Cairns news report – 31st October 2020


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Funding Vow for Key Road Upgrade, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 26 Oct 2020

A critical traffic pinch point will be duplicated to four lanes if Labor is re-elected after a $60m pledge to finally start work on one of the city’s most important road projects. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will on Monday announce the funding package to start work next year on the Cairns Western Arterial Road between Redlynch Connector Road and Kamerunga Road.

Building a Place for all to Play, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 27 Oct 2020

A cairns shopping centre will start construction on its new inclusive playground and quiet room, both set to open ahead of the holiday rush. Stockland Cairns is building a new playground in collaboration with Urban Play and Variety – the Children’s Charity allowing children of all abilities to play together, including those with physical disabilities, vision, hearing and mobility impairments, or spectrum disorders such as autism.

Council Back to Business, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 29 Oct 2020

Cairns Regional Council’s former chief executive has already left the building, with new details emerging about how he is spending his time — and what comes next. John Andrejic’s seat beside Mayor Bob Manning was filled by human resources manager Christine Posgate as acting chief executive at Wednesday’s meeting after his shock resignation last week.

Rush to Flee-Dom, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 29 Oct 2020

Demographer Bernard Salt said FNQ needed to act quickly to capitalise on a big city exodus in response to COVID as a national campaign kicked off to lure more to the regions. The Far North can boom on a wave of investment from virus escapees, but it has to act quickly, urges demographer Bernard Salt. Mr. Salt describes Cairns as the Hervey Bay of the coronavirus era if the Far North takes advantage of data showing a wave of urban residents fleeing the cities.

Selling Regions in Prime Position, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 29 Oct 2020

Cairns will be touted as a prime destination in a campaign to bring capital city dwellers to the regions.

The Regional Australia Institute has launched the Regional Activators Alliance, a body designed to help create a national awareness campaign to drive people to the regions. RAI chief executive Liz Ritchie said it was a significant milestone in the campaign to promote living, working and investing in regional Australia.

AFL Kicks in $4.5m for City, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 30 Oct 2020

The AFL previously confirmed a $70m outlay on shifting the competition to Queensland but new research from independent analysis company IER has revealed the true benefit was almost double that at $136m, with the Grand Final weekend alone generating an estimated $31m.

Airlines Await Border Call Ready for Takeoff, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 30 Oct 2020

The Cairns tourism industry is waiting for the announcement that would bring back thousands of visitors to the Far North. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had previously flagged November 1 as the state’s reopening date but this was brought forward to Friday, a day out from the state election.

Cutting-Edge Bio Bank Plan for Port Douglas, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 30 Oct 2020

A world-first $70 million living ark tourism and coral reef centre is being planned for Port Douglas. The 6830sq m mushroom coral shaped multi-function building will host exhibition areas, an auditorium and classrooms as well as advanced research and laboratory facilities over four levels, to be known as the Living Coral Bio bank.

Business Dismayed Tourists Locked Out, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 31 Oct 2020

Hospitality business operator Paul Harris did not mince his words at the news the Premier is still keeping Sydney siders locked out of Queensland. The co-owner of Blu Marlin bistro at the Cairns marina, Mr Harris said the cafe was down 70 per cent on trade compared to 2019.

Shock as Building Firm LDI Topples, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 31 Oct 2020

Cairns construction company LDI has gone into voluntary liquidation, stunning the industry. A notice on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission website confirmed the action, which was listed on October 28.


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