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Known as the 'duck pond', it's a critical piece of infrastructure for Port Douglas fishing fleet - Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:34:27 +1100

Fishers such as Billy Dunn are worried there's no place for them in a private developer's plans for the future of Port Douglas - Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:34:27 +1100

Fishers express concern about losing a working port at Port Douglas - Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:34:27 +1100
Like many coastal towns across regional Australia, Port Douglas' commercial fishing fleet has been in steady decline over many years. But the 30 boats still based in the town regarded as the 'jewel in the crown' of the far north Queensland tourism industry still generate jobs and revenue. Those boats have been put on notice by a private developer their presence in the port of Port Douglas is not something that can be taken for granted.

Fisher fears Port Douglas may lose its working port - Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:34:27 +1100

An multi-million-dollar overhaul of Port Douglas marina and waterfront precinct has put fishermen on a collision course with private developers.

Stinger threat closes far north Qld beaches - Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:58:22 +1100

Lifesavers will conduct more drags today to determine whether to reopen several beaches north of Cairns, in far north Queensland, where irukandji jellyfish have been detected.

Queensland students urged to bring laptops, tablets to school - Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:47:24 +1100

More Queensland families are feeling the pinch, with students being urged to bring their own tablets and laptops to school.

Majority want less mining activity around Great Barrier Reef: Vote Compass - Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:20:23 +1100

An overwhelming majority of people want less mining-related activity around the Great Barrier Reef and more power to prevent mining on their properties, according to results from the Vote Compass survey.

Government issues ban on dredge spoil dumping on Great Barrier Reef - Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:30:54 +1100

The Federal Government formally issues a ban on all dredge spoil dumping on the Great Barrier Reef, instead proposing to dump the waste on-shore in a non-classified area.

No guarantees on projects if electorates snub LNP: Newman - Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:49:41 +1100

Campbell Newman says he cannot guarantee the Liberal National Party's big spending promises, even those with bipartisan support, if the party wins government but not the seat a project is in.

Queensland political parties discuss agriculture policy ahead of state election - Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:46:39 +1100

The major political parties in Queensland have found common ground, with both the Liberal National Party and Labor promising that agriculture is a high priority.

Joe Cristaudo recalls Daradgee's heyday - Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:08:25 +1100
Up and down Queensland's east coast is a litany of small sugar towns. Some are smaller than others; in fact, chances are if you've driven the Bruce Highway between Innisfail and Cairns, you may have passed a few without even realising it. Daradgee is one of those places. Built on a hairpin bend of the North Johnstone River, only a handful of pioneering cane families still call it home. People like Joe Cristaudo grew up on the river and today works at the Daradgee Environmental Education Centre.

Daradgee heyday a window to proud history of sugar pioneers - Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:08:25 +1100

It is not every day 10,000 people turn up for the official opening of a bridge.

Cairns MP says new far north Qld health positions different to axed jobs - Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:11:07 +1100

The state Member for Cairns says new health jobs the LNP has promised for far north Queensland are not the same positions as those cut when it came to power.

Queensland election 2015: What Queensland's 37-year-olds want - Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:31:14 +1100

As Queensland heads to the polls at the end of the month, 37-year-olds from around the state reveal what they would do if they were premier.

Priest Reverend Father Menelaos Hatzoglou - Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:22:42 +1100

Regional Queenslanders worried about downturn of state economy - Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:48:15 +1100

The majority of regional Queenslanders believe the state's economy has taken a turn for the worse in the past year, according to the latest results from Vote Compass.

Lorne Cubit says Mt Molloy residents are being treated as 'second class citizens' in sugar dispute - Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:06:59 +1100
Lorne Cubit is a long-time Mt Molloy resident, and was the post master in the main street for 25 years. He says the road - which is part of the Mulligan highway - has always been busy but the extra 40,000 truck movements as a result of the deal between Tableland growers and the Mossman mill has come at a great cost to his community.

