Cairns news report – 9th October 2021

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Quarry Clear to Expand, The Cairns Post 27 September 2021

A MASSIVE quarry expansion on the fringe of the city’s biggest residential growth area has been approved, with operators looking to extract 36 million tonnes of material over the next 50 years. Pioneer North Queensland has been given the green light to effectively double the size of its quarry in Mt Peter, after a unanimous affirmative vote from Cairns Regional Council.

Tourism Funds go Further, The Cairns Post 27 September 2021

A GOALPOST shift means more of the city’s biggest tourism operators are in line for millions of dollars in grants if they retain their current workforce. The state and federal governments announced a joint $70m package last week to keep “iconic” tourism businesses afloat, with early indications that only operators such as Quicksilver Cruises and Experience Co with a $50m-plus turnover would be eligible

Too Close for Comfort, The Cairns Post 27 September 2021

TRINITY Beach residents have expressed serious concerns about some of the properties being built in the newest neighbourhood of Bluewater, called The Reserve. Some houses on Shipmate Drive are so close they are almost touching – and the minuscule gap is certainly too tight to fit a conventional lawnmower or allow enough sunlight for a small garden.

Tjapukai Reborn, The Cairns Post 28 September 2021

THE new owners of Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park have unveiled the culturally-driven changes that will shape the attraction as it reopens. The Smithfield site closed in January when the Covid-19 pandemic left it without a steady stream of international visitors. Djabugay Aboriginal Corporation has purchased the attraction and its chairman William Biri Duffin said he was hoping to reopen it within “six to 12 months”.

International Jets Return, The Cairns Post 29 September 2021

AIR NIUGINI has unveiled plans to fly four special Boeing 767 wide-body jet flights from Cairns to Port Moresby between now and Christmas. The tactical decision will allow Far North fresh produce and seafood exporters to get goods into Asia through connecting flights to both Hong Kong and Singapore.

$300m Resort Plan Rejected by Council, The Cairns Post 29 September 2021

DOUGLAS Shire Council has formally rejected a development application for a $300m Fairmont resort in Port Douglas, with the company behind the project labelling the administration “completely disconnected” from its own community.

Project Tees Off, The Cairns Post 29 September 2021

ANTICIPATION is mounting as developers finally pull the trigger on sales for the city’s most controversial and sought-after subdivision in years. More than 400 prospective homeowners who signed up as pre-registered buyers will receive a complete price list on Wednesday morning for the first 40 home sites at The Palms in Kewarra Beach.

End of the Battle-axe, The Cairns Post 29 September 2021

BATTLE-AXE driveways could be on the way out, with a pair of unexpected refusals signalling a potential change in Cairns Regional Council’s attitude towards backyard subdivisions. Developers of two proposed projects – one in Trinity Beach, the other in Mt Sheridan – pulled their applications at the last moment before the most recent council meeting.

Bridge Plans Shape up, The Cairns Post 2 October 2021

AN ANNOUNCEMENT on how traffic flow will change following urgent repairs on the Barron River Bridge is expected within “a week or so” with the possibility of it returning to a two-lane operation. In February, 2020 the Department of Transport and Main Roads imposed a load limit of 50.5 tonnes and since November last year commuters have been reduced to a crawl by traffic lights regulating vehicle movements.

Call to step up a Gear, The Cairns Post 4 October 2021

PLANS to turn Cairns into a mountain biking mecca along the lines of Tasmania or New Zealand have stepped up a gear, but Cairns Mayor Bob Manning says more funding is needed to turn the dream into a reality. The state government has announced $46,000 for concept work for mountain biking trails at Smithfield and Davies Creek near Cairns.

Business Lines up Vaccine Mandate, The Cairns Post 4 October 2021

A MAJOR Cairns tourism operator is developing a policy that will potentially require all frontline workers to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Experience Co chief executive John O’Sullivan said the impact of the virus and associated border closures and lockdowns had been substantial for the tourism industry.

Costly Build-Up, The Cairns Post 4 October 2021

RATEPAYERS and developers have been slapped with a price rise triple whammy as Cairns Regional Council drives up costs. One industry source said a decision to axe discounted development fees was expected to add about $6000 more in charges per subdivision block.

Developers Close in on ‘old’ Esplanade, The Cairns Post 5 October 2021

A HANDFUL of houses still stand as vestiges of Old Cairns on the Esplanade – a motley crew of modest homes on the most prestigious street in town. They stick out like sore thumbs among the multistorey apartment complexes and hotels that dot the glitter strip between Charles and Smith streets in Cairns North.

Soaring Costs Hurt FNQ Homebuilders, The Cairns Post 6 October 2021

MATERIAL delays and soaring costs are choking the Far North’s building and construction industry, with the situation predicted to bring some businesses to their knees by 2022. For Dynamic Timbers manager Nathan Smith, the shortage of supply, “has been out of control”.

Festive Frenzy of Travel Booking, The Cairns Post 6 October 2021

WITH Queenslanders increasingly likely to be holidaying within their own state for the festive season, the advice for families looking to snag a Christmas bargain is simple: Act now. Tourism experts and agents across the Far North have revealed a number of intrastate destinations are high on the bucket list for holiday-makers.

City Hosts $1m Conference, The Cairns Post 7 October 2021

WHEN about 450 public works engineering professionals attend their annual conference in Cairns later this month they are predicted to deliver a million-dollar boost to the economy. Members of the state’s peak body for the public works sector, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland (IPWEAQ), are the people behind local projects.

It’s A Land Ka-Boom, The Cairns Post 7 October 2021

RECORDS are toppling as a land sales boom picks up speed with buyers snapping up blocks quicker than developers can subdivide them. One leading builder describes it as a once-in-alifetime boom as Cairns Regional Council is urged to fix a bottleneck of development approvals to head off a land and housing shortage.

Bound for Bali, The Cairns Post 8 October 2021

Jetstar has a Cairns to Bali route from April 1 at the top of its list if travel opens up to the Indonesian tourist mecca and the mandatory 14day quarantine requirements are lifted in both directions. NINE Far North projects will share $7.7m of federal funding. Improvements will be made to Smithfield Mountain Bike Park, upgrades will be done to Port Douglas Rugby Club and a leisure trail will be constructed from Kewarra Beach to Clifton Beach.

Funding for FNQ Projects, The Cairns Post 8 October 2021

NINE Far North projects will share $7.7m of federal funding. Improvements will be made to Smithfield Mountain Bike Park, upgrades will be done to Port Douglas Rugby Club and a leisure trail will be constructed from Kewarra Beach to Clifton Beach.

Lots of Growth in Boom, The Cairns Post 9 October 2021

A PROPERTY boom has driven up home prices and more than doubled the number of new subdivisions in Cairns as the city’s planning department hires new staff to avoid succumbing to stress fractures. Builders have hit out at Cairns Regional Council for a development application backlog that threatens to cause an undersupply to a market that is hungrier than it has been in years.


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