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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.

Travel to the frontline of one of Australia's most challenging and unique biosecurity spaces - Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:05:42 +1100
After visiting Australia's northernmost territory and traversing three quarantine zones from Boigu Island to the tip of Cape York Peninsula, Barnaby Joyce's first trip into the Torres Strait proved an insightful journey into a region where the threat of a pest or disease incursion is constant.

Cairns man jailed for 10 years for torturing girlfriend - Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:52:11 +1100

A Cairns man has been jailed for 10 years for torturing his former girlfriend in what the judge described as the most exceptional case of violence he has seen.

Kenny Bedford talks of the challenges for the Torres Strait tropical rock lobster fishery - Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:23:59 +1100
A High Court ruling earlier this year confirmed traditional inhabitants have commercial rights to access fisheries resources, but it's still not clear how it'll affect the 12 existing non-indigenous commercial operators who continue to work the crayfish industry. The Torres Strait Regional Authority's Kenny Bedford says with crayfish worth $35 million annually to the local economy, it's important to get the balance right.

Lucrative lobster fishery faces uncertain future - Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:23:59 +1100

The Torres Strait tropical rock lobster may be the region's most lucrative fishery, but it's no closer to finalising a management plan.

Scientists look for new discoveries during Reef Blitz - Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:55:12 +1100

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation says it hopes a new species is discovered when scientists and school children gather in north Queensland to collect data about the world-heritage area.

Police seek clues to find missing Cairns man - Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:44:06 +1100

Police are appealing for help to find a Cairns man who has been missing for several days.

MP Rob Katter keen for quick removal of Mornington Island asbestos - Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:42:25 +1100

A north-west Queensland MP says the State Government needs to do everything it can to quickly remove an asbestos-riddled building from a remote Indigenous community.

Asbestos fears to spark removal of derelict Mornington Island hospital - Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:43:50 +1100

An abandoned hospital building, in a Gulf Indigenous community where children once played, is to be removed due to asbestos concerns.

Judge airs support for legalising medical marijuana - Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:55:59 +1100

A District Court judge in Cairns says legalising marijuana for medical use would be a "good thing".

Douglas Shire begins water bans amid push for new Port Douglas reservoir - Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:53:41 +1100

The Douglas Shire Council is seeking $8 million of Queensland Government funding to increase its water supply.

Mike Barry says MSF's already been selling sugar effectively outside of the single desk arrangements - Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:09:39 +1100
MSF Sugar has already been marketing its own sugar since 2006 - a point made in its submission to the federal senate inquiry - but concedes in future its growers won't be able to exercise the choice they've had up until now about how their economic interest sugar is sold. CEO Mike Barry says that's because millers, not growers, take on all of the risk once the cane is delivered and sugar is processed.

Wilmar's David Burgess argues against re-regulation - Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:37:02 +1100
Australia's largest sugar miller, Wilmar, remains resolute in its bid to market its entire sugar production from 2017. In its submission to the senate inquiry into sugar marketing, Wilmar says re-regulation of the industry would be a retrograde step. "We are still of the belief that Wilmar can affect a better outcome for its growers and for itself through marketing 100 percent of its sugar," says the company's David Burgess.

Wilmar's David Burgess says reregulation would be a step backwards - Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:37:02 +1100
Australia's largest sugar miller, Wilmar, remains resolute in its bid to market its entire sugar production from 2017. In its submission to the senate inquiry into sugar marketing, Wilmar says re-regulation of the industry would be a retrograde step. "We are still of the belief that Wilmar can affect a better outcome for its growers and for itself through marketing 100 percent of its sugar," says the company's David Burgess.

Australia's largest sugar miller argues against reregulation - Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:37:02 +1100

Australia's largest sugar miller, Wilmar, remains resolute in its bid to market its entire sugar production from 2017.

More delays for long-awaited Torres Strait seawalls - Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:08:49 +1100

A Torres Strait mayor says administrative hurdles have contributed to further delays in building long-awaited seawalls.

Education union wins court stoush over James Cook University redundancy payments - Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:06:37 +1100

The Federal Court has ruled James Cook University has been calculating some redundancy payments incorrectly.

Rising education costs 'crippling' remote communities - Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:00:15 +1100

An education lobby group says families are being driven away from small towns because government support is not keeping pace with the rising costs of boarding school.

The Mareeba-Dimbulah irrigation area's Joe Moro says it's the cost of water that ultimately will scotch plans for a new dam - Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:45:15 +1100
Economic and civic leaders may believe the Nullinga Dam proposal will be a catalyst for expansion of industry and agriculture, particularly on the Atherton Tableland, but so far the response from Mareeba-Dimbulah irrigators is lukewarm.

Nullinga Dam named as project for possible feasibility study funding - Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:54:23 +1100

A far north Queensland mayor says he is "delighted" a potential dam on the Atherton Tablelands is back on the national agenda.

Cairns police officer dragged by car - Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:51:58 +1100

A far north Queensland police officer has been treated for a shoulder injury after being dragged by a car which then hit a pole during a routine traffic stop in Cairns.

Queensland schools 'will lose billions in federal revenue' - Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:22:41 +1100

Queensland schools are set to take a $4 billion hit to their revenues over the next decade due to cuts announced in the federal budget in May, according to the state's education department.

Education Queensland's analysis, obtained by the ABC in a Right to Information request, revealed Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek was advised that over the 10 years from 2014, state schools would be $1.66 billion worse off.

Non-government schools fared worse, with cuts totalling $2.284 billion.

The revenue reduction formed part of $80 billion in savings announced by the Federal Government in the areas of health and education.

