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 over the last week included:
- Australians holidaying in the Far North have shown 13% growth in the year to June 2018 and spending has increased by 25%;
- A high level delegation of Cairns business leaders is confident it will be able to prise a bucket load of cash from Canberra in the lead-up to next year’s election, when they travel to the ACT from October 16-17; and
- A 2.6km stretch of the Bruce Highway from Kate St to Aumuller St will be widening from four to six lanes, and paves the way for a potential extension of the National Highway, which presently ends at the Cairns Seaport, through to the airport and further to James Cook University through the Smithfield bypass.
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Billionaire to make flying visit, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 Oct 2018
SYRIAN billionaire Ghassan Abound is expected to be in Cairns today for a fly-in/fly-out inspection of his three hotels under construction. With new hotel Riley due to open in just over a month, Abound will no doubt be checking to make sure the former Rydges Tradewinds resort site is on track for its November 6 opening date.
Growth in jobs to continue, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 01 Oct 2018
STRONG employment growth indicates a distinct turnaround in the Cairns market, but chamber of commerce president Nick Loukas says the figures don’t yet reflect a boost from the crystal brook collections hotel developments.
Cairns convoy hitting the road, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 Oct 2018
A HIGH level delegation of Cairns business leaders is confident it will be able to prise a bucket load of cash from Canberra in the lead-up to next year’s election. The Cairns TNQ Convoy to Canberra has a series of meetings with government leaders, including Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, in two weeks.
Port doubles its profit, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 Oct 2018
THRIVING trade and steady tourism have doubled Ports North’s net profit over 12 months, prompting calls for Trinity Inlet dredging to be listed as a priority project. The corporation recorded a $16.1 million net profit at June 30, compared with $8.8 million last year.
Privacy concern at units project, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 02 Oct 2018
A THREE-level, 12 apartment unit block is poised to take advantage of a Coral Sea vista at Trinity Beach if given the green light from Cairns Regional Council. A request to divide 3 Mararna St into two lots has been received by the council. The developer is also seeking approval of a development application, which would pave the way for the construction of a three-level tower called Trinity Beach Apartments.
China tourists in search of thrills, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 03 Oct 2018
China indicates that the number of independent visitors will continue to grow from this source market, bringing a new, savvy traveller who wants to do more than tick off the Reef, rainforest and indigenous culture with half-day trips.
Tender open for Defence fuel site, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 03 Oct 2018
CAIRNS fuel operators have a chance to break into the Defence market with a request for tenders to operate a navy fuel site. A call for proposals to commercialise the HMAS Cairns fuel installation was released by the department at the end of August.
Revealed: High-powered Parliament delegates, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 03 Oct 2018
ADVANCE Cairns has unveiled its full list of 51 delegates heading off in a fortnight to lobby federal decision-makers on the Cairns TNQ Convoy to Canberra. It will be the biggest Far North Queensland business delegation to the Federal Parliament in history, with members eager to pursue major road projects as part of a long infrastructure wishlist.
Highway now closer, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 03 Oct 2018
THE stage is set for a Far North roads funding bonanza after the State Government finally asked for the National Highway to be extended to Smithfield. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has been telling everybody within earshot the only roadblock to the Bruce Hwy extension was Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey’s refusal to request its inclusion on the National Land Transport Network.
Count on Aussies to drop in, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 03 Oct 2018
AUSTRALIANS holidaying in the Far North have smashed through the two million mark for the first time. The latest domestic visitor data shows in the year to June 2018, a record 2,041,000 visitors (13 per cent growth) to the Tropical North spent a record $2.34 billion (more than 25 per cent growth).
Pod plan growing, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 04 Oct 2018
VISITORS to Cairns could soon retire to the secluded comfort of a personal sleeping pod with moves afoot to build the city’s first capsule hotel. The space-age style of accommodation favoured by Tokyo businessmen would be an entirely new concept for Far North Queensland, but one that is gaining popularity elsewhere in Australia and abroad.
Attacking naval quest, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 05 Oct 2018
THE Far North’s three chief shipbuilding firms will be swinging anchors to secure more than empty promises from the Federal Government next week. Prime Minister Scott Morrison donned the ceremonial hard hat earlier this week in Perth and helped cut the first piece of steel for a $3.6 billion fleet of new offshore patrol vessels — the maritime equivalent of a politician turning the sod on a new road.
How Airbnb is driving up property prices, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 06 Oct 2018
Houses in popular Aisbnb suburb across Cairns are having their values increased by the accomodation service. RiskWise property Research chief executive Doron peleg said the company’s research into the link between Airbnb and property prices showed having short term holiday letting drove long term tenants in tourists towns to but.
Drive to rescue mill will hit road, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 06 Oct 2018
CONVINCING the Federal Government to help Moss man’s biggest employer flourish – not merely survive – will be one of the Cairns TNQ convoy to Canberra’s chief barometers of success. The 51-delegate deputation to the capital will include meetings with deputy prime minister michel McCormack, whose infrastructure portfolio has the power to save the Mossman Mill from closure.
Push on to meet hotel targets, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 06 Oct 2018
CRYSTALBOOK Collection’s trio of Cairns hotel developments is notching up serious man-hours as construction crews strive to meet tight deadlines. Prime construction director Andy Taylor said it would take millions of hours of work for the new Riley, Bailey and Flynn hotels to reach completion.
Entsch and Bailey dig in for highway, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 06 Oct 2018
THE hatchet was buried under shovel-loads of dirt by Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch and Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey yesterday. The odd couple joined to turn the sod on the Kate St to Aumuller St upgrade of the Bruce Hwy — a $104.1 million jointly-funded project widening the stretch of highway from four lanes to six.
Working out where the pay is, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 06 Oct 2018
WORKERS living in Cairns City are earning the second lowest median income per job in the state, ABS data reveals. The fresh insight into workers’ pay rates shows that Redlynch people are bringing home our highest annual median income at $31,948.
Variable speeds plan for range, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 06 Oct 2018
TRANSPORT Minister Mark Bailey has called for variable speed limits as a more realistic fix for the Kuranda range then the multi billion-dollar addition of two extra lanes. The Queensland politician has put aside his differences with Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch and committed to finding a workable solution for the winding and shutdown prone roadway.
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