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Much of our work for clients is confidential. However, Cummings Economics have a policy, in the interests of promoting progress, of placing on this website, reports and analysis that have entered the public arena.

30 Apr 2024 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.272

APRIL ECONOMIC TRENDS CAIRNS REGION

Economy takes cyclone damage but bounces back.

Statistical Note

29 Apr 2024 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3480A.271

CAIRNS POPULATION GROWTH

Cairns Population Growth Rate Rises.

Information Release

28 Apr 2024 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3480B.270

QLD TROPICAL REGIONS GROWTH

Qld Tropical Regions - Population over 1 Million.

Information Release

27 Apr 2024 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3480C.269

FAR NORTH REGIONAL GROWTH

Tablelands leads regional growth.

Information Release

26 Apr 2024 Other CE Ref J3517A.268

PLEASE MISTER MINISTER, DON'T KNOCK OUR BRUCE HIGHWAY

Which should get priority, the link to Brisbane or the region's internal road infrastructure and other trans-national links such as across the north to Darwin?

Opinion Piece

16 Oct 2023 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.266

AUG-SEP 2023 ECONOMIC TRENDS CAIRNS REGION

Although there will be stresses and strains being experienced in some sectors of the economy as a result of the Reserve Bank's efforts to dampen the economy with higher interest rates and cumulative inflation over the past three years will be affecting family budgets, latest data available indicates that the fundamentals remain solid.

Statistical Note

20 Sep 2023 Other CE Ref .267

HONOURS RECEIVED

Principal of Cummings Economics, Bill Cummings, has been honoured by Central Queensland University with the granting of Honorary Doctorate in Economics. Mr Cummings has also accepted an invitation to be an Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia (CITBA) at James Cook University.

Information Release

04 Sep 2023 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3500C.265

WELCOME PROGRESS IN DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL EDUCATION FACILITIES

Cairns based regional business economist, Bill Cummings, has welcomed the commencement of James Cook University medical teaching facilities on the Sheridan Street site adjacent to the Cairns Hospital.

Information Release

01 Sep 2023 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3500B.264

PENINSULA ROAD SEALING MILESTONE

A drive over Peninsula roads carried out in July/August 2023 indicated the Peninsula Developmental Road (PDR) from the Lakeland turnoff to Weipa is now 66% sealed. Only 202km of the 590km route remains unsealed.

Statistical Note

22 Aug 2023 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3500.263

GRP TROPICAL NORTHEAST AUSTRALIA SUPER REGION COMPARED

Australia's great Tropical NorthEast Super Region is now recording a value of Gross Regional Product (GRP) of $90Bn a year.

Statistical Note

06 Jul 2023 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.261

MAY/JUNE 2023 ECONOMIC TRENDS CAIRNS REGION

REVISED FIGURES MORE POSITIVE - Figures available last month gave indications that Reserve Bank efforts to dampen the economy may have been starting to show up in the regional economy. Revised information, especially on numbers receiving unemployment benefits and other more recent data on airport passenger numbers and interstate migration into Queensland, indicates a more positive picture.

Statistical Note

03 Jul 2023 Media Article CE Ref J3469.262

FACING REALITIES IN A YEAR OF POPULATION MILESTONES

The year 2023 will see Australia's Tropical NorthEast regions (based on Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton, see map), reach population milestones. While it is time to reflect on past achievements, it's also important to reflect on recent trends and future challenges facing the area.

Article

05 Jun 2023 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324B.260

FACTORS BEHIND THE RENTAL SHORTAGE

Rental vacancy rates have fallen to very low levels in Cairns. Contributing to this has been the sharp jump-up in population growth in the post-COVID period. However, Cairns is not alone in recording a rental housing shortage. This note provides charts to help understand the factors behind the nation-wide and local rental housing shortages.

Statistical Note

01 Jun 2023 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324A.258

APR/MAY 2023 ECONOMIC TRENDS CAIRNS REGION

EARLY INDICATIONS OF TIGHTENING IMPACTS - The regional economy is showing some signs that the Reserve Bank's actions to slow the economy are having an effect with some rise in numbers on unemployment benefits, patchiness in single house dwelling approvals and some evidence that domestic airborne visitation is down on last year.

Statistical Note

02 May 2023 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3465.257

POPULATION NOW ONE MILLION

Australia's great Tropical NorthEast that accounts for 73% of the area of the State of QLD and covers an area equivalent to the combined areas of the States of New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the main population parts of South Australia (see Map 1), has reached a major milestone.

Statistical Note

29 Apr 2023 Media Article CE Ref J3450.259

AGRICULTURE LEAPING AHEAD

Latest agriculture production statistics available indicate that the Cairns/ Tropical North Queensland region's value of production has been leaping ahead and leading the State and the North.

Article

28 Apr 2023 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3466.256

TABLELANDS POPULATION PASSES 50,000

Latest ABS estimated residential population figures for June 2022 indicates the Tablelands area has reached a major milestone.

Statistical Note

27 Apr 2023 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.255

FEB/MAR 2023 ECONOMIC TRENDS CAIRNS REGION

Despite the easing of the flush of activity that took place post-Covid and despite the impact of the Reserve Bank's moves to curb inflationary pressures, the indications are that the regional economy is holding up well at this point in time.

Statistical Note

21 Apr 2023 Media Article CE Ref J3464.254

CAIRNS CITY & REGION REACH NEW MILESTONES

Cairns has passed 170,000; Wider Region 300,000

Statistical Note

24 Feb 2023 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.253

FEBRUARY 2023 ECONOMIC TRENDS CAIRNS REGION

The indications are that the flush of activity that took place post-COVID is easing as the spike in interstate migration into Queensland eases and as Reserve Bank moves to curb inflationary pressures start biting.

Statistical Note

01 Dec 2022 Media Article CE Ref J3447.251

AUSTRALIAN ECONOMY RIDING ON THE NORTH'S BACK

Back in the 1950s and 1960s, it was common to describe the Australian economy as, “Riding on the sheep’s back”. At that time, pastoral industry exports of wool and meats were accounting for over half of the value of Australia’s exports. All that has changed. Today, it can be claimed that the Australian economy is “Riding on the North’s back”.

Article

28 Nov 2022 Cairns Economy Presentation CE Ref J3445.252

CAIRNS REGIONAL ECONOMY

A power-point presentation to a Forum 4 Business Growth (F4BG) meeting on the 25th November 2022 on the Cairns Regional Economy.

Presentation

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