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 over the last week included:
- US Vice President Mike Pence is one of dozens of high-level delegates choosing to stay in Cairns for the APEC summit in PNG next month;
- The number of international visitors choosing to holiday in Tropical North Queensland has declined by 4.3 percent despite international visitation to Queensland growing by 4.1 per cent in the year ending June 2018; and
- Cairns Regional Council has introduced Level 1 water restrictions as a result of Copperlode Dam’s fall to below 80 per cent capacity.
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Teetering on the brink, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 Oct 2018
A SOLITARY percentage point stands between lawns and oblivion as Cairns Regional Council’s water restrictions trigger finger gets itchy. Copperlode Dam is sitting ominously at 81 per cent capacity, just above the 80 per cent mark needed to activate sprinkler sanctions.
CBD carparking price hike proves profitable, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Oct 2018
CAIRNS Regional Council has pocketed an additional $285,000 since changes to CBD parking were rolled out in January. Council chief executive John Andrejic confirmed the number of parking fines had increased to 30,000 in the nine months from January to September this year — up from 21,500 for the same period in 2017. Since January, motorists have paid $1.40 per hour at metered parks — an extra 20 cents per hour.
Host town a ghost town as leaders flag FNQ stays, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Oct 2018
DONALD Trump’s right-hand man Mike Pence is on his way to Cairns. The US Vice President is tipped to be staying in Cairns next month during the two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea for security reasons.
Arts centre opening faces baptism of fire, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 Oct 2018
EMPLOYING a massive roster of security guards to look out for fires could be the only way the Cairns Performing Arts Centre opens on time. Mayor Bob Manning put on a brave face while unveiling the first major production at the new centre – Cairns Choral Society performances of offBroadway musical Wicked from January 19.
Footy fans pay penalty, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 Oct 2018
CAIRNS has become a sporting leper colony with both the AFL and NRL putting Far North footy fans in quarantine. The two codes have snubbed Cairns on their game rosters for 2019 – a boot in the guts for thousands of devotees like Carol Johnson who wait all year for a hometown match.
Taking message right to the top, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 Oct 2018
Each politician we spoke to was aware of the perception that the Reef is dead and the need to amplify accurate, current and more positive messaging. Funding support is needed to better communicate the message that the Reef remains one of the planet’s most inspiring experiences.
Owning piece of Serenity, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 Oct 2018
CONSTRUCTION is set to start on a collection of just 12 homes within walking distance of a famous Far North beach. Buyers have the opportunity to own a slice of Palm Cove as sales of properties at 150 Argentea Boulevard begin.
Touts turning off customers, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 Oct 2018
HUMAN mosquitoes buzzing around the city centre are taking zero heed of a Cairns Regional Council promise to crack down on touting. The illegal marketing practice is rife in the CBD with hawkers spilling onto busy footpaths to try to drag customers into their shops.
Trinity Auto a driving force in $4m upgrade, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 Oct 2018
MULTI MILLION-DOLLAR upgrades are underway at the Trinity Auto Group as it prepares to meet the challenges of a competitive automotive marketplace in Cairns. Dealer-principal Richard Jaska said up to $4 million was being spent over the next 12 months at its two sites in the city and Earlville.
Empire builder has sage advice, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 31 Oct 2018
A FORMER multi-millionaire property developer who lost his fortune in the global financial crisis is now offering his expertise to those wanting to sell their properties. Udo Jattke was once the state’s biggest home-builder and the sixth largest in the country before his businesses Glenwood Homes and Glencorp were placed in receivership in 2011 owing $30 million.
Icon stands in way of vision for hospital and uni, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 1 Nov 2018
THE acclaimed Captain Cook statue in Cairns could receive a medical makeover under a bold plan to expand Cairns Hospital. The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service and James Cook University are planning to lobby the Federal Government for funding to buy a vacant block of land behind the Cock and Bull pub on Grove St to develop a new medical research hub.
MP sees merit in hub, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 2 Nov 2018
THE federal member for Cairns has thrown his support behind a plan to expand Cairns Hospital to the site of the city’s iconic Captain Cook statue. The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service and James Cook University have revealed a plan to lobby the Federal Government for funding to buy a vacant block of land behind the Cock and Bull pub on Grove St to develop a new medical research hub.
Sweet win for growers, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 2 Nov 2018
WOLVES howling at the Douglas Shire sugarcane industry’s door have been kept at bay with a lastminute $20 million lifeline to save the Mossman Mill. Mossman canegrower Glen Fasano can finally see a future in farming for his two sons after a year of stress and uncertainty.
Lift in land rates forecast, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 2 Nov 2018
INCREASING property values will far outweigh a hippocket rates hit when blocks of land in the Cairns region are revalued for the first time in two years. New land valuations, to be released in March next year, follow advice from Queensland’s Valuer General.
Special rates for locals, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 2 Nov 2018
THE best part of living in a tourist town are the deals for locals and the newest hotel in Cairns has also come to the party. Crystalbrook Collection has launched Crystalbrook Local, a program which gets Tropical North Queensland residents 15 per cent off restaurant meals, drinks, stays and spa experiences. The business’s first offering, – 5-star resort Riley – opens on Tuesday.
New buyers home in on city’s lower-priced areas, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 3 Nov 2018
DESPITE a reduction in the first homeowner’s grant, a bevy of Cairns suburbs are throwing up affordable, convenient options for those making their first foray into buying a house. Earlville, Mooroobool, Westcourt, Bentley Park, Smithfield and Cairns North all have a range of houses and units on the market from $135,000 to just over the $300,000 mark.
Project rejects Fed’s $2.4M, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 3 Nov 2018
A TRIO of pharmacists controversially awarded $2.4 million to build a drug manufacturing facility in Cairns has thrown the project on the scrap heap. Allegations about conflicts of interest arose after QRX Group 1 was granted funds through the Federal Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Package in February.
Fall in overseas tourists numbers, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 3 Nov 2018
THE number of international visitors choosing to holiday in Tropical North Queensland has declined despite international visitation to Queensland growing by 4.1 per cent to a record 2.7 million visitors in the year ending June 2018. Overseas tourists spent a record $5.7 billion in the state, up by 8.1 per cent year-on-year, according to new Tourism and Events Queensland data.
Rainy weather won’t end water restriction, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 3 Nov 2018
Regional council will introduce level 1 water restriction from today despite predicted showers across the region. The waterings cutbacks will begin at 9am following coperlode Dams’ fall to 79 percent capacity.
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