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.
A few of the top news stories from last week included:
- The $650 million KUR-World integrated eco-resort west of Cairns could be axed because of the Kuranda Range Road;
- Cairns Regional Council released it’s 2019-20 Budget which consists of a $164.7 million capital works program and a 1.5 per cent rate rise for 70 per cent of residents; and
- Cairns is set to host its biggest gathering of government leaders in 20 years with The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting on August 8-9.
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COAG meeting looms, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 Jul 2019
Cairns is set to host its biggest gathering of government leaders in 20year. A suggestion made by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last month to hold council of Australian Government meeting in the far North city appears to have been taken seriously with Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch conforming Prime Minister Scott Morrison with head to Cairns for the event next month.
Far North Resort Idea Kur-Unched, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 Jul 2019
The $650 million KURWorld integrated eco-resort west of Cairns could be axed because of the Kuranda Range road. The proponents have been told by Department of Transport and Main Roads officials in Brisbane that the department will not support the project, which could employ up to 1000 people, because of the added volumes of traffic on the busy range road. KUR-World chief operations officer Harry Sou said the project was now “in jeopardy”.
Revamp Best Sign for City, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 Jul 2019
Clive Palmer’s grinning mug being swapped for a state-of the-art digital billboard has signalled the start of a million dollar facelift for one of the city’s most prominent corners. Property investor Frank Gasparin’s vision to transform his building at the corner of Abbott and Spence streets is a matter of personal and civic pride – one he is committed to completing before the end of the year.
Dredging Under Way for Inlet, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 Jul 2019
The $127 million project to deepen Trinity Inlet and make it ready for bigger cruise ships has finally started. Assistant Treasurer Glenn Butcher said the 111m German built dredging ship Balder R started its task at the weekend to open up the inlet for large cruise ships. “The Cairns Shipping Development is the key to unlocking a whole new tourism and jobs market for the Far North,” he said.
Selling FNQ to World, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 Jul 2019
Recruiting has started to find a supercharged salesman or woman to sell the Far North to the world. Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief executive Pip Close has announced her shock resignation, giving four months notice, after two years at the helm. She says she is leaving to “pursue other opportunities and the timing is perfect as I’ve completed what I set out to achieve in the past two years”.
Traffic Jam at Kur-World, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 Jul 2019
The State Government insists that no final ruling has been made on a proposed $650 million integrated eco-resort near Kuranda. This is despite KURWorld’s proponents being told the Department of Main Roads and Transport will not support the development because of added traffic volumes on the Kuranda Range road.
Port Costs to Blame, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 Jul 2019
International mining company Freeport-McMoRan has blamed high costs for its decision to cut shipping ties with Cairns after a 45-year export relationship. The firm had used Cairns as the launching pad for the bulk of its imports to its Grasberg copper and gold mine in Indonesia before shutting down its Abbott St office on Friday.
Centre Adjusts Plans, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 Jul 2019
A Tavern proposed at Earlville’s Stockland Cairns shopping centre has been axed but an “exciting” new venture will be announced in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, the centre has revealed that it has lodged a development application for a casual dining precinct as well as added two new stores. Stockland Cairns lodged an application for a licensed bar and restaurant last year.
Budget Offers few Surprises, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 03 Jul 2019
Some of Mayor Bob Manning’s key passion projects will be missing when Cairns Regional Council hands down its 2019-20 Budget with a focus on modest rate rises and keeping the ship steady. The financial blueprint will be unveiled at a public meeting this morning with Cr Manning promising there will be no big surprises.
Dredging Work to Boost Economy, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 03 Jul 2019
An Enormous ship hanging around the Cairns shipping channel markers serve as proof positive the $127 million Trinity inlet capital dredging project is going ahead. The German-built Balder R, owned by Danish company Rohde Nielsen, was specially designed to work in shallow water and is considered one of the most versatile vessels of its type in the world.
State Slammed for Road Inaction, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 03 Jul 2019
A developer is calling for a “closed for business” sign to be installed at the bottom of the Kuranda Range. The project team behind the $650 million KUR-World integrated eco-resort development west of Cairns says that at a meeting with Department of Transport and Main Roads officials last month, they were told the department would not support even a scaled-back version of the development, because it would add more traffic to the range road.
Show and Tell, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 03 Jul 2019
The future of the Cairns Showground has been mapped out in a 30-year, $35 million blueprint. As part of an exciting outlook, the masterplan details upgrades of iconic buildings, such as the Fred Moule Pavilion and main grandstand, as well innovative features including a new “eat street” food and wine precinct, a picturesque canal and RV park camping grounds.
