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Old August 3rd, 2009, 09:35 AM   #681
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Waterpark Developer Dumps "Mansion" to Raise Money

The developer of the "Cairns Waterpark", Paul Freebody, was featured in the Cairns Post over the weekend denying that he was selling his mansion due to financial problems created by his waterpark development.

The house was passed in at auction - originally listed for $2.2M and now listed for just over half that figure.

This seems suspiciously similar to the denials of financial trouble being made by Tom Hedley just weeks before his empire collapsed. Freebody says he wants to move into a shitty unit in Smithfield to be "closer" to the as-yet unapproved development. Several councillors have already expressed intentions to vote against the development which is located on a cane field south of the Yorkey's Knob roundabout-an area that routinely goes underwater by a meter or more, and would be inaccessible during flood events in the Barron River floodplain. Opening this area to development would expose council to legal challenges from a whole host of landowners who own adjacent land that is currently off-limits to development.

Freebody has also engaged in a suspiciously panicky lobbying campaign touting the "hundreds of jobs" (minimum wage, the lot) and "entertainment demand" by Cairns residents. The average family four to pony up in excess of $300 for a day of "water fun", despite the wonderful ocean we have - if pricing from other Australian waterparks is any guide. Not bloody likely in Cairns, where much of the populace is also employed in low-paid tourism jobs.

One wonders what kind of analysis was done for such a project, when similar projects proposed for much larger markets in Oz have been knocked back by banks and other investors as unviable.

And what kind of moron sells his house in a collapsed housing market? A guy that is desperate for money, I guess - especially as he continues to be unable to sell his other asset, the car wash land which has also been advertised for sale for over a year.

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Cairns outgrows Darwin
'Cairns has come along way in 50 years and is now the nation's 14th largest city'

CAIRNS used to be a tropical backwater but it is now ranked the 14th largest city in Australia, pipping Darwin at the post in the top 15.


The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics report, Changes in Australia’s Industry Structure: Main Cities 2001-06, found the region also had the third fastest population growth.

And while Townsville’s population was larger, with the city ranked 13 with its 162,730 residents, Cairns’ growth was only beaten by the metropolitan fringe cities of Gold Coast/Tweed and the Sunshine Coast.

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Cummings Economics economist Bill Cummings said that 50 years ago, Cairns was an outpost with a population of 16,000 but now boasted a population of 142,000.

"Cairns also recorded, along with Canberra, the highest level of structural change in employment with general construction up and the city’s small agriculture sector down as a proportion of the workforce," he said. "The report also shows relatively high levels of growth in employment in government and defence and health and education."

Cairns Mayor Val Schier said the region’s beautiful environment, access to service and jobs made the city an attractive destination and, by 2031, pundits predicted its population was going to increase by 100,000.

"People usually come here for a visit and fall in love with the tropical lifestyle," she said.

"They look to see if there are jobs here, which there are, and they also come because it has good education services, health services and cultural and sporting events and facilities."

Cr Schier yesterday lunched with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s wife Therese Rein and she said the topic kept swinging to how beautiful the region was.

"She (Ms Rein) said it was stunning," Cr Schier said


Mooney lobby row

FORMER Townsville mayor Tony Mooney says his 'conscience is totally clear' after opponents of a Cairns shopping development called for an investigation into his involvement in council negotiations.

Cairns Regional Council this week approved a change to its town plan, paving the way for a shopping centre being proposed by developer Trinity Park, for which Mr Mooney is a registered lobbyist.

Retailers Association executive director Scott Driscoll, who represents retailers in the Smithfield Shopping Centre less than 2km from the proposed northern beaches development site, said it was a 'spectacular backflip' from council.

He said the move rescinded a council decision two weeks earlier and called for Premier Anna Bligh to investigate Mr Mooney's involvement.

''Something about this just does not look or feel right,'' he said.

Mr Mooney rejected suggestions he exerted influence over the council.

''I have to say (it) is a bit of a joke, considering there is no Labor Party control of the
council,'' he said.

Mr Mooney said he included Trinity Park on his lobbyist register even though he was not required to do so, because his involvement in the project did not include decisions to be made by the State Government.

He said his was a minor role which primarily involved community engagement and research.

''We got very strong community support for the project and ultimately the Cairns Regional Council, right across the different factions there, came together and supported the professional staff to help facilitate the changes that were needed to make it happen,'' he said.

