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.
Cassowary Coast Regional Council