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Workshop series “Hi-Lights” new public art on the Gold Coast MyGC.com.au by Carla Tooma

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G'day just fine for greeting Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News, Hannah Sbeghen

12 Feb 2018

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LNP doubts cops can handle Games hours Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News, Paul Weston And Lea Emery

12 Feb 2018

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GAME PLAN KEY TO SUCCESS Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News

12 Feb 2018

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O'Callaghan hits activists Townsville Bulletin, Townsville QLD, General News, Sam Bidey

12 Feb 2018

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Labor bill for veto of resort hits $13m Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast QLD, General News, Kathleen Skene

12 Feb 2018

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Interview with Tim Buckley, Institute of Energy, Economics, and Financial Analysis, and ... Channel 9, Sydney, Today On Sunday, Peter Stefanovic and Allison Langdon

11 Feb 2018 8:52 AM

Duration: 10 mins 17 secs • ASR AUD 299,175 • National • Australia • Report Builder • ID: X00073556416 Interview with Tim Buckley, Institute of Energy, Economics, and Financial Analysis, and Patricia O'Callaghan, CEO, Townsville Enterprise. A few developments in Australia have aroused passion as the proposal by Adani to build a massive coal mine in Qld's Galilee Basin. The Adani Carmichael Coal Mine will be located near Claremont, it will have a 189 km rail connection to port facilities. The Townsville and Rockhampton Councils will jointly fund a local housing area and an airport. The $16b construction claims it will bring up to 10,000 jobs. The coal mine has a potential environmental damage since Adani has been granted unlimited volumes of water for 60 years from the Great Artesian Basin. The project is worth up to $270m for the economy every year. O'Callaghan explains Townsville has been experiencing significant pains and challenges with 9% unemployment and over 20% youth unemployment. She shares their support for the project due to the jobs it generated. She says mining has been an important backbone of Australia's economy, she explains how important the project is to the economy. Langdon says it is in Adani's track record that they do not abide by environmental laws. She adds before any company could operate in Australia, they have to go through the Australian Regulatory Framework and that includes environmental regulations. Buckley explains there have been a lot of misleading statements by both Adani and certain politicians that have hyped up the project. He says Adani has held the Qld Government to a seven-year royalty holiday and they have paid zero tax in Australia. He says the project has been downsized five times since 2010 and it could bring fewer jobs than planned. O'Callaghan says there are 235 families currently employed by Adani in the community and are spending their money in Townsville. She says they are focused on the jobs that will be generated. Tucker says the Qld Premier has already vetoed the subsidy and pulled out on the project. Audience 395,000 All, 174,000 MALE 16+, 213,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Patricia O'Callaghan, CEO, Townsville Enterprise|Tim Buckley, Institute of Energy, Economics, and Financial Analysis Also broadcast from the following 29 stations Channel 9 (Melbourne), Channel 9 (Adelaide), Channel 9 (Brisbane), Channel 9 (Perth), NBN Central Coast (Gosford), NBN Coffs Harbour (Coffs Harbour), NBN Gold Coast (Gold Coast), NBN Lismore (Lismore), NBN Newcastle Hunter (Newcastle), NBN Tamworth (Tamworth), NBN Taree (Taree), Southern Cross ACT (Canberra), Southern Cross Albury (Albury), Southern Cross Bundaberg (Bundaberg), Southern Cross Cairns (Cairns), Southern Cross Mackay (Mackay), Southern Cross Rockhampton (Rockhampton), Southern Cross Shepparton (Shepparton), Southern Cross Toowoomba (Toowoomba), Southern Cross Townsville (Townsville), Southern Cross Victoria Ballarat (Ballarat), Southern Cross Victoria Bendigo (Bendigo), Southern Cross Victoria Gippsland (Sale), Southern Cross Victoria Swan Hill (Swan Hill), Southern Cross Victoria Warrnambool (Warrnambool), Southern Cross Wagga Wagga (Wagga Wagga), Southern Cross Wollongong (Wollongong), Tasmania Digital Television (Hobart), West Digital Television (Albany)

Editorial: Creating jobs in regional Queensland needs to be top Palaszczuk priority Brisbane Courier-Mail

11 Feb 2018 1:00 AM

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Cairns Airport recruit has big plans for city's gateway to the world Cairns Post by Alicia Nally

10 Feb 2018 6:00 AM

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Choice calls for aviation mediator Courier Mail, Brisbane, General News

10 Feb 2018

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Positives outweigh negative viewpoints Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast, General News, Rob Molhoek

10 Feb 2018

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THE MINE AT THE CENTRE OF POLITICS AFR Weekend, Australia, Perspective, Mark Ludlow

10 Feb 2018

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Aurizon drops Adani rail link loan request AFR Weekend, Australia, General News, Jenny Wiggins

10 Feb 2018

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It is at $1.4b and counting for Adani Townsville Bulletin, Townsville QLD, General News, Tony Raggatt

10 Feb 2018

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Investment at crossroads: Adani Weekend Australian, Australia, General News, Jamie Walker Michael McKenna

10 Feb 2018

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Byron Bay calls for 'bizarre' boycott Courier Mail, Brisbane, General News, Troy Kippen

10 Feb 2018

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Fears over sand safety Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast, General News, Paul Weston

10 Feb 2018

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Last drinks move later Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast, General News, Kristy Muir

10 Feb 2018

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Foreign tourism at the crossroads Weekend Post, Cairns, General News, Danaella Wivell

10 Feb 2018

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Interview with Patricia O'Callaghan, CEO, Townsville Enterprise, about the Adani Coal ... 2GB, Sydney, Friday Feedback, Chris Kenny