''I make no apologies for that. My integrity is certainly intact and I'm sure that any objective investigation of what happened up in Cairns would show that it was a completely transparent process and one that involved the community.''

Mr Mooney will be forced to reconsider his lobbyist activities after Ms Bligh announced individuals on the Queensland Lobbyist Register would be banned from serving on government-appointed boards.

Mr Mooney is an Ergon Energy board member and holds positions with Townsville Enterprise and the Premier's Council on Climate Change.

He is a registered lobbyist for Trinity Park, truck dealer Brown and Hurley, economic consultants AEC Group and recruitment firm IPA and its parent company Employment Services Holdings.

Mr Mooney said he was disappointed to have been caught up in the current political climate, despite never holding a State government position, after former Labor minister Gordon Nuttall was jailed on corruption charges.

But he said he supported the Premier's move for further transparency.

''I think I've been caught up in that and I'm disappointed in that but I expect that it's part and parcel of what you have to confront,'' he said.
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Cairns Central debates parking price

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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MOTORISTS are expected to start paying to park at Cairns Central shopping centre in about a fortnight, but centre management has not yet decided how much to charge.

The pay-for-parking works started at the centre in July and ticket machines have been installed at all drive-in entrances as well as entrances inside the centre.

But centre manager Derek Ariss said centre management had not decided how much customers would pay, or how many hours of parking would be free.

It is believed motorists would not pay for the first two to three hours of parking.

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Cairns residents have told The Cairns Post of their mixed reactions about the new system, which is expected to see an extra 400 daily commuters looking for a park on the streets.

A poll run on cairns.com.au found that 62 per cent of respondents would not shop there after the paid parking was
introduced.

Of the 240 respondents, 37.9 per cent said they would continue using the centre.

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Healthy upgrade for hospital revealed

Roger Dickson

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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PREMIER Anna Bligh will today release the long-awaited masterplan of exactly what will go where in the Cairns Base Hospital upgrade.

There will be expanded intensive care capacity, expanded birthing services, a special care babies unit and low-risk birth centre as well as increased aged care and rehabilitation services, new pathology facilities and more mental health beds.

For cancer victims there will be an ambulatory cancer care centre and the radiation oncology service.

The redeveloped hospital will provide new cardiac care facilities and additional surgical capacity including day surgery.

Total bed numbers will increase from 363 to 531.

"This is in addition to the Queensland Government’s $11 million emergency department redevelopment which is well under way and scheduled for completion in 2010," Ms Bligh said.

"In December, we published the Clinical Services Plan – a blueprint which identifies the future health service and infrastructure needs of the Cairns community from now towards 2021," she said.

"It identified a need for expansion of the hospital’s emergency, intensive care, mental health, surgical, maternity and special care, support services and other services.

"It also identified cancer care as a priority, which is why we incorporated the new Liz Plummer Cancer Care Centre into the redevelopment."

The overall project is estimated to create 2100 jobs and scheduled to be completed within five years.

Works on the redevelopment have already begun and the $8.5 million upgrade of the medical imaging department, which houses the hospital’s first MRI machine, is also complete.

"Previously, public patients were treated at the private MRI facility but this new machine means there is now more capacity for public patients to be treated in Cairns," Ms Bligh said.

Under the plan, sexual health services and the dental unit as well as other allied services will move to the former North Cairns State School site.

It is not known if Ms Bligh will today also announce the new site for a yet to be master-planned hospital on the southern side of Cairns.

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Creditors reach CMC deal

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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WHEN creditors' representatives walked into a meeting yesterday with the directors of the embattled CMC construction company they thought they were going to lose everything.

But hours later after fruitful discussions with CMC bosses Peter Watson and Wolf Odenthal, committee spokesman Udo Bergmann said an agreement was reached that could see creditors get much of their money back and CMC avoid what appeared to be almost certain liquidation.

"We negotiated with the directors for about three hours and we came to the conclusion that $2.5 million will be guaranteed, paid into a creditors’ trust by Peter and Wolf, irrespective if CMC is wound up or not," Mr Bergmann said.

"A further $1.5 million will become available immediately on approval of the Building Services Authority reinstating CMC’s building licences."

"We will be recommending accepting the amended deed of company arrangement to all creditors."

CMC went into voluntary administration in May owing sub-contractors more than $15 million despite having projects in Townsville and Cairns mostly pre-sold and nearing completion.
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Healthy upgrade for hospital revealed
Roger Dickson

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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PREMIER Anna Bligh will today release the long-awaited masterplan of exactly what will go where in the Cairns Base Hospital upgrade.