David Kempton denies LNP intervention in sugar industry represents a backflip - Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:06:59 +1100
The seat of Cook is one of a handful of key marginal seats at stake in the Queensland election, where sugar is a driving force. The LNP's member elect David Kempton has welcomed the LNP's decision to intervene in the current marketing dispute if sugar millers cannot reach a compromise with growers. However, it's the news is unlikely to bring any comfort to residents in Mt Molloy and Julatten who've been forced to deal with an extra 40,000 truck movements on the road, as a result of Tableland cane now being crushed at Mossman mill.

Far northern town wants sugar trucks slowed down - Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:06:59 +1100

The LNP's tough talking on sugar in the Queensland election campaign has done nothing to alleviate road safety concerns of communities caught in the middle of a bitter divide between cane growers and millers.

LNP pledge to quarantine new casino licence for Cairns - Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:51:29 +1100

An economic development group has hailed a state election pledge on the future of a casino licence for Cairns, in far north Queensland, as the biggest announcement of the campaign.

Maksie Srhoj at home on the farm at Emerald Creek, Mareeba, in far north Queensland - Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:46:25 +1100

Maksie Srhoj says getting approval to clear land is not as easy as some might think - Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:46:25 +1100
The bitter fight over Queensland's tree clearing laws have been re-ignited after State Labor Party leader Annastacia Palaszczuk announced yesterday she'd reintroduce regulations, if elected. Changes made by the LNP government were widely welcomed by farmers, but many believe the process for gaining approval to clear land is still far too complicated. Far North Queensland farmer Maksie Srjoy says it took 10 months and cost thousands of dollars to comply with the current requirements.

Alarming number of bus drivers abused on the job, union says - Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:21:17 +1100

The Transport Workers Union says alarming new data shows most Queensland bus drivers have been abused on the job. 

Fears Cairns' dengue outbreak to impact far north Qld blood donations - Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:34:58 +1100

The Red Cross Blood Service says it is concerned about the impact of dengue fever on blood donations in far north Queensland.

Qld Tourism Industry Council backs state election funding pledges - Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:27:19 +1100

Queensland's peak tourism body, the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, says it welcomes any additional funding for the sector promised during the Queensland election campaign but has some concerns about where the money will go.

Crocodiles 'don't always attack when they get the chance' - Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:43:29 +1100

Crocodiles do not attack people every time an opportunity presents itself, especially when they have other things on their mind, new research suggests.

Exposing preconceptions about saltwater crocs - Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:37:23 +1100
Scientist Hamish Campbell says saltwater crocodiles in Far North Queensland don't attack at every opportunity.

The launch of a cocoa and sugar farm tour in far north Queensland is responding to increasing demand for farm-based tourism experiences - Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:06:57 +1100
It's been a catalyst for fourth generation farmers Gerard and Therese Puglisi's move into tourism has been motivated by the need to diversify. The couple are now the biggest suppliers of cocoa to Daintree Estates chocolate, and are now giving farm tours to provide people with an insight to how chocolate is made.

Queensland election: the needs, wants and desires from agriculture lobby groups - Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:05:19 +1100

What issue will decide the votes of regional Queenslanders in 2015?

Labor's Anthony Lynham makes the case for change in the agriculture portfolio - Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:42:43 +1100
The retirement of Labor Party deputy leader Tim Mulherin, a former agriculture minister in the Bligh and Beattie governments, in the first week of the Queensland election campaign has left a gaping hole in the Opposition's frontline attack. The job of convincing farmers Labor has the alternative policies and commitment to take agricultural industries forward has been left to Queensland's newest member of parliament, Andrew Lynham, elected last year in the seat of Stafford.