09 Feb 2018 6:27 PM

Duration: 5 mins 25 secs • ASR AUD 18,786 • NSW • Australia • Report Builder • ID: X00073546934 Interview with Patricia O'Callaghan, CEO, Townsville Enterprise, about the Adani Coal Mine. Kenny talks about the Adani Coal Mine, noting the mining giant keeps missing deadlines for the Carmichael site in Central Qld. He mentions Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill indicated that Adani should begin construction by August. The Council has a stake in the mine, pledging $15-million to the co-fund construction of an airport for fly-in, fly-out workers. O'Callaghan says they have supported the Adani Coal Mine since the beginning. He says Townsville is the current regional headquarters for the project with around 236 people employed. She says that tenders and contracts are also going to local businesses. She says that the Adani project is important to Townsville, adding it will be very beneficial. O'Callaghan says since Townsville lost massive jobs in the past months, just one job is already important. She says this project will really help not only the workers but their families and the whole community as a whole. Audience 108,000 All, 49,000 MALE 16+, 59,000 FEMALE 16+ Interviewees Patricia O'Callaghan, CEO, Townsville Enterprise Also broadcast from the following 10 stations 1071 AM (Kingaroy), 2BS (Bathurst), 2CC (Canberra), 2NM (Muswellbrook), 2QN (Deniliquin), 3AW (Melbourne), 4BC (Brisbane), 4VL (Charleville), 4ZR (Roma), Zinc 666 (Mt Isa)

Auckland Airport retrenching? NZ Aviation News, New Zealand, General News

01 Feb 2018

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G’day just fine for greeting HANNAH SBEGHEN

hannah.sbeghen@news.com.au

PETER Beattie has rubbished claims Commonwelath Games volunteers will be forced to use an Aboriginal greeting when welcoming visitors for the April event. The Games boss said helpers would use both traditional Aussie greetings, including G’day,

and the Aborginal Jingeri. Mr Beattie said claims yesterday that the Jingeri greeting was compulsory was misunderstood as it was only a suggestion in the volunteer guide book. “Nowhere does it state that it must be used,” he said. “I encourage volunteers to use G’day as well as Jingeri, which is what I will be doing. “The Games manual states

Jingeri is a word you can use as a volunteer.” The greeting outcry follows reports Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Corporation staff were invited to an “Invasion Day” barbecue and pub quiz on Australia Day, and furore over volunteers being told to use gender-neutral language when addressing spectators.

Peter Beattie.


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LNP doubts cops can handle Games hours

PAUL WESTON AND LEA EMERY

showing off to the world.” Sin City owner Tim

THE State Opposition fears a lack of policing will occur in Gold Coast suburbs after the government extended liquor licensing on the Glitter Strip. The government’s announcement on Saturday to let liquor licence holders trade for an extra hour during the Commonwealth Games put the spotlight on the city’s police resources.

Martin said he was happy with the “compromise” of a 4am closure. Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate was supportive of the extension: “This extension allows visitors to enjoy longer hospitality and entertainment in our Safe Night Precincts while ensuring the Games remain safe and family friendly”. A spokeswoman for the State Government said the extension had been granted in consultation with traders.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington told the Bulletin: “We understand the concerns of local businesses who are trying to make the most of what the Commonwealth Games can do for the local economy on the Gold Coast and across Queensland. “We also need to be mindful of our policing resources and the need for more resources in the Games precinct and in high tourism areas while making sure people living in the suburbs are still safe.” Ms Frecklington said 40 local police were cut last year on the Coast. At the other end of the spectrum, the decision has left some Surfers Paradise nightclubs flabbergasted. “To close at 2am or 3am or 4am is insane,” House of Brews co-owner Sacha Kanaghines said. “We are supposed to be

“There was a consensus among key stakeholders that extending liquor trading would give us the best balance between the safety of patrons and helping traders to capitalise on the Games. Some of the strongest opposition to 24-hour trading came from police, she said. “Given the significant resources already required to patrol the Games, the Queensland Police Service did not support a move to 24-hour liquor licensing.”


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GAME PLAN KEY TO SUCCESS

BUSINESSES ACT NOW TO MINIMISE DISRUPTION

SMART Gold Coast businesses are taking the lead on Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games preparations as the big event draws closer. Get Set for the Games’ travel demand management technical director Rose McArthur said businesses such as The Star Gold

Coast were setting a great example for others across the region. To date, 5000 businesses have registered with the Get Set for the Games Travel Advice for Business Program, and 1388 businesses have attended the free two-hour workshops. “We’ve seen a whole range of people get involved at different times of the campaign,” said Ms McArthur, whose credentials include work on the transport plans for the London 2012 Olympics and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. “We had some really good early adopters, people involved right from the start who want to make the most

of the Games.” The Star Gold Coast is based in the thick of the action at Broadbeach, and moved quickly to develop a comprehensive Games travel plan for its nearly 2300 team members. The Star Entertainment Group general manager marketing Queensland Simon Proctor said that the business was offering alternate arrangements for parking offsite, encouraging carpooling and providing public transport tools such as pre-charged Go Cards. The Star Gold Coast also promoted bicycle workshops for employees keen to use pedal power to get to and from work during the


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Games, he said. “We have scheduled non-essential meetings to before and after the Games and all essential meetings will be held via teleconferencing to reduce travel,” Mr Proctor said. “We’ve also made changes to delivery, service and maintenance schedules to ensure that our primary focus during the Games will be on core operational functions, and sharing in the celebration that is a momentous event for our city.” Ms McArthur said more were now seeking help from the Get Set for the Games Travel Advice for Business Program, and it wasn’t too late to nut out a plan with 120 workshops to run. “We’ve had 5000 businesses register with the program but there are 20,000 business across the Gold Coast, and we would love to help each and every one of them,” she said. “I don’t think there’s anybody on the Coast who could look me in the eye and say, ‘My business won’t be affected’.” Information about road closures and busy times on the network is available at the Get Set for the Games website (getsetforthegames.com). For areas such as Southport, Surfers Paradise, Carrara, Coomera, Broadbeach and Coolangatta, the disruption to road conditions will be for the duration of the Games. “People will have to understand the Gold Coast will not operate as it normally does,” Ms McArthur said. “We’ve got lane restrictions on parts of the Games R Network – there’s qu to understand.” With time running out, Ms McArthur urged businesses across the Gold Coast to get on board. “The best thing is to look at the Get Set for the Games site an work out what days w be the busiest, and fo long locations will be affected.” The next step is for businesses to put their plan to the test long before the Games opening ceremony on

