors has been flagged as a must.
Domestic Visits Push, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Mar 2019
CAIRNS and the Far North region is open for business – that’s the key message of a tourism campaign being launched today in the wake of recent floods. Funded by the Palaszczuk Government, the campaign will promote North Queensland as a holiday destination and boost tourist numbers following a spate of wild weather across the region.
Tourists will be taken to the Edge, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Mar 2019
THE new offering from Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, to open today, will enable guests to experience the Barron Falls and Gorge like never before. The Edge Lookout consists of an elevated platform suspended 160 metres above the raging torrent of the Barron River.
The ‘Nard Reborn, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Mar 2019
CAIRNS Esplanade is set for a transformation to turn the tourism asset into a vibrant entertainment and dining precinct. Crystalbrook Collection CEO Mark Davie said Mayor Bob Manning was committed to the project. LAST week’s tourism round table illustrated the urgency for all stakeholders to collaborate.
Future is Bright for a Community with Vision, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Mar 2019
Over the years, the cairns tourism industry has taken more hits than Queensland boxing hero Jeff Horn in the opening rounds of his world title victory over Manny Pacquiao.
Uniting Our People Key to Quexit, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 25 Mar 2019
CAIRNS is tipped to grow at a rate requiring a new suburb every couple of years. Research by demographer Bernard Salt points to an influx of 50,000 people coming to live in Far North Queensland in the coming decade. “As a rough rule of thumb, I always say that every 10,000 people is roughly a new suburb,” he said.
No Big-Ticket Move Ahead, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Mar 2019
CAIRNS residents shouldn’t expect any radical changes to the city’s public transport network within the next decade. While Cairns Regional Council has toyed with ideas such as light rail and automated buses to get more cars off the road, any improvements to the public transport system appear to rely solely on the current bus system.
Businesses open up on Esplanade Revamp, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Mar 2019
CAIRNS business owners have shared what they would like to see from a revamped Esplanade. Cairns Mayor Bob Manning confirmed an upgrade to the section of the Esplanade between Shields and Aplin streets would take place as part of the council’s CBD masterplan.
Reef Boats Holding out for Better Deal on Marina, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Mar 2019
ALL but one reef boat operator at the Cairns Marlin Marina has held off on renewing berthing contracts in the hope the State Government will address the alleged price gouging of commercial operators. Reef boat operators are accusing Ports North of collecting an illegal tax for substandard and poorly maintained facilities at the Trinity Inlet marina.
Edgy New Attraction Should Pull in Visitors, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Mar 2019
A NEW centrepiece of tourism infrastructure has been unveiled for the first time high above the raging rapids of the Barron Gorge. Dubbed the Edge Lookout, the attraction is Skyrail Rainforest Cableway’s latest offering to visitors riding gondolas up the Kuranda Range.
MP Pushes for New Route to Cut Traffic, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Mar 2019
BARRON MP Craig Crawford believes there needs to be a third passage between Cairns and the Tablelands to cope with the region’s strained road infrastructure. The Palaszczuk Government frontbencher says he will ask the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to consider building a business case for another Cairns-Tablelands option, on top of the existing Kuranda Range and Gillies Highway.
Global Politics Dictates Cairn’s Defence Future, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Mar 2019
THE future of Cairns as a defence force hub could depend a lot on what happens at a small island to the north of Papua New Guinea within the next decade. Australia is partnering with the US to develop the Lombrum naval base on Manus Island, a key American staging post during World War II.
Low Risk of Going Bust in Cairns, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Mar 2019
A POSITIVE business outlook for Cairns is being driven by a low risk of insolvency, according to a new report published by insolvency specialists SV Partners. The SV Partners Commercial Risk Outlook Report shows 1.5 per cent of local businesses are at risk of insolvency in the next 12 months, down from 2.1 per cent just six months ago.
Minister says Increase in Costs is ‘consistent’, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Mar 2019
Transport minister mark bailey has defended new berthing contracts at cairns marlin marina saying they would put all tour boat operators on a level-playing field.
Golf Course Housing Plan Faces Headwinds, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Mar 2019
OPPONENTS of the development of Paradise Palms say they will use every legal avenue available to them to block plans to turn the Kewarra Beach golf course into a residential estate. The 18-hole premier golf course is set to be shut down indefinitely from March 31, as owner Darren Halpin starts the development process to build residential projects on the site.