There will be expanded intensive care capacity, expanded birthing services, a special care babies unit and low-risk birth centre as well as increased aged care and rehabilitation services, new pathology facilities and more mental health beds.

For cancer victims there will be an ambulatory cancer care centre and the radiation oncology service.

The redeveloped hospital will provide new cardiac care facilities and additional surgical capacity including day surgery.

Total bed numbers will increase from 363 to 531.

"This is in addition to the Queensland Government’s $11 million emergency department redevelopment which is well under way and scheduled for completion in 2010," Ms Bligh said.

"In December, we published the Clinical Services Plan – a blueprint which identifies the future health service and infrastructure needs of the Cairns community from now towards 2021," she said.

"It identified a need for expansion of the hospital’s emergency, intensive care, mental health, surgical, maternity and special care, support services and other services.

"It also identified cancer care as a priority, which is why we incorporated the new Liz Plummer Cancer Care Centre into the redevelopment."

The overall project is estimated to create 2100 jobs and scheduled to be completed within five years.

Works on the redevelopment have already begun and the $8.5 million upgrade of the medical imaging department, which houses the hospital’s first MRI machine, is also complete.

"Previously, public patients were treated at the private MRI facility but this new machine means there is now more capacity for public patients to be treated in Cairns," Ms Bligh said.

Under the plan, sexual health services and the dental unit as well as other allied services will move to the former North Cairns State School site.

It is not known if Ms Bligh will today also announce the new site for a yet to be master-planned hospital on the southern side of Cairns.
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Old August 27th, 2009, 10:12 AM   #688
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What does this have to do with construction? Its blatant advertising, I wouldn't care if its an occasional thing, but its constant, its a skyscraper forum, post in the Skybar for goodnasake.
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What does this have to do with construction? Its blatant advertising, I wouldn't care if its an occasional thing, but its constant, its a skyscraper forum, post in the Skybar for goodnasake.
Why is that that i get the impression you are the only one that always has a problem with my posts? I've posted this in here because i was of the assumption that the thread is all about "Cairns issues & news"... Now yes you maybe right that its probably not appropriate and in future i wont post this type of stuff in here (since you are the only one that seems to be concerned)...Just for future reference if you have a problem with me posting these things, can you please email me? Further more to that... Why are you soo concerned when you live some 340k's down the road? Wouldnt it be more appropriate if say a Cairns forumer messages me with thier concerns about me posting information on Cairns in these threads?
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Hmmm, I think having posts by yourself (Cairnsinite) in which to dump non-development news about local gigs and pointless small town banter and gossip (Thats unrelated) is steping a bit beyond the scope of this forum. We should keep it mostly about skyscrapers, development and urban issues. Besides we already have threads for discussion of Music Gigs, Music Festivals and Upcoming Bands and tours. If you really wanted to discuss this stuff, Cairns and Townsville both have WOMF a forum exactly for this kinda stuff, a simple Google search will yield its rewards like Events Cairns. Skyscrapercity has a "Search" function, I highly suggest you use it.

Has anyone actually ever commented back regarding your 'listing of events' posts, mainly because there 'little of interest' because there here to learn about development.
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Hedley moves as jobs to go

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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HEDLEY receivers have sold the property sales office in Abbott St, Cairns and moved the staff into another office next door.

Receiver Robert Hutson of KordaMentha said all staff had been retained.

He said the Vision project had been completed and "less than 20" construction staff had been laid off.

Mr Hutson said as more projects were completed, more staff would be made redundant.

He said reports receivers were looking for containers with equipment bound for Papua New Guinea were "an urban myth".

He said some of the containers had been sent to PNG before the receivers were appointed in July and the others contained leased equipment which was being dealt with by the leasing companies.

Nine of Tom Hedley’s private companies were placed in receivership on July 1.

They have debts of $250 million to the ANZ Bank.

A second receiver, Ernst and Young, was appointed by Suncorp to redeem a debt believed to be $90 million. Of the nine companies, Hedley Constructions was also placed in liquidation, owing at least $400 million
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Ban stays on False Cape

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

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THE controversial False Cape resort and residential development has been slapped with a further 12-month ban.

But neither government, council or developers appear willing or able to pay for what environmentalists say are much-needed further remediation works at the site just east of Cairns.

Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett yesterday confirmed the ban extension, just hours before the expiry of the 12-month moratorium on the project due to environmental concerns.

Mr Garrett said the site remained a threat to the Great Barrier Reef, having been left unmanaged after the developer closed it down after running into financial problems.

"Under the national environment law, I can suspend approval for another 12 months if I am not satisfied that appropriate measures have been put in place to protect the nearby World Heritage area," he said.

"The company has failed to fix up the erosion and sediment problems at the site, so a suspension will remain on the development's approval."

Late last year, Cairns Regional Council lent the developer $150,000 of ratepayers' money to clean up the site.

However, the developer Reef Coast Resort, which is in receivership, has failed to pay the money back and is also in rates arrears.

The council has been unable to access a $650,000 bond that was supposed to have become available when the site changed hands in 2004.

While environmental group Save False Cape welcomed Mr Garrett's move, spokesman Steven Nowakowski said it did not go far enough and that new erosion controls were unlikely to cope with the next wet season.

"My understanding is that those sediment traps are filled and stabilising mulch has been washed away," Mr Nowakowski said.

"It is worth nothing with the ongoing bans so we would like to see the Federal Government buy it back and take responsibility for it."

However, a federal purchase appears unlikely with Mr Garrett saying if the site was sold to a new developer, the suspension would still apply, "and any new developer will need to satisfy me that the World Heritage area can be protected".

The region's works committee chairman Cr Paul Gregory was concerned by Mr Garrett's announcement, saying only enough remediation had been done on the site to carry it through the last wet season and further works would have to be approved by the council.

Reef Cove Resort spokesman John Ewens was not available for comment.

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Hedley fund fights to extend $745m loans

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

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THE struggling stock-listed Hedley Leisure and Gaming Property Fund has warned it could be wound up if it fails to extend $745 million in loans.

The Melbourne-based HLG issued the warning when it announced it had been suspended from trading after failing to lodge its full-year accounts by the June 30 deadline.

HLG was one of eight companies, named by the Australian Securities Exchange, suspended from official quotation for not lodging their financial accounts by the due date.

HLG's loans are due to be repaid in August next year. It is negotiating with the ANZ Bank syndicate to extend the arrangement until 2012.

In an announcement to the ASX, HLG executive chairman Colin Henson said that, while HLG was confident it was taking all appropriate measures and that it had the support of its bank syndicate, there was a risk that its debt financing extension might fail, not occur before August 2010 and/or the syndicate might demand immediate repayment of the entire debt.

"In any of those events, it would be unlikely that HLG could continue as a going concern," Mr Henson said.

He said one of the main reasons for the delay in reporting the full-year results was the adoption of a revised accounting standard to separate the value of the liquor and gaming licences from the investment property values of the 90 hotels owned by the fund.

"Implementation of this revised accounting policy requires valuation work that has not yet been finalised," he said.

It is understood this work will be done by the end of September and the financials will be lodged on, or before September 30.

Mr Henson said because one of HLG's tenants, Hedz Pty Ltd, had been placed in receivership and the need to reduce its bank debt, there would be no final distribution for the year ended June 30, 2009.

He said HLG was still finalising the extension of its debt financing.

"An extension should provide security holders and potential investors greater surety about the future viability of HLG, but will involve a higher interest cost, continued restrictions on distributions and significant debt reduction requirements," Mr Henson said.

The trust owns about $1.1 billion of pub freeholds in Cairns, Mareeba, Innisfail, and Atherton, throughout the rest of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

The fund listed at $3.50 but its units last traded at 27c.
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$90m debt sinks CMC

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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EMBATTLED construction company CMC has gone into liquidation with debts believed to be about $90 million.

Unsecured creditors, subcontractors, suppliers and former staff, who say they are owed $18.4 million, are unlikely to be paid a cent and work sites were closed by security guards yesterday.

Company administrators SV Partners were appointed liquidators yesterday after CMC directors failed to sign a deed of company arrangement to pay creditors.

Directors had 15 days to sign the agreement but refused, leaving creditors furious and calling for an ASIC investigation

Udo Bergmann, who is owed more than $130,000 for plumbing jobs, said he was furious with directors who had earlier agreed to sign off on the arrangement that would have given creditors a guaranteed $2.5 million and a conditional agreement to pay $1.5 million after a building licence was secured.

