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Bid to Chop Library Tree, The Cairns Post 26 October 2021
RATEPAYERS have forked out a huge sum to save an imperilled tree outside the city library, but the spend pales in comparison with the amount shelled out to rid it of bats. Cairns Regional Council is awaiting a state government decision on whether its request to cut down the heritage-listed fig tree should be sent for federal assessment.
School‘S $12m Project To Take Centre Stage, The Cairns Post 26 October 2021
A CAIRNS school with a reputation for performing arts excellence is about to take centre stage with a new $12.6m facility to help create the stars of tomorrow. Trinity Bay State School has long been known as a leader in the drama, dance and music realm with its annual performances drawing large crowds for decades on end.
A Long Wait for Bridge but We’re Over it Now The Cairns Post 27 October 2021
KURANDA locals are breathing a big sigh of relief with the Barron River Bridge opening to two lanes on Wednesday after being reduced to a one-lane bottleneck for a year. Residents and business owners say their own commute to and from Cairns will be vastly improved, but they’re not sure if it will have a big impact on business in the rainforest village.
Cash To Splash in CBD The Cairns Post 27 October 2021
A CAIRNS businessman has made an extraordinary offer to push along a vision of transforming a CBD dead spot into something that rivals Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Property investor Frank Gasparin has been trying to get a $2.5m plan to revitalise Abbott and Spence streets off the ground for more than a year. Now he’s offering Cairns Regional Council to pay the interest on loans to get it done.
Industry Concern around Targets The Cairns Post 27 October 2021
KEY tourism figures in Cairns are concerned the Far North could miss out on a golden opportunity to entice international visitors as other states aggressively target overseas travel markets. With Queensland’s border still seven weeks from reopening to the rest of the country and with a 90 per cent vaccination threshold for international tourists, there are fears Cairns could be left in the wake of New South Wales and Victoria as a post-Covid destination.
Council Committees Abolished as Unity Team Dominance Shifts The Cairns Post 28 October 2021
UNITY Team-stacked committees have been abolished from Cairns Regional Council after two key absences and decisions to jump ship left Mayor Bob Manning in the lurch. The committee structure has been a sticking point for months with independent councillors feeling pushed to one side while those on Cr Manning’s electoral team took the top jobs.
Covid Rules a Tourist Turnoff The Cairns Post 28 October 2021
CONFUSION over Covid testing and other requirements for holiday-makers from Victoria and New South Wales could steer potential money spenders away from the Far North, with Hawaii floated as a safer option. Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief executive Mark Olsen said Cairns and peak season-starved businesses were at a significant disadvantage without a fixed date for quarantine-free international travel and the spectre of regional lockdowns.
Call for 24-hour Trading in CBD The Cairns Post 28 October 2021
ONE Cairns business owner has called for the centre of town to be able to trade all day and night ahead of a statewide review into retail trading hours. As the Cairns Chamber of Commerce called for members to give their feedback regarding trading hours ahead of a review into when they can open their doors.
It’s Time for an Upgrade The Cairns Post 28 October 2021
OLD, stifling and unsupportive – three words that perfectly describe a pair of threadbare leather budgie smugglers stretched to the point of utter pulverisation. Unfortunately, they are also the very adjectives that best sum up the state government’s uncomfortably tight and outdated plan for Far North Queensland.
Council Plans Water Strategy The Cairns Post 28 October 2021
A DETAILED budget submission has outlined exactly what is required from state and federal governments to get a critical $215m Cairns water security effort across the line. Cairns Regional Council has asked the two top-tier governments to split the bill with respective $55m spends in 2024-25 and $52.5m the next financial year.
Don’t Keep FNQ Grounded The Cairns Post 29 October 2021
There is a Far Northern outcry after a letter from the federal government revealed Queensland Health advice to keep Cairns International Airport shut until March 26 to allow more time for remote and indigenous communities to lift vaccination levels. The devastating news has sent shockwaves through the battered Far North tourism industry, airport, and airlines.
Mega Buys in the $1m Club The Cairns Post 29 October 2021
WHILE stellar property prices are being recorded across the Far North, Port Douglas eclipses all others with two $6mplus sales this year. A luxury enclave at 26 Island Point Rd sold for $6,125,000 in May and a fivebedroom mansion at 2 Murphy St changed hands for $6,050,000 in July.
Airport Blame Game The Cairns Post 30 October 2021
FAR North leaders have called for an end to political gamesmanship and for greater clarity on when international airlines will return following a damning claim the city might be without overseas passengers for months. FAR North leaders have called for an end to political gamesmanship and for greater clarity on when international airlines will return following a damning claim the city might be without overseas passengers for months.
Film Talent Is The Cairns Post 30 October 2021
FILMMAKING in Far North Queensland is set to boom after the state government announced it had approved a $6.8 million film and television studio to commence construction in Cairns next year. While the FNQ landscape from reef to rainforest has long played a starring role in productions as diverse as the 1953 film King of the Coral Sea featuring Chips Rafferty through to Steven Spielberg’s $270m 2010 miniseries.
