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.
Apologies for skipping last week’s report. That’s one of the implications of me going away for a weekend!
A few of the top news stories from the last two weeks included:
- A band of influential tourism operators have joined forces to form a new body aimed at putting Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef back on the map;
- New schools, roads and hospitals could go unbuilt in Cairns over the coming decades as low population projections foreshadow grave implications for spending on infrastructure; and
- Far North is in a strong position with jobs, with the latest trend data showing unemployment at just 4.2 percent.
If you missed any of the top Cairns news stories from the last fortnight, here they all are in full below. Just click the title to read the full story.
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Locals Welcome Start on Key Intersection Upgrade, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 20 Aug 2019
A Business owner says the Multimillion-dollar upgrade of a dangerous intersection at Redlynch will help save lives and after attract more visitors after construction is completed early in next year. Cairns Regional Council yesterday started redevelopment of the intersection at the corner of Redlych Intake and Kamerunga roads, outside the Red Beret Hotel.
Early Plans Fail to Make Cut, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 20 Aug 2019
Cairns Regional Council has issued the developers of the former Paradise Palms golf course with a series of questions relating to its redevelopment of the property. Opponents of the development are concerned about the number of issues which have not been addressed. The developers of the former Paradise Palms golf course at Kewarra Beach have been asked to explain several aspects of the proposal by Cairns Regional Council, including the impact on surrounding residential properties.
Give and You’ll Receive, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 20 Aug 2019
Tourism businesses are being challenged to provide items such as bottles of water and umbrellas and give away freebies in the interest of growing. The Tropical North Queensland Tourism Marketing Conference at the Cairns Convention Centre will host six speakers from tourism, marketing and government to help local business owners get the most out of their marketing strategy.
Project Hardly a Sporting Chance, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Aug 2019
A proposed water park on the northern beaches will likely never go ahead, according to a leading Cairns town planner. Planz Town Planning’s Nikki Huddy also expressed concerns that plans for the Paradise Palms golf course redevelopment at Kewarra Beach would destroy “valuable and critical” sport and recreation-zoned land without considering the future needs of the community. “Our sound bite for the project is right use, wrong location,” she said.
Woolies Slams Brakes, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 21 Aug 2019
Woolworths has dragged the chain on one of its most controversial developments in the Far North and now wants permission to further prolong construction for years to come. Cairns Regional Council was forced to approve the supermarket giant’s Gordonvale shopping centre development in 2015 after losing a Planning and Environment Court appeal. It is understood the council’s legal fees cost ratepayers about $600,000.
Kuranda gets Rebrand, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Aug 2019
Making Kuranda a prettier place to visit and an in-depth review of the village’s festivals and events will form part of a new marketing strategy for the rainforest tourist town. Tourism Kuranda has developed a five-year plan, aimed at reinventing the village as a global tourism destination. Mareeba Shire Council endorsed the plan at its monthly meeting yesterday. TRINITY Anglican School teacher and author Shannon Brishke gave her first public reading to some pretty harsh critics – her students.
Superliner on Course to Make Dream Berth, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 22 Aug 2019
The first of the superliners able to dock at the Port of Cairns after dredging of the shipping channel has been revealed. The 269m-long Explorer Dream is scheduled in October for a day with 1900 passengers. Member for Cairns Michael Healy said Dream Cruises’ Explorer Dream would visit Cairns on October 23 after successful negotiations with the State Government.
Chance to Develop Trade Links with PNG, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Aug 2019
Cairns business owners and managers are being urged to take part in a trade delegation that could provide opportunities via a new international airport. Tradelinked PNG Pacific is leading a Cairns business delegation to Lae and Port Moresby in October. Facilitator Deb Maguire said a new international airport was due to open in Lae in 2021, with the possibility of direct links between Cairns and Lae.
Woolies Hastens Plans, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 23 Aug 2019
Woolworths may be dragging a shorter chain than first imagined with the supermarket giant saying it wants to open its new Gordonvale shopping centre by the end of next year. The new time frame comes despite the company’s inhouse corporate property division Fabcot last week applying to Cairns Regional Council for a six-year extension on the project. In that application, Woolies said it expected “that initial development works will commence in the next two to three years”.
