Cairns news report – 6th February 2021


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‘We’ll be in survival mode until winter’, The Cairns Post – 1 Feb 2021

Cairns accommodation providers are warning governments that reopening Queensland border to all of New South wales this time will not be the solution to the economic boost.  With every change in border or restrictions requirements, consumer confidence among holiday-makers has taken a hit.

Tourism sector pins hopes on$1m per day from NSW visitors, The Cairns Post – 1 Feb 2021

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the Queensland tourism industry is expecting strong bookings for Easter and the school holidays with the Greater Sydney COVID hotspot ending on Monday. “With Queensland open to all Australians again, the focus is on getting people to explore and take a holiday in the Sunshine State”, she said.

Airlines fly into action by tripling services, Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 1 Feb 2021

Airlines have responded quickly to the reopening of Queensland’s border to all of New South Wales, with one carrier more than tripling its services to Cairns.  Following the border announcement, Virgin Australia launched its Let The Good Times Fly sale, promising more than 1.9 million fares from $75.

Bushwhacked plan, The Cairns Post – 2 Feb 2021

Northern beaches residents are preparing to battle over a giant “wellness centre” Chinese development company New Land Group is planning for a piece of bushland.  Residents are frustrated Cairns Regional Council placed the public notice on the concrete edifice just ahead of the Australia Day weekend with a February 16 deadline looming.

New blow for dunks, Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 2 Feb 2021

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission may raise further allegations against Mayfair 101 director James Mawhinney after a February civil trial.  The legal cloud hanging over Mayfair 101 follows a Federal Court order appointing liquidators to part of the Mayfair 101 outfit M101 Nominees that raised $67m through M Core Fixed Income Notes.

Skyrail on high at weekends, Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 2 Feb 2021

Skyrail is among casualties of the lack of international tourism, opting to operate only on weekends in coming months.  The gondola experience relied on international tourists for 80 per cent of its patronage, Skyrail general manager Richard Berman-Hardman said.

Stay away from our back yard, Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 2 Feb 2021

A Far North group has launched a campaign to block a multi-billion-dollar development company from plonking a five-storey complex next to Port Douglas’s most iconic stretch of sand.  A website created by the Protect Our Paradise group has slammed celebrity Melbourne developer Tim Gurner’s $60m proposal for Four Mile Beach.

Tourism JobKeeper SOS, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 3 Feb 2021

Sixty per cent of tourism businesses will go bust unless the federal government throws a financial lifeline to the sector after JobKeeper ends on March 28 and the Far North will be squarely in the firing line.

Children’s touching farewell, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 3 Feb 2021

Community leaders from diverse spheres and the family of the late Ross Moller gathered on Tuesday for a heartfelt memorial service highlighting his long-time civic commitments, enthusiasm for sport and especially his passion for family.

Freight routes wings clipped, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 4 Feb 2021

Two export freight routes out of Cairns are expected to be shut down soon, having delivered hundreds of kilos of fruit, seafood and more exotic produce such as croc meat from the Far North.

$60m plan creates a war of words, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 4 Feb 2021

The seaside village reputation of Port Douglas could soon be over if the plans of a multi-billion-dollar developer are approved, opponents of the project say.  It comes as a war of words has erupted between a group of Macrossan Street businesses and a Far North mayor over the transparency of a proposed $60m development at Four Mile Beach.

Fears plan will turn suburb into a ‘cement city’, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 4 Feb 2021

Yorkeys knob residents have come out swinging with a flood of vehement protests against a proposed 46-unit Chinese “wellness centre” in the wake of a packed community meeting. The cut-off date for public comment is February 16 and locals feel they have no time to lose as they galvanise for a fight to retain what they say is the last remaining piece of forested headland.

Jobs to be axed, The Cairns Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 5 Feb 2021

The Far North’s leading reef cruise company has started shedding jobs as it operates at less than half its capacity with a stark absence of tourists to keep it afloat.  Quicksilver Group managing director Tony Baker confirmed the group’s 450-strong workforce would be slashed.

Durie plants a green hotel, Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 5 Feb 2021

High-flying television host Jamie Durie will landscape the biggest development project at Port Douglas in more than 30 years.  The House Rules host and multi-millionaire businessman has been appointed by Chiodo Corp to run a lucrative landscaping contract for their $300m Fairmont Hotel Port Douglas.

Apartment market heats up, Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 6 Feb 2021

The market for inner city apartments in Cairns is blistering hot as owner-investors hang on tightly to properties delivering sturdy rental yields.  Melburnians keen to escape COVID lockdowns, combined with a scarcity of apartments in the city’s hub, makes for fierce competition.

Casino hits jackpot for investors, Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 6 Feb 2021

The Reef Hotel Casino Trust is tracking to deliver shareholders higherthan-expected profits later this month.  The trust’s estimated distributable profit for the second half of 2020 has been revised upwards from $8.5m to about $9.17m.

City covid hotel hub snub, Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 6 Feb 2021

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has killed a new push from the Prime Minister to turn Cairns into a quarantine hub that could have led to direct flights from London and Dubai.  The Cairns Post understands Scott Morrison flagged the proposal during a meeting with Ms Palaszczuk in Brisbane last week.

Domestic travel vital to future, Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 6 Feb 2021

A bounce-back of monumental proportions is required if domestic visitation to Cairns stands any chance of filling the financial void where international tourism used to be. December’s border opening to NSW and Victoria was heralded as a potential saviour to the Far North tourism industry with hope landlocked travellers ordinarily jetting off to Thailand and Bali would look north for a mass holiday migration.

Minister to tackle tourism troubles, Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 6 Feb 2021

Fedral Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Dan Tehan will be confronted with a broad range of urgent issues when he visits Cairns primarily to talk to the tourism industry on Monday.

“I will travel to Cairns and Port Douglas to speak to the tourism industry this week, I will be there to listen and hear concerns and issues they are confronting and make sure I am fully across the challenges they are facing.

Traffic lights trial at Smithfield junction, Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 6 Feb 2021

Motorist are about to get a taste of traffic lights on the Smithfield bypass as a question mark hangs over how the major new road will look in 20 years.  Temporary traffic signals will be established at the intersection of the Captain Cook Highway and the Cairns Western Arterial Road over the coming days and remain in place until May.

Tradies hot properties, Post e-paper, The Cairns Post – 6 Feb 2021

Sensationally low interest rates combined with the HomeBuilder grant have Far North residents busily building new homes at a rate outstripping the rest of Queensland — but there’s an acute shortage of tradespeople.


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