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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.

Consumers in Cairns were inspired and challenged by Joel Salatin to take more responsibility for their choices. - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:46:50 +1100
American farmer Joel Salatin's is in far north Queensland talking about how to grow the family farming economy at a time when many are walking off the land. His challenge for those who buy food: you cannot put all of the responsibility for sustainability on the farmer. It's a message that clearly resonated in Cairns among the consumers, farmers, chefs and politicians who turned up to hear him speak.

Joel Salatin: hero or heretic? - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:46:50 +1100

Joel Salatin wears tags like "lunatic" and "heretic" as a badge of honour.

Joel Salatin has alternatives ideas about how to farm. - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:46:50 +1100
Joel Salatin describes himself as 'an ideas salesman'. The American farmer has turned conventional farming thinking on its head, starting with the critical role of using animals to regenerate soil.

Union labels surge in Cairns Hospital patient numbers a disaster - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:11:15 +1100

A union representative says the Cairns Hospital emergency department in far north Queensland is struggling to cope with unprecedented patient numbers and the situation should be declared a "disaster".

Couple pleads guilty to death of elderly relative housed in shipping container - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:56:31 +1100

A Queensland couple pleads guilty to manslaughter over the death of an elderly relative housed in a freezing shipping container in Tasmania.

Taumalolo staying put at Cowboys - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:04:09 +1100

North Queensland has re-signed New Zealand international Jason Taumalolo through to the end of the 2017 season.

Cairns Hospital at capacity as patient numbers surge - Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:29:25 +1100

The CEO of the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service in far north Queensland says it is transferring patients from Cairns Hospital to rural hospitals to help cope with a surge in patient numbers.

Qld 'lifestyle' property market turning the corner real estate expert says - Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:11:57 +1100

A national property market researcher says consumer confidence has returned to Queensland, seven years after the global financial crisis.

Man's body found on Cairns footpath - Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:07:43 +1100

The body of a 27-year-old man has been found on a footpath in Cairns in far north Queensland.

Retired truckie acquitted over level crossing crash that killed two train drivers - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:37:43 +1100

A retired truck driver acquitted of dangerous driving causing death in a level crossing crash that killed two train drivers in far north Queensland.

Deep Barrier Reef coral documented for first time - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:23:59 +1100

Scientists from James Cook University in north Queensland explore submerged reefs that lie between 10 and 30 metres below the ocean's surface on the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Richard Quincey explains why a commercial fisher has been banned for the first time - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:33:47 +1100
A Queensland commercial fisherman has been locked out of the Great Barrier Reef marine park for repeated breaches of 'no take' zones. It's the first time the marine park authority's invoked its 'three strikes' provision after an operator was caught illegally fishing three times in five years. Authority spokesman Richard Quincey says the ban covers an area of ocean from Gladstone to the Torres Strait.

The coral trout is regarded at the 'jewel in the crown' of Queensland seafood industry - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:33:47 +1100

Great Barrier Reef marine park ban after 'three strikes' by illegal fisher - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:33:47 +1100

A Queensland commercial fisherman has been locked out of the Great Barrier Reef marine park for repeated breaches of "no take" zones.

Ousted Cairns MP won't comment on election loss - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:25:55 +1100

The ousted LNP Member for Cairns Gavin King has shied away from commenting on his election defeat.

Cairns leaders meet over Airport Drive safety - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:00:15 +1100

A Cairns regional councillor says he is confident pedestrians and cyclists will get safer access to and from the far north Queensland city's airport.

Tully dengue fever spike blamed on axed clean-up day - Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:32:10 +1100

A long-time resident of the north Queensland town of Tully has blamed the lack of a council clean-up day on the spike in dengue fever cases.

Tenders called for major Cape York road upgrade - Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:13:49 +1100

Tenders are being sought for a major road project on Cape York in far north Queensland.

The work is to upgrade the Mein Deviation on western Cape York, as part of the state and federal governments' $260 million infrastructure package for the Peninsula.

Man to front court accused of nightclub bashing - Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:43:46 +1100

A 20-year-old man is due to appear today in a Cairns court in far north Queensland after he allegedly punched a man in a nightclub and attacked two others.

Whitsunday MP keen to start new role as north Qld advocate - Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:40:28 +1100

The Member for Whitsunday, Jason Costigan, says he is looking forward to his new role as the shadow assistant minister for north Queensland.

Researchers assess Yeppoon, Rockhampton cyclone damage - Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:04:22 +1100

Researchers from James Cook University's Cyclone Testing Station say most of the modern houses in Yeppoon and Rockhampton, in central Queensland, appear to have coped well with Cyclone Marcia.

Taipans clinch NBL minor premiership - Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:13:51 +1100

Cairns Taipans have won their first NBL minor premiership, beating the New Zealand Breakers 81-77 away from home.

As it happened: Thousands without power, hundreds of homes damaged - Sat, 21 Feb 2015 06:46:20 +1100

The Queensland Government calls in the Army to help rebuild communities across the state ravaged by Tropical Cyclone Marcia.