"What pisses me off is that we agreed on something, we shook hands," Mr Bergmann, the creditors' committee spokesman, said.

"There are some guys out there really pissed off. I would like ASIC to investigate these matters."

Nicky Lonergan, from SV Partners, said it would be unlikely another creditors' meeting would be held.

"Generally what we do now is consolidate, find the assets, realise them and see if there is going to be a return," she said.

"With the guaranteed creditors, their debts, as we finish the projects and they sell all the units off that reduces each time.

"At last look it was at around $70.5 million."

Brisbane-based Northbuild and Gold Coast-based RCS Construction Consultants are understood to be in negotiations with financiers to complete unfinished projects.

Building Services Authority's general manager Ian Jennings said he was disappointed with the decision.

Construction had been stopped on 11 projects across Cairns and Townsville but permission had been granted by the BSA to continue trading. At least two were finished in that time.

"It is disappointing that the directors, Peter Watson and Wolf Odenthal, were not prepared to follow through on the promises they made to creditors, especially after all the hard work undertaken by creditors, the BSA and the administrators to achieve an acceptable outcome," Mr Jennings said.

Mr Watson and Mr Odenthal could not be contacted last night
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CMC falls as boss in Fiji

Thursday, September 17, 2009

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A DIRECTOR of collapsed builder CMC has taken time out from his Fiji holiday to explain that he backflipped on an agreement with creditors - who are owed about $90 million - because it could have led to his own bankruptcy.

Peter Watson last night said that to proceed with the Deed of Company Arrangement to keep CMC alive would have probably meant personal bankruptcy for him and fellow director Wolf Odenthal.

"After the meeting we realised the DOCA was flawed and if we did not succeed we would be spending other people’s money and Wolf’s and my money would disappear through personal bankruptcy," he said.

"We realised we could not spend investors’ money, which includes staff, friends and family."

"I have some assets but not an awful lot, not enough to get the direct creditors off my back," Mr Watson said.

Creditor meeting documents show the directors paid themselves about $615,000 each in the 2006-07 financial year, $750,000 each in 2007-08 and $230,000 to April this year.

Cairns and Townsville unsecured creditors – "mum and dad" companies and other suppliers – are owed somewhere around $18 million, while overall debt, including financiers, is said to be in the vicinity of $90 million.

That debt, however, reduces with each unit sold in complete or nearly complete CMC building projects being managed by liquidators SV Partners.

Creditors’ committee spokesman Udo Bergmann, who has lost $130,000 on plumbing jobs, said he was "more than pissed off" that Mr Watson and Mr Odenthal had chosen to protect investors and not struggling creditors.

"There should be honour in the system, they are just looking after themselves," he said.

But Mr Watson blamed CMC’s demise on the Government cancelling eight projects after the company was placed in administration and also the Building Services Authority for leaving CMC’s building licence "in limbo".

He said conditions to retain the projects and have the building situation clarified should not have been pulled out of the original DOCA.

"But there was no evidence of support from the Government," he said.

"There was no practical chance for survival."

Mr Watson said he was "incredibly" sorry about the outcome but the administration and government system was geared for failure rather than rescue.

"It has all ended so incredibly badly. Wolf and I are almost certain to face personal bankruptcy."

He said the trip to Fiji had been planned some time ago and he might as well be there because there was "nothing I could do to fix the company
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Jobless rate hits 12.5pc

Roger Dickson

Friday, September 18, 2009

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FAR Northerners are calling employment agencies in tears and begging for work as they cannot pay their mortgage.

The job woes are very real with Cairns rising steadily towards a higher jobless rate than in the aftermath of the 1989 pilots' strike.

Herron Todd White research director Rick Carr said the city, at 12.5 per cent, already had the highest unemployment rate in the country and it may get worse.

The most recent job figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics analysed by Mr Carr show the region's unemployment trend rate is just 0.2 per cent below the city's 1991 crisis point.

In August last year, the unemployment rate was 5.3 per cent, less than half the current level.

By comparison, Townsville, the Northern Territory and the Gold Coast have risen to 3.8 per cent, 4.1 per cent and 5.9 per cent respectively, while the tourism-reliant Sunshine Coast rose from 3.9 per cent to 6.2 per cent.

"If this trend continues the Cairns September figure could well be the worst on record," Mr Carr said.

"While there are some encouraging signs, such as job advertisements turning the corner, other things such as NQEA getting out of ship building and enforcing redundancies have not yet shown up in the figures."

