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Cummings Economics was established in 1981 by W S (Bill) & J G Cummings (see key personnel) to provide professional economic research and analysis of the economy, especially in relation to northern and regional Australia (see background & services). Compass Research was established as the market research arm of Cummings Economics.

Over the years, the firm has played and continues to play a major role in supporting the progress of businesses, industries, organisations and government bodies through perceptive professional, successful research.

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23 Jun 2022 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3434A.241

QLD STATE BUDGET 2022-23 CAPITAL EXPENDITURE CAIRNS REGION COMPARED

The 2022-23 Queensland State Budget has seen a reverse to old patterns of the Cairns Region to again being below the average for equivalent regional areas.

Statistical Note

23 Jun 2022 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3434B.242

CAIRNS HOSPITAL FUNDING COMPARED

Examination of the 'Queensland Hospital Capacity Expansion Program' between 2024 to 2028 indicates that the Cairns region is receiving no special treatment.

Statistical Note

23 May 2022 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.240

APRIL 2022 ECONOMIC TRENDS CAIRNS REGION

MIXED TRENDS - While the airport figures were showing a bounce back of domestic visitation above pre-Covid levels, overall level of activity remains much the same.

Statistical Note

12 May 2022 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3429.238

LATEST POPULATION GROWTH FIGURES

Latest residential population growth figures indicates that of the northern cities, the Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020-21 most severely affected the population growth of Cairns City LGA.

Statistical Note

21 Apr 2022 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.237

MARCH 2022 ECONOMIC TRENDS CAIRNS REGION

POST-COVID ON ITS WAY - Available March data indicates progressive easing of restrictions are seeing the regional economy moving into a post-Covid era.

Statistical Note

01 Apr 2022 Media Article CE Ref J3416.236

THE REGION'S FARMING ENTREPRENEURS

Article contributed to CONNECT FNQ MAGAZINE highlights how, quietly and largely unheralded in the background, the region’s farming entrepreneurs have been kicking goals for the region’s economy.

Article

21 Mar 2022 Media Article CE Ref J3426.234

"OUTBACK WAY" FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT IMPORTANT FOR AUSTRALIA'S PACIFIC NORTH EAST REGION

The commitment by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, of funding for the completion of sealing of the Outback Way, is a nation building initiative that will be of great benefit for Australia’s Pacific North East Regions.

Media Release

21 Mar 2022 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.235

FEBRUARY 2022 Economic Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions

SLOW GOING - Available February data indicates that the improvements evident in January over the pre-Covid period, stalled.

Statistical Note

01 Mar 2022 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3425.233

What Has Happened to Electricity Prices in Queensland

There has been substantial talk of late about how electricity prices have gone down. However, the statistical note illustrates what has really happened over the long term.

Statistical Note

21 Feb 2022 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.232

JANUARY 2022 Economic Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions

January data indicates that while tourism is still down on the pre-Covid levels, the overall level of activity in the regional economy has held up and appears to have shown growth over the previous twelve months.

Statistical Note

21 Jan 2022 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.231

NOV/DEC 2021 Economic Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions

November and December saw the regional economy starting to lift again but during December, seasonal downturn effects were evident.

Statistical Note

07 Dec 2021 Media Article CE Ref J3401.230

Aviation in the Cairns Region Leading Regional Australia

Article contributed to CONNECT CAIRNS MAGAZINE not only highlights Cairns Airport and Cairns region's leading role in aviation in the north but the region now leads in aviation employment in all of regional Australia outside the major metropolitan centres. It also highlights the important role the general aviation and aircraft maintenance and services sector plays in the region's economy.

Article

19 Nov 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.229

OCTOBER 2021 Economic Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions

October figures indicate that overall level of activity in the Cairns regional economy is stalled pending the opening of Queensland borders.

Statistical Note

21 Oct 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.228

SEPTEMBER 2021 Economic Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions

The relatively small 'hit' to the recovery of the Cairns regional economy in July and August due to lockdowns in NSW, VIC and for a time, SE-QLD, stabilised in September.

Statistical Note

28 Sep 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3392.227

Tourism in TNQ - Not an Easy Ride

This research paper prepared for Cairns Regional Council traces four major 'shocks' that have occurred to tourism in the Cairns region over the past forty years - what caused them and how the sector recovered.

Research Paper

22 Sep 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.224

AUGUST 2021 Economic Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions

August saw the Covid restrictions in NSW, VIC and SE-QLD continue to impact the Cairns region with airport domestic passenger numbers continuing to contract and a fall continuing in the Single Touch Payroll Employment Index.

Statistical Note

31 Aug 2021 Media Article CE Ref J3389.226

Remove Bottlenecks to Future Growth

Article contributed to CONNECT CAIRNS MAGAZINE that identifies the major 'bottlenecks' holding back growth of the Cairns regional economy and the importance of removing these bottlenecks in the process of post-Covid recovery.

Article

25 Aug 2021 Cummings Economics Report CE Ref J3359.225

Aviation Sector Cairns Airport Economic Profile

This research study commissioned by Cairns Skills Aviation Centre (CSAC) with support of Cairns Regional Council provides an economic profile of the airport's general aviation sector located on the western side of the airport.

Report

20 Aug 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.223

JULY 2021 Economic Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions

July saw the upward trend in domestic visitors reverse strongly and the region's Employment Index drop sharply as the third wave Covid restrictions impacted NSW, VIC & SE QLD.

Statistical Note

16 Jul 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3324.222

JUNE 2021 Economic Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions

Reviews latest available information on JobSeeker, Workforce, Single Touch Payroll Jobs Index, Airport Passenger Statistics & Construction

Statistical Note

05 Jul 2021 Research & Statistical Note CE Ref J3386.221

QLD State Budget 2021-22 Capital Expenditure in the Cairns Region

After a number of years of figures well below State regional averages on a per capita basis, QLD's budgeted capital expenditure for the Cairns region 2021-22 has pushed above equivalent regional averages. However, on regional averages over the past eight (8) years, the region is still owed about $1Billion.

Statistical Note

02 Jul 2021 Cairns Economy Presentation CE Ref J3352.220

Major Factors Behind the Rise of Cairns as a First World Tropical City

The Presentation to the BEMAS Conference (organised by the Centre for International Trade & Business in Asia (CITBA) at JCU), looks at the factors that have led to Cairns' growth from a population of 16,400 recorded in Census 1947 to over 160,000 today and to the city passing seven (7) other regional cities in population since 1976.

Presentation

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