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 Regional Council rejects Kenfrost Homes final stage housing development in Redlynch after considerable opposition from the community, but gave the green light to the $6 million Barr Creek bridge between Machans and Holloways beaches;
- Crystalbrook Collection’s billionaire boss has launched a supermarket empire in the Middle East with the plan to bring Far North Queensland produce to the world; and
- a luxury holiday rental home at Trinity Beach sells for a reported $6m.
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First Tour of Flynn with its Creator, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 25 Nov 2019
Ghassan Aboud has granted the Cairns Post a sneak peek inside his luxurious Flynn hotel as he himself took his first steps inside the $120 million building. It was a special moment when Forbes’s Middle East’s 16th most wealthy Arab billionaire finally saw the fruit of his imagination and money for the very first time.
Food Plan to Lift FNQ Producers, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 25 Nov 2019
Crystalbrook Collection’s billionaire boss has launched a supermarket empire in the Middle East with the plan to bring Far North Queensland produce to the world. Ghassan Aboud’s growing Grandiose Supermarket chain was established in 2016 but has kicked into a major growth spurt in recent months. Its quick expansion has put it on a trajectory to becoming a major player in the United Arab Emirates and beyond – which could mean big things for farmers across the Far North.
$7m Jetty has its Limits, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 25 Nov 2019
have been called for the construction of a $7 million jetty meant to slash a 50km road journey from Cairns to Yarrabah down to a 12km sea route – but it might not be enough to run a ferry service. Mulgrave MP Curtis Pitt said construction could start as soon as May next year, reducing travel time between the shire and the Cairns CBD to less than 30 minutes. “Improved transport options and supporting infrastructure for Yarrabah has been one of my top priorities since being elected, taking office in 2009,” Mr Pitt said.
Marino Again for LNP, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 25 Nov 2019
The LNP is sticking to a known quantity in its bid to topple Michael Healy from his perch after the official endorsement of its candidate for the seat of Cairns. Businessman and former Cairns Chamber of Commerce president Sam Marino has will return the hustings next year after coming off second best in his maiden candidacy at the 2017 state election. Mr Marino said he learnt a lot during his last political tilt – chiefly that “timing is everything – and he was ready to bring the fight to the ALP.
Stimulus has Local Roads on Fast Track, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 25 Nov 2019
A busy street in Earlville is about to get a complete makeover as the Federal Government rolls out more than $4.5 million in quickfire roads funding across the Far North. Balaclava Rd is in line for new footpaths, lighting and tree planting to achieve an “attractive boulevard effect” and improve safety to the busy street’s western end. Cairns Regional Council has been approved for $800,000 towards the $1.55 million total project cost to the works under the Roads to Recovery program.
Drain on Our Health, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 26 Nov 2019
Far Northerners are shunning private health insurance in an alarming trend set to place more pressure on waiting times at Cairns Hospital. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show Cairns has the lowest uptake of private health insurance in the state with less than four in every 10 people signing up to a health fund during 2017-18. The Australian Medical Association fears even more people will drop their cover as private health insurers reportedly prepare for an average 3.5 per cent premium rise next year.
City’s Newest Hotel on Recruitment Drive, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 26 Nov 2019
Locals will still get the edge over any outside applicants for the 70 jobs going at Crystalbrook Collection’s newest Esplanade restaurant. The hotel chain’s third business will come online next year and hiring managers yesterday spoke to more than 400 applicants for jobs in new venue, Boardwalk Social on the ground floor of Flynn, which will straddle a block between Abbott St and the Esplanade.
Far North Adventure Named Best in Nation, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 27 Nov 2019
Far North Queensland came away with a bolstered reputation for delivering adventurous holidays that visitors just can’t get enough of. At the 2019 Adventure Tourism Awards, The Woolshed was awarded Best Backpacker Night in Australia for the second time, Bounce Cairns won Best Accommodation and Walkabout Cultural Adventures operating around Mossman and Port Douglas won the Cultural Tourism Australia award.
Aim to Mesh Dunk is with Mainland Units, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 27 Nov 2019
The revitalisation of Dunk Island could turn Mission Beach into a start-up hub to rival those in metropolitan cities across the country. Mayfair 101 launched its $1.6b vision for the region recently and is planning to buy up to 200 properties on the mainland, as well as revamp and rebuild cyclone-ravaged Dunk Island resort and the spit day area. Founder James Mahwhinney said Dunk Island’s history as an iconic piece of Australian real estate and the fact nothing had been done for almost a decade after Cyclone Yasi swept through in 2011 were two elements which made the site a “very strong investment proposition”.
