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Okay, so update from todays newspaper about what happened with Suncorp Plaza yesterday. There are no major strucural concerns about the building, the piece of concrete that has slipped affects only the external facade, not the floor slab. The piece may be removed today using a mobile crane. Access is still restricted to Suncorp Plaza and the buildings on Walker Street underneath the tower.

Colliers International says no major structural concerns at Suncorp - Townsville Bulletin, 21st March 2019
 

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And to round out the Suncorp Plaza incident, the broken piece of facade was removed yesterday, and the building has been given the all clear. That a relief, I was worried we would have another Opal Tower on our hands.

Suncorp employees return to work as exclusion zone is lifted - Townsville Bulletin, 22nd March 2019

 

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Google maps has been updated with some areas of Townsville, the stadium initial pour and outline are visible but it’s a bit hit and miss, for example it still has the old pool area at the Casino only a short distance away, bit hard to understand how they don’t update an entire area.
 

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Townsville hotel occupancy rates are reported to have improved, possibly augmented by flood recovery, are spiking at the moment and expected to remain strong over the peak winter period on the back of a number of events. This was after it was suggested a while back that the hotel market in Townsville was massively oversupplied. Bodes well for either the DoubleTree or hotel component of Sealink terminal (or, dare I hope, both?) going ahead. Article below doesn't have specific occupancy stats, but anecdotal evidence from a number of hotel operators.

Townsville hotel managers report a spike in occupancy rates over mid-year event period - Townsville Bulletin, 2nd July 2019

Certainly does seem to be a pretty packed events calendar this year - starting with Oceania Athletics Championships, Townsville Show, Neck of the Woods, all last week, V8 Supercars this week. Then the North Australia Festival of the Arts / Northern Fringe Festival which has just started. That whole thing seems a little derivative, especially inspired by Adelaide (where their versions are also proceeded by V8 Supercars). And components like sculptures-at-the-beach (Strand Ephemera) and light-projections-on-city-landmarks (Halo) are something basically every city is doing now. But why shouldn't we get a piece of that pie? And I'm pretty keen for Halo on Castle Hill - if it's anything like what they do with the Opera House during Vivid, then it's going to be epic.

Townsville City Council tight lipped on secret Castle Hill light and sound art installation - Townsville Bulletin, 24th June 2019
 

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Nevermind my speculation, here is the map of the suggested extent of the Crystal Lagoon. From the Pure Projects report which can be viewed here

News I meant to mention last week that the proposal for the Crystal Lagoon has been scrapped because the turtles. Jenny Hill has explained that due to the presence of sea grass beds in that location, and the about 7 turtles that nest of the beach along The Strand, that the project cannot proceed on environmental grounds. On the one hand, I think the lagoon would have been a great drawcard for the city, but I'm supportive of better environmental protection in general, so council should be commended for that stance. Though I feel like if there was enough political will to built the lagoon it would have gone ahead despite the turtles - many other environmentally destructive projects like this have been built or are being pushed forward in other parts of Queensland (eg Toondah Harbour in Brisbane)

Jenny Hill did say they are still looking for somewhere else to put a lagoon. I can't imagine where unless it was much, much, smaller, but even a small swimming lagoon would be a great addition to The Strand.

Townsville mayor says Strand turtles must be preserved - Townsville Bulletin, 25th Oct 2019
 

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Yeh that is a real shame, it is a great area down that way, it's well shaded and less harsh from summer sun.

Forgive my ignorance, but couldn't they relocate the sea grass beds?
 

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Yeh that is a real shame, it is a great area down that way, it's well shaded and less harsh from summer sun.

Forgive my ignorance, but couldn't they relocate the sea grass beds?
Not possible but, the 7 turtles that inhabit the area apparently could easily be relocated and yes i am talking from my experience in the Cairns region not Townsville but if it's similar there would be many many other sea grass beds in the area if not a little way out, especially around Maggie island.
I do work in the marine industry.
 

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[/url]metway arcade by Brett Discher, on Flickr[/IMG]
metway arcade 2 by Brett Discher, on Flickr

Stumbled across these images of a redeveloped Metway Arcade (Flinders Street) building on a realestate site. Im not sure how long these have been out there, but I was just thinking today how this building NEEDS to be refreshed if the CBD is to remain competitive.
I would probably say they are pretty old but here is hoping, I would love to see it and Ansett Arcade (smaller one further towards the TB Square) done up too, I would love to see more vacant space converted into residential and when the market improves you could convert them back into office space, that is what Townsville needs.. Flexibility. :):)
 

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Apple maps has been updated for the first time in a few years, a few new bits are obvious, mainly the stadium with roof nearly complete so mid to late last year I would say was the timing, but gee it’s brown, really brown, looks like a seaside town in the Middle East.
 

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Came across this video about Townsville's floating hotel that was located at John Brewer Reef in the 1980's. Good watch for anyone interested in the subject - it's well researched with lots of old news and promotional footage from inside and outside the hotel that I'd never seen before.

 
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