April 4. “If you’re going to cycle (to work) do a test run; if you’re going to catch the bus try it out; if you’re going to work from home, test it, and make sure you’ve communicated your plan to customers and your suppliers and make sure everybody knows what ,” Ms McArthur Our primary p y essage is, we want ou to have the best Games ever, we want you to make the most of these Games, but to do that you will ave to make plans advance.” he said if all s carpooled just twice a week, there would be a 40 per cent reduction in cars on the roads. Her own preference for getting around the Gold Coast during the Games is to cycle and she encouraged people to swap the car for a bike for trips less than 40 minutes. “It’s warm, it’s flat and I just don’t know what could be better,” she said. “Coming from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games or the London 2012 Olympics where it was either cold, rainy or with massive hills, I’ve come to the Coast and we’ve got this wonderful cycle-way infrastructure in place. “I reckon if you can do a journey by bike in under 40 minutes that will be the quickest way to move around during the Games.” Sign up for the Get Set for the Games Travel Advice for Business Program at getsetforthegames.com/business or call 1800 531 585

“I don’t think there’s anybody on the Coast who could look me in the eye and say, ‘My business won’t be affected’ ” Travel demand management technical director Rose McArthur

ON THE BALL: The Star Gold Coast at Broadbeach; businesses can still access planning help (above).


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O’Callaghan hits activists TEL boss defends Adani project SAM BIDEY sam.bidey@news.com.au

TOWNSVILLE Enterprise CEO Patricia O’Callaghan has lashed Adani critics, saying the Carmichael coal mine will reap economic benefits for the North and the rest of Australia. In a fiery interview on Channel 9’s Today Show early yesterday, Ms O’Callaghan (left) said environmental arguments were moot as the Indian miner had obtained all regulatory approvals. Aside from the jobs the mine would bring, Ms O’Callaghan said the broader advantages of mining projects were being lost in the Adani argument, with critics failing to address the economic benefits beyond jobs for North Queensland. “I think an important point lost in this debate is that while these mining projects do provide jobs for regional Queenslanders, they also provide taxes and royalties that pay for our nurses, our doctors, our teachers,” she said. “It is important that the people in our cities debating SAM BID this project and the future of

coal acknowledge that this is an industry that has contributed significantly to the prosperity of this country. “Our organisation has been supportive of the opening of the Galilee Basin from day one … (Townsville) has a proud history of servicing the mining industry and has been a FIFO hub for over two decades now.” Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis director Tim Buckley told Today the Carmichael project had been downsized from 10,000 jobs. Adani last week said it had 800 staff and 235 were based in Townsville. Ms O’Callaghan said these were long-term positions, not just construction jobs and noted a further 750 FIFO workers had been committed to the city. “These people have EYchildren in schools, they are spending money on groceries and services … they are already contributing to the local economy,” she said. “When you look at what we’ve gone through with the

downturn in the mining sector, drought and Queensland Nickel, there is a demand for work. Townsville has 9 per cent unemployment and 20 per cent youth unemployment.” Ms O’Callaghan said Townsville Enterprise was not only supportive of Adani but also of several other coal mines ready to follow suit with the opening of the Galilee Basin.

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KATHLEEN SKENE

EXCLUSIVE

$9M ASF PAY OFF

TAXPAYERS coughed up $9.1 million for the State Government to shake hands with rejected casino developer ASF Group, it can be revealed. The compensation payout adds to the $4 million Labor previously spent on the failed integrated resort bid at The Spit. However, the city may not have seen the last of ASF’s resort proposal, with the Government last night offering the Chinabacked company a shortcut in its new casino licensing process, expected to start for the Gold Coast this year. STORY PAGE 4

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Labor bill for veto of resort hits $13m KATHLEEN SKENE BUSINESS EDITOR

TAXPAYERS have paid a $9.08 million cash settlement to rejected casino developer ASF Group over the failed $3 billion integrated resort bid at the Gold Coast Spit. The payout, revealed in the listed company’s public financial statements, means taxpayers have forked out more than $13 million for the failed exercise since Labor took Government in 2015. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced in August that her Government had terminated the process and ruled out allowing any developments above three storeys on The Spit at Main Beach. ASF was forced to write down $12.085 million in costs after spending more than three years developing and adjusting their plans after the former government called for expressions of interest to build an integrated resort. However, the city may not have seen the last of ASF’s resort proposal, with the Government offering the Chinabacked company a shortcut in its new casino licensing process. A statement from the Government said the ASF settle-

ment was commercial in confidence. “Some reasonable costs incurred during the procurement process have been reimbursed by the Department of State Development,” it said. The Gold Coast battering was the major contributor to ASF’s overall losses of $19.53 million last financial year and followed a $15.25 million loss the previous year. The termination of The Spit project came a fortnight before it lost a $9 billion bid to develop a 10ha site at London’s Royal Docks. Director David Fang could not confirm whether the company’s two other major Gold Coast developments, The Au towers at Southport and Surfers Paradise, would be going ahead at all. “We have to carefully as-

sess the market. At the moment it is a bit uncertain,” he said. “The project in Southport is a (lower-priced) market and the Surfers Paradise project is a more exclusive, ultra-luxury product. “The investor market in that lower market is very quiet at the moment, but the higher end still has opportunities. We just have to see what happens.” The $70 million The Au Surfers Paradise is being developed by Paradise Development Holding, which is incorporated in the Virgin Islands. Mr Fang is a director. ASF gained development

