Latest News in Cairns

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Cairns & TNQ News


Latest ABC Cairns & Tropical North Queensland News

Below are listed news articles taken from the ABC News website, relating to Cairns and Tropical North Queensland.

Burdekin grower representative Russ McNee says millers have rejected a peace offer which would have delivered half of Australia's raw sugar exports - Tue, 01 Dec 2015 19:59:07 +1100
After 18 months of bitter deadlock, the Australian Sugar Milling Council's Dominic Nolan says the milling sector has shown it is more willing than cane growers to work out their marketing differences. But Russ McNee from the Invicta canegrowers' organisation says if the milling council was genuine in its efforts to find a compromise, it would have accepted the growers' latest offer during mediation, which would have delivered control of 50 per cent of Australia's raw sugar exports.

Indigenous paramedic Robert Blackley - Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:27:04 +1100

Robert Blackley paramedic - Tue, 01 Dec 2015 13:23:28 +1100

Indian myna bird trap designer, Ron Moon - Tue, 01 Dec 2015 12:59:57 +1100

Indian myna bird eradication program herald a success - Tue, 01 Dec 2015 12:59:57 +1100

A far north Queensland Indian myna bird eradication program believes it may have trapped and euthanased up to 40,000 birds since 2011.

Ron Moon's Indian myna trap - Tue, 01 Dec 2015 12:59:57 +1100

Court jails axe-wielding man - Tue, 01 Dec 2015 12:12:28 +1100

A 41-year-old man will serve nearly two years behind bars after pleading guilty to threatening two police officers with an axe in a far north Queensland Aboriginal community.

Wild weather leaves Gulf residents in the dark - Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:09:40 +1100

Ergon Energy crews are working to restore power to hundreds of customers in north-west Queensland after another night of wild electrical storms.

Darryn Crook from Hydrowood says an expansion to north Queensland and other mainland dams could be on the cards if the Tasmanian operation succeeds - Tue, 01 Dec 2015 09:18:36 +1100
Darryn Crook from Hydrowood says an expansion to north Queensland and other mainland dams could be on the cards if the Tasmanian operation succeeds

Harvesting valuable timbers from Tinaroo Dam depths - Tue, 01 Dec 2015 09:18:36 +1100

A Tasmanian logging company that harvests rare and expensive timbers from the bottom of man-made lakes and dams could expand its operations to north Queensland.

Ash Smith with the newly developed ant baiting drone - Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:13:41 +1100

Queensland-designed drones to combat yellow crazy ants - Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:13:41 +1100

A group of friends from Cairns has developed the world's first unmanned aerial ant-baiting system in the hope of eradicating yellow crazy ants.

Expanded Rio Tinto bauxite project expected to boost Weipa housing - Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:13:00 +1100

The chairman of the Weipa Town Authority says more housing will be built to cope with a projected population boom resulting from the expansion of Rio Tinto's bauxite operations.

$380m Atherton Tablelands wind farm gets Federal approval - Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:24:57 +1100

The Federal Environment Minister has approved a $380 million wind farm on the Atherton Tablelands in far north Queensland, subject to 35 conditions aimed at protecting native species.

Brian Tauafao's rendition of Cold Chisel's 'Flame Trees' - Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:06:02 +1100
Cold Chisel's 'Flame Trees' is a much loved favourite of Brian Tauafao and is regularly belted out with as much gusto as Jimmy Barnes himself.

Brian Tauafao: Cairns' 'Singing Cabbie' - Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:06:02 +1100

Life on the road with singing taxi driver of Cairns - Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:06:02 +1100

A ride in Brian Tauafao's taxi is more than just a means of transport — it is an aural experience like no other.

Marine scientists planning for 'one of the worst' coral bleaching events - Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:24:54 +1100

Scientists across Australia are preparing for what could be the most damaging coral bleaching event in history.

Cairns nurses launch Christmas appeal - Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:41:01 +1100

Cairns nurses scrap 'Secret Santa' in favour of domestic violence families - Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:41:01 +1100

Knowing all too well the effects of domestic violence, nurses at Cairns Hospital are scrapping their annual 'Secret Santa' tradition, to donate gifts to the ABC Christmas Care Appeal.

Cairns woman accused of scissors stabbing - Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:24:39 +1100

A 20-year-old Cairns woman is due to face court today, accused of stabbing two people with a pair of scissors.

Spanish national jailed over Cairns Airport cocaine - Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:10:00 +1100

A 60-year-old Spanish national has been sentenced to nine years in jail for trying to smuggle cocaine into far north Queensland.

Senate inquiry to probe development of bauxite deposits near Aurukun - Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:31:22 +1100

A Senate inquiry will look into the development of rich bauxite deposits on Wik lands near Aurukun on Cape York in far north Queensland.

