Cairns News Report – 9th February 2019

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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 stories included:

  • The race is on between Labor and the Coalition to stake a claim for votes and glory by being first to commit $370 million to extend the National Highway to Smithfield, whilst others argue the money would be better spent on the route to Kuranda;
  • Dubai-based Syrian investor Ghassan Aboud will arrive in a fortnight for a final look at Port Douglas and marina before approving plans for a $200 million redevelopment; and
  • Qld Govt officials are wading through a series of detailed expressions of interest from overseas and within Australia for a Global Tourism Hub proposed for Cairns. If approved, construction is expected to start next year.

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Business Confidence Hit, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 04 Feb 2019

Business Confidence has plummeted to a four-year low as a two-tiered economy in Cairns separates construction and real estate from the rest of the city’s struggling industries. The latest Suncorp-CCIQ Business Pulse survey reveals political and economic uncertainty are taking their toll across Queensland, with economic sentiment dropping 5.1 points from the September quarter to a level of 40.7 on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Hostel Refit a Great Sign for Economy, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 04 Feb 2019

IN further evidence of Cairns’ economic recovery, one of the biggest backpacker hostels in the city will reopen in March under new owners after a million dollar makeover. Adrian and Nathan Somerville, who run Summer House Backpackers in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne through their company Somerville Hospitality, have been eyeing the Cairns market for some time.

Wet Season Timing a Shock for FNQ Crops, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 05 Feb 2019

FARMERS across the Far North are feeling the pressure of an early and intense start to the wetseason, saying it’s the worst they’ve experienced in many years. With parts of the region recording more than 1000mm of rain in the past month, some cropshave been wiped out while others are at a standstill.

Avo Go at This: FNQ to Top Growth Again, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 06 Feb 2019

FAR North Queensland is tipped to be the largest avocado growing region in the state for the second year running. Harvest for the 2019 season recently started in the Mutchilba and Dimbulah areas, and will move across the region over the coming months.

Road Race for Votes, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 06 Feb 2019

FAR North Queensland is tipped to be the largest avocado growing region in the state for the second year running. Harvest for the 2019 season recently started in the Mutchilba and Dimbulah areas, and will move across the region over the coming months.

Shark Leads Think Tank on Regional Innovation, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 06 Feb 2019

FAR North Queensland is tipped to be the largest avocado growing region in the state for the second year running. Harvest for the 2019 season recently started in the Mutchilba and Dimbulah areas, and will move across the region over the coming months.

Cut to CBD Speed Limit, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 06 Feb 2019

MOTORISTS will have to lighten their lead boots or face financial consequences when speedlimits throughout the Cairns CBD are slashed by 10km/h. Cairns Regional Council has been working with the Palaszczuk Government in its Queensland-wide push to lower inner-city speed limits after a study revealed Cairns was one of the state’s most dangerous places for pedestrians, cyclists and crashes.

Aboud Visit to Finalise Redevelopment Plans, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 07 Feb 2019

PORT Douglas will roll out the red carpet for billionaire developer Ghassan Aboud in one of the most pivotal visits in decades to the Douglas Shire. The Dubai-based Syrian investor will arrive in a fortnight for a final look at the town and marina before approving plans for a $200 million redevelopment.

FIFO Jobs on the Horizon, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 07 Feb 2019

A MINING project awaiting approval near Julia Creek, east of Mt Isa, could provide up to 250 fly-in, fly-out construction jobs to Cairns workers. The Multicom Resources St Elmo vanadium project promises to employ up to 250 people during construction and up to 150 people once operational.

Focus on Tourism Hub Plan, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 07 Feb 2019

QUEENSLAND Government officials are wading through a series of detailed expressions of interest from overseas and within Australia for a Global Tourism Hub proposed for Cairns. Registrations of interest closed two weeks ago for the venture including high-end hotels, retail and dining offerings and a casino for an area of Ports North land in Wharf St.

Highway Tug of War, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 08 Feb 2019

A BILLION-DOLLAR funding battle pitting the National Highway extension against a revamp of the Kuranda Range has people taking sides. Enterprise North executive manager Kevin Byrne has argued the $370 million cost to extend the National Highway to Smithfield would be better spent on the route to Kuranda.

Lots to Like in Estate, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 08 Feb 2019

A NEW residential estate just a stone’s throw from the Cairns CBD is attracting interest from both local and international markets. With 58 lots available, ranging in size from 458-830 sqm, construction of Enclave kicked off less than two weeks ago.

Workers Line up for Mine Jobs, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 08 Feb 2019

COMPETITION is already proving fierce for Far North tradies chasing the 50 job openings at Metro Mining Limited’s Cape York bauxite project. Metro has received a surge of job applications – more than 120 – from Far North Queenslanders expressing interest in working at the Bauxite Hills Mine, 95km north of Weipa.

Mt Peter Seeks All-Clear, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 09 Feb 2019

DEVELOPERS will soon shop around for supermarket giants to secure an early stake in the city’s fastest expanding growth corridor. Kenfrost Homes have applied to Cairns Regional Council for the all-clear to start trunk infrastructure works for the $30 million fourth stage of its Mount Peter Estate residential development.

Front Desk Vacancies a Sign of Confidence, Cairns Post e­-Paper – The Cairns Post ­ – 09 Feb 2019

Carers and aides (189), engineers (148), sales assistants (161), finance and human resources professionals (113) and hospitality and retail workers (104) were also among the most in-demand roles in the region. The regional Internet Vacancy Index records vacancies from the three major job boards, SEEK, CareerOne and Australian JobSearch.

 

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