Month: June 2017

Knock Knock Census Calling

Following the previous post unoccupied properties for Cairns by suburb (SSC) with Port Douglas (SSC) thrown in. Port Douglas SSC comes in higher than the broader PD SA2 previously posted at 25%. Below Palm Cove at 30%. There doesn’t appear to be any significant change pattern from 2011 in these areas. However I suspect this could be…

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First look at the Census

The first batch of data has been released from the (controversial) 2016 Census. An aspect of interest in the dwellings data is unoccupied private dwellings. Around 10% of dwellings unoccupied is typical given a proportion will be absent on any given night for a variety of reasons as well as vacant dwellings. Places like Cairns…

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Council Budget

It’s Cairns Regional Council budget day for 2017/2018 with all the boring details at Special (budget) Meeting. I will just focus on this statement apparently drawn from the Mayor’s speech. Cairns missed out on a revaluation this year so we will have to wait until next year for that fun. Although I’m curious as to the composition…

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May Airport

Airport numbers appear to have recovered from the new year dip with steady growth in May. Domestic was up 2.8%, international 9.5%, total ex transits 3.7%. Source: Cairns Airport Sydney this week posted continuing strong international numbers for May up 8.1%, the largest increase for the month in 9 years. YTD international growth is now 7.4%. Given…

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What’s a fair share?

It has always been a common wisdom that the Far North is not getting it’s “fair share” when it comes to government funding. Queensland Economy Watch has posted on Huge regional disparities in Qld Government capital spending per capita The surprise for many here would be that SEQ does not appear after all to be a…

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We is winners Cairns

Reef Casino attributed weakness in their EGM (pokie) business to “aggressive competition” particularly from clubs. There is official monthly data from OLGR for the last 3 years which includes locations, EGM numbers and also metered win. It may be a “win” from the perspective of clubs, pubs and tax collectors but for our purposes we…

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