Growing Push for Cairns-Centric TTNQ, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 03 Jul 2019
Momentum is growing for a local tourism organisation to focus solely on Cairns after the outgoing boss of Tourism Tropical North Queensland was described as “missing in action”. Blazing Saddles owner Michael Trout said Tourism Tropical North Queensland members were “astutely aware” outgoing chief executive Pip Close’s replacement would have to address the fact the city’s potential was being diluted in a push to market the entire Tropical North Queensland area.
Council Warned Over Plan to Link Beaches, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 04 Jul 2019
Cairns Regional Council’s plan to build a pedestrian bridge linking Holloways and Machans beaches may be dead in the water. It comes as good news to one resident whose protest at a council meeting in January led to councillors walking out and switching off the lights. The council yesterday set aside $3.2 million in its 2019-20 Budget for the bridge on the Northern Beaches Leisure Trail despite having received a litany of reasons it should not go ahead from the State Government.
Discipline Squeezing Bang from Every Buck, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 04 Jul 2019
MAYOR Bob Manning has opted to sail a steady ship towards next year’s Cairns Regional Council election rather than pursue a 2019-20 Budget packed with “shiny” new projects. A $164.7 million capital works program and a 1.5 per cent rate rise for 70 per cent of residents were the highlights of yesterday’s financial blueprint to guide the current council through its final year.
One-Horse Race Tipped, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 04 Jul 2019
A joint venture involving the Star Entertainment Group and a Reef Hotel Casino consortium is expected to be the sole bidder for the Cairns Global Tourism Hub, which includes a casino. It is believed Hard Rock International has withdrawn from the process. A YEAR-LONG bidding war between some of the world’s biggest casino giants for the right to build a Global Tourism Hub in Cairns may now be a one-horse race.
Call for Tourism Unity, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 04 Jul 2019
THE Tourism Tropical North Queensland board has responded to criticism of chief executive Pip Close saying she has done “an extraordinary job in very challenging times”. Chairwoman Wendy Morris said the board had always and would continue to “fully support Pip’s work across the entire region which she undertook as part of the remit of the organisation”.
Top End of Town, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 05 Jul 2019
The Far North’s real estate sector is upbeat after recording 10 multimillion-dollar property sales in the first half of this year. It comes as one of the most prestigious absolute beachfront properties in the region, known as the Trinity Beach Palace, hits the market with owners hoping for more than $6 million. Agents say the top end sale contracts defy a subdued economy.
Apprentice Door Open, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 06 Jul 2019
According to MoveHub, the US relocation group that publishes the Hipster Index. Melbourne came in at a distant fifth in the ranking, which was based on factors including the number of artisan cafes, vintage clothing and record stores, vegan restaurant options and tattoo studios. Ms Babatsikos said Cairns had plenty of hipster personality to show off.
Aviation Chief Aims for Boost in Tourism, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 06 Jul 2019
A new aviation chief commercial officer has been appointed for Cairns and Mackay airports.
North Queensland Airport Corporation says Luis Perez will be responsible for growing airline services and passenger numbers to Cairns and Mackay airports by working with airlines and the tourism industry. He is currently an aviation consultant based at Liaocheng University in Shandong, China, after a top executive role at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
Delay in Buying Land for Precinct, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 06 Jul 2019
A STRAGGLING and secretive process to shore up industrial land in Cairns has the Queensland Government playing catch-up with $5 million in unspent funds. Labor set aside $5 million to be spent in its 2018-19 Budget on the Cairns Regional Industrial Estate – a commitment with very little detail attached but a definite timeline for the money to be spent.
Walker to Exit NAIF, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 06 Jul 2019
The leader of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility has resigned after three years at the helm of the organisation. Laurie Walker was appointed chief executive officer of the $5 billion government loan facility in October 2016 amid a wave of optimism about reinvigorating Northern Australia’s industries.
Range Road Chaos, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 06 Jul 2019
Road users are demanding action on the Kuranda Range road after new figures reveal it had been closed 130 times in the past financial year. The data revealed crashes, road hazards, such as debris and stationary vehicles, had forced either the full or partial closure of the contentious road more than once every three days. But Barron River MP Craig Crawford said he preferred upgrades to the Captain Cook Highway and Cairns Western Arterial Rd than the range road which would need a financially-justified business case.
Grounding Could Put FNQ in Spin, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 06 Jul 2019
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