PNG Businessman Invest in Cairns

CAIRNS could be getting yet another new high-rise with a 20-storey residential and office tower proposed for the city centre.


A development application for Cairns Citi Tower, to be constructed on the vacant block opposite the city’s courthouse on Sheridan St, has been lodged with the Cairns ­Regional Council.


It has been proposed by a local consortium, Noipo Investments Pty Ltd, understood to be led by Papua New Guinea businessman Raphael Noipo, who ran for prime minister of the nation in 2013.

The mixed-use project includes:

■ A 62.4m tower consisting of 20-storeys

■ Two office tenancies on the ground floor

■ 12 studio office tenancies on levels 1-3

■ 12 caretakers’ accommodation dwellings, provided for each of the office tenancies

■ 18 one-three bedroom apartments

■ 41 multiple dwelling units/short-term accommodation suites proposed over seven storeys

■ 24 short-term accommodation suites

■ Conference room

■ Gymnasium

■ 93 carparking spaces over five storeys

The application, prepared by Cardno town planners, says the project aims to capitalise on a unique position, situated among existing developments, State Government offices, the Cairns courts and police ­station.

It says a key feature of the development is the 12 studio office tenancies, ranging in size from about 43-87sq m.

“Expected to appeal to the needs of fly-in/fly-out professionals (particularly those associated with the Cairns courts) and companies requiring satellite offices, the studio office tenancies and accompanying caretaker’s accommodation dwellings encourage greater economic diversity within Cairns, providing the opportunity for a range of companies to set up a base locally from which to expand on,” it states.

The proposed development will also incorporate elements of Cairns Regional Council’s tropical urbanism principles, including pockets of vertical landscaping, podium landscaping, and a green wall to the front facade.

Australian First Realty director Robert Smith, who has been advertising the project, would only say it was one of three DAs being prepared for the site.

The initial plans for Cairns Citi Tower described the project as a hybrid between an office and a hotel.


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