Cyclone Marcia downgraded to category one; central Queensland towns devastated - Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:08:05 +1100

Cyclone Marcia is leaving a trail of destruction along central Queensland as it slowly tracks south over land as a category one system.

Researchers are working with cocoa farmers to boost their yields - Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:16:27 +1100

JCU researchers say midges could hold the key to boosting cocoa production in Australia - Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:16:27 +1100
James Cook University's Dr Tobin Northfield and graduate student Samantha Forbes are trying to make cocoa farms more attractive to midges in a bid to harness their pollinating power and boost cocoa production.

Cocoa flower in a far north Queensland estate - Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:16:27 +1100

Cocoa pod pest at work - Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:16:27 +1100

Bitter sweet, cocoa and the pollinating power of midges - Fri, 20 Feb 2015 07:16:27 +1100

Researchers are trying to boost cocoa production by encouraging tiny, biting insects to populate farms in far north Queensland.

Situation 'wild' as Cyclone Marcia pummels Queensland coast - Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:22:53 +1100

Tropical Cyclone Marcia is downgraded to a category two storm after battering the coast near Rockhampton in central Queensland.

Cyclone Marcia due to hit Qld as category five storm - Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:59:33 +1100

Tropical Cyclone Marcia is continuing to rapidly intensify and is due to make landfall as a category five system on Friday morning.

Funding targets threatened mahogany glider - Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:25:55 +1100

One of north Queensland's most vulnerable species, the mahogany glider, has been given a $33,000 boost.

Tropical Cyclone Marcia expected to intensify to category four - Thu, 19 Feb 2015 06:15:44 +1100

Tropical Cyclone Marcia is now forecast to intensify to category four by the time it crosses the central Queensland coast early on Friday.

Aquis resort proponent keen to meet new Qld ministry - Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:56:37 +1100

The proponent of a multi-billion-dollar casino planned for Cairns, in far north Queensland, says it is hopeful new Treasurer Curtis Pitt will be able to move the project out of a "holding pattern''.

Cook MP fights for more Cape York flights - Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:35:50 +1100

The new Member for Cook says Cape York communities in far north Queensland remain in an unacceptable situation when it comes to flights.

Cairns man makes top 100 list for one-way trip to Mars - Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:13:33 +1100

A man in far north Queensland takes one small step closer to a permanent move to Mars.

Shaylee Strawberries sells fresh and frozen strawberries, and an assortment of jams and other homemade products - Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:45:57 +1100

Far North Queensland grower Bob Sheehy says it's impossible to compete with imported, frozen berries - Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:45:57 +1100
Fresh berry producers like Bob Sheehy in far north Queensland say they're not surprised about the recent health issues with imported frozen fruit. Mr Sheehy's attitudes are influenced by his own experience of buying frozen strawberries from China.

'Berry' best comes at a cost, according to Aussie berry producers - Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:45:57 +1100

The recent frozen berry recall has reignited an emotive debate about the potential health risks of eating frozen imported produce.

Contract signed to sell troubled Port Hinchinbrook resort - Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:32:53 +1100

The liquidators of the Port Hinchinbrook resort in north Queensland say they have found a buyer.

Chinese tourist drowns while snorkelling near Cairns - Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:18:22 +1100

Police are preparing a report for the coroner after the drowning of a Chinese tourist off Cairns, in far north Queensland, yesterday afternoon.

Wild weather, flooding predicted along Queensland coast - Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:21:03 +1100

Days of wild weather are predicted to buffet the Queensland coast through to the Darling Downs and the south-east this week.

Weather bureau watches for cyclone threat off far north Qld - Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:23:54 +1100

The weather bureau is monitoring several low pressure systems off the far north Queensland coast that have the potential to develop into cyclones.

Blaze breaks out in Cairns arcade - Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:06:44 +1100

A shopping arcade in the Cairns CBD, in far north Queensland, was evacuated after a fire broke out this morning.

Queensland's new Labor Cabinet sworn in at Government House - Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:23:40 +1100

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's trimmed-down ministry poses for a selfie on the steps of Government House in Brisbane after being officially sworn into office.

Thousands of sandbags collected in far north Qld ahead of rain - Sat, 14 Feb 2015 13:02:13 +1100

Far north Queensland residents scoop up thousands of sandbags as they brace for up to 300 millimetres of rain forecast over the coming three days.

The rise and fall of Campbell Newman - Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:24:25 +1100

The appointment of a new Queensland premier marks an end to the remarkable rise and fall of Campbell Newman.

Annastacia Palaszczuk invited to form government - Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:14:33 +1100

Queensland Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk is confirmed as the state's next Premier, with an interim ministry to be sworn in today.

North Queenslanders make flood preparations for deluge over the weekend - Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:49:12 +1100

Residents in north Queensland are being urged to prepare for torrential rain over the next three days, with authorities sending extra swift water rescue crews to the region.

Labor secures 44 seats, enough to form minority government - Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:14:16 +1100

Queensland Labor officially secures 44 seats in the state election, giving it the required number to form a minority government.