Early this year we prematurely lost Rick Carr who had been producing CairnsWatch at Herron Todd White for many years. I had intended to post at the time and has been on my mind ever since. I’m not sure if I’m mistaken but subscribed to a glossy hard copy report way back in the early 90’s which came from a unit at JCU for Cairns and Townsville. I think that was Rick but don’t know.
There were aspects of Rick’s work that I disagreed with particularly around some trend series and residential vacancy rate classifications. His humour though was always outstanding and accepting flaws. Whether it was the failure of the Cairns real estate market to respond to lower vacancy rates as predicted for multiple years or the unreal ABS employment growth over some recent (pre-covid) annual periods.
CairnsWatch reports are still online and linked via the Property menu page. I have downloaded anyway and contacted Cairns Historical Society around archiving this material.