Big Plans For Hilltop Haven, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Aug 2019
Kuranda is peering over the edge of a new period of self-determination that will define it as a global tourism player or a hippie-fied smokestack at the top of the hill – or a clever combination of both. The Mareeba Shire village is the subject of a five-year reinvention plan to help crack overseas markets and ensure its current sometimes tourism offerings maximise their potential.
Casino Profit on Rise, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Aug 2019
The Reef Casino Trust in Cairns is performing better in the new financial year after a shocking first six months of 2019. An extraordinary wet season and global economic jitters helped to wipe more than twothirds from the trust’s first-half profit, although the result was slightly better than forecast. Trust chairman Richard Haire said the second half year was traditionally tourist season”.
Far North in Strong Position With Jobs, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 26 Aug 2019
Despite 200 jobs being lost in July, Far North Queensland was still providing jobs for those who wanted to work. The latest trend data from Conus/CBC Staff Selection showed unemployment was just 4.2 per cent and annual trend employment growth was at 15.6 per cent. Sectors for work included education and training, construction, information and media and aged care.
Port Work Already Started After Deal Signed, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Aug 2019
Enormous steel pylons are already being manufactured as the construction tender is awarded for the $20 million facelift to the Port of Cairns. ENORMOUS steel pylons are already being manufactured as the construction tender is awarded for the $20 million facelift to the Port of Cairns. It marks the third and final stage of the $127 million Cairns Shipping Development dredging project to allow cruise ships up to 300m in length to dock for the first time.
Scooter Bid Up in Air, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 27 Aug 2019
A groundhog’s Day decision on running electric scooter hire trials in the pedestrian intestines of the Cairns CBD is about to run its course with one key player missing from the equation. Cairns Regional Council last month postponed its determination in order to take further advice on the likely fallout of allowing e-scooter trials in the city.
City on A Grow-Slow, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 28 Aug 2019
New schools, roads and hospitals could go unbuilt in Cairns over coming decades as low population projections foreshadow grave implications for spending on infrastructure. The Queensland Government Statistician’s Office forecasts average population growth of 1.5 per cent per year for the Cairns region to 2041. It is a significant decline on actual historical growth rates achieved in the period to the last Census (2.3 per cent per year for the 15 years to 2016 and 2.5 per cent per year for the 30 years to 2016).
Region Hurt in Number Crunch, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 Aug 2019
Wretched mathematical conservatism is diddling Cairns out of its rightful share of infrastructure funding while Queensland’s southeast enclave gets fat and frivolous on unearned spoils. Now there is a renewed push to fix whatever algorithm has been used to successively underestimate the Far North’s population growth and thereby excuse the historically skewed spending model.
Virgin’s Loss May Hit Cairns Flights, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 Aug 2019
Virgin Australia is to review its routes to Cairns as the struggling airline posted its seventh consecutive year of losses. Soft demand, high fuel costs and currency movements have resulted in a $315 million fullyear loss for the airline, it announced yesterday morning. While the loss is down from $653.3 million the previous year, Virgin Australia chief executive Paul Scurrah said the results underscored the need for change.
Defence Work Up for Grabs, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 Aug 2019
Chris calcino ness. He attended the Land Forces Expo in Adelaide last year to try snag himself a contract and was struck by the lack of Cairns representation. “We talk about diversifying the economy all the time, but it’s usually hinged on something else like tourism, health or education,” he said. “This is true diversification. “Defence has money to spend and we need to be fighting to attract some of those funds locally.”
Funding injection enhances global push, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 Aug 2019
The injection of $1.33 million of ratepayer funds into Tourism Tropical North Queensland’s coffers has helped bolster its international advocacy efforts amid the emergency of a new player on the scene. Cairns Regional Council has renewed its $1 million annual agreement with the organization as well as $330000 for “Project based” Funding the details of which are number wraps.
Time to Rock the Boat, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 Aug 2019
Former mayor and breakaway advocacy group Enterprise North executive director Kevin Byrne (left) has joined forces with a band of influential tourism operators to form a new body aimed at putting Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef back on the map. The fledgling Cairns Tourism Industry Association has vowed to pick up the slack where Tourism Tropical North Queensland has left off amid growing dissatisfaction about the direction of the region’s marketing efforts. It comes as the latest Reef outlook paints a dire picture.
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