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New Chief at Casino, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 31 Aug 2020
The Cairns Reef Hotel Casino has a new boss after long-serving chief executive Allan Tan stepped down from the role. Mr. Tan secured the position in 2003 and following the casino trust’s meeting on August 21, former chief operating officer and general manager Paul McHenry has now taken the reins to run the daily operations.
Appeal to save fields is too late, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 31 Aug 2020
A Kewarra Beach horse lover has launched an 11thhour appeal to halt the development of former polo cross fields between two beach suburbs. Nick Wright moved to the beach suburb in 2019 and soon met 19-year-old undernourished thoroughbred, Molly, who grazed on the field together with hundreds of wallabies.
Give our Kids Hope, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 31 Aug 2020
College student Sophie Gavin wants to study medicine but at this stage will have to move to Townsville. It would be great if we had a university hospital up here just because of those opportunities, the 14-year-old said. I wouldn’t have to move interstate or down to Townsville.
Leaders visit Lifts Hopes of Recovery Projects, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 31 Aug 2020
An audience with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk during a cairns cabinet meeting this week is expected to pay dividends for COVID recovery funding for big ticket projects that are likely to catapult the Far North into the black. The Premier and frontbench Labor ministers touched down in Cairns at the weekend ahead of a full cabinet meeting slated for Monday morning.
Paradise Palms War, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 31 Aug 2020
Warring factions in the Paradise Palms redevelopment tussle have delivered their last presentations to Cairns Regional Council before a decision is made. The long journey began with a loan to developer Darren Halpin to buy Paradise Palms from Cairns tourism trailblazers and Sky rail owners George and Margot Chapman.
Millions to Assist Tourism, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 31 Aug 2020
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has touched down in Cairns with a multimilliondollar tourism sector COVID-19 bailout package. A tourism industry lifeline in the form of a funding package worth $11.3m has been thrown into major event attraction, four shovel-ready projects and assistance for Reef fleet operators.
Keeping us Lean and Green, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 01 Sep 2020
On day one of her trip to the region, seven carbon farming projects with the potential for 400 jobs were announced. While the university hospital was on the lips of some of her Far Northern MPs, Ms Palaszczuk only gave hints about the tertiary education proposal. We’ll have more to say over the coming days, she said.
State Cabinet in FNQ Hints on Hospital Funding For Now, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 01 Sep 2020
So far only the LNP has committed funds to the Cairns Hospital with $2 million to build a dedicated kidney transplant unit and $26 million to overhaul the emergency department. Neither party has pulled the trigger on the $165 million plus needed to build the university hospital — although Ms Palaszczuk said the push would be a hot topic during Cabinet deliberations.
State Cabinet in FNQ Swag of Land Projects get $55M Boost, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 01 Sep 2020
Annastacia Palaszczuk will use the second day of her Cabinet visit to Cairns to unveil funding from the $500 million Land Restoration Fund for seven ground breaking Far North initiatives. The suite of projects will work to revive vast stretches of native forest and protect wetlands affected by generations of agricultural industry.
Time to have a say in Planning City’s Future, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 01 Sep 2020
Cairns residents will have an opportunity to voice their opinion on controversial issues as part of a new survey launched by Mayor Bob Manning. The our cairns community survey will allow residents to offer council their views on a plethora of topical issues, including whether cairns needs more police on its streets or if dogs should be allowed in the CBD.
New Retailers to open doors at Cairns Central, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 02 Sep 2020
Two stages of the Myer fit out have been completed and work to the Spence Street express parking ramp is currently under way. Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick, flanked by Lend lease bosses, took a tour of the upgrade on Tuesday, expected to bring the ageing CBD retail space into the 21st century.
Labor’s Hospital Baby Step, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 02 Sep 2020
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk called it a big step but it was more a baby step announcing $1.5m for a Cairns University Hospital preliminary business plan. While the pledge leaves the project $163.5m-plus short of what is needed, Labor is the first major party to promise cash.
$107.9m is pledged for Far North, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 03 Sep 2020
Palaszczuk winds up three-day visit with promise of funding for vital. Annastacia Palaszczuk has flown home after a three day cabinet session in Cairns as pundits predict Far Northern seats will play critical role in the upcoming state election.
Job Squad Hits Region, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 03 Sep 2020
The Cairns Chamber of Commerce has welcomed a squad of job experts targeting the region’s devastating unemployment levels, but it questions whether resources are better aimed at tangible projects. Cairns already has an employment facilitator as part of the program with 14 more set to roll out across the country.
Airport’s Cutting edge Finish a Runway to success, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 04 Sep 2020
Years of planning, 59 long nights of construction and 40,000 work hours have gone into a project to help drive tourism to the Far North for decades to come. Fulton Hogan work crews have laid the last sker rick of an 18,000-tonne asphalt stockpile to complete the Cairns Airport runway resurfacing project.
LNP to convert Cane field, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 04 Sep 2020
A Giant stretch of vacant land in Redlynch will begin to be transformed if the LNP wins the upcoming state election. Opposition sports spokesman John-Paul Lang broek and Barron River candidate Linda Cooper visited former cane fields beside St Andrew’s Catholic College to launch the plan.
Parramatta Park Attracts Development, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 05 Sep 2020
Developers have their eyes on the inner-city suburb of Parramatta Park, with five new projects on the cards. Parramatta Park is one of the oldest areas of Cairns, with plenty of Queenslander-style homes and a growing number of apartment complexes.
Tourism to Gear up for Fresh Start, Cairns Post e-Paper, the Cairns Post – 05 Sep 2020
A consensus that all states except Western Australia will aim to reopen their borders by December has given struggling Cairns tourism operators a glimmer of hope and a date to work towards. Prime Minister Scott Morrison walked out of a national Cabinet meeting on Friday with a new view on how the interstate restriction process would work.
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