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

Australian Cattle Veterinary Association president Dr Scott Parry - Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:40:45

Mt Isa's Dr Ed Buttersworth talks about the challenges of being a cattle vet in northern Australia - Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:28:24
It might be difficult to imagine what a cattle veterinarian in Mount Isa would have in common with a bovine expert who hails from Hamburg, or a scientist from San Diego? But it's a common bond of equipping the cattle industry with the latest in medicine and science that has attracted the world's biggest gathering of cattle researchers to Cairns this week for the World Buiatrics Congress. Despite the differences, Dr Ed Buttersworth from Mt Isa says researchers, scientists and vets need to keep up with the cattle research.

Scott Parry and Enoch Bergman talk to the Queensland Country Hour from the world buiatrics congress in Cairns - Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:28:24
Researchers, scientists and cattle veterinarians from 50 countries will have access to more than 360 expert presentations over five days at the World Buiatrics Congress that's been described as the 'Olympic Games' for those involved in the study of cattle. Australian Cattle Veterinarians Association president Scott Parry and Enoch Bergman talk about why the cattle industry can't afford not to use the latest 'tools' available to deal with the constant challenge of biosecurity, animal welfare and emergency disease.

Latest on tackling bovine viral disease BVD - Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:27:13

Combating poor cattle health and production losses as a result of the debilitating bovine viral disease, known as BVD, has dominated the agenda today at the World Buiatrics Congress in Cairns, far north Queensland.

Court jails man for bashing partner with saucepan - Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:03:18

A man has been sentenced to three years in jail for bashing his partner with a saucepan at a home in Aurukun in Cape York last July.

Missing Cape York anglers found safe - Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:58:56

Water police in far north Queensland say four fishermen found during a search this morning were ill-prepared for their trip.

Date set for inquest into far north Qld patient deaths - Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:37:21

An inquest into the deaths of three people who died after receiving medical treatment at far north Queensland hospitals has been set for November.

Forum to raise awareness about waterways' importance to Barrier Reef health - Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:45:25

Scientists says a national conference being held in Townsville this week will help prioritise works to improve coastal areas vital to the health of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).

Residents warned rats coming in from the cold - Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:30:09

Far north Queensland residents are being urged to take precautions against a pest prevalent during the winter months.

Sharee Carton is a crew member observer (CMO) in the northern prawn fishery - Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:23:33

Promise check: $40 million to establish a Great Barrier Reef trust - Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:00:59

On September 2, 2013 then opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt promised $40 million to establish a trust for the Great Barrier Reef.

Data from the back deck is playing a role in better managing the northern prawn fishery - Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:34:38
The value of the data being collected by the Crew Member Observers (CMO) program is not only being recognised by the northern prawn industry, but also by scientists and fisheries managers. The ABC's Charlie McKillop met one of the foundation CMOs, a new recruit and a scientist from the CSIRO at a recent workshop in Cairns.

Sharee Carton explains why it's not only prawns she's looking for when the nets come up - Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:34:38
Prawn trawling is a way of life for Sharee Carton. She works in Australia's most valuable and remote fishery in the Gulf of Carpentaria and loves it. But she says she wouldn't have remained in the industry for 20 years had it not been for her involvement in the Crew Member Observers program.

Deckies' data paves way for sustainable fishing future - Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:34:38

The sight of a net bursting at the seams full of prawns is what every deckhand on every prawn trawler wants to see.

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair kicks off - Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:23:05

Hundreds of art enthusiasts, political and community leaders have been given a traditional welcome to one of Australia's largest Indigenous arts festivals.

Barrier Reef tourism operators drop dredge spoil dumping legal stoush - Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:23:19

Tourism operators in north Queensland are abandoning a legal challenge to dredge spoil dumping in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO) was taking action against the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation over dumping permits for the Abbot Point coal terminal expansion near Bowen.

The Federal Court was due to hear the challenge next month to the decision to allow three million cubic metres of dredge spoil from Abbot Point to be dumped at sea.

AMPTO said members' livelihoods would be at risk but executive director Col McKenzie says he could not justify the cost while the exact location of the dredge spoil dumping was unclear.

Mayor warns of Aquis project 'wild ride' - Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:45:22

The Mayor of the Cairns Regional Council says the proposed Aquis development could lead to a large rise in rates.

Road accident in Cairns - Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:16:30

Reef management inquiry hears shallow hull ships idea - Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:18:27

The chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has suggested a new class of ships could be introduced to help reduce the need for dredging.

Green group fears reef inquiry won't be taken notice of - Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:41:19

The final hearing of the Senate inquiry into the management of the Great Barrier Reef will take place in Townsville today.

Joe Zappala says protocols could be extended to open up market access for paw paws - Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:28:04
A far north paw paw grower is urging a new fruit fly advisory committee to look at extending a market certification for yellow paw paws to the red variety. The committee was established last week, to help shape a nationally-consistent response to fruit fly management. Innisfail Paw Paw and Papaya Association president Joe Zappala says the industry needs more research to establish a case for more fruit to be shipped to southern states without any chemical treatment.

New fruit fly advisory committee welcomed - Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:28:04

A far north Queensland tropical fruit grower who lived through the devastating papaya fruit fly outbreak 20 years has welcomed a new approach to the pest.

Wind farm proponent decries calls for road damage bond - Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:19:37

A company proposing to build a 70-turbine wind farm in far north Queensland says it rejects calls to make it pay a bond to cover road damage.

