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.
The news last week was dominated by Cathay Pacific’s announcement to suspend their Cairns-Hong Kong route from October 27.
- last weeks announcement sent shockwaves through the community when the news was revealed, particularly following China Southern’s announcement last month it was suspending flights to Cairns for six months as part of a review.
- the withdrawal will deliver a $100 million-a-year slap in the face through the loss of direct visitors and further impact the region’s seafood export industry.
- A negotiating team comprising all of the Far North’s major political players has been assembled.
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Dam Cash in Pipeline, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 Apr 2019
The Morrison Government has committed $10 million to kickstart the first dam in the Far North in 60 years. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the Lakeland Area Irrigation Project could help grow Cape York’s agriculture. But one of the region’s mayors, who has welcomed the funding, believes it could be at least four years before the dam becomes a reality.
Chinese Ties Take Hit, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 29 Apr 2019
The closure of Cairns flights by Hong Kong based carrier Cathay Pacific is likely to impact the Far Northern Chinese community. Vice-president of the Cairns Chinese Association, Nathan Lee Long, said Cathay had long been a depended upon carrier for Chinese families visiting relatives overseas. It will definitely affect those in the community travelling to see loved ones,” Mr Long said. “We have not yet discussed it in the association but the biggest impact does seem to be flights back to China to see family.”
Crystalbrook Slams Apathy on Airlines, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Apr 2019
CRYSTALBROOK Collection has called for immediate action as Cathay Pacific’s withdrawal jeopardises the hotel company’s $700 million investment in the Far North. Shockwaves were sent through the community last week when the Cairns Post revealed the airline planned to axe its Cairns-Hong Kong route from October 27.
Power Play for FNQ, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 30 Apr 2019
FAR Northerners have witnessed a surge in renewable energy projects in the region in recent years but are still waiting for the benefits to zap their electricity bills. As federal politicians argue over how they will cut prices while achieving climate targets, there is one energy expert who says the solution to our power pain already exists.
Teams Comes Together to Fight for Fight, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 May 2019
A NEGOTIATION team comprising all of the Far North’s major political players in the Cathay Pacific withdrawal saga has been assembled. Cairns MP Michael Healy (right) said a coordinated approach to salvaging the airline’s CairnsHong Kong flight route would be used following Cathay’s announcement it would suspend the service from October 27.
Calls Candidates Fail to Inspire Business, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 May 2019
SMALL business operators leaving the Meet the Candidates’ debate described a forum lacking substance and have demanded more from contenders vying for the seat of Leichhardt. Questions about heath funding, export business, education, skilled migration, national debt, defence spending and a perceived southern funding bias were discussed in a tame and “fluffy” debate at the Cairns Convention Centre yesterday.
Partnership Take Off, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 May 2019
Nautilus Aviation started offering scenic flights for guests travelling with the Quicksilver Group on April 1 and, with demand still strong, the initiative appears to have been a success. “The local company has had a seamless transition providing guests breathtaking views of the amazing Agincourt ribbon reefs off Port Douglas, along with Moore Reef off Cairns and the beautiful Green Island,” said a Quicksilver Group spokeswoman.
Leu to Focus on Cathay Exit in High-Level Talk, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 May 2019
DOUGLAS Shire Mayor Julia Leu will make tackling Cathay Pacific’s stunning withdrawal from Cairns her top priority when she meets Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Tourism Minister Kate Jones in Brisbane later this month. The tourism industry was left gobsmacked last week when the airline revealed plans to cease its Cairns to Hong Kong route from October 27 this year. It follows on from China Southern’s decision that it planned to axe flights to Cairns for six-months as part of an internal review.
FNQ High Up on List for Rent Stress, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 May 2019
The federal electorate of Leichhardt has made a list of areas experiencing the highest rental stress in the state. According to a recent survey by the University of NSW, 29 per cent of tenants are experiencing rental stress in Leichhardt. This percentage equates to almost 8000 households.
Bailey Shows His Face, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 03 May 2019
IF you’ve driven down Abbott or Aplin streets lately, you will notice the facade of the city’s newest hotel being gradually revealed. In a tasteful shade of green, aluminium screens have been artfully placed along the side of the $120 million Bailey hotel. Part of the Crystalbrook Collection, the hotel is set to open its doors in September, boasting 217 luxury rooms and suites alongside three restaurants and bars.
Dunk Island Back on the Market for $20M, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 03 May 2019
Six months after news Property Bay had put a deposit on the dilapidated Dunk Island Resort, it is up for sale again with an expected price tag of $20 million. The resort fell into disrepair after being smashed by Cyclone Yasi in 2011 and despite being purchased by former rich lister and Linc Energy founder Peter Bond for $7.5 million later that year, it was never returned to its former glory.
Housing at Crossroad, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 03 May 2019
REIQ zone chairman for Cairns and the Far North, Tom Quaid, called for Labor to rethink its plan to halve the capital gains discount for investments and make negative gearing only applicable to new builds. “It’s going to reduce prices, but not in a good way,” he warned. “It’s going to put a lot of people into a position where they are potentially owing more for their property than their property’s worth.
Wake-up call for our city, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 04 May 2019
Cathay Pacific’s withdrawal from Cairns in October will deliver a $100 million-a-year slap in the face through the loss of visitors on its direct Hong Kong route and further impact the region’s seafood export industry. It is just the latest blow to the tourism industry which has been hit hard by negative Great Barrier Reef messaging and wet weather. There is also growing frustration and impatience about seemingly fruitless efforts to fix the long-running CBD itinerant issue and youth crime crisis, both of which are tarnishing Cairns’ appeal to visitors and hurting locals.
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