Cairns news report – 9th January 2021


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It’s been horrible – The Cairns Post – 23 Dec 2020

The Claims Aquarium has been cleared of any wrong doing over alleged misuse of Covid-19 support funding. The Aquarium was referred to the crime and corruption commission last month for investigation by the state development, Tourism and innovation Department over alleged misuse of Industry support Package payments.

Silky Oats’ $10m new look delayed – Cairns Post e-paper– The Cairns Post – 23 Dec 2020

Luxury Far North Queens – land destination Silky Oaks Lodge on the edge of Mossman Gorge won’t open until October next year after Covid pandemic threw plans for a $10m plus redesign into disarray. The exclusive resort closed in April and was initially due to reopen this September.

Spit bar mission still on,  The Cairns Post – 23 Dec 2020

A revised timeline on the opening of the Dunk Island sand spit bar coincided with the arrival of Mayfair 101’s founder in Mission Beach.  James Mawhinney said within 24 hours of Melbourne lifting Covid 19 restrictions he was on the road to the Far North.

Traders’ headache as tradies holiday – Cairns Post e-paper – The Cairns Post – 24 Dec 2020

Business operators excited about the completion of the Esplanade dining precinct have expressed frustration over the impact the project has had on their trading. After construction on the $28m redevelopment was fast-tracked to begin about 6 months ago, traffic changes along the one way street came into effect in August.

Servo plan progress, Cairns post e-paper, Weekend Post – 26 Dec 2020

A QUEENSLAND based developer has advanced plans to build a new service station and drive through fast-food outlet on a prime North Cairns corner. Following a pre-lodgment meeting with Cairns Regional Council, Brisbane based firm Griffith Capital has lodged development application to build on the site of an old Telstra cable station.

Raising to top takes real commitment, The Cairns Post – 28 Dec 2020

They ride the highs and lows of the property market- it’s a fast-paced game and you have got to be tough to endure it for the longer haul.  Through their work, real estate agents become some of the recognizable faces in the region.

Mill says project will be a sugar hit,  The Cairns Post – 30 Dec 2020

THAI owned MSF sugar is objecting to a proposed retirement village and 51 expansive residential lots at Gordonvale, saying higher density development is needed- but also that the loss of cane land is perilous for its sugar mill.

Dog act on Insurance, , The Cairns Post – 1 Jan 2021

The competition and consumer watchdog is more of a “lapdog” that might need to be taken out the back and shot, a Far North MP says. The LNP member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch, was commenting on the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s final Northern Australia  Insurance Inquiry Report.

FNQ ready to star,  The Weekend Post – 1 Jan 2021

The far North is being showcased as a COVID-safe heaven to produce movies.  Independent filmmaker Travis Bain (right) said the region had almost had everything to offer producers.  “We have got everything”, we have got great location, the rain forest, the Reef and the Outback to put on film”.

Teeing up a final shot,  The Weekend Post – 2 Jan 2021

Residents who railed against the redevelopment of Paradise Palm golf course are being asked to help fund the last ditch legal fight to get the project blocked.  The Paradise Palms Residents Association has lodged a formal appeal in the Planning and Environment Court.

Bad year but FNQ’S open for business, The Cairns Post – 4 Jan 2021

Challenging business conditions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and national decisions by retailers resulted in the end of some wellknown and loved stores in 2020, but Cairns also welcomed an array of exciting new businesses, from five-star hotels to boutique and niche solo operations.

Subdivision sods turn,  The Cairns Post – 4 Jan 2021

A multi-stage residential lot development worth $11m to $12m at Edmonton to boost the suburb’s economic hub has been set in motion with earthworks starting. The former sugarcane property at 500L Hambledon Drive has been earmarked for 58 new residential lots after applicant Golden Nguyen Pty Ltd lodged an application with Cairns Regional Council

Five ways to FNQ revival,  The Cairns Post – 6 Jan 2021

The far North is pinning its hopes on five key revenue streams to offset the disappearance of the international tourism. Overseas borders, with the possible exception of New Zealand, are not expected to reopen this year.

School plans revealed,  The Cairns Post – 6 Jan 2021

The first glimpse of a state-of the-art new Cairns primary school has been unveiled as excitement builds for an educational facility with direct university links. The $300m-plus residential and tourist park redevelopment of the former Paradise Palms golf course is one of the region’s most controversial projects, with opponents now fundraising to mount a legal appeal

Cairns a victim of $1.4bnChinese New Year Tourist list, The Cairns Post – 7 Jan 2021

Cairns would be one holiday destination to seriously suffer because of the absence cashed up Chinese Tourist during Chinese New Year Celebrations.  Australia’s retail and hospitality sectors are expected to suffer a $1.4 bn financial hit because of international border closure.

Best in a decade, The Cairns Post – 7 Jan 2021

Real estate sales in Cairns are the best in a decade while the latest building approvals are up 83 per cent.  Real Estate Institute of Queensland zone chairman Tom Quaid said the last six months had been the best in 10 years.

Pipeline of work ahead, The Cairns Post – 7 Jan 2021

Builders in the Far North are enjoying confidence not seen since before the Global Financial Crisis, and the housing stimulus extension promises a bright year ahead. Master Builders Far Northern regional manager Sharon Vella said tradespeople in the construction industry were putting on apprentices to keep up with burgeoning demand.

The sad end of Tjapukai, The Cairns Post – 8 Jan 2021

Covid 19 restrictions and international border closures have let to the shutdown of Australia’s largest Indigenous tourism experience Tjapukai.  Tjapukai director Cronje Wolvaardt said staff were informed on Thursday that business would not be reopening.

Esplanade gets ritzy makeover, The Cairns Post – 8 Jan 2021

The Cairns Esplanade’s swanky revitalisation stretches well beyond a new $28m outdoor dining precinct as builders swing into action on another luxurious development. Cairns tourism veterans Greg and Lenore Harbour, who made their business mark as owners of Sugarland Car Rentals, have exciting plans.

In a state of alert, The Weekend Post – 9 Jan 2021

The Far North’s tourism industry is struggling to deal with the fallout of a three-day lockdown in Brisbane as a surge of booking cancellations hits the region.  Uncertainty over the extent of an ultra-infectious UK strain of COVID-19’s spread in the southeast, the possible extension of the lockdown past Monday.

Cruises planning relaunch,  The Weekend Post – 9 Jan 2021

Princes, Regent Seven Seas and Oceania cruise ships plan to return to Cairns waters by December.  Sapphire Princess is due to be the first Princess Cruises ship to arrive, scheduled to visit the city on December 7. It will be further followed by three calls in March 2022 by Coral Princess and Pacific Princess.


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