Cape to get Road Sealed at Last, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Mar 2019
A SEVEN-YEAR project to seal the main road linking Cairns to Cape York is on track after a major $190 million cash injection by the Federal Government. The Cairns Post can exclusively reveal the funding will cover stage two of the project, which is the largest section of the Peninsula Development Rd – 210km between Coen and Weipa.
Expansion in case of Emergency, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 28 Mar 2019
CAIRNS could have a second department within the next decade to help ease growing pains on the public system. Cairns Hospital’s emergency department has been experiencing a record period of peak demand since the start of the year, receiving an average of 221 patients per day last month – 10 per cent above average.
‘More exists than Entrants’ Domestically Behind Cairns Populations Slowdown, tropicnow.com.au – 28 Mar 2019
New figures show population growth eased in cairns last financial year, caused by more Australians moving away from the tropical city than to it.
University Hospital is a Certainty, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 28 Mar 2019
CAIRNS University Hospital is expected to become a reality by 2030 and with it will come better treatment services for Far North Queenslanders. Both sides of federal politics have pledged $60 million towards helping Cairns Hospital reach tertiary status and James Cook University is committed to expanding its tertiary training medical footprint in the region.
Water key for Future of Industry, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 Mar 2019
NEW water infrastructure is expected to help shape a more diverse Far Northern agriculture industry within the next decade. Demographer Bernard Salt, in his exclusive audit of the Cairns region’s demographics, has shown agriculture, forestry and fishing to be the region’s fourth-largest positive growth area during the 2017-18 financial year.
Growth Concern for Cane Farmers, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 Mar 2019
FOUR decades ago, there was so much sugar cane grown in Cairns, Mark Savina was able to ride his horse from one side of the city to the other by crisscrossing farms. These days, however, the Freshwater canegrower worries if the industry’s prospects in the city will still be worthwhile within the next decade, if the city maintains its current forecast of residential growth.
City Takes a Stand, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 Mar 2019
UNDERCOVER cops dressed as tourists will target youth offenders and drunks in a new six-month blitz in the Cairns CBD. The crackdown announced by police Chief Superintendent Brian Huxley, with Cairns Chamber of Commerce boss Nick Loukas (right), will involve officers working with residents, including frustrated traders, to provide appropriate resources when quickly needed.
Building an Important Role in FNQ, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Mar 2019
In 2017, Tourism Minister Kate Jones estimated the tourism industry to be worth $2.5 billion for the Tropical North Queensland economy. North Queensland Civil Construction Association chairman Phil Cassell said that for too long, the contribution of the civil construction industry had been undervalued and underappreciated.
Call for CBD to Entertain, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Mar 2019
FRUSTRATED traders in a short stretch of a Cairns CBD street say the redeveloped strip has become a have for criminals and drunks.
City ‘short-changed’, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Mar 2019
CAIRNS Mayor Bob Manning has lashed out at the Queensland Government for short-changing the city, demanding a bigger share from the funding pie. He has sent a list of priorities of more than $1.5 billion to Treasurer Jackie Trad for this year’s State Budget.
Tourism at Risk if Crime Worsens, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Mar 2019
Crystalbrook Collection’s boss says urgent and immediate action must be taken to address the Cairns CBD’S crime problems or the entire tourism industry might be at risk.
Last rounds as Paradise Palms Shuts, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Mar 2019
IT will be a sombre day at one of the Far North’s premier golf courses tomorrow as members and staff tee off for the final time. After months of controversy, Paradise Palms golf club will close permanently on Sunday.
Smart Place to Stay, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Mar 2019
CAIRNS is primed to become an internationally-recognised education and training hub powered by the best brains and sought-after skills in the country. Some of the city’s top tertiary education gurus have painted a picture of the city’s credentials in the next two decades, which could rival hallowed institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge.
Combating Far North’s Brain Drain, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Mar 2019
Parents of children trying to decide which path to take after school shouldn’t fear losing them to the state’s south-east – everything young people need to study and build a career is available in Cairns, with more options on the way.
Study Hub to Rival the Very Best, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Mar 2019
A transformation into an internationally lauded education and training hub comparable with the likes of Oxford in the United Kingdom and Cornell in New York could be on the cards for Cairns within the next 20 years.
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