Events to go on Despite Blowout, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 27 Nov 2019
Cairns Regional Council will forge ahead with a renewed city activation program despite this year’s Shields St event trials blowing the budget by $41,000. Councillors are expected to continue further entertainment in the CBD between December 2019 and June 2020 at a cost of about $44,000. Two of the highlights of the trial, the CQU Art Attack Program and the Cotton Club’s live entertainment from the Miss Nemo Kombi will be encouraged.
Dairy Farms on Verge of Going Under, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 28 Nov 2019
Time is running out for tropical dairy farmers fearing for their future, with drought and uncertainty over a major milk brand’s Chinese buyout casting a shadow over the industry. Tablelands Mayor Joe Paronella, who was in Canberra this week delivering messages to politicians urging them to act, said he’d spoken to FNQ dairy farmers predicting they had six to 18 months of operation left.
Infamous Pash Spot to Get Big Overhaul, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 28 Nov 2019
The city’s most notorious make-out spot – responsible for thousands of P-plater pash sessions every year – is puckering up for a major facelift. Campbells Lookout on Lake Morris Rd has for decades been a classic venue for young sweethearts with freshly minted driver’s licences looking for privacy from their parents. Fogged-up windows on borderline unroadworthy shaggin’ wagons have become a hallmark of the road to Copperlode Dam, at a small informal parking spot boasting some of the city’s most romantic views.
Council Rejects Housing Project, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 28 Nov 2019
The hammer has finally fallen on one of the city’s most controversial subdivisions in a decision that will affect thousands of residents. Cairns Regional Council has rejected a Kenfrost Homes proposal to build a 65-lot subdivision across the road from Redlynch State College. The development was part of an overall 201-lot residential estate, with approvals already in place for the initial 136 lots to be built over three stages. This final stage has been the most contentious with a considerable amount of opposition from the community.
Tourism Campaigns to Lure Europeans, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 28 Nov 2019
A tourism blitz is about to put Great Barrier Reef holidays on the European radar as the perfect way to escape the northern hemisphere winter. The State Government will today unveil two campaigns worth a combined $500,000 and expected to reach tens of millions of people. Cairns MP Michael Healy said the effort was part of a wider strategy to capitalise on the Reef’s natural beauty.
Bridge Given $6m Go-Ahead, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 28 Nov 2019
A passionate group of opponents have failed to block approvals for a new bridge linking two Cairns beaches into a pedestrian and cycling trail. Cairns Regional Council yesterday gave the green light to the $6 million Barr Creek bridge between Machans and Holloways beaches – as well as a $1 million stretch of the Northern Beaches Leisure Trail. Division 8 Cr Jessie Richardson said the process had been “rather long and sometimes very difficult” but the end result would be better connectivity between two suburbs.
Dairy Fight Steps Up in Canberra, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 29 Nov 2019
Far North Queensland’s biggest dairy region has six to 18 months left before it becomes unviable without major change, as supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths are called to deliver an explanation in Canberra next week. There is building pressure for action to save the industry, as more farmers are squeezed out by drought and low milk prices.
Prestige Property Rush, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 30 Nov 2019
With the few buyer in the Market prepared to spend up big on property, the months has recorded some of Cairns’ big gest sales. Luxury holiday rental Trinity Beach Palace at 120 Vasey Esp has sold about three months after expressions of interest for the beachfront property closed this year
Ire Over Housing Estate Decision, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 30 Nov 2019
Hris Calcino stand there are no guarantees – but we took every bit of advice available. “At no time during all these works and with all the costs and time involved did council suggest that the application would not be supported – until around the middle of this year.” At that time, council officers advised Kenfrost the final stage subdivision would be unlikely to gain support. In August, we received formal advice that the stage would not be supported, yet it still took another three months to bring that decision before council,” Mr Gowlett said.
Super yacht Bill a Bonanza for FNQ, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 30 Nov 2019
“These low-impact, ecofriendly vessels with philanthropic billionaire owners are the perfect high-value traveller that our region seeks,” she said. “With the news of this possibility breaking internationally, I’ve been inundated with inquiries today from captains asking if new regulations are in place yet. “We are also currently in communication with a very large superyacht wanting to book a charter before Christmas out of Cairns with four large super and megayachts already interested in visiting for charter purposes next year.”
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