approval for The Au Southport in 2016. According to the financial statement, the com-

pany sees the payout of The Spit project as “conclusion of the procurement process for the Gold Coast IRD”. “Obviously, this is not our ideal outcome, it’s just a reimbursement of some of our costs — obviously it didn’t cover all of our costs, just a small portion,” Mr Fang said. “We’re doing OK but ob- j viously on the smaller scale — the IRD would have made a big difference. We’re just trying to finalise what we have in our hands.” The State Government has changed the name of its Integrated Resort Development process to Global Tourism Hubs, and shifted it from the State Development department to Tourism. Registrations of interest to develop a global tourism hub in Cairns, which would include a casino licence, closed on January 23. Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said ASF would get a shortcut to the expressions of interest phase once a new Gold Coast process began later this year. “We plan to test the market this year on a proposal for a Gold Coast integrated resort – a new casino licence for the Gold Coast is an important part of this proposal. ASF will be invited to move directly to the expressions of in-

terest phase,” she said. “This is about developing infrastructure that will create jobs for Gold Coasters. But it’s important we protect the natural assets that make the Gold Coast one of the most attractive tourism destinations on the globe. “It’s quite clear there’s plenty of business confidence in Queensland for prospective investors.” Editorial P24 Craig Mann’s view P25


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November 2012: Premier Campbell Newman announces process to find a developer for integrated resort. December 2013: ASF named the frontrunner to develop the project, which then included a cruise ship terminal.

ASF director Louis Chien and Tourism Minister Kate Jones.

February 2014: ASF unveils its plans for a cruise ship terminal on The Spit. August 2014: Newman Government demands more information from ASF. November 2014: ASF releases new plan for larger project on Wavebreak Island. January 2015: The LNP loses the election. April 2015: New Labor government scraps Wavebreak proposal. August 2015: ASF and the State Government strike a deal and announce new plans to develop on State land on The

Spit near Sea World, with no cruise ship terminal. October 2015: ASF submits its revised proposal. May 2016: ASF submits another revised proposal after advice from the government. December 2016: Government accepts ASF proposal, spends four months consulting the public about it and another four months examining the results of the public consultation. August 2017: The Government releases results of the public consultation, which found 54 per cent of respondents were in favour of the proposal and 42 per cent opposed. Government terminates the project.


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ASF consortium's proposed integrated resort with hotel and casino planned for the Gold Coast.


10 Feb 2018 Courier Mail, Brisbane Section: General News • Article Type: News Item • Classification: Capital City Daily Audience : 166,502 • Page: 15 • Printed size: 68.00cm² • Market: QLD Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 1,490 • words: 149 • Item ID: 910447701

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Choice calls for aviation mediator CONSUMER advocacy group Choice is calling on the Federal Government to establish an industry-funded airline complaints ombudsman that can hold airlines to account and solve customer grievances in a more efficient way. Passengers can lodge a complaint with the offending airline and the Airline Customer Advocate. However, Choice said the ACA did not have power to make decisions, leaving customers in the lurch when an airline refused to provide compensation. “The airline industry is failing to keep travellers grievance free. That’s why we’re calling on the Federal Government to establish an airline ombudsman which can actually regulate the industry,” Choice head of media Tom Godfrey said. Qantas and Virgin said they took their obligations under Australian consumer law seriously, but did not support the creation of the ombudsman. A Choice survey found that 30 per cent of travellers who complained weren’t given a reason for their flight delay.

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10 Feb 2018 Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast Author: Rob Molhoek • Section: General News • Article Type: News Item Classification: Regional • Audience : 27,564 • Page: 37 • Printed size: 171.00cm² Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 1,384 • words: 403 • Item ID: 910544507

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Positives outweigh negative viewpoints ROB MOLHOEK MP OVER recent weeks there has been significant conjecture about the Southport CBD. Unfortunately there are some who choose to focus only on negatives. I’d rather speak about the positives. When I first ran for Parliament I declared my No.1 priority to be the revitalisation of Southport. A lot has changed since then. The completion of the light rail connection to Helensvale clears the path for greater growth and enhancement of our CBD as a centre for business, education and health services. It’s fair to have robust discussions about Southport’s strengths and weaknesses, however ongoing public criticism of Southport’s image is counterintuitive. What some fail to see is that “Southport bashing’’ doesn’t inspire the confidence or investment that would resolve many of their concerns. There is a danger in using reported crime stats as a measure of prosperity or potential, as the collection area so often referred to as “Southport” is vast and takes into account pretty much everywhere from Biggera Waters to Bundall, Southport to Molendinar, all those suburbs under the control and command of the Southport Police Station. Comments about boardedup shops are not an accurate measure of prosperity but rather a statement about the changing face of retailing.

In the last revision of the Gold Coast City Plan, the council declared Southport to be our official CBD. The subsequent declaration of Southport as a PDA (Priority Development Area) recognises the vast opportunities for urban renewal. Southport is not intended to be a tourism precinct but rather a cool, casual, affordable place for families, business people, retirees and students to live and work, away from the glitter strip. The future for Southport is in the quality of our local schools and making sure they are not over capacity, in the development of the city’s legal precinct located in the CBD, future connection of the light rail to the airport, further improvements to our road networks and ensuring we remain a hub for key services, education and business. I remember fondly the Southport of the 1960s. My family home was on the hill in Queen St at the old hospital site, across from the maternity ward and my mum carried me across the gardens into our back yard to meet my older siblings. But while those days are long gone, I still love the Southport of today as much as I ever did.

