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:
- Two years after the grand announcement of a $1 billion Global Tourism Hub on a prime Cairns waterfront site, the community barely knows much more, with possibly only one proponent left standing;
- Fitzroy Island’s coral reef appears to be thriving three years after it was affected by mass coral bleaching; and
- Tom Hedley is gradually rebuilding his hotel empire and has secured a pub monopoly, now owning every operating pub in Gordonvale.
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Great Shark Frenzy, Cairns Post e-Paper,The Cairns Post- 04 Nov 2019
A new joint statement signed by the heads of three tourism organisations is pleading with the State Government to urgently reinstall shark drumlines removed last month. The unprecedented move places both Tourrism Tropical North Queensland and Tourism Whitsundays in direct policy opposition to their chief benefactor following the Palaszczuk government’s removal of all drumlines from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Heritage Boss Has Tick for Galleries, Cairns Post e-Paper,The Cairns Post- 05 Nov 2019
An inspection of the city’s historic buildings has earnt Cairns Regional Council praise for its vision for the Cairns Gallery Precinct. The Queensland Heritage Council inspected heritagelisted places in Cairns on Friday, including the old Courthouse, the Cairns Art Gallery and the former Mulgrave Shire offices. The council bought the Courthouse for $5.75 million in 2016 and refurbishment costs have added up to more than $6 million, $2 million more than estimated.
Offline for Six Weeks, Cairns Post e-Paper,The Cairns Post- 05 Nov 2019
A new Asian eatery in one of Cairns’ major shopping centres is learning the art of patience after waiting six weeks for a landline and internet connection. Brad Green, the owner of Aroy Jung in Lantern Lane at Stockland Cairns Shopping Centre, said he had been pleading with NBN and Optus to deliver the telecommunication connections claiming his business had been suffering.
Nailing New Reef Growth, Cairns Post e-Paper,The Cairns Post- 05 Nov 2019
Scientists are hoping to nail the art of reef restoration by hammering pieces of coral into underwater rocks on the Great Barrier Reef. University of Technology Sydney researcher Lorna Howlett has been helping build a coral nursery at Opal Reef, about 50km northeast of Port Douglas, for the past year. The “proof-of-concept” nursery aims to regenerate coral cover at key tourism sites across the marine park.
Agency Work Growing, Cairns Post e-Paper,The Cairns Post- 06 Nov 2019
A new Australia and New Zealand campaign aimed at promoting the benefits of finding work through recruitment agencies has been launched and is gathering momentum in Cairns. The Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association’s #loveyourwork campaign features stories of how agency work has given employees freedom, choice and purpose.
‘Danger Drone’ in Dual Role, Cairns Post e-Paper,The Cairns Post- 07 Nov 2019
A drone program the LNP wants on the Far North’s beaches could be used to spot sharks as well as crocodiles. The State Opposition’s tourism spokesman, David Crisafulli, said in Cairns yesterday an LNP government would provide James Cook University with $1 million to develop drone technology for a shark spotting program in the region.
$2.4M Grant Probe, Cairns Post e-Paper,The Cairns Post- 07 Nov 2019
Scrutiny of a Federal Government grants program that awarded $2.4m to a company linked to Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch’s former campaign manager has uncovered serious concerns about conflicts of interest. The Australian National Audit Office’s investigation into the $224.3 million Regional Jobs and Investment Package dug up a litany of issues around its rollout.
Empire Strikes Back, Cairns Post e-Paper,The Cairns Post- 07 Nov 2019
TOM Hedley is gradually rebuilding his hotel empire and has secured a pub monopoly over one historic Far North Queensland township. Barramundi Tom, so known for his reputation as a hard fighter in the business pond, now owns every operating pub in Gordonvale. In August, he shut down the Ye Olde Gordonvale Hotel – established in 1899 and famous for its topless barmaids – reducing the milling town’s number of pubs to two.
Angry builder: laws ‘go too far’, Cairns Post e-Paper,The Cairns Post- 08 Nov 2019
A major Far North construction firm is shutting down after having its licence suspended under strict new contractor asset laws – but the boss is going down swinging. Cairns builder Laurie Lindner Constructions has been in the game for 27 years, specialising in remote projects. The Queensland Building and Construction Commission has cancelled the company’s licences for failing to meet minimum financial requirements.
Council in Stalemate, Cairns Post e-Paper,The Cairns Post- 08 Nov 2019
State Government intervention could become inevitable as a stubborn standoff over the Cairns Showground reaches a stalemate. In a letter to Cairns MP Michael Healy, the Cairns Show Association declares Cairns Regional Council has “outlived its usefulness as trustee” of the facility. Its offer of a three-year permit rather than a 30-year lease has left the volunteer organisation without security over its tenure and little chance to secure grants.
Island Coral Flourishing, Cairns Post e-Paper,The Cairns Post- 09 Nov 2019
Fitzroy Island’s coral reef appears to be thriving three years after it was affected by mass coral bleaching. Reef check Australia has released result from survey carried out last month on a fringing reef, about 29km off-shore from Cairns, showing coral cover has increased at the island’s Welcome Bay by as much as 25 per cent since the mass bleaching event of 2016. The volunteer organization has been surveying the Island’s coral reef system every six month.
Wishing Upon a Star, Cairns Post e-Paper,The Cairns Post- 09 Nov 2019
IT was a grand announcement – a $1 billion Global Tourism Hub on a prime Cairns waterfront site. But just over two years later and the community barely knows much more. The Far North has been drip fed details of the State Government vision but the Cairns Post now understands Star Entertainment Group is the last proponent standing after Hard Rock bowed out.
NAIF to be Reviewed for the Fourth Time, Cairns Post e-Paper,The Cairns Post- 09 Nov 2019
The Morrison Government has ordered a review into a Cairns based $5 billon investment fund. Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan (Right) said the statutory review would examine if the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility could Continue to Support development and Job.
Residents Proud of Region as Destination, Cairns Post e-Paper,The Cairns Post- 09 Nov 2019
Residents in Far North Queensland know which side of their bread is buttered, with a recent survey showing just how positively they view tourism. The Social indicators 2019 report by Tourism and Events Queensland showed 93per cent of Tropical North Queensland residents agreed tourism brought economic benefits and 91 per cent thought the industry gave the region an increased profile
FNQ Shines Again at State Tourism Awards, Cairns Post e-Paper,The Cairns Post- 09 Nov 2019
Residents in Far North Queensland know which side of their bread is buttered, with a recent survey showing just how positively they view tourism. The Social Indicators 2019 report by Tourism and Events Queensland showed 93 per cent of Tropical North Queensland residents agreed tourism brought economic benefits and 91 per cent thought the industry gave the region an increased profile.
US Yachties Showing Interest in Far North, Cairns Post e-Paper,The Cairns Post- 09 Nov 2019
The Far North’s premier superyacht group is expecting millions of dollars in visitations to region after a successful spruiking at the 60th for Lauderdale International Boat Show. Super Yacht Group Great Barrier Reef represented the region at the famous boat show, which had more than 110000 yachting and boating enthusiast from 52 countries.
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