Cairns news report – 5th December 2020


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A Capital Gain Flies to Rescue, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 23 Nov 2020
Passengers landed at Cairns Airport on Saturday for what they were told was the first direct flight here from the capital in 35 years. The inaugural Qantas Boeing 717 flight received a celebratory water cannon arch. Many of the new arrivals were heading a little further north to the tourism drawcard of Port Douglas.

View To Creating A Bush Home, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 23 Nov 2020

ONE of the few remaining undeveloped blocks with uninterrupted views to Double Island has been offered for sale for the first time in 15 years.  The huge 69.93ha parcel of land featuring 160m elevation above sea level overlooking Palm Cove is priced at $1,995,000.

LET’S GROW OUR OWN WAY , The Cairns Post – 23 Nov 2020

Residents on Cairns’ Northern Beaches need to stop worrying about “ending up like the Gold Coast” and allow appropriate high-density housing into their suburbs, according to the man behind some of the city’s most recognisable new developments.

New-look Myer has lots more to offer , The Cairns Post – 23 Nov 2020

THE last works on Myer Cairns’ new look refurbished store have been completed, with the innovative space opening up room for more than 45 new brands just in time for the holiday rush. Cairns Central announced the last area of the Myer store under refurbishment was unveiled last week, marking the end to its portion of the shopping centre’s $60m redevelopment.

Unity to drive recovery , The Cairns Post – 23 Nov 2020

THE untapped economic potential of North Queensland could power the nation out of a COVID slump if stakeholders can collaborate more effectively, a new report has found. The inaugural State of the North report delivers a road map for the economic development of Northern Australia and highlights an “urgent need to develop a consistent, streamlined, and unified approach to growing the region”.

JobSeeker money ‘just won’t work’, The Cairns Post – 25 Nov 2020

AN INFLUX of jobs are becoming available across the Far North, but it’s the lack of interest from those “enjoying” government subsidies that’s sparking frustration, business leaders say. As businesses rebuild from a challenging year, new positions are being created and old ones are now needing to be filled.

Moves to buy coastal land for community, The Cairns Post – 25 Nov 2020

A proposal to turn the picturesque Taylor Point headland into a community recreational reserve has been floated by a silent conglomerate of Far North buyers. Developer Robert Prettejohn’s sale of an 18-lot subdivision at Taylor Point, off Trinity Beach, has generated huge interest within Australia and overseas, including one Cairns group keen to transform the 18.8ha property into a public nature reserve.

LET’S GET TO WORK, The Cairns Post – 25 Nov 2020

Tourism services primed for boost Subsidies mean jobs go begging Supermarket giant’s hiring blitz TOURISM operators across the Far North are in a race for reanimation as travel-starved visitors mark the calendar to finally make the tropical dash to Queensland.

BEATING The Rush, The Cairns Post – 26 Nov 2020

Locals have snapped into action booking tourism experiences ahead of the wave of Victorians and Sydney-siders who are set to visit from December 1.  Tour agents have welcomed an avalanche of bookings from southerners but it’s a surge in local activity that has iced the cake. FAR North Queenslanders are in a frenzy to snap up holiday deals and lock in bookings before operators and accommodation houses get swamped by southern visitors.

SUNK OVER CASH SPLASH, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 27 Nov 2020

A major cairns tourism operator is set to lose millions of dollars in COVID19 survival funding amid claims its owner used grants to buy a car, donate to a political party and pay money to a family member’s business.  The Cairns Aquarium was allocated $3.5 million under the State Government’s Industry Support Package as the coronavirus lockdown threatened to push the business into insolvency.

Budget’s healthy boost, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 1 Dec 2020

CAIRNS and Far North Queensland will get a boost in marine jobs, healthcare and infrastructure upgrades in a post-election budget offering no nasty surprises.  The Queensland Government’s budget for 2021-2022 has focused on fulfilling key election promises while offering incentives to drive the state’s post-COVID economic recovery.