Queensland Agriculture Minister John McVeigh joins Douglas Shire mayor Julia Leu in launching Gerard and Therese Puglisi's new business, Sweet Farm Tours - Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:42:43 +1100

John McVeigh says he needs another term to secure Queensland's agriculture 'pillar' - Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:42:43 +1100
After three years in which Queensland's agricultural industries have faced unprecedented challenges of drought, electricity prices, biosecurity outbreaks and water policy, is one of the LNP's 'four pillars of the economy' starting to look shaky? No way, argues Agriculture Minister John McVeigh. He spoke to ABC Rural's Charlie McKillop in the sweltering humidity of the Whyanbeel Valley, north of Mossman in far north Queensland, where sugar cane, cattle, tropical fruit and fisheries are key drivers of the regional economy.

Major parties woo agricultural vote in Queensland election - Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:42:43 +1100

The LNP government knows that one of its 'four pillars of the Queensland economy', agriculture, is looking a little shaky.

Qld drowning figures worry water safety group - Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:18:22 +1100

A not-for-profit water safety foundation says it is extremely concerned there have been seven drowning deaths in Queensland waterways since Christmas.

Storms tear along length of Queensland coast - Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:50:19 +1100

Heavy rain and storms hit coastal areas from Brisbane to far north Queensland, with strong winds downing power lines and trees.

Woman stable after having throat slashed - Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:14:15 +1100

A woman remains in a serious but stable condition after having her throat slashed during a violent altercation in north Queensland.

'No daylight saving', regional Qld tells state's south-east: Vote Compass - Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:12:20 +1100

The ABC's Vote Compass finds Queensland is split on whether to bring in daylight saving.

Queensland's two major political parties won't outline their sugar marketing policy despite the upcoming state election - Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:19:26 +1100
Queensland's two major political parties won't outline their sugar marketing policy despite the upcoming state election

Queensland's major political parties won't outline sugar marketing policies - Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:19:26 +1100

Queensland's agriculture minister and his opposition counterpart are heading into the upcoming state election with no clear commitments on how to resolve the sugar marketing stoush gripping the state's billion-dollar cane industry.

The launch of a cocoa and sugar farm tour is responding to increased demand for farm-based tourism experiences - Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:16:27 +1100
It's been a catalyst for fourth generation farmers Gerard and Therese Puglisi's move into tourism has been motivated by the need to diversify. The couple are now the biggest suppliers of cocoa to Daintree Estates chocolate, and are now giving farm tours to provide people with an insight to how chocolate is made.

Queensland election 2015: Mulgrave candidates put focus on jobs - Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:38:58 +1100

Jobs are emerging as the number one election issue in the Labor-held seat of Mulgrave - the most marginal in far north Queensland.

Woman rescued from Edge Hill house blaze - Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:37:55 +1100

Fire authorities are investigating the cause of a house fire at Edge Hill in Cairns on Friday night.

Sweet farm tours paves way for positive farming future - Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:05:18 +1100

Gerard Puglisi likes to test his young charges when he takes school groups onto his sugar cane and cocoa farm in the Whyanbeel Valley, north of Mossman, in far north Queensland.

Cairns' dengue fever outbreak spreads to Trinity Beach - Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:20:44 +1100

Dengue fever has spread from Cairns' southern suburbs to the northern beaches.

E.coli bacteria found in Weipa water supply - Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:19:29 +1100

The Weipa Town Authority on Cape York is testing its water supply for the E.coli bacteria, which was detected in its reservoir on Wednesday night.

Artist as Family - Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:14:48 +1100

Queensland election 2015: Federal funds sought for Trinity Inlet dredging - Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:56:17 +1100

The Member for Cairns, in far north Queensland, says a major LNP promise made before the 2012 state election will not be fulfilled without federal funding.

Elusive 3m croc caught at Deadman's Gully in Cairns - Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:33:50 +1100

Government contractors have captured a crocodile that is believed to have lunged at a Cairns resident and her pet dog.

Qld police put brakes on statewide Segway rollout - Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:05:07 +1100

Queensland police are rolling back their use of Segways after finding limitations with the two-wheel devices.

Queensland election 2015: Last minute rush of candidate nominations in far north - Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:28:29 +1100

Electorates in far north Queensland have been bombarded with candidates from the minor parties, at yesterday's close of nominations for this month's state election.