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Cyclone watch: vigilance urged as storms approach coast - Sat, 08 Mar 2014 08:56:57 +1100 North Queensland residents should prepare for heavy rain as two low pressure systems move towards the coast, the Bureau of Meteorology says.
Cyclone watch: vigilance urged as storms approach coast - Sat, 08 Mar 2014 08:56:57 +1100
North Queensland residents should prepare for heavy rain as two low pressure systems move towards the coast, the Bureau of Meteorology says.
Qld Government to run online forum to gauge opinions on asset sales - Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:00:01 +1100
Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls says an online forum will gather the public's views on asset sales.
Up for discussion are power generators CS Energy and Stanwell Corporation and the ports of Gladstone and Townsville.
Mr Nicholls also says some of those assets could be floated.
He is embarking on a listening tour, starting with community leaders in Cairns on Tuesday, then the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast on Wednesday.
The public is not invited, but he says the Government will start an online forum.
He insists no decision has been made.
Queensland councils to share in $50m for more flood-proofing - Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:20:14 +1100
The Queensland Government says it has pooled resources to create about $50 million to help councils pay for more flood-proofing.
Northern Queensland put on cyclone watch - Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:04:18 +1100
An intensifying tropical low in the Coral Sea has prompted a warning for residents from the Torres Strait to central Queensland to prepare for strong winds over the next few days.
Map: Queensland cyclone tracker - Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:47:10 +1100
A cyclone watch has been declared for a developing tropical low off the coast of Queensland. Track its movements.
Cape York alliance pleads for Empowered Communities input - Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:55:01 +1100
The Cape York Indigenous Mayors Alliance says it is yet to have any contact with a committee overseeing a major overhaul in how federal Indigenous funding is spent.
Boil water alert continues for Bartle Frere - Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:52:21 +1100
The Cairns Regional Council says a community south of the city will need to boil its drinking water, probably until next week.
Minister McVeigh says an overhaul of Queensland's fisheries management is long overdue - Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:43:00 +1100
Queensland's fisheries management is about to get a comprehensive overhaul, but it's come at the expense of the much-anticipated decision on the future of the crab fishery.
QSIA's Karen Collard says fishers have lacked confidence in the past in the management of Queensland's fisheries - Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:43:00 +1100
A review of Queensland's fisheries management has been welcomed by the peak lobby group, the Queensland Seafood Industry Association's chair, Karen Collard who says fishers are looking forward to increased certainty about the regulatory environment in which they operate. Mrs Collard says fishers are looking forward to a reduction in red tape and might be more inclined to work toward a consensus on major decisions as a result of less contradiction and confusion in legislation and the regulatory environment in which they operate.
Today, the Cairns fleet is vastly reduced to the 300 or so boats that once tied up at the wharf - Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:43:00 +1100
Fishers welcome Queensland management overhaul - Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:43:00 +1100
Queensland's fisheries management is about to get a comprehensive overhaul, but it's come at the expense of a much-anticipated decision on the future of the crab fishery.
TWU wants trucking firm's accreditations suspended - Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:44:25 +1100
The Transport Workers Union (TWU) says it is appalled about the time it has taken for authorities to act on concerns about the operations of north Queensland trucking company, Blenners Transport.
Jim Kochi says avocado growers are reaping the benefits of rising demand and high prices - Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:34:33 +1100
The avocado picking season in Queensland's far north is almost halfway through its expected crop of two millions trays - about one quarter of total production - but prices are not showing any sign of easing. Avocados Australia chairman Jim Kochi says dry conditions this season may have kept supply in check, but it's also meant less impact on quality from insects and disease. Read full story here.
Not even a price spike has dampened Australian consumers' seemingly insatiable appetite for avocados - Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:34:33 +1100
Pricey avos still a hit with consumers - Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:34:33 +1100
Avocado lovers look set to keep paying premium prices, shelling out between $3 and $4 each for the popular fruit.
Scientists urge closer look at sea cucumber numbers - Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:32:55 +1100
Scientists say more research is needed into sea cucumber numbers on the Great Barrier Reef to help determine whether current fishing practices are sustainable.