Hope for Resort Revival The Cairns Post 30 October 2021
THERE’S renewed hope that a white-knight will swoop in to acquire a once-beautiful Far North resort that has sadly fallen into disrepair. An overseas buyer has been in fruitless talks with the majority stakeholder of the dilapidated Kuranda Resort and Spa for the past 18 months..
FNQ’s Moving Tale with Painful Twist The Cairns Post 30 October 2021
A HEARTBREAKING trend is playing out across the Far North as the region’s rental crisis deepens. As houses are snapped up at record speeds, one city removalist has revealed he is being tasked with moving possessions directly from sold rental properties into storage and a growing number of families are being left with nowhere to go.
Hope for Return of PNG Flights, The Cairns Post 1 November 2021
CAIRNS could welcome back international flights after next month, in good news for travellers from Papua New Guinea despite that nation’s spiralling Covid-19 outbreaks. Flights from PNG were cancelled indefinitely back in March, but the date has now been set for flights to resume after December 31 following initial concerns Air Niugini would be unable to start travel until March 26 next year.
Suburban Hot Spots, The Cairns Post 1 November 2021
A TREND towards massive homes is leaving little room on the block for shade, as development risks turning parts of Cairns into urban deserts. Google Earth images show the transformation in some neighbourhoods in just the past couple of decades. People Oriented Design architect and researcher Belinda Allwood said parts of some suburbs had already lost what made the city special.
Jetty ‘Useless’ for Ferry, The Cairns Post 2 November 2021
YARRABAH’S new $11.5m jetty has been called useless, with a would-be ferry operator saying it will be inaccessible for at least 130 days of the year. Dindarr Pty Ltd director Peter McAllister won a million-dollar federal grant four years ago to buy two vessels to run a ferry operation at Yarrabah.
Palms Plan Tees off at Kewarra Beach, The Cairns Post 2 November 2021
FIRST SOD is turned on divisive FNQ development. On Monday, major earthworks began at stage one of The Palms Collection at Kewarra Beach which will comprise 40 residential lots, a large amphitheatre, parklands, and community facilities. The development, which is being constructed on the site of the former Paradise Palms golf course.
Holy Planning Moves, The Cairns Post 3 November 2021
RESIDENTS will be able to get a coffee and communion if plans to build a new church at the end of a quiet neighbourhood street are approved. The Baptist Union of Queensland has lodged blueprints for a new place of worship complete with clergy’s residence and drive-through cafe in Kanimbla.
Home Buyers in Deadline Panic, The Cairns Post 3 November 2021
DESPERATE HomeBuilder grant recipients are reportedly fleeing their contracted builder in a bid to meet the government’s eligibility deadlines. Cairns-based Koru Building Contractors’ director Tony Newman has been fielding numerous requests from aspiring homeowners to take on their project as the clock ticks on their stagnated properties.
Movers Must Lock in a Place, The Cairns Post 3 November 2021
DON’T move to Cairns without arranging accommodation in advance, is the advice from a social housing expert. This advice comes as property agents warn tenants need to be better prepared in the frantic battle to secure a place in the Far North’s highly competitive housing market.
Time to Ruthlessly Exploit Advantages, The Cairns Post 3 November 2021
FALLING transport and communication costs along with the development of technology more suited to the tropics, have had a major positive impact over the decades on this previously small, remote, but biologically and mineral rich regional economy located deep in the tropics.
Southside Land Now in Demand, The Cairns Post 4 November 2021
LIGHT-SPEED land sales have developers battling trade shortages and the threat of council delays to get buyers into their dream homes. The city’s southside population boom is finally on the way with subdivisions such as Sugarworld Estate in Edmonton tearing ahead.
Twiggy’s Slice of Paradise, The Cairns Post 4 November 2021
ANDREW “Twiggy” Forrest and his wife Nicola’s private investment company Tattarang has splashed $42m for Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef. The vendor, Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed SEA Group, announced the deal in an investor statement. “The buyer has agreed to purchase the property located at Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia at an aggregate consideration of $42m in cash,” the statement said.
Developer’s CBD Dream, The Cairns Post 5 November 2021
A PROPERTY investor pushing to transform a CBD dead zone says he has beaten the odds before and will do it again despite political resistance to his plan. Frank Gasparin is campaigning for Cairns Regional Council to carry out a $2.5m overhaul to create Australia’s answer to Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive.
Units for City Site, The Cairns Post 5 November 2021
A QUAINT old Queenslander in Cairns North is set to get the wrecking ball treatment as developers push ahead with plans to build a new four-storey apartment complex. Rostlo Pty Ltd bought the old home at 60 Digger St for $645,000 in March – a 708sq m property with a seven-bedroom house built in 1940.
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