Fire service probes 'illegal' hazard reduction burn - Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:05:14

The Queensland Rural Fire Service is investigating what it alleges to be an illegal hazard reduction burn east of Trinity Inlet near Cairns.

Business groups reject fears over Aquis casino takeover bid - Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:55:27

A group of Cairns leaders has written to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, rejecting concerns there will be reduced competition if the developers of the proposed Aquis resort take over the city's only other casino.

Inquest probes Hong Kong man's reef drowning - Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:51:13

An inquest into a Hong Kong man's death on the Great Barrier Reef will today begin hearing from witnesses.

Coal terminals, dredging put reef at risk, Senate inquiry told - Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:20:50

The fast-tracking of coal terminals and dredging along Queensland's coast was endangering the health of vital marine ecosystems, a conservation group has told a Senate inquiry.

Cane farmers learn about climate change via virtual reality world - Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:40:55

Queensland's sugar industry has turned to virtual reality to educate farmers about climate change.

A new program, called Sweet Success, is using the online world of Second Life to help growers improve their farming practices and reduce their environmental impact.

Tablelands council wants roads protected during wind farm build - Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:27:24

The State Government is under pressure to protect far north Queensland roads that may be at risk of damage if Queensland's largest wind farm goes ahead.

Worries aired over new start date for Torres Strait Is seawalls - Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:25:04

The Mayor of the Torres Strait Island Regional Council says he is concerned the revised start date for the construction of seawalls off Saibai and Boigu islands, coincides with the start of the wet season.

3yo boy dies after road crash near Weipa - Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:21:27

A three-year-old boy involved in a fatal crash in far north Queensland earlier this month has died in hospital.

Qld cane farmers learn about climate change via virtual reality - Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:00
Queensland's sugar industry has turned to the digital realm of virtual reality in a bid to educate farmers about climate change via a program called Sweet Success.

More discount store closures to cost jobs - Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:50:00

A further 27 jobs are set to go in far north Queensland, with the closure of two more discount stores.

WA dredging study prompts calls for separate Barrier Reef probe - Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:53:20

The Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators says a world-first study, into the impact of dredging on corals in Western Australia, has limited application in Queensland.

Irish national jailed for trafficking ecstasy tablets - Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:46:05

A 28-year-old man will spend 10 months behind bars for his part in a Cairns drug trafficking network.

New fighter jets spark plans to revamp north Qld defence bases - Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:38:06

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has outlined its plans to spend more than $1 billion to upgrade bases, including two in north Queensland, to accommodate its new fighter jets.

Hidden cameras to crack down on Mareeba illegal dumpers - Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:00:12

The Mareeba council will install hidden security cameras to try to catch people illegally dumping domestic waste on public land.

JCU defends cost-cutting measures - Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:43:42

James Cook University (JCU) says further cuts to its operations are likely, despite the Senate's defeat of a proposed $435 million cut to the sector this week.

Aquis resort plans spark 'possibility' of northern beaches 'super college' - Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:39:02

Barron River state MP Michael Trout says a 'super college' could be built on Cairns' northern beaches in far north Queensland if the proposed Aquis resort is approved.

Dredging can double coral disease in reefs: study - Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:19:15

A world-first study has found that dredging can more than double the level of coral disease in reefs.

South-west Qld the state's melanoma hotspot - Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:07:23

New research reveals south-west Qld has the state’s highest proportion of melanoma cases. 

Daintree Vanilla and Spice is the only Queensland producer to have won a category at the 2014 ABC Delicious produce awards - Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:33:32

George and Josette are passionate about growing and producing spice - Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:33:32
George and Josette Gonthier have been growing vanilla and spice in the Daintree rainforest since 1988. They say perseverance and commitment to quality have paid off as exotic spices undergo somewhat of a renaissance in Australia and people have become increasingly discerning in their use and knowledge of spices.

Tropical spice and all things nice for George and Josette - Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:33:32

Growing a commercial crop in a tropical rainforest is not an easy task in anyone's language, but when that crop is exotic spices it's an even tougher assignment.

Union condemns JCU cuts as premature - Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:25:34

The National Tertiary Education Union says James Cook University (JCU) has acted prematurely in embarking on a cost-cutting program.

Qld Government steps into sugar marketing stoush - Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:56:59

Sugar millers have made their marketing decisions, but Queensland's Agriculture Minister has once again stepped into the battle which has plagued the industry for much of the year.

Public urged to have say on Trinity Inlet dredging plans - Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:37:39

Ports North says it is looking at five land and five sea-based options to dispose of millions of cubic metres of dredge spoil from Trinity Inlet in Cairns.

Expert says too early to celebrate dengue vaccine trial results - Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:36:14

A north Queensland tropical health expert says there is a long way to go before a potential dengue vaccine is ready for widespread use.

Maryann Salvetti says growers are even more determined to support QSL by sending cane to a rival miller - Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:58:15
Cane growers in far north Queensland controversially drew a line in the sand over marketing last year when they signed a cane supply agreement with Mackay Sugar in favour of their own mill on the Atherton Tableland. Maryann Salvetti from Tableland Canegrowers says the majority of the 85 growers have now re-signed with Mackay Sugar after a Supreme Court judge last week ruled the original contract invalid.

Sugar shored up, but support may be short-lived - Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:50:54

Growers and millers have reaffirmed their support for the embattled sugar marketer, Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL), despite it controlling less than one quarter of Australia's export sugar.