Lyall Forde at home - Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:13:35 +1100

Passing on reins of one of FNQ's busiest homelessness services - Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:13:35 +1100

After years of coordinating one of far north Queensland's busiest homelessness services, Lyall Forde is taking time out to concentrate on the finer things in life.

Burdekin cane grower Laurence Pavone explains why he chose to sign with Wilmar - Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:13:41 +1100

Canegrowers' Paul Schembri says legislation still may be the only hope for thousands of growers still without a cane supply agreement - Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:13:41 +1100
Peak body, Canegrowers, says 22 growers have exercised their right to enter contractual arrangements with their miller. But chairman Paul Schembri says the agriculture minister Bill Byrne's claim the move shows the current legislation is working is seriously flawed and shows no understanding of the predicament facing the vast majority of growers still without a supply agreement.

Wilmar welcomes sugar breakthrough in the Burdekin - Tue, 24 Nov 2015 16:13:41 +1100

A cane supply deal between Wilmar Sugar and 22 growers is being described as a "breakthrough".

Mosquito sprays and lotions are effective repellents - Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:30:35 +1100

Top tips on avoiding mozzie bites this summer - Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:30:35 +1100

With the official start of summer just around the corner, what is the best way to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes?

Man charged with murder after Aurukun weekend violence - Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:13:46 +1100

A 43-year-old man is due to face court today accused of murdering a 30-year-old man in the Cape York township of Aurukun in far north Queensland.

Scientists turn to genetics to predict where next destructive outbreak of crown-of-thorns will occur - Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:07:24 +1100

North Queensland scientists pioneer a new method of detecting crown-of-thorns starfish by using genetics to predict where the next destructive outbreak will be.

Far north MP Warren Entsch clashes with cow in latest misadventure - Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:31:35 +1100

Far north Queensland MP Warren Entsch nurses a sore head after being rammed by his cow, in his third mishap in recent months.

Chinese dancing lions bless the Zhanjiang Friendship Gardens - Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:17:55 +1100

Heavenly dogs guard the entrance to the friendship gardens pavilion - Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:17:55 +1100

Friendship gardens celebrate cultural ties between Cairns and China - Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:17:55 +1100

A Chinese friendship garden opened in Cairns is celebrating the region's historic, cultural and economic ties with China.

New technology gives emergency service vehicles priority at traffic lights - Sun, 22 Nov 2015 15:24:33 +1100

More than 700 Queensland ambulances and fire trucks responding to emergency situations will be given priority at traffic lights throughout Brisbane and in major regional centres thanks to new technology.

Experimenting with vocabulary to develop oral language - Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:35:58 +1100

Dr John Munro explains what oral language is and its importance to a child's education - Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:35:58 +1100
Dr John Munro, who has been teaching new skills to primary school teachers in far north Queensland, explains what oral language is and why it is so important for educators to understand how to teach it.

Teachers learn how children's brains work to improve educational outcomes - Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:35:58 +1100

Being given more information about how children's brains work in the classroom is enabling far north Queensland teachers to teach more effectively.

Dr John Munro in the classroom - Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:35:58 +1100

The Marsh family's involvement in the butchery trade began 90 years ago when 12-year-old Fred was sent away to work in Cooktown - Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:32:34 +1100
Three generations of the Marsh family have been serving meat to customers in Cairns continuously for the past 90 years. It's a lifetime of achievement that was recently recognised by the Australian Meat Industry Council when Gavin and Carol Marsh were honoured with an award.

A box full of inspiring messages - Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:19:30 +1100

Fat coral have better survival chance, researchers find - Thu, 19 Nov 2015 21:44:25 +1100

A team of international researchers find coral with higher levels of fat or other energy reserves are better at surviving adverse events such as bleaching.

Iconic far north Queensland sugar museum faces closure - Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:41:20 +1100

An iconic far north Queensland museum could be forced to close its doors if it fails to find enough money to improve exhibits and attract more visitors.

The Australian Sugar Industry Museum in Mourilyan, far north Queensland - Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:39:58 +1100

Sugar harvesting machinery on display - Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:38:47 +1100

Steve Guazzo from Herbert River Canegrowers says growers are disillusioned and frustrated at the lack of political will - Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:48:51 +1100
Cane growers today are seeking an urgent meeting with the Queensland Premier after her government ruled out supporting legislation to end the current sugar marketing dispute. Growers believed a private members' bill introduced by the Katter Australia Party, to be debated next month, was their best hope of securing a choice about how their sugar is sold into the export market. But the Queensland agriculture minister says the government will vote against it.

Some Torres Strait islands facing water shortages - Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:29:30 +1100

A Torres Strait leader in far north Queensland says a number of islands are running low on water due to prolonged dry conditions.

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt says Labor will not support sugar bill - Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:10:18 +1100
The Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt rejects Barnaby Joyce's call for legislation to solve the long-running dispute over sugar marketing.