Cairns News Report – 8th December 2018

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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:

  • Cairns seaport has been designated as a critical infrastructure asset by Department of Home Affairs, which paves the way for major wharf-side upgrades;
  • December will be the most lucrative month of the year for the Cairns cruise ship industry with 10 luxury vessels visits to the port, which include three newcomers; and
  • The Cairns Economy is moving from strength to strength, finishing the year on a stronger note than 12 months ago.

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Ire Over Funding Delays Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 3 Dec 2018

Another year, another annual report, another conspicuous absence of Far North Queensland projects funded by the Norther Australia Infrastructure Facility NAIF chief executive officer Laurie Walker has issued her annual statement outlining the $1 billion in loans earmarked across six investment decisions and four conditional approvals.

City’s economy rated in healthy state Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 3 Dec 2018

The Cairns economy is moving from strength to strength, finishing the year on a stronger note than 12 months ago. The latest Herron  Todd White Cairns Watch Report takes a positive on the employment and labour market front.

Keir Signs on to build disability services hub Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 5 Dec 2018

Cairns based builder Keir Queensland has signed on to construct a multimillion-dollar centre that will provide life-changing support to people with a physical disability across the Far North. The $12 million Spinal Life Healthy Living Centre will be built on the corner of Lake and Smith streets with accessible accommodation, specialist allied health services, a rehabilitation gym and a hydrotherapy pool.

Growing fleet to add 50 new jobs Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 5 Dec 2018

CAIRNS-based cruise ship company Coral Expeditions is set to welcome its fourth vessel next year and up to 50 new full-time positions in the Far North. In a rare occurrence, all three of the company’s ships were docked in Cairns on Monday. The 72-guest Coral Discoverer set off for a 16-day cruise of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

 Three newcomers among 10 passenger liner visits to Cairns Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 5 Dec 2018

The suite of arrivals includes three ships making their maiden voyage to Cairns — the first newcomer since Viking Sun in February. Economist Bill Cummings placed the value of the 10 arrivals in the millions of dollars, despite most of the ships being on the smaller side. “It could be expected the direct expenditure generated will be of the order of $3 million mainly on shopping, food and drink and tours,” he said.

Plans lodged for $4m Chinese cultural centre Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 5 Dec 2018

Cairns and District Chinese Association vice president Nathan Lee Long said the concept art had been lodged with Cairns Regional Council in the hope of starting construction next year. The organisation, which spearheads the Chinese New Year celebrations in Cairns, initially planned to build the centre on land it owns in Arthur St in Manunda.

Milestone moment as airline marks one year Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 5 Dec 2018

MORE than 32,000 passengers have flown on China Southern Airlines between Guangzhou and China since the service started a year ago. Airline officials have hosted a group of Cairns business and tourism leaders at a party at Crystalbrook Collection’s Riley Hotel to mark a year since the airline began direct flights from Guangzhou.

Cruise ship crew rate Cairns their top sojourn Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 6 Dec 2018

JAMI Dyers and Ruby Burt have sailed the world on the Seabourn Sojourn, but say the cruise ship’s visit to Cairns has been its best stop yet. The salon workers have been on the ship for more than eight months each and praised the cruise ship’s entry to port. Ms Burt said it was smooth sailing getting into the port.

Far North a focus in exciting ABC television drama, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 6 Dec 2018

BUDDING filmmakers could get the opportunity to learn from the country’s best when the Far North’s iconic environment becomes the backdrop of a new ABC series set to screen next year. Blackfella Films’ Black B*tch, a high-end TV drama series, will star Aussie actors Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths.

Bridge work to go ahead Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 7 Dec 2018

CONSTRUCTION on a controversial bridge between two of Cairns’ northern beaches suburbs is expected to start within the next six months. Cairns Regional Council is progressing with plans for its Barr Creek footbridge, which will provide a safe pedestrian and cycleway link between Holloways Beach and Machans Beach.

Hotel Empire Circling Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 7 Dec 2018

A circular building in Newcastle has caught the eye of Crystalbook Collection as the growing hotel empire looks outside Cairns for development opportunities.  The company has already launched three projects in the Far North, with a major transformation of the Port Douglas marina on the cards and another Cairns CBD property waiting for the right opportunity to rise.

Delays to visas impact tourism Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 7 Dec 2018

INCREASED processing times for foreign visitor visas have tourism operators fearful of missed earnings over the traditionally quiet summer months. Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief executive Pip Close said processing times for Chinese and Indian leisure tourists “have not been strong”.

Mayor Takes Look  Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 8 Dec 2018

CAIRNS Mayor Bob Manning has raised the curtain on the Cairns Performing Arts Centre for an all-access sneak peek ahead of its rapidly approaching opening night. The Cairns Post was treated to an early tour of the $70.5 million building, which has faced obstacles at every turn but still managed to meet its final deadline.“I’ve been involved in airport terminal buildings, marine structures, but nothing like this,” Cr Manning said.

Cairns in a unique defence position  Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 8 Dec 2018

THE Cairns seaport’s crucial role in Australia’s military advance into the South West Pacific has been recognised with designation as a critical infrastructure asset. It paves the way for major wharf-side upgrades and new infrastructure necessary for Cairns to play a chief role in maintaining the growing fleet when Australia opens a joint naval base with Papua New Guinea on Manus Island.

Leafy lifestyle beats property downturn  Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 8 Dec 2018

IN A struggling market, leafy Whitfield has emerged as the only Cairns suburb to record double digit growth this year.Recent data revealed in the latest Queensland Market Monitor showed the Cairns house market had retracted about 1.2 per cent over the past 12 months due to the fall in the volume of sales.

Tourism turns up heat  Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 8 Dec 2018

TOUR operators are planning on launching a Great Barrier Reef-wide campaign in early 2019 to raise awareness of the impact of climate change on the natural wonder.  It comes as a report on the impact of the two  most recent mass coral bleaching events on the Reef recommends strengthening or rejuvenation of Carin’s tourism industry to reduce the danger of the destination losing visitors.




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