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10 Feb 2018 AFR Weekend, Australia Author: Mark Ludlow • Section: Perspective • Article Type: News Item Classification: National • Audience : 48,773 • Page: 21 • Printed size: 609.00cm² Market: National • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 5,393 • words: 1188 Item ID: 910553471 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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THE MINE AT THE CENTRE OF POLITICS Environment The battle over Adani's controversial $16.5 billion Carmichael mine has been a decade in the making, writes Mark Ludlow. Indian company Adani lodged its application for a new mine in the Galilee Basin with the Queensland government in October 2010, few thought the Carmichael mine would be at the centre of the national political debate almost a decade later. The controversial $16.5 billion project in Central Queensland - which has become the lightning rod for environmental activists in their campaign against coal - dominated last year's state election campaign and now looks to be front and centre in the leadup to the federal poll. The proposal to build a new greenfield coal mine in the frontier Galilee Basin, 500km from the Queensland coast, has received all the relevant state and federal approvals after years of legal challenges by opponents. The ball is now in the court of Adani and its billionaire chairman Gautum Adani, who must convince international banks to lend money to the project which has become the focal point in the coal versus renewables debate and created a clear political divide between the Coalition (who have backed the project) and the ALP (which this week hardened its position against the mine). The company's self-imposed March deadline to help find the $3.3 billion shortfall for the $6.7 billion first stage of the project is fast approaching, but the controversy surrounding the project is making it increasingly unlikely the project will go ahead. (Adani Australia this week said it was still committed to the project - which would become the largest coal mine in Australia - saying they were already employing

800 people across Queensland). But the decision by rail company Aurizon on Friday to drop its loan request to the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility to build another rail link to the Galilee Basin shows the prospect of opening up the Basin is fading every week. Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten last week ramped up the rhetoric on Adani following claims the company had allegedly doctored contaminated water samples to the Queensland Environment Department after Cyclone Debbie. Cynics say Shorten's comments were a calculated strategy to shore up support from inner-city voters in the Batman by-election in Melbourne next month. Queensland Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk managed to traverse a political minefield on Adani during last November's state election campaign to win a second term in office. She backed the project to ere ate up to 10,000 jobs in regional Queensland, but sensationally announced a returned Labor government would veto any loan from the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility for the project It was a tactic to help secure Green preferences in south-east Queensland and it worked. Shorten is hoping to repeat the trick in the Batman by-election but the collateral damage could be risking a string of seats in the crucial battleground state at the next federal poll.. The NAIF veto was devastating for Adani given the prospect of a federal loan could help convince banks to get behind the project as the company could use it as a calling card to show the Australian government was effectively under-writing the project The veto has made the fundraising task a lot harder. Palaszczuk and her senior ministers,

including Deputy Premier Jackie Trad who almost lost her inner-city seat of South Brisbane over the Adani mine, have been very quiet since the November election on Adani. But Shorten's intervention on the issue has forced them to fall in line, with Palaszczuk on Wednesday taking pot shots at Adani over its failure to meet key financial and job-creation milestones. Labor is also raising possible sovereign risk by exploring legal pathways to overturn the Adani project if they win office, despite the project receiving all the relevant environmental approvals from the state and federal governments. Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan accused Labor of "kneejerk reactionism to win a few votes in Melbourne". A raft of influential North Queenslanders, including former Labor treasurer Keith De Lacy, Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill and former Bowen mayor and Labor candidate Mike Brunker, have warned of the ramifications of the ALP using Adani as a political football, saying they would be punished at the ballot box. Regional cities such as Townsville, Rockhampton and Mackay have been banking on the Adani project to deliver up to 10,000 jobs to help deal with persistently high unemployment which has plagued the state's north since the end of the last mining boom. Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson says the focus has been too much on Adani and should be more about opening up the Galilee Basin for development "We get frustrated about the whole conversation being about Adani. There's 40 years worth of jobs in the Galilee Basin for North Queenslanders. The real catalyst for


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the Galilee Basin is the rail link," Mr Williamson told AFR Weekend. The other players in the. Galilee Basin, including another Indian company GVK and Hancock Coal as well as Clive Palmer's Waratah Coal have flown below the radar. Adani is the trailblazer to open up the region and its thermal coal deposits. Williamson is of no doubt federal Labor is going to get punished for its anti-Adani line. "I personally feel very let down by the fact that a national leader has seen fit to put the narrow interests of some southern state byelection ahead of jobs in North Queensland, ahead of a nation that depends on mining jobs. Absolutely it will hurt Labor," he says. Michael Roche, former Queensland Resources Council chief executive and now a strategic adviser to law firm McCullough Robertson, says environmental and anticoal activists had shown how effective they could be in slowing down and attempting to stop projects. First there's the legal tactic of appealing every approval granted by state or federal authorities, then there is reshaping public opinion by putting pressure on banks (which lend to the projects) and politicians who respond to a potential electoral backlash, in this case from inner-city Green voters who have embraced the narrative of the Adani campaign being the battle to end all coal mines in Australia. Roche warns the battle won't be over if Adani walks away from Carmichael: "If they [activists] win and Adani walks or Adani sells, don't expect that the activists are going to pack up their satchels and move on. They are going to be looking for the next win. So greenfield projects, in particular in the Surat Basin, are probably going to be next" Labor may be privately hoping the pressure will flush out Adani who will can the project But others believe the company has invested too much time and money - $3.3 billion at the latest count - in the project which will deliver thermal coal to its power stations in India to pack it in now. Q

The project has created a clear divide between the Coalition and the ALP.

Sensitive site: Coal development in the Bowen Basin (below), just east of the Galilee Basin.

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The activists are focusing on Adani, but Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson says there's 40 years worth of jobs in the Galilee Basin.


