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July 2019 - Development approvals show Cassowary Coast on the up

The tide has well and truly turned for the Cassowary Coast region, with the value of building approvals having risen 40 per cent to almost $59.5 million in 2018-2019 compared with the average for the...

June 2019 - The Cassowary Coast welcome mat is out

The Cassowary Coast has hosted a lot of visitors this year, with the World Rafting Championships on the Tully River and the arrival last week of 2000 servicemen and women of the Australian Defence...

May 2019 - Say g’day to our world rafting visitors

Our regional economy is enjoying a boost with white-water rafters from 19 countries competing at Tully Gorge this week in the first World Rafting Championships to be held in Australia. Please take...

April 2019 - Cassowary Coast buzzing with culture and confidence

The Cassowary Coast is humming with events across the region providing a buzz for locals and attracting international visitors while boosting our economy. Our beautiful Art Deco Innisfail...

March 2019 - Agriculture pumps local economy

Agriculture in the Cassowary Coast region, particularly sugar cane and bananas, continues to underpin our local economy, providing jobs and wages and flow-on effects that reach into the hundreds of...

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July 2019 - Development approvals show Cassowary Coast on the up

The tide has well and truly turned for the Cassowary Coast region, with the value of building approvals having risen 40 per cent to almost $59.5 million in 2018-2019 compared with the average for the preceding three years.
In the first six months of the year there were 172 building approvals, of which 41 were dwellings.
Recent development approvals in the region includes a 226-bed tourist resort expansion in Mission Beach, a 62-bed backpacker and 56-room tourist accommodation in Wongaling Beach, and a 97-lot subdivision in Innisfail Estate.
Various initiatives are helping to change the Cassowary Coast into a destination of choice for lifestyle and economic investment.
These include generous developer contribution incentives, including up to 100 per cent discounts on infrastructure charges for new development, other property rates and application fee concessions, as well as zero Council debt and sustained low-rate rises.
Promoting the art deco architecture in Innisfail and Tully is helping to revitalise the town economies through the expanding annual Tropical Art Deco festival, offering incentives to refresh building appearances and providing new business opportunities and visitor attractions.
Winning the World Rafting Championships event and the upcoming Red Bull Defiance endurance events (2019-2021) and promoting the adventure tourism opportunities of hiking, rafting, mountain biking, diving and skydiving are all adding to growth opportunities for the region.
Each of these big, international events provides invaluable media exposure to millions of people around the world with a solid flow-on effect in terms of tourism. 

John Kremastos
Mayor
Cassowary Coast Regional Council