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:
- a $2m marketing campaign has been revealed to promote the Far North to tourists, the bulk of which will extend to a marketing blitz in Sydney and Melbourne;
- Cairns Airport’s new aviation boss wants airlines and passengers to think of Cairns first as they plan their flights to Australia; and
- the first images of a stunning new water park at Port Douglas, proposed for surf livesaving club property on Four Mile Beach, have been revealed.
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Region’s dam backlash, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 2 Sep 2019
A LEAGUE of the region’s most influential organisations is banding together to demand action on Nullinga Dam after the State Government reduced the project’s prospects to a puddle of negativity. Confidential documents seen by the Cairns Post show Cairns Regional Council and Mareeba Shire Council are rallying the troops to sign series of letters to key politicians.
Chicken run seals it, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 2 Sep 2019
A COLOSSAL helping of the Colonel’s finest chicken has dished up the best evidence yet that a $2 million road upgrade in Edmonton is money well spent. The city’s southern suburbs are growing at speed with 50,000 new residents expected to call the area home within three decades.
Targa Great Barrier Reef rally on track to stay the course, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 2 Sep 2019
Spectators line the route as Howard and Jayne Aron tackle the Kuranda Range stage in their Ferrari 488 on yesterday’s final day of Targa Great Barrier Reef. The rally proved a hit with competitors and fans, with organisers already working on extending the current three-year deal. TARGA Great Barrier Reef is strapping in for a long ride with the Far North after the second event shifted up a gear.
Targa Great Barrier Reef Crowds Deliver Surge In Trade, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 2 Sep 2019
FAR North businesses have an appetite for more of the Targa Great Barrier Reef, after visiting drivers and revheads led to a business boom on the weekend. Throughout the three-day Targa event, there were plenty of chances for people to get up close and personal with the cars, valued at a collective $25 million, including Targa Expo at the Reef Hotel Casino on Friday, Targa Fest at the Esplanade on Saturday and numerous stops around the Tablelands.
Tourism faction ignores attacks, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 2 Sep 2019
A breakaway tourism organisation has brushed off claims it is just a one-way trip down ego street for former Cairns mayor Kevin Byrne. The Cairns Tourism Industry Association has formed a six-member interim board with the goal of marketing the Cairns: Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef brand.
Growers caned by poor sugar season, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 3 Sep 2019
Multiple factors have combined in 2019 to create a perfect storm for Gordonvale cane growers, who say this year’s harvest is shaping up to be the worst in 40 years and will have flow-on effects for business. A dry spring, very wet summer and wet periods during the crush have meant a one-third reduction on the yield.
Damning Reef report sparks war of words, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 4 Sep 2019
Barbs are flying in a political slanging match following the release of a damning report downgrading the Great Barrier Reef’s long-term viability to “very poor”. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s new outlook report paints a dreary picture of the natural wonder’s future, warning co-ordinated action on climate change, water quality and Reef management is crucial to turning back the tide.
Lagoon dream revealed, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 5 Sep 2019
The first images of a stunning new water park at Port Douglas reflect the natural Wet Tropics environment of the Douglas Shire Council. The council has released the impressions by leading architect Phillip Johnson proposed for surf lifesaving club property on Four Mile Beach.
Sea Swift’s expansion on horizon, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 6 Sep 2019
CAIRNS shipping firm Sea Swift is looking to expand after selling to the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) for an eye-watering sum. The State Government owned investment fund has entered a contract to acquire 100 per cent of the business in a sale believed to have topped $300 million.
Steep losses for tour firm, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 6 Sep 2019
Experience Co’s quickfire surge of tourism industry acquisitions may be at an end after the company posted substantial losses with its Far North Queensland operations bleeding money. The financial troubles of the New Zealand-based owner of the likes of Raging Thunder Adventures, Reef Magic Cruises, GBR Helicopters and Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises, Skydive the Beach and Tropical Journeys have been outlined to the ASX.
You’ll Love It Up Here, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 6 Sep 2019
The biggest campaign ever to sell the Far North to Aussie holidaymakers will be revealed today. An extra $2 million pot of gold has been found for promoting the Far North to tourists, the bulk of which will extend to a marketing blitz in Sydney and Melbourne.
Plane Talking, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 7 Sep 2019
CAIRNS Airport’s new aviation boss Luis Perez (left) wants airlines and passengers to think of Cairns first as they plan their flights to Australia. The aviation chief commercial officer has an ambitious plan to make Cairns the first port of call in Australia, instead of just southern international gateways.
Defence jobs in focus, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 7 Sep 2019
The future of Far North military jobs will be centre stage when the State Government hosts the inaugural South Pacific Defence and Industry Forum in Cairns next week. Representatives from six South Pacific nations, as well as East Timor, New Zealand, the UK and France will gather alongside more than 100 industry representatives and federal and state personnel.
Hawker lands a $4m deal, Cairns Post e-Paper, The Cairns Post- 7 Sep 2019
Alicia nally vices Australia vice president Jason Burzacott said he hoped more contracts would follow. The company won back the work for Australia after Alliance decided to send planes to Europe for maintenance in 2015 in a bid to reduce costs.
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