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Entsch in bid to set sail for industry, The Cairns Post 12 July 2021
LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch is leading the charge for an accelerated resumption of the multibillion-dollar cruise industry, garnering support from both sides of the political divide. Cruising forms part of the economic lifeblood of Far North Queensland and Mr.Entsch has the backing of 15 MPs and Senators, including Labor’s Kristy McBain, independent Zali Steggal and Wentforth MP Dave Sharma in his calls for a restart.
Battle to change verdict on reef, The Cairns Post 12 July 2021
AUSTRALIA is launching a two-pronged attack to overturn the Great Barrier Reef’s draft “in danger” listing, with fewer than 14 days to prevent the damaging call. The nation still needs to flip votes of several countries to reverse the draft decision by UNESCO’s World Heritage Council.
Roadmap to get us moving, The Cairns Post 12 July 2021
A PIPELINE of big road projects is taking shape as new analysis reveals that government funding flowing into the Far North is finally close to being on par with regions to the south. RECENTLY completed works along the $164m Smithfield bypass include the impressive overpass at the northern end of the road.
Developer defends Port Douglas plan, The Cairns Post 13 July 2021
THE high-profile Melbourne developer behind a proposed $60 million luxe development at Murphy St in Port Douglas says a group opposing the project is misrepresenting it with inaccurate and over-inflated statements and images.
Judge with your own eyes, The Cairns Post 15 July 2021
THE next 24 hours could prove critical in the fight to stop the Great Barrier Reef from being listed as in danger. Envoy to the Reef and Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch (right) is today hosting a delegation of international ambassadors to the Reef, nine of whom are from countries with voting power on UNESCO’s recommendation to classify the wonder as endangered.
Progress on $20m shopping centre, The Cairns Post 15 July 2021
CONSTRUCTION is about to start on a new $20m shopping centre at Gordonvale with Woolworths finally breaking ground after more than a decade of waiting. A traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony was held at the Draper Rd site on Wednesday to mark the beginning of construction on a centre with more than 500sq m of retail space, a full-line modern Woolworths and eight specialty stores.
Controversial link road hits fierce opposition, The Cairns Post 17 July
A ROAD battle has hit a turning point, with neighbours calling in the big guns to fight unwanted demolition, traffic spikes and increased threat to a battered resident marsupial population. Cairns Regional Council is intent on creating a new intersuburban link between Kewarra and Trinity beaches despite fierce opposition from within the local community.
Never Mind the Space, The Cairns Post 19 July 2021
HIGHER density living is the way the Cairns region is heading — whether residents like it or not. Cairns Regional Council’s planning and development committee has signed off on the Designing for Density in the Tropics guide to help increase population density across a range of housing options. LIKE it or not, the “D” word is here to stay in Cairns – and it could mean more opportunities for mum and dad property owners to make some cash.
It’s the Vibe: Fear for Suburb, The Cairns Post 19 July 2021
THE “fishing village” vibe of a quiet Cairns suburb is being tested after the controversial approval of two-storey duplexes on the site of a beachside cottage. Machans Beach residents have lashed out at a plan to demolish a home at 225 O’Shea Esplanade, with 38 submissions made to Cairns Regional Council despite the matter not being open to public comment..
Coral Proves There Is Hope, The Cairns Post 20 July 2021
SIGNIFICANT increases in the central Great Barrier Reef hard coral cover attributed to a lack of prolonged heat stress and cyclone activity has been heralded as a positive development by Reef tourism operators. The coral growth survey conducted by the Australian Institute of Marine Science looked at 53 reefs in the central zone between Cooktown and the Whitsundays and found “moderate” hard coral cover had increased to 26 per cent in 2021.
Industry Hopes for Cruising Resurgence, The Cairns Post 20 July 2021
THE federal government is under increasing pressure to revive cruise tourism – and while Far North industry leaders would welcome the economic boost, they say it must be done cautiously. After all, the Cairns region has had just 65 Covid cases – a mere 3.7 per cent of the state total and business leaders are keen to keep the Far North safe.
Port $300m Resort in Jeopardy, The Cairns Post 20 July 2021
THE developer of a proposed $300m luxury hotel has been left stunned after learning his Far North resort was unlikely to be approved. The much-hyped plans for a five-star, 253-room Fairmont Port Douglas Resort hit a speed bump after Douglas Shire planners wrote to Chiodo Corp informing them the scale of the project didn’t meet the town’s planning scheme.
Five-Storey Beach Towers Under Fire, The Cairns Post 21 July 2021
RESIDENTS are expected to fight two five-storey retirement towers at Clifton Beach. St John’s Community Care has applied to build the retirement centre on two parcels of beachfront land at Arlington Esplanade in Clifton Beach. The proposal encompasses two separate towers with a maximum height of 17.265m and 32 two-bedroom units.
Golden Dawn for Tourism, The Cairns Post 23 July 2021
STEVE Kerwitz always believed Barlow Park was capable of attracting big sporting events and carnivals. So to have a bunch of Australian Olympic athletes training there, day-in, dayout in recent weeks, is “pretty special”, the supervisor of turf management at Barlow Park said. “Mate it’s awesome. It is a good feeling,” he said.Off the back of Brisbane’s successful 2032 Olympic bid, Mr Kerwitz said the council would love to have the athletes back up here training again.
