Your daily local news briefing // Tuesday 16 May 2017
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TODAY'S TOP STORIES
DOZENS OF CHARGES FOR TEEN CRIM DUO
A boy and girl both aged 15 face a total of 40 charges after being nabbed for a range of property offences committed from Innisfail to Port Douglas between earlier this month.
The boy faces 23 charges, which includes 11 counts of burglary. The girl has been charged with various counts of burglary and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
KATTER'S CRANKY CATCH-UP OVER CROCS
Opinion remains over divided over what to do about crocodile management in the Tropical North following a fiery meeting held by the Katter Party last night.
An estimated 100 people attended the community forum at Cazalys, with the crowd divided across the spectrum from environmentalists to proponents of culling. Despite some reservations from Cairns MP Rob Pyne, The Katter Party claims to have enough support in the parliament to pass its upcoming bill on croc management, which could include culling, safaris and egg harvesting.
TNQ TAX: WHO PAID THE MOST?
The Australian Taxation Office has released figures detailing TNQ’s biggest tax contributors, with the mining town of Weipa coming in first place.
The figures show the median taxpayer in Weipa paid $17,252 in income tax in 2014-15.
The Clifton Beach area was in second place, with a median $9087 tax bill.
When looking at contributor figures by postcode, Cairns (4870) paid the most with $458.3 million in tax payments; Clifton Beach (4879) paid $134.1 million and Woree (4868) paid $108.3 million.
ANOTHER CAIRNS ACCOMMODATION PROPERTY SELLS
There's no slowing the Cairns hotel and motel sector, with the Comfort Inn Cairns City on Lake St selling to Chinese buyers for $6 million.
The 52-room, 3558sq/m property, which includes two pools and a restaurant, was sold by Godwin Witten Realty, who told News Corp the local tourism industry was an attractive option for foreign buyers.
“You cannot buy hotels like this so close to the city for that kind of money in Brisbane or the Gold Coast,” a spokesman said.
MORE JOBS GO AS CAIRNS AIRPORT RESTRUCTURE CONTINUES
Three more senior managers at Cairns Airport have accepted voluntary redundancies in the latest departures under the ongoing restructure program since new CEO Norris Carter took the helm.
While some new positions will be created, the restructure has so far seen seven employees exit the business, with more to come.
An airport spokeswoman said the company was refocusing on "passengers, airlines and tenants" to ensure it remained financially sustainable.
WEALTHY INVESTORS SOUGHT FOR NOVA PROJECT
A new campaign aimed at attracting international investors is being launched by the group behind the $550 million Nova City development.
Big-money investors in Singapore and Hong Kong are being targeted by the push by the project’s developers, World Class Global.
Almost 30 per cent of the 187 units available in the project’s first tower – Nova Light – have been sold. Seven towers will be built on the 24,000sq m Spence Street site.
One-bedroom apartments in Nova Light start at $395,000; penthouses have already been sold for as much as $1.9 million.