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:
- New PM Scott Morrison made his first public appearance in Cairns, and his only funding announcement being a rehashed pledge from two years ago;
- P&O cruise liner Pacific Eden, which has called Cairns home since September 2016, sailed out of port for the last time last week. Meanwhile Mayor Bob Manning has called for Cairns to be reassessed for priority port status as a matter of urgency; and
- the Targa Great Barrier Reef’s overwhelming success, which injected $2.5 million into the Cairns economy, has prompted a three-year deal with entry for next year’s event now open.
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Bon Voyage old girl, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 6 Sep 2018
P&O cruise liner Pacific Eden, which has called Cairns home since September 2016, sails out of the port for the last time today. It was the first cruise ship to be based in Cairns over three seasons but has now been sold with no immediate replacement in sight. MILLIONS of dollars in tourism and maintenance contracts will sail away when Pacific Eden makes her final departure from Cairns today.
Flaming success, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 3 Sep 2018
TARGA Great Barrier Reef’s overwhelming success has prompted a three-year deal with entry for next year’s event open from Friday. More than $2.5 million was pumped into the Cairns economy over the last three days as a direct result of the inaugural event. Targa Australia event director Mark Perry said it had been an amazing first year with everything running as smoothly as it possibly could.
Cranes coming down as hotel takes bookings, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 4 Sep 2018
THE city’s crane count is on the descent as Crystalbrook Collection wraps up construction of its newest hotel. The former Tradewinds hotel, rebranded Riley with a major renovation and new 12storey tower attached, is almost ready for guests. Water has started going into the main pool and cranes have lowered several large palm trees into the earth to mark the beginning of landscaping works.
First tourists get taste of farm life, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 4 Sep 2018
MACAU businessman Ken Lee’s first tourism venture at Kuranda is drawing Chinese tourists to a true Australian farm experience. KUR-Cow Barnwell has hosted several hundred tourists since receiving Mareeba Shire Council approval last month. Mr Lee’s company Reever and Ocean is behind a $650 million eco-resort planned for the same Barnwell Rd property at Myola.
Give us a go Scomo, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 4 Sep 2018
TOUGH questions about dams and roads will be aimed at Scott Morrison at his first public appearance in Cairns since becoming Prime Minister. The new PM arrived last night and will take the podium at a private Advance Cairns breakfast this morning and unveiling a research funding package for James Cook University. Mr Morrison has spent just five days in an official capacity in Cairns since 2007.
Targa targets coastal road for future rallies, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 4 Sep 2018
THE stunning coastal strip between Cairns and Port Douglas could form part of next year’s Targa Great Barrier Reef tarmac rally. Organizers will sit down with Douglas Shire Council next month, as part of a visit to debrief with all stakeholders in the wake of the inaugural event, to discuss how “we can incorporate them into the event in year two and beyond”.
Revamp helps hotel unlock extra rooms, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 5 Sep 2018
Pacific Hotel Cairns has unveiled 31 new rooms built into former conference and office space after almost a year of construction. General manager Gregor Davie said management made a decision to transform the administration spaces and ballroom based on simple economics. “The conference rooms were used 15-20 per cent of the time and we thought … that space would be better off as rooms for hotel guests,” he said.
Business plea on Kuranda road link, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 5 Sep 2018
FAR North business leaders are calling on the State Government provide real and tangible solutions to the Kuranda Range Raod’s reliability issues. The call follows a second unplanned closure of the road in less than a month, after a heavy vehicle crash late last week. It comes only two weeks after another truck closed the road for seven hours after it rolled at the bottom of the range, again requiring cranes to lift and remove it.
Drivers line up for 2019 Targa, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 5 Sep 2018
THE Targa Great Barrier Reef returns next year at virtually the same time as the just completed inaugural event. The tarmac rally, which wrapped up on Sunday, has been described as a huge success by organisers, drivers and the Far North community. The three-day event injected $2.5 million into the Cairns economy and a three-year deal for Targa Great Barrier Reef has been secured.
Council to reveal plan for Barr Creek bridge, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 6 Sep 2018
A LONG-AWAITED link between two neighbouring Cairns northern beaches communities may soon be a reality – but not everyone is happy about it. Cairns Regional Council is preparing to release a concept plan for a pedestrian and cycleway across Barr Creek, joining Holloways and Machans beaches. TheBarr Creek bridge will be part of the $13 million Northern Beaches Leisure Trail, providing an unbroken cycling and walking link from Cairns’ city centre to Palm Cove.
