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 again this week was dominated by demographer Bernard Salt’s visit to Cairns and his Future Cairns presentation, where he stated Cairns has the potential to become Australia’s most global “regional” city within the next decade. Some key takeaways were:
- the region’s population forecast to be 300,000 by 2030;
- potential for Cairns to strengthen its links with Asia;
- more investment in education needed;
- more investment in the airport with greater airlinks to Chinese cities, and maybe some Indian cities, or Dubai; and
- it’s up to every individual resident of Cairns to make all this happen.
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Sharing our Paradise is Key to Trade, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 Apr 2019
The future of tourism marketing for the Far North is literally in the hands of every visitor with a mobile phone. Tourism industry chiefs expect social media to be a key tool to spread the word about the Cairns region and the Great Barrier Reef.
Paradise lost in Golf’s Final Swing at Course, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 Apr 2019
The final day of play at the Paradise Palms Golf Course was punctuated with emotion and a vow to fight the pending redevelopment in the courts by golfers not prepared to roll over on the loss of the premier facility.
PNG air Services are back, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 Apr 2019
Additional aircraft will be flying out of Cairns on a daily basis with the return of direct flights to Port Moresby. Qantas Link resumed the service yesterday after resurgence in customer demand, offering about 1000 seats per week on its 74-seat Q400 aircraft.
Our Budget Deluge, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 Apr 2019
A LATE-TERM surge in spending on major projects in the seat of Leichhardt to shore up long-time member Warren Entsch’s chances of winning at the polls next month has delivered a long-awaited cash splash.
Jobs Grow but Cloud on Horizon, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 Apr 2019
Unemployment figures have dropped again in Cairns, but tourism and construction remain a grey cloud on an otherwise positive outlook for the region. The Herron Todd White Cairns Watch report showed the trend unemployment rate in the Cairns region had been moving “solidly downward” over the past 11 months as a result of increased employment.
NRL Team would lead to Stadium, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 Apr 2019
A Successful bid for Cairns to host a new NRL team could transform the city’s sports sector within the next decade and provide the catalyst for a rectangular stadium. Since early last year, Cairns Mayor Bob Manning has been leading the charge for a joint National Rugby League bid with the Papua New Guinea Hunters, hosting discussions on a local, national and international level.
Sports Sector Tipped to Grow, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 Apr 2019
A Population boom predicted for Cairns within the next decade could kick off a more diverse sports sector across the city, with more professional job opportunities. Demographer Bernard Salt, in his exclusive audit for the Cairns Post, has predicted the region’s population will top 300,000 residents by 2030.
$370M Super Highway, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 Apr 2019
The Coalition is about to beat Labor to the punch and commit $287 million to battle crippling traffic congestion on the Captain Cook Highway. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the government would contribute the lion’s share of the $370 million cost to extend the National Highway through to Smithfield, with the State Government expected to pick up the rest of the bill.
Small Businesses are forging ahead with Internet Still ‘Key’, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 03 Apr 2019
CAIRNS’ business sector will be heavily reliant upon the service industry within the next 10 years, with internet infrastructure to play a key role in luring more businesses to the Far North. Demographer Bernard Salt’s exclusive audit of Cairns reveals the city has the largest single job market outside of southeast Queensland.
Working to keep Building Region, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 04 Apr 2019
I love living in Cairns and am a passionate advocate for our local economy and industry. We’ve been warning for months that building approvals are on the decline and the most recent building approvals confirm this prediction: it is becoming increasingly evident that 2019 is set to be a challenging year.
Vision to Fit in City Boom, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 04 Apr 2019
MOVE over Singapore – Cairns beyond 2030 is poised to become an urban tropical paradise the envy of the world. Vertical gardens and more high-rise living linking to futuristic hotels and waterfront restaurants will evolve as more than 300,000 people call Cairns home in a decade’s time.
Bold Plans lead City’s Evolution, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 04 Apr 2019
IT’S all hammer and tongs in the Cairns CBD at the moment. Construction crews are working on several major sites that are set to change the city’s skyline. Demographer Bernard Salt, in his exclusive audit of Cairns’ demographics, says the CBD is already the largest single job market outside the southeast, and predicted to grow even more within the coming decade.
Check in for Hotel Jobs, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 04 Apr 2019
Crystalbrook Collection has launched a campaign to recruit another 200 workers ahead of the opening of its second five-star hotel in Cairns. The $120 million Bailey hotel is set to open its doors in September with 217 luxury rooms and suites alongside three restaurants and bars.
Budgetary Snub hurts the Region, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 05 Apr 2019
The Far North’s tourism industry has been “snubbed” by the Federal Government in this week’s budget, according to local leaders. The State Government announced funding for the first section of the Wangetti Trail last month, which they had hoped would be matched by the Federal Government.
Aircraft allow for Big Leap, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 06 Apr 2019
International tourists spend many backbreaking hours in the air to experience all the Far North has to offer, but technology is poised to remove the tyranny of distance for future visitors.
Taking on the World, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 06 Apr 2019
An irrepressive can-do attitude, turbo-charging investment in skills and greater air links has been identified as keys to unlocking our potential of becoming a global regional city. Leading demographer Bernard Salt took a sell-out crowd of 240 at the Reef Hotel Casino yesterday on a journey into the years ahead as part of the Cairns Post’s Future Cairns campaign.
Mid-Size Planes on Longer Legs will add New Markets, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 06 Apr 2019
Technological advances to medium-sized passenger aircraft are set to put more Asian destinations within non-stop range of Cairns. Manufacturer Airbus is known to be developing its existing A321 aircraft (to become the A321LR) so it can fly about 200 passengers on slightly longer routes and rival Boeing is reported to be constructing a competitor.
Duty of Residents to Assist Cairns further Potential, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 06 Apr 2019
CAIRNS has the potential to become Australia’s most global “regional” city within the next decade – but it is up to individual residents to make it happen. Demographer Bernard Salt imparted some inspiring words to the Far Northern business community during his Future Cairns presentation at the Reef Hotel Casino yesterday as he forecast the region’s population booming to 300,000 residents by 2030.
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