CBC staff selection director Sally Mlikota said for every job advertised she was getting about 40 resumes, a four-fold increase on last year.

"We have people calling saying, 'I would like a job, I will do anything'," Ms Mlikota said.

"Many are emotional as they are under financial stress. Some of my staff are also quite challenged emotionally when the jobseeker rings saying they cannot pay their mortgage.

"So we ensure every interview room has a box of tissues as we have seen more tears this year than in a long time."

Tourism boss Charlie Woodward, of the Capta Group, said his workforce had shrunk from 370 to 300 but he had so far avoided laying anyone off.

"Our total hours have gone backwards but we have relied on people leaving," he said.

"But it is still 70 people that are unemployed or who have left town."

Mr Woodward said while casual employees were getting less work he expected the "good times" to return.

"So we hope to retain the good staff we have trained over the years, we do not want to lose them," he said.

Queensland's top residential builder, Udo Jattke of Glencorp, who has seen two of his biggest rivals, the Hedley Group and CMC, go into liquidation in recent months said he started cutting his workforce this time last year.

"The industry is finding it tough, but we will get through," he said

Mr Jattke said while work continued on his sites he had been inundated with resumes from out-of-work sub-contactors.

Asked if he could offer jobseekers part-time work, he said the construction industry did not have the capacity to offer fewer hours.

"We do not have the industry where you can work half the hours - you either have a job or you do not," Mr Jattke said.

Mr Carr said since August last year, 2000 full-time workers have lost their jobs.

"Six thousand part-timers have also been laid off but I have no doubt many more than that have had their hours reduced," he said.

Men have been hit the hardest, with 13 per cent of the region's men out of work.

"Unemployment has gone up faster and more severely in the male portion of the industry," he said.

"I think male construction workers have lost jobs while female workers are losing hours."

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Holy shit that is high! Goes to show how fragile the tourism industry can sometimes be I suppose.
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Shamefull on CMC

I have heard that steel fixers who have not been paid for the last 5 years who recently tried to get paid by CMC and offer themselves to do more work with the companies new projects. As soon as they asked for their outstanding wages they were quickly told by the CMC managers that your contract price is too dear and were told not to tender for any more work with the company, and still not get any back pay owing. That's how rotten CMC was when they could not pay all these subcontractors a cent year after year. But they still found money to pay all the managers $600 000+ each per year. The company should have been wound up years ago they should not trade when they are insolvent. Its too bad that the bank's did not call in the receivers earlier they not worried about loosing there money as they are always protected not like the small guys who get nothing. SHAME ON CMC
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Lagoon coming to Port

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CAIRNS, Airlie Beach and Darwin all swear by theirs and now Port Douglas may also finally get its long awaited saltwater lagoon, though no one knows when.

The lagoon is just one part of the Port Douglas waterfront plan which, after nearly two and a half years in the pipeline, will be finalised at a meeting in Cairns on Wednesday.

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Tourism Port Douglas Daintree executive officer Doug Ryan, who also sits on the waterfront management committee, said the long-awaited plan would act as a guide for future town planning but would probably not be acted on in the immediate future.

While the lagoon will be the centrepiece for the plan, other improvements such as improving pedestrian movement between Macrossan St and the waterfront, extending the existing Balleyhooley tourist railway and upgrading the town’s main street are also being discussed.

"This is the biggest project without a doubt," Mr Ryan said.

"It is a fantastic concept for tourism because we haven’t had a public swimming pool for some time so a place that is stinger free and safe to swim in year-round will greatly increase the marketability of the area."

The preferred location of the lagoon is adjacent to Rex Smeal park, on a vacant, gravel patch on the waterfront which, according to Mr Ryan, will be sheltered from winter’s gusty southeasterly winds and cooled by summer’s northerly breezes.

Cairns Regional Council budgeted $400,000 for the plan in this year’s budget, which has been used for a "combination of plan preparation, that leads to actual work occurring" but Mr Ryan said he expected the plan to be a largely commercial operation from which the committee would also try to secure both state and federal funding.

The historic sugar wharf has also been earmarked for improvement with ideas such as a maritime and indigenous museum, restaurant, fish and produce market and exhibition space
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I read in thursday's Cairns Post that Tom Hedley wants to get back into building again. According to the BSA he cannot start a new company but he can start an individual bussiness and employ people outsourced to do the projects for him.
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