Cairns news report – 5th June 2021

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Fun Park Put On Hold, The Cairns Post – 31 May 2021

A PROPOSED jet boat and adventure park planned for the northern beaches has been stymied by COVID and insurance issues. The Machans Beach development planned by business owner John Madderom had been approved by Cairns Regional Council in 2016 but has since stalled.

Top Suburbs Tick All the Right, The Cairns Post – 31 May 2021

FIVE Cairns suburbs tick every box for affordability and liveability, according to a PRD Real Estate analysis of some 60 suburbs in Cairns. The data produced for the Cairns Post looked at the top three suburbs for units and for houses – and Edmonton got the tick in both categories.

Kuranda Range Bypass Proposal Decision At Residents’ Meeting, The Cairns Post – 01 Jun 2021

MORE than 400 people are expected to attend an information night that will end with a proposal for the Kuranda Range bypass being put to parliament. The meeting was organised by the Kuranda Range bypass road committee which was formed in February to “add to the pressure on the government” to address a number of concerns surrounding the Kuranda Range and Barron River bridge.

Origin Demand SPIN-OFF for FNQ, The Cairns Post – 02 Jun 2021

CAIRNS could be a huge winner from overflowing demand for North Queensland’s historic State of Origin clash, with fans looking further north for hotels and flights. Punters could soon be locked out of Townsville with hotels nearing capacity and direct flights from Brisbane being jacked up to as much as $999 one way.

Positive Economic Signs Despite Jobkeeper End, The Cairns Post – 02 Jun 2021

DESPITE concern that the end of JobKeeper support may herald a drop in employment levels in Cairns, financial data has proven positive, economist Pete Faulkner has found. The Conus Consultants economist used ABS trends and data from CBC Staff Selection in his analysis.

Northern Suburbs Fast Lane to CBD Timeline Reveals a Slow Track, The Cairns Post – 02 Jun 2021

A GRIDLOCK waiting game still has years to play out before northern suburb motorists finally get the road they have been craving – a four-lane, smooth ride straight to the CBD. The Federal Government’s $240 million budget pledge to duplicate the Cairns Western Arterial Rd is the final piece in the city ring road puzzle..

Far North Land Grab The Cairns Post – 03 Jun 2021

FAR Northerners dreaming of a large family house with a big backyard need to act quickly. It is no secret large blocks of residential land are a limited commodity in the Far North, and even what is considered as large is slowly easing. Government building grants and a lack of Covid cases in the region have brought on increased demand for land and house packages.

Residents issue road ultimatum, The Cairns Post – 03 Jun 2021

A MEETING of residents has issued an ultimatum to state and federal governments to investigate a new road from Cairns to the Tablelands that bypasses the Kuranda Range by the end of November. “This meeting instructs the state government to investigate … an adequate road access to Cairns that bypasses the Kuranda Range before 30 November 2021,”

Uni Hospital Dream Takes a Giant Leap, The Cairns Post – 04 Jun 2021

URGENT negotiations have shored up a land deal that has locked in the site of a proposed Cairns University Hospital. A decision on Wednesday guaranteed Cairns will become home to a University Hospital after the signing of a historic agreement reached between the state government and James Cook University..

Labor in Attack on Insurance Funding, The Cairns Post – 04 Jun 2021

DESPITE a federal promise of $10bn to fund a reinsurance pool budget papers reveal a fraction has been allocated to help reduce skyrocketing Far North Queensland insurance premiums. Federal budget papers reveal that the Morrison government has allocated just $2.4m to establish a taskforce that will begin consultation on the reinsurance pool.

Kiwis to Take Flight, The Cairns Post – 04 Jun 2021

THE uncertainty surrounding the Victorian lockdown has “changed the vibe” of would be Far North holiday-makers as Cairns prepares to welcome its first direct flight from New Zealand in 20 months. Trans-Tasman travel will resume on Saturday with more than 100 passengers expected to touch down from Auckland, and Qantas scheduled to operate weekly services until the end of July.

Athletes get FNQ Business Buzzing , The Cairns Post – 05 Jun 2021

CAIRNS businesses are already feeling the boost from arriving Ironman athletes, with the massive sporting event set to yield dividends well into the coming week. Grill’d assistant restaurant manager Tommy Carr said the Esplanade eatery had been getting up to a 50 per cent increase on usual traffic since Thursday.

Many Happy Kiwi Returns in the Air, The Cairns Post – 05 Jun 2021

TOURISM leaders have set their sights on enticing more than 70,000 Kiwi tourists across the ditch as Cairns opens its gates and arms to its first dose of international tourism in 15 months. The first Qantas direct flight from Auckland is due to land on Saturday afternoon with about 130 people on board, although those numbers are predicted to steadily climb alongside capacity with both Qantas and Air New Zealand taking on the route.

Tropical Silicon Valley, The Cairns Post – 05 Jun 2021

CAIRNS could become the “Silicon Valley for tropical medicine” with private companies already expressing interest in floor space at the Cairns University Hospital precinct. Soil on the Cairns North site is not expected to be turned until 2022, but key proponents have revealed the eventual product will likely be a mix of hospital facilities, a James Cook University campus and private industry.

 

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