Population by Age and Sex

ABS recently posted regional population estimates by age and sex at June 2020 which was lost in the maelstrom. Lagging and now somewhat dated these estimates only reflect the initial months of the covid era: I have used persons here rather than percentages of the population usually represented. A closer look at change by age…

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July Payrolls

Catching up with regional July payroll data from ABS last week. Falls across  Queensland in late July as lockdown effects kick in. We should note here that the reference period for the “official” ABS labour force survey was 4 – 17 July. Most declines seen here post date that period. Cairns SA4 highlighted in red.…

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Google mobility update

Latest Google mobility data takes us through to Saturday August 21. So this is more than a week after the three day lockdown but also only to the day after restrictions around masks were lifted which returned Cairns and Yarrabah to the rest of Queensland ex SEQ. Google mobility data by category: Response from the…

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Experienced Thoughts

Experience Co released annual results today. This isn’t what it was when it represented a bigger cross section of FNQ tourism business but is still more reliable than certain tourism lobby group interests. The quality of management here for a relatively small company is highly regarded. I think I am actually surprised by the monthly…

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July JobSeekers

JobSeeker numbers last week showed further ongoing July decline in the Cairns SA4 region ahead of the August lockdowns. The decline had closed towards March 2020 levels as a percentage of of working age population derived from the ABS labour force series.   Again, and from my very first post last year on this, simple percentage…

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Sugar Boost

There hasn’t been much good news in the last month for the Far North economy but quietly in the background sugar has been on a run and now at the highest prices ($US) for a few years. This appears to be because of issues in Brazil: Sugar futures on ICE soared to $20 per pound…

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July Airport Exodus

Airport numbers for July reflected the introduction of lockdowns. While only down 12.4% from the previous month July is usually the peak month of the year. Monthly and annual comparisons can become problematic in these circumstances. July 2021 was down to 48% of pre-covid July 2019 passengers which is the lowest on this comparison since…

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Vaccination Data #1

State and regional vaccination data this week to August 2 which can be browsed in map and table format at The Guardian. Queensland SA4 regions ranked top to bottom by fully vaxxed: There has been comment around the position of Mackay at the bottom of the table given the protests and position of George Christensen…

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Council Rates Benchmarking 2021

The annual Council rates benchmarking exercise presented at the July meeting again shows a relatively favourable outcome for Cairns. Much of the difference can sometimes be attributed to water rates where costs in SEQ are far higher. I prefer to focus on the general rates related to property valuations. Higher minimum general rate structures limit…

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