Cairns news report – 4th December 2021

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Council’s Vaccine Position, The Cairns Post 22 November 2021

UNVACCINATED residents could soon be barred from the city’s libraries, museums and galleries after a request to extend strict mandates to Cairns local government buildings. The state government issued a survey to councils across Queensland to gauge support for the proposal and determine whether there was confusion about its impending mandates..

Olds: New Smithfield Bypass is a Carpark, The Cairns Post 23 November 2021

THE long-awaited $164m Smithfield Bypass is set to open on November 25, but Cairns Regional Council division 9 councillor Brett Olds has labelled it “the most expensive parking lot in Australia”. Cr Olds said the bypass would not improve travel time and would create hazardous conditions at McGregor Rd roundabout.

Port Pool Proposal Start Making Waves, The Cairns Post 23 November 2021

DEBATE over the optimal location of a swimming and adventure park for Port Douglas is again making waves, with Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr fighting hard to get the project off the ground next year. Cr Kerr said council planned to build a multifunctional kids entertainment precinct alongside an Olympic-sized swimming pool at Reynolds Park on Davidson St, despite some concerns over the size and feasibility of the space.

Industrial Park Plan Near Cairns Airport, The Cairns Post 24 November 2021

BULLDOZERS are set to roll through more than a dozen buildings to pave the way for a new industrial estate in Cairns Airport’s general aviation precinct. The collection of outdated and underused structures will be replaced by up to 10 new purpose-built sheds with access from the Captain Cook Highway – but first new tenants need to be found.

‘Nard run’ Decision Time, The Cairns Post 24 November 2021

THE fate of the “nard run” hangs in the balance with Cairns Regional Council set to finally decide whether to block traffic along the Esplanade outdoor dining precinct. A proposal to make the glitter strip pedestrian-only between Shields and Aplin streets has been rattling around since its $28m overhaul was in the planning phase.

Bypass, You Beauty!, The Cairns Post 25 November 2021

DUBBED the congestion busting link to change the game for motorists on the northside, the Smithfield bypass project will be put to the ultimate test from today. Massive concrete bollards blocking the road will be removed to allow the first cars access to the $164m network.

‘Nard’ Traffic Driven out, The Cairns Post 25 November 2021

CRUISING down the Esplanade in your souped-up Mustang just got tricky after a bombshell decision to shut down the heart of the glitter strip. Cairns Regional Council has finally come to a split decision on what to do about cars along the $28m outdoor dining precinct after weeks of speculation.

Bypass will Get You Out of Jam, The Cairns Post 26 November 2021

MOTORISTS have been assured by the State’s top political brass that traffic will be “a hell of a lot better” on their Friday morning commute despite some predictions of bumper-to-bumper congestion on the Smithfield bypass.

Esplanade Win for Trade, The Cairns Post 26 November 2021

THE closure of part of Cairns’ glitter strip to general traffic has been labelled a “big win” for business and safety. Cairns Chamber of Commerce CEO Patricia O’Neill said the overwhelming response from chamber members prior to council’s decision this week

$2m Bill for New Road, The Cairns Post 26 November 2021

RATEPAYERS are set to splash up to $2.2m to build a new road linking one of the city’s most controversial new development projects. Palm Cove Nominees has a development permit to create 36 residential lots on what used to be a densely wooded pocket of Cedar Rd at Palm Cove – but there could be much more intensive uses for the site..

Drivers Give their Verdict on New Road, The Cairns Post 27 November 2021

A TIME-SAVER or a massive waste of money? Cairns residents appear divided about if the single-lane $164m Smithfield Bypass was worth the cost. Cairns Police warned the bypass would be closed to motorists from 8pm on Saturday until 8pm on Sunday as the Department of Transport and Main Roads was inviting the community to join in celebrating the completion of the project on Sunday morning.

Airport Ready for Take-Off, The Cairns Post 29 November 2021

CAIRNS Airport boss Richard Barker believes the airport is well prepared for any Covid curve balls thrown its way as the Far North prepares to welcome back visitors from around the country. With the December 17 border reopening date inching closer, Mr Barker said the domestic terminal had been finetuning systems and processes.

Grounds for Hope, The Cairns Post 30 November 2021

MAJOR demolition works are about to clear the way for the first $60m stage of the Cairns University Hospital upgrade. James Cook University is ready to go ahead with its Far North Queensland Health and Innovation Precinct even as the state government lags on its crucial hospital side of the project.

Message on FNQ’s Election Wish List, The Cairns Post 30 November 2021

ADVANCE Cairns has delivered its federal election wish list in a whirlwind twoday online delegation to Canberra, with 25 meetings held over two days, including an audience with Prime Minister Scott Morrison. And Advance Cairns chairman Nick Trompf says both sides of politics are acutely aware Leichhardt is a bellwether seat.

Resort Rescue Bid, The Cairns Post 1 December 2021

A FOREIGN buyer is eager to secure the run-down Kuranda Resort and Spa, where squatters and tenants at 41 properties have been evicted by the liquidator. More than 70 per cent of the resort was owned by companies Followcastle and Adventure Management – but Mareeba Shire Council took court action for a reported $300,000 in unpaid rates.

‘I’ll Take on the Dozers’, The Cairns Post 3 December 2021

A STUMBLING block lies ahead as demolition crews clear the Cairns University Hospital upgrade site with one business owner threatening to chain himself to the building if bulldozers arrive at his doorstep. The university offered Cruising Car Rentals boss Michael Birt (right) $700,000 to give up the property and business he has owned for the past 25 years.

Move to Cut Cost of Cover, The Cairns Post 4 December 2021

A CAMPAIGN to drive down insurance costs in cycloneprone regions has taken a leap forward with draft legislation for new $10bn premium-busting cash pool now complete. The federal government is establishing a reinsurance pool to take on insurance companies’ risk for cyclone damage to, in theory, drastically reduce premium prices.

Water Park Hits Roadblock, The Cairns Post 4 December 2021

PUSH to build a water and adventure park in Port Douglas has suffered a major setback with councillors disagreeing on the suitability of a proposed location and design. Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr’s aim to start the multimillion-dollar project at Reynolds Park next year – which would include an Olympic-sized swimming pool and splash area – has been met with resistance from Cr Abigail Noli.

Fury at Extra Time for Plan, The Cairns Post 4 December 2021

YORKEYS Knob Residents Association president Adrian Gover claims Cairns Regional Council is “bending over backwards” for Chinese developers planning to build a 64-room wellness centre. Mr Gover said the community’s opposition to the project was as strident as ever.


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