Howard Smith is angry Coles won't support the industry-backed pasture-fed certification assurance scheme - Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:58:37 +1100
Less than one week after launching its new grassfed beef brand, supermarket giant Coles has come under fire for undermining the beef industry's guarantee its pasture-fed certified meat is not assisted by grain or growth promotants.

Cattlemen angry Coles beef brand won't meet industry pasture-fed standard - Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:58:37 +1100

The Coles supermarket chain has been accused of undermining the integrity of the Australian beef industry's pasture-fed certification system after deciding to introduce its own standard.

Experts probe cause of Mooroobool grassfire - Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:35:45 +1100

Fire authorities are continuing to investigate the cause of a large grassfire that threatened homes at Mooroobool in Cairns over the weekend.

Eight charged over Qld drug and firearm ring - Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:16:05 +1100

An organised crime syndicate allegedly importing large amounts of a key drug precursor into Australia and attempting to export firearms to Papua New Guinea has been disbanded, police say.

Cairns only remaining unbeaten NBL team - Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:44:59 +1100

Cairns Taipans are the only remaining unbeaten NBL team after two competition rounds.

Skytrans laments loss of subsidised air routes - Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:32:23 +1100

A regional airliner says it is disappointed to have lost three subsidised air routes in regional Queensland.

Townsville records 9.6pc jobless rate, Cairns 7.7pc - Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:26:04 +1100

Townsville's unemployment rate continues to be one of the highest in Queensland.

Police probe Cairns servo armed hold-up - Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:23:33 +1100

Police are investigating the armed robbery of a service station in Cairns overnight.

Insurance claims study to determine what houses damaged during cyclones - Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:22:24 +1100

Townsville's Cyclone Testing Station will today announce it will begin a study of thousands of insurance claims to determine what houses are more at risk during a storm.

PNG measles 'outbreak' sparks vaccination warning for Cairns - Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:20:26 +1100

The Tropical Public Health Unit says measles outbreaks in nearby countries are increasing the risk of unvaccinated people catching the disease in Cairns.

CCC, Queensland Police execute state-wide drug raids - Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:08:06 +1100

Nineteen search warrants have been executed across Queensland as part of a two-year joint investigation into drug trafficking.

Hope for new Primary Health Networks to reduce services duplication - Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:50:52 +1100

North Queensland health authorities say they expect the Federal Government's new Primary Health Networks will help reduce duplication in services.

Locals 'kept in the dark' about Torres Strait TB cluster - Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:45:18 +1100

A tuberculosis cluster has been identified on Yam Island in the Torres Strait but locals were unaware.

Patrick Martin - Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:42:36 +1100

Air crew officer Patrick Martin shares his story - Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:42:36 +1100
Eliza Rogers speaks with Patrick Martin from Emergency Management Queensland about his experiences featuring in a documentary on Indigenous health workers. Read more

Doco follows six Indigenous health workers - Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:42:36 +1100

Six Indigenous health workers from across the country have teamed up with film crews to capture a rare glimpse into their challenging worlds.

Pinning Australia's biosecurity hopes - Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:07:11 +1100

Rex to take over five regional air routes - Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:37:28 +1100

Regional Express (Rex) is set to take over more subsidised air routes in regional Queensland next year.

Cairns death sparks call for more resources to combat TB - Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:26:28 +1100

Health experts say authorities in far north Queensland should devote more resources to identify and treat tuberculosis (TB) after a Cairns woman died from the disease.

Cape York welfare reform scheme to be extended - Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:24:55 +1100

A welfare reform program will be extended in far north Queensland after laws were passed in State Parliament overnight.

Woman dies from drug resistant strain of tuberculosis - Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:19:00 +1100

A woman in far north Queensland has become the second person in the state to die from a multi-drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis.

Search on for man missing in Gulf - Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:17:26 +1100

Police are still searching for a 22-year-old man reported missing from the Gulf of Carpentaria two days ago.

No win yet in push for permanent Daintree power - Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:08:17 +1100

The Daintree power committee says a meeting with the Energy Minister has failed to reach a resolution to provide permanent power to the area.

Inquest continues into German tourist drowning in Mareeba - Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:06:08 +1100

A coronial inquest will resume today into the death of a 19-year-old German tourist who drowned at a swimming hole in far north Queensland.

Blaze claims newly renovated house near Ingham - Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:04:03 +1100

Fire has gutted a newly renovated house near Ingham overnight.

Doctor suspensions after Ebola comments 'outrageous' - Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:47:30 +1100

The suspension of two doctors from Cairns Hospital after an Ebola scare has been labelled "outrageous" by the Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation.

Two doctors stood aside in Cairns Ebola scare review - Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:22:21 +1100

Two doctors have been stood down at Cairns Hospital in far north Queensland as a review into the handling of an Ebola scare proceeds.

Sue-Ellen Kovack, 56, was hospitalised last week after returning from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone as a volunteer with the Red Cross.

A Cairns Hospital spokesman said Ms Kovack was discharged from the hospital after a second round of tests returned a negative result and would spend a further eight days in home quarantine.

The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service confirmed in a statement on Monday afternoon that two doctors had been stood aside "pending the results of a review into the handling of recent infectious diseases cases".

Woolworths apologises for stocking offensive singlet - Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:40:23 +1100

National supermarket chain Woolworths has apologised for inadvertently stocking a xenophobic singlet in two of its stores.

Newman accused of 'demonising' solar for asset worth - Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:58:00 +1100

The Australian Solar Council says the Queensland Premier is trying to demonise solar power to boost the value of electricity assets ahead of their privatisation.