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Aurizon drops Adani rail link loan request Mining Jenny Wiggins Rail group Aurizon has abandoned a loan request to the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility to build a railway to Adani's proposed Carmichael coal mine, making it harder for the Indian group to proceed with the $16.5 billion project Adani has applied for a $1 billion NAIF loan to build a 389-kilometre rail line from the proposed mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin to the coast, and Aurizon had put in a separate proposal in March 2017 to build a 180-kilometre common-user line connecting to existing tracks. Aurizon had been hoping that its proposal would be favourably regarded by NAIF because it was asking for several hundred million dollars less than Adani. But it has now withdrawn its loan application before it delivers its interim results on Monday, citing uncertainty over the likelihood of signing "definitive contracts". "Our NAIF application is, in part, predicated on having customer contracts secured," said Aurizon chief executive Andrew Harding. "Given this is unlikely to occur in the near future we believe it is prudent to withdraw the NAIF application." Mr Harding said Aurizon remained open to "all possible financing arrangements" to develop a rail link to the Galilee if miners could finalise "commercial arrangements". "We believe Aurizon can play a key role in helping facilitate a multi-user, open-access rail solution for the various new mines in the region," he said. Aurizon's withdrawal from the process reduces Adani's options for con-

tinuing with the Carmichael project, which requires a rail link to the coast to export coal at Abbot Point or Hay Point, and puts more pressure on the Indian group to find private financing for both the mine and its rail infrastructure. The Queensland government has vetoed a possible NAIF loan to Adani and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday said that Adani would have to come up with its own finances to build a rail link to the mine. "No taxpayers' money is going towards Adani building that railway line," Ms Palaszczuk said. The federal Labor Parry has been turning against the mine and Adani has been unable to secure financing from Australian banks. Contractors have become increasingly reluctant to work on the mine after being targeted by anti-Adani activists. Mr Harding previously told AFR Weekend that Aurizon's loan application was "the best proposal" to support the development of the Galilee Basin. But he cautioned in October that Aurizon could not extend its rail tracks unless it was confident that mines would be developed that would use them. "You can't build one without the other," he said. "Infrastructure development depends on our customers deciding to build mines." Aurizon's potential customers in the Galilee Basin include GVK Hancock Coal, which is backed by Gina Hancock and has been trying to get regulatory approval for two mines, and Clive Palmer's Waratah Coal as well as Adani. But none of the proposed mines are under construction. Aurizon already has rail tracks leading into Abbot Point but would need to build more tracks to reach the mines in the Galilee Basin. Greenpeace campaigners said

Aurizon's withdrawal underscored the "economic unviability" of the Adani project The Mackay Conservation Group said Aurizon had made "a responsible decision". WITH ANDREWTILLETT •

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Adani's Carmichael mine needs a rail link to the coast to export coal. The miner has been unable to securefinancingfrom Australian banks.


10 Feb 2018 Townsville Bulletin, Townsville QLD Author: Tony Raggatt • Section: General News • Article Type: News Item Classification: Regional • Audience : 23,738 • Page: 43 • Printed size: 170.00cm² Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 1,173 • words: 338 • Item ID: 910498794

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It is at $1.4b and counting for Adani ADANI is going ahead. That might be a big call but it’s what I think. At least, it‘s my judgment at this point. By which I mean if the facts change, I reserve the right to change my opinion. I reach this view after joining a Townsville Chamber of Commerce executive and other media on a tour, of sorts, of Adani’s Townsville offices. Scores of people, over three floors and some 3000sq m of office space, are sitting at modular desks, tapping away on keyboards, talking on telephones and writing on white boards. It’s the nerve centre for Adani’s Carmichael project, an ambitious scheme to open a new coal frontier of the Galilee Basin 400km southwest of

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Townsville and build a rail line from there to Abbot Point to ship coal of apparently low energy quality, at least by our standards, to India and Asia. If they are not going ahead, they put on a good show. They have invested $1.4 billion so far, one executive tells me, financing studies, drilling holes, mapping the rail corridor and coal deposits, fighting court cases and paying staff. But not everyone believes Adani. Bill Shorten claims they are offering “fake jobs”, Annastacia Palaszczuk says they are missing “milestones” and Jenny Hill says Adani needs to show us they are serious. Seriously? I’d say Shorten is playing for Green votes in the Batman by-election, Palaszczuk wants to avoid the embarrassment of having to announce another veto against a federal loan –

rail operator Aurizon has announced it is withdrawing its application to build a rail line for Adani – and Jenny Hill, well, there’s speculation she wants to back out of providing cash for Adani’s mine site airport. But these people are by no means the only sceptics. According to business analysts, many Townsville business owners and managers have now written off the Carmichael project, partly out of uncertainty. There’s so much noise. Sometimes you just have to turn down the volume, and do what chamber executive MarieClaude Brown says – be patient.


10 Feb 2018 Weekend Australian, Australia Author: Jamie Walker Michael McKenna • Section: General News Article Type: News Item • Classification: National • Audience : 219,242 • Page: 1 Printed size: 271.00cm² • Market: National • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 8,850 words: 726 • Item ID: 910450853 Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.

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Investment at crossroads: Adani EXCLUSIVE JAMIE WALKER MICHAEL McKENNA

Adani’s local boss has warned that Australia is at a “crossroads” on foreign investment as mining union leaders urged Bill Shorten to tone down his criticism of the giant Indian energy producer. Breaking his silence after a week of attacks by the Opposition Leader on the $16.5 billion Carmichael coalmine, Adani Australia chief executive Jayakumar Janakaraj called for consistency and predictability in investment policy. Warning that “nobody is investing for a three-year or fouryear cycle in which elections take place in Australia”, he said Adani had spent $3.3bn on the mine to date and was committed to deliv-

ering thousands of jobs it had promised for the economically challenged regions of central and north Queensland. Mr Janakaraj warned, however, that international competition for investment was intense, especially after President Donald Trump’s move to slash the US corporate tax rate from 35 per cent to 21 per cent. “Everybody is fighting for that place in the top 10 in the world for investment destinations, and money is limited,” he told The Weekend Australian. “I keep going to my board requesting money and they do have options.” Asked if Mr Shorten’s attacks on Adani had cast doubt on the viability of the new mine, he said: “It casts doubt on Australia’s ability to continue to be an invest-

ment-attractive destination. “That’s the broader context we need to focus on, and not just on one project in any sense.” Mr Janakaraj said it was not his place to enter the political debate, but Australia was at a “crossroads” in deciding how it wanted to handle direct foreign Continued on Page 2 INQUIRER P15