D-Day for Barrier Reef, The Cairns Post 24 July 2021
THE decision on whether the Great Barrier Reef is officially “in danger” was to be made last night, after weeks of controversy and allegations of influence from the Chinese government. The Queensland tourism industry says regardless of how the decision turns, the decision should serve as “a global call to action” to do more on climate change to protect the natural icon which generates 60,000 jobs..
Far North’s Star Role, The Cairns Post 26 July 2021
A NEW tourism push featuring Millaa Millaa Falls and the Great Barrier Reef will leverage Queensland’s Olympic bid win and lure holiday-makers to the Sunshine State in a multimillion-dollar campaign. The $2.4m Days Like This campaign is part of a state government coronavirus economic recovery plan and features iconic beauty spots in videos produced for TV and social media.
Relief at Dodging ‘Danger’ Reef Tag, The Cairns Post 26 July 2021
CAIRNS tourism operators have breathed a sigh of relief as the Great Barrier Reef avoided being labelled as “in danger” by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. After weeks of controversy since the draft decision was made public, committee members on Friday night decided Australia should be given more time to show its actions were helping to improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef.
Rush to Secure Prime Sites, The Cairns Post 26 July 2021
ENTHUSIASTIC buyers looking to secure prime south Cairns house sites have rushed in to register interest in the Far North’s latest land release. Two separate estates offer 210 fully-serviced lots, with sizes ranging from 700sqm to 2946sqm at The Heights, and at The Terrace smaller lot sizes offer home ownership at an affordable price.
Canopy Scheme Unveiled, The Cairns Post 27 July 2021
IT promises to be king of the hill – a swanky three-storey vertical triplex that looks down on the rest of an emerging housing estate in Smithfield. The sprawling Canopy’s Edge subdivision is nearing its end with this final piece and another much larger luxury apartment complex shaping up as the icing on the cake.
Olds: Link is ‘inevitable’, The Cairns Post 27 July 2021
ANGRY backlash over plans to wedge a new link road between two beachside suburbs has spurred one Cairns councillor to issue a message of inevitability. Like it or not, it was and is always going to happen. Kewarra Beach and Trinity Beach residents have railed against a Cairns Regional Council push to demolish a home to build a new road from Miami Rd to Trinity Beach Rd.
Key Steps to Snaring Big Deals, The Cairns Post 28 July 2021
WORK on a $4m contract to deliver a fleet of army survey boats is well under way at major Cairns shipyard as attention turns to securing lucrative navy landing craft contracts worth $800m. Tropical Reef Shipyard and BME NQ won the contract to build seven 7.5m-long aluminium boats for the Australian Army in March in a major coup for the Far North marine construction industry.
Get In Stadium Fast Lane, The Cairns Post 28 July 2021
OLYMPIC overhaul plans for Barlow Park in Cairns have been revealed in an obscure document that helped Queensland secure the 2032 Games. However, forces are at play to make the facility even bigger, better and bolder. The city’s current excuse for a stadium has been touted for desperate upgrades for years to no avail. Now, there is a rally cry to use the 2032 Games to get the job done.
Water Plan Crisis Point, The Cairns Post 28 July 2021
IT WAS an ultimatum that would make any self-respecting Cairns homeowner’s tongue shrivel in horror – either fork out an extra $3000 in rates or put the city in jeopardy of screeching to a dehydrated halt. That is the impending reality if Cairns Regional Council cannot score $215m to start building a critical water security project by 2024, as the who’s who of Far North business now know.
City’s Rates Benchmark, The Cairns Post 29 July 2021
FUNNELLING hard-earned cash into council coffers is never a titillating prospect but Cairns ratepayers can take comfort in knowing their southern counterparts are being gouged with even more governmental gusto. Cairns Regional Council has carried out its annual benchmarking exercise to draw rates comparisons against 11 other local government areas with populations of 100,000 or more.
Flight Direction, The Cairns Post 30 July 2021
NORTH Queensland airline Skytrans has a flight plan its chief Alan Milne (left) hopes will outgun QantasLink and Regional Express — and passengers are set to be the big winners. Skytrans will for the first time from September 13 operate return flights between Cairns, Whitsunday Coast and Rockhampton with airfares to Proserpine airport, the gateway to the tourism hotspot, just $149 one way.
Back in Business, The Cairns Post 31 July 2021
FORMER top bureaucrats are landing on their feet after a mass exodus left Cairns Regional Council with a flailing management and widespread vacancies. The upper echelons are gradually refilling after the explosive resignation of CEO John Andrejic in October last year and a string of other high-profile departures over the ensuing months.
Mayor Owed Mates More than $500k, The Cairns Post 31 July 2021
THE value of loans from prominent Cairns businessmen that allowed Cairns Regional Council Mayor Bob Manning to avoid bankruptcy can be revealed for the first time. Details of Cr Manning and his wife Claire’s perilous financial position following the 2015/16 liquidation of their business Belmar Events Pty Ltd, trading as Events NQ, are included in documents filed with the courts.
On Road to Better Trip, The Cairns Post 31 July 2021
A KEY improvement to fix traffic flow along one of Cairns’ busiest roads is now complete and open to traffic. Barron River MP Craig Crawford on Friday morning officially declared the $16.3m two-lane upgrade of the Harley St intersection at Kamerunga open to traffic.
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