QRC boss looks to counteract port dredging opponents - Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:29:57 +1100
The head of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) says it is seeking community support to protect the 5,000 jobs in the Cairns region he says rely on mining.
Union airs worries over prisoner numbers - Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:28:35 +1100
The union representing prison guards says there are almost 1,000 more prisoners in Queensland jails compared to the same time last year.
Councillor fears health fallout from axed water fluoridation - Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:26:01 +1100
A far north Queensland councillor says he is concerned there will be a decline in health in the region within a couple of years associated with dental hygiene.
Doctors threaten to quit over contract dispute with Qld Government - Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:43:40 +1100
Several hundred senior doctors from across Queensland gathered in Brisbane on Wednesday night to voice opposition to the State Government's proposed contracts.
Cairns man jailed over car theft chase - Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:59:29 +1100
A 19-year-old Cairns man has been sentenced to two years' jail, after pleading guilty to a crime spree which caused more than $50,000 damage.
Mulherin likens FIFO 'betrayal' to 'postcode apartheid' - Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:08:26 +1100
Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Mulherin says the Queensland Government has broken its election promise of rejecting 100 per cent fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) mining operations.
Bus driver accused of hitting tourists to face retrial - Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:29:07 +1100
The District Court has ordered a retrial for a bus driver who allegedly hit two Japanese tourists in the Cairns CBD.
Entsch urges campaign to save Qantas crew base - Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:02:28 +1100
A far north Queensland Federal Government MP is urging the community to lobby Qantas to reinstate its crew base in Cairns.
Union wants JCU financial records made public amid redundancies offer - Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:55:57 +1100
The National Tertiary Education Union has called for the financial records of James Cook University (JCU) to be made public to help staff make an informed decision about redundancies.
Eight men to face trial over Aurukun riot - Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:04:31 +1100
Eight men accused of rioting in a remote Cape York town have been committed to stand trial.
New plant to remove arsenic from Chillagoe water - Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:02:52 +1100
The State Government has given a far north Queensland council $300,000 to remove arsenic from a local water supply.
Regions report rise in hotel revenue - Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:37:15 +1100
The Accommodation Association of Australia says the industry is faring well in parts of regional Queensland.
TAFE cites drop in construction apprentices - Mon, 03 Mar 2014 10:29:28 +1100
North Queensland TAFE says there has been a significant drop in the number of new apprentices starting this year.
Indigenous groups consider conservation funding issues - Mon, 03 Mar 2014 10:25:17 +1100
Traditional owner groups from across north Queensland have met in Townsville to discuss ways to attract more funding for their conservation programs.
AMAQ warns against putting senior doctors on individual contracts - Mon, 03 Mar 2014 10:20:15 +1100
The Australian Medical Association of Queensland (AMAQ) says the State Government's moves to put senior doctors on individual contracts will make working in rural areas unappealing.
Union wants enough time for Qantas crew base workers to decide future - Mon, 03 Mar 2014 10:17:16 +1100
The Flight Attendants' Association says it is negotiating with Qantas this week to ensure staff affected by the closure of the airline's Cairns crew base will have enough time to make difficult decisions.
Farmers urged to check drought aid eligibility - Mon, 03 Mar 2014 09:02:56 +1100
Drought-affected families across Queensland are being encouraged to contact Centrelink to check their eligibility for new household assistance.
Barrier Reef Authority was against dredge spoil dumping, documents show - Mon, 03 Mar 2014 01:03:54 +1100
The authority protecting the Great Barrier Reef believed last year that a proposal to dump 3 million cubic metres of dredge spoils in the Marine Park area should be refused, new documents show.
CMC reports assets from bikie crackdown worth millions - Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:59:36 +1100
The Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) has identified almost $3 million worth of bikie assets that could be permanently seized under proceeds of crime laws.
Since the Queensland Government began its bikie crackdown late last year, the CMC has had 14 referrals from police about property and other assets linked to criminal motorcycle gangs.
Nine of those have been deemed suitable for confiscation action, with a total value of $2.9 million.
Truss says $100m won't fix all mobile phone blackspots - Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:03:00 +1100
Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss says the Federal Government's $100 million blackspots program will not fix all of the country's communications problems.
Inquiry to review telehealth service success - Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:59:50 +1100
A parliamentary committee will next week start an inquiry into how well telehealth services are working in regional Queensland.