Qantas grounds 5o jobs, The Cairns Post – 1 Dec 2020

ABOUT 50 Cairns-based Qantas ground staff will lose their jobs after a cost-cutting decision to outsource the majority of its ground-handling operations. The embattled airline has revealed a total of 2000 jobs will be axed across 10 Australian airports, including Cairns, as part of its operational overhaul to ensure the flying kangaroo can remain in the skies beyond the coronavirus pandemic.

Aviation industry reaching for sky as air traffic takes off, The Cairns Post – 1 Dec 2020

CAIRNS Airport passenger numbers are set to explode to 50,000 next week on the back of a booking boom from Victorian and Sydney visitors desperate for a tropical break.  As borders are thrown open today, the southern scramble has been immediate, with 32,000 visitors also expected this week — an incredible uptick from the meagre 544 people who landed in the city during a week in April at the peak of the pandemic.

FNQ Cops $77m Cruising Hit, The Cairns Post – 01 Dec 2020

The Queensland economy has suffered an $832m blow since cruising was cut in the early days of the COVID-19 crisis. And with passenger ships regularly visiting five ports from Cairns to Thursday Island before the pandemic, it was calculated $76.6m had already been sucked from Far North settlements.

Southerner seek sun, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 2 Dec 2020

THE Far North is in for a desperately needed $125m economic summer boost as Queensland welcomes back Victorian and Sydney visitors. Flights are expected to be at about 60 per cent capacity by Christmas with 5000 seats available per week.

Hotel to turn into senior’s retreat, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 2 Dec 2020

A MULTI-storey retirement facility is planned for the Cairns Esplanade under a bid by a high-profile Hong Kong businessman to turn an underused hotel into an aged-care operation.

The absence of international travel has taken a significant toll on the Acacia Court Hotel as patronage dwindled.

Cairn’s No-1 for Defence, The Cairns Post – 3 Dec 2020

Defence has called partners to build a potential billion-dollar industry Cairn as part of  massive operation named after father of modern physics.  A tender has opened for firms to help Deliver the Department of Defence’s first regional maintenance centre in Australia right here in Cairn’s.

‘We will get ball rolling on work’, The Cairns Post – 3 Dec 2020

A TIMELINE has been set for $25m land negotiations required to settle before the Cairns University Hospital expansion can even look like beginning. Speculation was rife over whether the state government’s $15m contribution would be included in its 2020-21 budget or pushed into the forward estimates.

Harvest carrot to reap job rewards, The Cairns Post – 4 Dec 2020

Desperate farmers crying out for workers have been thrown a lifeline through a digital marketing campaign aimed at enticing up to 400,000 young workers to plug gaps in the season labour force.

On Wednesday, the federal government announced $17.4m would be spent to address a short-term worker shortage by targeting 18-34year-olds with generous incentives to go where the work is.

Data could lift region, The Cairns Post – 4 Dec 2020

THE demand for housing and rentals in Cairns could soar even more under a plan by telco giants and businesses to spruik the region as a COVID-19 escape zone. Cairns is one of 85 regional centres to receive a business fibre zone, with NBN Co in town on Thursday to promote the opportunity to businesses.

Grant drives demand boom and rapid growth, The Cairns Post – 5 Dec 2020

A HANDFUL of wealthy land barons are shaping the city forever as they gradually turn their massive property portfolios into entirely new neighbourhoods. They are the development tsars of Cairns — an exclusive club of deep-pocketed local men and company chiefs who control the land release pipeline that governs when, where and how the city grows.

D-Day for Mulgrave Billboard, The Cairns Post – 5 Dec2020

A TWO-YEAR billboard battle has finally reached its make-or-break point as Cairns Regional Council flirts with surrender. Barr Street Markets owners Frank and Vince Pappalardo have been trying to erect a digital advertising bill-board on the side of the Mulgrave Road health super-centre since 2018.


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