Hotel triggers huge interest, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 6 Sep 2018
EXPRESSIONS of interest in the sale of Rydges Esplanade Resort has attracted strong interest from both international and domestic buyers, according to the listing agent. Early last month the fourstar 242-room hotel was listed for sale, after being snapped up by Malaysian company Mulpha International for $40 million in 2016. It’s estimated the resort will fetch more than $70 million, although listing agent JLL Hotels and Hospitality Group’s vice president Tom Gibson would not confirm the figure.
Growth puts Cairns on study map, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 7 Sep 2018
THE profile of Cairns among international students is rising and stakeholders are hoping the momentum flows through to next year. The Far North employed more than 370 people in the international education sector in 2017 according to research from Deloitte Access Economics released by the State Government. Study Cairns president Carol Doyle said the opening of CQ University Cairns campus two years ago was a gamechanger.
CPAC fire law concerns, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 7 Sep 2018
MAYOR Bob Manning’s magnum opus infrastructure project is in jeopardy of going up in smoke. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has ordered fire safety testing of insulation and composite cladding used in the $70.4 million Cairns Performing Arts Centre. The Cairns Post understands senior QFES officers met the mayor this week to discuss the concerns. The prognosis was grim with fears the insulation material beneath the cladding and inside the building was prone to melting at heat.
Cruise benefits weigh anchor, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 7 Sep 2018
DESPITE ditching Cains as a homeport for the Pacific Eden, Carnival Australia says there is “no way (the move) diminishes our commitment to Cairns”. Sailing with the 219m-long Pacific Eden, when it slipped lines at the cruise terminal yesterday, is maintenance contracts and tourism spending worth millions of dollars. Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief executive Pip Close said since 2016 Cairns had proven its worth as a home port for the ship and the organisation was considering other vessels to be based at the port.
PM reiterates past pledge, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 5 Sep 2018
THE Prime Minister’s visit to Cairns was not in vain despite his only funding announcement being a rehashed pledge from two years ago. Scott Morrison is still in receival mode, travelling through the electorates before donning his Santa Claus hat and stepping into pre-election delivery mode in the coming months. Advance Cairns CEO Nick Trompf said the Far North was perfectly positioned to hammer home its infrastructure and policy priorities at a crucial time in the political cycle.
Locals line up for state tourism awards, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 7 Sep 2018
GILBERTON Outback Retreat, Mossman Gorge Centre, Cairns Aquarium, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Small World Journeys are among the Tropical North Queensland entrants in this year’s annual Queensland Tourism Awards. With more than 200 entrants statewide across 28 categories, Tropical North Queensland’s tourism industry hopes to make its mark at the awards at The Star Gold Coast on November 16.
Volatile figures mostly positive, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 8 Sep 2018
WHILE July building approvals released by the Australia Bureau of Statistics is good news for some districts around the Far Northern region data also reveals areas in a slump compared to July figures in 2017. The winners revealed by the July data set included the Atherland Tableands and Cairns, while the Cassowary Coast and Mareeba fell short of achieving positive growth in building approvals when compared to last year.
Mayor’s plea for a fair go for port, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 8 Sep 2018
MAYOR Bob Manning has called for Cairns to be reassessed for priority port status as a matter of urgency. The city was overlooked for priority port rating in 2015, but Cr Manning said growth in the shipbuilding sector and recent economic performance demanded another look. “The next review of Australia’s priority ports is due in 2019 but we understand this has now been pushed back to 2020,” he said.
Shop plan’s crunch time approaches, Cairns Post e-Paper – The Cairns Post – 8 Sep 2018
The Trinity Beach Convenience Centre would house a Woolworths full-line supermarket, BWS bottle shop and about eight speciality shops, alongside a separate standalone building for healthcare and retail services. The company estimates hundreds of jobs will be created during the construction phase, with about 150 permanent, part and full-time positions upon completion. The 4350sq m proposed development on the corner of Trinity Beach Rd and the Captain Cook Hwy has drawn tough opposition from competing traders.
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