Qantas cabin crew base loss 'disappointing' for Cairns - Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:01:40 +1100
Queensland's Assistant Minister for Tourism says Cairns has been hit hard by Qantas's decision to close its cabin crew base.
MP confident doctor contracts can be negotiated - Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:00:30 +1100
Cairns MP Gavin King says he has had assurances from the local hospital and health board chairman, Bob Norman, that it will be negotiating policies and procedures with senior doctors moving onto individual contracts.
Graziers say a current review of artificial watering points shows bureaucrats are out of touch - Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:59:09 +1100
The federal environment department is investigating whether the "proliferation, placement and management of artificial watering points" represents a threat to the environment and needs to be listed as such under the Environmental Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act. Ironically, yesterday's federal drought package included an additional $12 million for water infrastructure to help graziers in Queensland and NSW, as the two most badly drought-affected states. Read the full story here.
Quinton Hildebrand says Mackay Sugar's hand has been forced with the uncertain future of sugar marketing - Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:01:25 +1100
Mackay Sugar has announced a deal to export up to a third of the sugar produced at its three mills through Brazilian giant, Copersucar. CEO Quinton Hildebrand, one of the staunchest supporters of the single marketing desk controlled by Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL), says the decision to sell 150,000 tonnes through another company is an "insurance policy" for growers and Mackay Sugar. The development is another seismic shift in the way Australia's $1.7 billion export raw sugar is sold. Read the full story here.
Canegrowers are standing firm in supporting the future of the single desk for sugar - Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:01:25 +1100
Peak lobby group, CANEGROWERS, says it accepts Mackay Sugar's decision to sign with Brazilian giant, Copersucar, but is confident the 80 per cent of raw sugar remaining in the pool - including more than two million tonnes owned by growers - gives QSL the "critical mass" it needs. Read more on today's announcement by Mackay Sugar.
Mackay Sugar's takes new marketing option - Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:47:59 +1100
One of the most staunch supporters for retaining the single desk model to sell Australia's $1.6 billion worth of raw sugar, has become the first milling group to jump ship.
Tourism, unions brace for Qantas cuts - Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:48:35 +1100
Queensland unions and tourism groups are bracing for the impact of Qantas cost cutting and job losses.
The national carrier has announced it will shed the equivalent of 5,000 full-time jobs across Australia by the 2017 financial year.
The struggling airline this morning reported a half-year loss of $252 million before tax.
State officials from the TWU are at Brisbane Airport and say staff around the state are meeting to discuss the implications.
Torres Strait seawalls project secures $26m - Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:28:05 +1100
The Torres Strait Regional Authority says it hopes to start building long-awaited seawalls for some islands this dry season.
Cairns council warns of fines in dengue fight - Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:14:53 +1100
The Cairns Regional Council is warning people could be fined up to $22,000 if they do not clear up mosquito breeding sites.
Post-mortem to be done on 8yo Aurukun shooting victim - Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:13:16 +1100
The body of an eight-year-old girl killed in a tragic shooting in the far north Queensland Cape York community of Aurukun has been flown to Brisbane for a post-mortem examination.
The girl was shot in the head at a house on Tuesday morning. It is believed the shotgun was accidentally discharged by a 12-year-old boy, who is a relative.
Cairns man jailed for punching off-duty policeman - Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:57:35 +1100
A man who assaulted an off-duty police officer in far north Queensland will spend at least eight months behind bars.
Julianne Cowan says she'll now consider applying for a drought loan - Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:30:51 +1100
Julianne Cowan from Oak Leigh Station in North Queensland says she probably will consider applying for a concessional loan now, but not because of the Prime Minister's drought announcement today. She says she can't afford not to apply as her family's financial situation has worsened in the past six months of drought. Mrs Cowan's been an ardent critic of the Farm Finance criteria and has previously opted against lodging an application. She says the fact only half of the 90 applications in the first round were successful speaks volumes of the limitations of the program.
Girl killed by 12yo boy playing with loaded gun - Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:29:13 +1100
An eight-year-old girl who was shot dead in far north Queensland was accidentally killed by a young relative who was playing with a loaded gun.