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investment. “Australia has been built on foreign direct investment in resources and large energy resources projects,” he said. “And the international community has great respect for Australian policies and procedures and the consistency with which the country has approached growth. “It is with that confidence we have come here and invested $3.3bn already, and have created a huge opportunity for Australia to develop that opportunity with India. It is absolutely … a gem of an opportunity.” Mr Shorten this week tore into Adani for holding out the “promise of fake jobs” and missing deadlines that drew into question its capacity to fund the coalmine, which would be the biggest in the southern hemisphere. This has infuriated local union leaders and ALP figures, who accuse him of pandering to the Greens to shore up Labor’s vote in the inner-Melbourne seat of Batman ahead of a by-election next month that has implications for Mr Shorten’s leadership. The north Queensland district secretary of the Australian Workers Union, which Mr Shorten headed before entering federal parliament, said the region was desperate for employmentgenerating projects after a winddown in mining investment, especially in coal projects, and the collapse of Clive Palmer’s nickel refinery in Townsville. “We are strongly behind the project,” Bede Harding said of Adani’s Carmichael mine.

“People need to just get out of the road and let them get on with it. We could just encourage the federal caucus to see that this project is vital.” The president of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union’s mining division in Queensland, Stephen Smyth, said the mine should “not be used as a political football by anyone”. “The decisions in the seat of Batman have nothing to do with a matter 2000km away. Those in north Queensland and central Queensland are sick of the interference, not only by politicians but by the so-called fly-in or drive-in protesters who are an embarrassment to the hardworking families and communities.” Mayor of Townsville Jenny Hill, an ALP member, and Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow, who quit the party to run as an independent in November’s state election, have echoed criticism by former Labor candidate Mike Brunker that Mr Shorten’s stand on Adani could cost the party regional Queensland seats. Touring Gladstone yesterday, Mr Shorten said his concern was to ensure “We have a plan B, a plan beyond Adani” in case the project fell over. Labor sources said, however, Mr Shorten would not pull federal Labor’s qualified support for the project — contingent on Adani’s financial arrangements stacking up, and environmental conditions being met — though this had been actively considered. Mr Shorten insisted yesterday that his criticism of the company did not make him “anti-mining”.

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Byron Bay calls for ‘bizarre’ boycott

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A HIPPIE town about 1300km south of the proposed Carmichael coal mine has sent a “bizarre” letter calling for councils to boycott businesses affiliated with Adani. An engineer associated with councils and the coal mining industry has fired back, suggesting Byron Shire Council was just angry there was drug testing on mine sites. “Maybe they are just returning fire for not letting bong smokers into the mines,” Field Engineers general manager David Hartigan said. The letter sparked a war of words with those south of the border at Byron Bay. Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the letter requesting them not to support businesses affiliated with Adani was offensive. She said chief executive Gary Stevenson delivered that message back to the northern NSW council in response to the “bizarre” request. “Our CEO spoke personally with relevant officers of Byron Shire Council to convey our position,” she said. “We are being asked to stop doing business with our local small to medium businesses that might supply or service Adani’s needs,” she said. “This is a preposterous suggestion which appears not to have been given sensible consideration. “Council is a strong advocate of buying local to support our Isaac business community and intends to remain so.” Mackay Regional Council

confirmed it received the letter but did not plan to respond. “While MRC respects that each council will have its own views on different matters, this council is fully supportive of any initiatives that will lead to increased economic stimulus and outcomes for north Queensland,” the council said. Mr Hartigan said he had never heard of this sort of lobbying and this sort of campaigning was unlikely to succeed because engineering dealt with the “material needs of the community”. “I don’t see any credibility in this ... it’s hilarious,” he said. Byron Bay Council did not respond to requests for comment.

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10 Feb 2018 Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin, Gold Coast Author: Paul Weston • Section: General News • Article Type: News Item Classification: Regional • Audience : 27,564 • Page: 39 • Printed size: 365.00cm² Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 2,954 • words: 371 • Item ID: 910545402

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HEAVY machinery began removing sand from Greenmount Beach without putting up a protection zone for sunbakers and swimmers, according to a complaint to the council. The Bulletin has obtained the complaint, made under Workplace Health and Safety, where the resident on Thursday sent videos. “Gold Coast Council are operating heavy earth moving machines up and down the beach, while beach goers are sunbathing, with no separation for safety,” the resident said. “This worksite needs to be shut down immediately and those responsible need to be held personally responsible, fined and charged with criminal negligence.” Asked if they had complained to the machine operators, the resident replied: “Yes. I was told to f… off and mind my own business.” Friends of Currumbin secretary Gloria Baker confirmed the complaint had been made but the resident

wished to remain anonymous. A rally from 10am today will focus on the council and development. A council spokesperson confirmed the City had received the complaint and “we will be investigating”. A Bulletin report late this week included photographs and video footage showing how dunes at Greenmount were being removed to provide sand for practice volleyball courts for the Commonwealth Games at Coolangatta. Emails show Surfrider Foundation president Greg Howell has written to area councillor Gail O’Neill asking why the community was not consulted. “Council’s lack of community engagement desperately needs assessing. The approach to assessing sand stocks was dismal. Isn’t this why we have a massive sand stock reserve at The Spit,” he wrote. In a response to stakeholders, Councillor O’Neill admitted she was not privy to every decision made to ensure delivery of the Games.

“Councillors do have briefings in regard to Commonwealth Games but sometimes these briefings are on the eve or at other times at the same time as public announcements are made,” she wrote. “I was made aware that sand would be relocated from Greenmount Beach with state approval to improve the volleyball courts only late last week. “But I was not given any more detailed information on the scope of the works. “As I have now been made aware this was obviously a request made by (Games organisers) GOLDOC in relation to the event.”

