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Austal buy up buoys sector, The Cairns Post 1 Mar 2021
AUSTAL’S big-money takeover of BSE Maritime Solutions was the first sign of skyrocketing commercial confidence in the region’s maritime industry. It remains to be seen what changes the multinational’s buyout will have on how the old firm conducts business, but some key differences are already starting to emerge.
Barging in with plans for building, The Cairns Post 1 Mar 2021
SECRET talks are underway between a major sea freight company and the state government to build many large barges in Cairns – a feat that has not been seen since the collapse of NQEA a decade ago. Sea Swift is already building a new vessel in Indonesia but is in high-level negotiations about bringing more locality built ships online. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Cairns maritime industry was in prime position to carry out the work.
Full steam ahead, The Cairns Post 1 Mar 2021
A BATTLE to lockdown to decades of lucrative Australian Navy contracts has been won and now Cairns’ firms will compete for their multi million dollar share of the action. Tenders close soon for a lead operator to oversee the city’s transformation to a Department of Defence regional maintenance centre when a fleet of new offshore patrol vessels starts hitting the water.
Hospital land delay, The Cairns Post 1 Mar 2021
THE state government is refusing to say whether land required for the Cairns University Hospital expansion project will be bought by the end of the financial year. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk pledged $ 15m in funding in the 2020-21 budget to secure the property to allow the land-strangled health facility to expand.
‘Secrecy’ leaves project in limbo, The Cairns Post 1 Mar 2021
THE biggest question mark hanging over the expansion of HMAS Cairns is a single document that will decide the future of the entire port precinct. Ports North’s master plan is still being kept under wraps after being repeatedly pushed back – most recently with a publication date set for the first quarter of this year.
New spot is the Taco of the town, The Cairns Post 2 Mar 2021
TACO Bell is set to open its new restaurant in Cairns next Tuesday with a celebration involving live music and giveaways, including the chance for one person to win free Taco Bell for a year. Taco Bell marketing manager Phil Hancox said the restaurant next to Hungry Jacks at Cairns DFO had been designed for the Far North.
Buyers are cashed up, The Cairns Post 3 Mar 2021
THE Far North is keeping pace with a national property buying frenzy that’s resulted in home values recording the biggest monthly increase in 17 years. Cairns house values hit a new record median of $402,002, increasing 2.8 per cent over three months and 4.3 per cent over the year, according to the CoreLogic Hedonic Home Value Index report.
Will Wazza have nine Lives?, The Cairns Post 3 Mar 2021
LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch is hoping to use up his nine political lives announcing he will recontest his federal seat. With the election likely in September this year or April 2022, Mr Entsch (right) has revealed urgent pleas from the prime minister and business leaders had convinced him to ditch retirement plans after eight terms. He said the COVID-hit region could ill-afford the time to blood someone new in the chair.
Crisafulli backs TTNQ push to lure students yo reef, The Cairns Post 5 Mar 2021
A KEY project that would shift visitors from Canberra to Cairns is gaining traction after the LNP held an emergency “call to action” summit with the city’s business and tourism top brass. Opposition leader David Crisafulli hosted the meeting in a very peculiar setting, around a circular table in the middle of a Pier marketplace walkway as tourists and shoppers strolled past.
Brisbane executive to be named new council CEO, The Cairns Post 5 Mar 2021
A BRISBANE bureaucrat with an impressive administrative work history is about to be named Cairns Regional Council’s new chief executive after months of speculation. Mayor Bob Manning will call a special meeting on Friday to allow councillors to vote in the new CEO following John Andrejic’s shock resignation in October.
Regions hope for subsidy backup, The Cairns Post 6 Mar 2021
A COMPELLING number will be thrust before Josh Frydenberg when he visits Cairns on Monday as proof the Far North needs a serious replacement to JobKeeper. Anticipation is building ahead of the federal treasurer’s visit next week with one mantra on repeat — surely, he will not come empty-handed.
No answers on critical health plans, The Cairns Post 6 Mar 2021
TWO crucial health projects in the Far North are no closer to obtaining clear answers after Health Minister Yvette D’Ath visited Cairns hospital on Friday. When asked if the state government would commit $ 15m by the end of the financial year to secure the land needed for the $ 165m Cairns University Hospital Project, Ms D’Ath said negotiations were “ongoing” and that “I’m going to be involved in those negotiations”.
United vote for council’s new CEO, The Cairns Post 6 Mar 2021
A UNANIMOUS vote has sealed the deal for Cairns Regional Council’s newest and highest paid employee – a chief executive to oversee the $ 300m organisation. Mica Martin was not present for a special meeting held on Friday afternoon and is not expected to start work for weeks to come.
Precinct project on track, The Cairns Post 6 Mar 2021
THE fast-tracked plan to transform the Cairns Esplanade into a $28m outdoor dining precinct is surging ahead to be completed by May. Cairns Regional Council infrastructure services general manager Bruce Gardiner said the civil works were on track to be finished by May while landscaping and street furniture in the parklands hopefully will be completed in June.
Home makeovers pay off as buyers swoop, The Cairns Post 6 Mar 2021
WHILE new home building across the Far North has hit record levels, builders and tradesmen are flat out as residents switch their focus from travel and entertainment to home improvement with a range of renovations. Homeowners are adding or improving garages, sheds and carports as well as swimming pools — but many have a focus on enhancing interiors.
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