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Earthmoving machinery on the beach at Greenmount.


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EXTRA HOUR FOR BARS THE State Government will today announce that pubs, restaurants and cafes in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach will be able to serve alcohol an hour later during the Commonwealth Games. In adopting the model used at the Glasgow Games in 2014, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it would “ensure the Gold Coast makes the maximum benefit from the Games”. KRISTY MUIR REPORTS P3

Last drinks move later EXCLUSIVE State Government will today announce that pubs, restaurants and cafes in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach will be able to serve alcohol an hour later during the Commonwealth Games. After widespread debate about what to do with trading in the party precinct during the city’s biggest-ever event, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she will adopt the model used at the Glasgow traders to open 60 minutes after their normal liquor licence allows. “The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will be the biggest event in our history,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said. “This is a oncein-a-generation event. I asked (Attorney-General) Yvette D’Ath and (Tourism Minister) Kate Jones to discuss with

have decided to make this change for the Games to ensure the Gold Coast makes the maximum benefit from the Games. We looked at Glasgow and have decided to increase liquor trading hours by an hour. It is a temporary measure for the Games only. “My government approach to alcohol-fuelled violence, including ID scanning, remains in force.” affect ID scanning rules. For example, a pub that had a liquor licence until midnight, and therefore did not require ID scanning, would not have to implement scanning until 1am. In addition, the Office of Liquor And Gaming Regulation commissioner will have the ability to issue a public safety

ity for the one-hour liquor trading extension and exallow trading until 5am would still be available on a discretionary basis. Ms Palaszczuk said she made the decision following representations to her from the Gold Coast. Surfers Paradise Licensed Venues Association president Tim Martin told the Bulletin last week he had been hopeful of a positive outcome after meeting with State GovernGames trading hours and ID scanners. Mr Martin, general manager of The Bedroom, Sin City and Hennessy Lounge Bar and Nightclub, also called for “pass-outs” for patrons already scanned into venues so they

rescanning process. “We want to try and tackle the long lines (outside of clubs),” he told the Bulletin during the interview. “With the influx of people it can only get longer.”


10 Feb 2018 Weekend Post, Cairns Author: Danaella Wivell • Section: General News • Article Type: News Item Classification: Regional • Audience : 23,389 • Page: 10 • Printed size: 858.00cm² Market: QLD • Country: Australia • ASR: AUD 5,581 • words: 498 • Item ID: 910593950

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Key body warns that Cairns will fail to develop as a destination for overseas visitors unless there are more direct flights into airport

Foreign tourism at the crossroads DANAELLA WIVELL danaella.wivell@news.com.au

TOURISM Tropical North Queensland has warned Cairns will not keep up with the rest of the country’s international tourism boon without additional international flights. Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief executive Pip Close said international visitor numbers were expected to grow with the addition of 40,000 seats direct from China to Cairns. But she said overseas visitor numbers would not increase exponentially unless Cairns secured more direct international flights. “Aviation access through China has opened up the Canton route for European travellers, which should translate into increased numbers from that market as well,” she said. “The Japanese market is also growing steadily as they, like many of our international travellers, are drawn to the region’s dual World Heritage areas and indigenous culture. “However, visitor growth will be constrained by access, so until more direct flights are secured for Cairns we will not see the extraordinary growth experienced in the past few years.”

She said increasing visitor numbers and access to the city would bring financial gains for non-peak tourist seasons. Cairns Airport aviation chief commercial officer Paul McLean said there were 7 per cent more passengers through the international terminal last December than in December 2016. “That was the same month we launched two new international routes from mainland China to Cairns, the China Southern Airlines service from Guangzhou and Hainan Airlines from Shenzhen,” he said. “These and any other international routes we secure open up direct access for visitors coming to Cairns and Great Barrier Reef. They also contribute towards shifting some of the current 80 per cent of international passengers who arrive into and depart from Cairns on domestic services on to dedicated international flights.” He said opening up more direct flights to Cairns was on the table for Cairns Airport staff as they worked to secure alternative direct routes to the region to entice more international visitors to Far North

Queensland. “Our aviation development team is continuously liaising with international airlines that could potentially offer new direct services into Cairns,” he said. editorial@cairnspost.com.au facebook.com/TheCairnsPost www.cairnspost.com.au twitter.com/TheCairnsPost

HOW FNQ COMPARES TO AUSTRALIA Australia’s inbound tourism visitor numbers are expected to rise to 8.5 million this year. International visitors’ contribution to the economy is predicted to be more than $44 billion. In 2015-2016 tourism activity in Tropical North Queensland generated $4.952 billion in total tourism goods and services and employed 23,300 people. Cafes, restaurants and takeaway

food services, accommodation and retail trade employed the most in the tourism sector. Visitors to TNQ consumed $4.2 billion worth of goods and services, mostly from international visitors. Interstate overnight visitors spent the most, $288, per night. Cairns Airport recorded 5,288,300 passengers during the 12 months to the end of December last year.


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AT HOME: Ning Liu, Yong Guo, Lillian Guo and Chantal Chi receive a guided tour of the Cairns Museum during their visit.

Picture: BRENDAN RADKE


February, 2018 NZ Aviation News, New Zealand Section: General News â&#x20AC;¢ Article Type: News Item â&#x20AC;¢ Classification: Magazines Trade Audience : 5,000 â&#x20AC;¢ Page: 10 â&#x20AC;¢ Printed size: 158.00cm² â&#x20AC;¢ Market: NZ Country: New Zealand â&#x20AC;¢ ASR: AUD 408 â&#x20AC;¢ words: 389 â&#x20AC;¢ Item ID: 909152709 Provided for client's internal research purposes only. May not be further copied, distributed, sold or published in any form without the prior consent of the copyright owner.

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