Latest News in Cairns

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Cairns & TNQ News


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.

Edmonton resident Frank Teodo's firsthand experience of yellow crazy ants has helped highlight the dangers to authorities - Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:09:58 +1100

Charlie McKillop reports that little is known about the impacts of yellow crazy ants, but farmers are getting worried - Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:44:04 +1100
Charlie McKillop reports that yellow crazy ants continue to baffle north Queensland residents and farmers. They say Biosecurity Queensland is failing to respond to the outbreak.

How safe are Queensland's farms from exotic pests and disease? - Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:44:04 +1100

There is growing concern in Queensland that the state's biosecurity controls are weakening, at a time when the agriculture industry is being encouraged to expand and diversify with new crops and animals.

Controversial mine water bill passed in Queensland - Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:16:14 +1100

Miners in Queensland will no longer need a licence to take ground water and will be exempt from reporting requirements for "low-risk" activities.

LNP touts water management laws as 'economic growth' stimulator - Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:45:53 +1100

The Queensland Government says new water management laws will encourage growth in the agriculture and mining sectors.

Developer gets green light for Mount Peter housing estate - Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:21:41 +1100

A property developer has been given council approval to build more than 450 new homes at Mount Peter, south of Cairns.

Cairns Hospital doctors still suspended after speaking out over infectious disease handling - Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:19:32 +1100

Two far north Queensland doctors who were suspended after raising concerns about the Cairns Hospital's handling of infectious diseases still have not been allowed to return to work.

Turtles starving to death in wake of Queensland cyclones, floods - Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:47:58 +1100

Marine wildlife such as turtles and dugongs are still starving to death as a result of Cyclone Larry, Cyclone Yasi and the Brisbane floods, researchers at James Cook University in far north Queensland say.

Bright future for beef but negative returns for northern crops - Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:14:50 +1100

Developing grain and oilseed crops in northern Australia would be an unprofitable venture at current prices, according to a research report from the ANZ Bank.

Union studies back calls to ban compulsory 100pc FIFO mines - Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:34:04 +1100

Two new studies back calls for the banning of compulsory 100 per cent fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) mines.

Police put brakes on Kuranda Range speedsters during 'shocking' week - Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:21:35 +1100

Far north Queensland police say they are concerned drivers are not heeding warnings about speeding.

Coroner considers recommendations from inquest into far north Qld patient deaths - Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:07:19 +1100

An inquest into the death of three patients within the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service district has heard some recommendations have already been implemented.

The North Queensland Miners' Association wants a 'champion' to fight negative public perceptions of mining - Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:29:05 +1100
The North Queensland Miners' Association says mining is losing the battle of public opinion as minority groups such as 'Lock the Gate' and climate change campaigners vilify mining. President Ralph Delacey says the association's seeking an independent, non-political 'mining champion' to reinforce the benefits of mining to the community.

Industry seeks 'X factor' to push positive mining message - Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:29:05 +1100

Queensland miners are hitting back against what they believe is a barrage of consistently negative messages about their industry.

Plan to let miners extract billions of litres of groundwater 'threatens Great Barrier Reef' - Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:50:51 +1100

Queensland is set to enact water legislation that the body responsible for protecting the Great Barrier Reef has warned will pose environmental risks to the reef and coastal waterways.

Rural fire volunteers says their worst fears about the introduction of the new levy have been realised - Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:41:07 +1100
The association that represents Queensland's 34,000 volunteer firefighters says rural ratepayers are being slugged twice with no guarantee of better service and no extra money going to volunteer brigades. Vice-president of the Rural Fire Brigade Association, John Thompson, wants a single fire and emergency services levy instead of the two separate levies that currently appear on council rate notices.

Mining lease holder Les Coleing says the new emergency services and rescue levy is grossly unfair - Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:41:07 +1100
Les Coleling works a small, mining lease at Maitland Downs on Cape York Peninsula on a part-time basis with his two sons. He says the emergency service levy has jumped to $1200 - up from a previous flat rate of $400 - and he doesn't even live on the property.

Harvesting potatoes on the Atherton Tableland - Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:50:38 +1100

No commitment on jobs from Toll Group sale, says union - Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:39:15 +1100

The company planning to buy Toll Group's Northern Territory assets has made no commitments to take on its employees, according to the union representing them.

Cairns business chamber confident Aquis resort to go ahead despite probity hurdle - Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:42:48 +1100

The Cairns Chamber of Commerce says an $8 billion resort planned for Yorkeys Knob in Cairns is likely to go ahead, despite a deal to buy the Reef Hotel Casino looking uncertain.

Nambour man to face Cairns court accused of rape - Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:41:38 +1100

A 46-year-old man is due to appear in a far north Queensland court today over the rape and bashing of a 40-year-old woman.

Science cuts threaten agricultural productivity - Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:21:31 +1100

The CSIRO is set to lose one staff member in five over the next two years.

Pulling potatoes on the Atherton Tableland in far north Queensland - Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:46:12 +1100

Sebago potatoes grown on the Atherton Tableland - Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:46:12 +1100

Potatoes harvesters Hilda Poll and Kylie Ouie - Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:46:12 +1100

Potato growing country in far north Queensland - Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:46:12 +1100

Bulk bags of sebago potatoes grown on the Atherton Tableland - Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:46:12 +1100

Potatoes grader Eugene Walsh - Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:46:12 +1100

As the spuds get dug up in far north Queensland, there are doubts about the potato heartland's future - Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:46:12 +1100
Potato markets may have rebounded after a run of gluts and poor prices for farmers in far north Queensland, but it's come too late for many. Third generation potato grower Brad Jonsson is being paid four times the amount he was getting only a few seasons ago, and is well aware the increase has come as a result of many farmers exiting the local industry.

Higher prices not enough to save far northern potato heartland - Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:46:12 +1100

Third generation potato farmer Brad Jonsson recalls a time when the red soil, Atherton Tableland Sebago potato demanded a premium.

Insect - Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:00:57 +1100

Two men survive helicopter crash in remote far north Queensland - Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:10:00 +1100

Two men have been found alive after their helicopter crashed in remote far north Queensland.

Australia's wettest town Tully faces water bans - Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:57:05 +1100

Residents of Australia's wettest town have been hit with water restrictions.

Hastings Deering workers vote against proposed pay cuts - Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:54:57 +1100

Workers at a major Queensland mining services company have rejected a proposed new workplace agreement which would have seen some workers' pay cut by up to 25 per cent.

Children account for one in five quad bike fatalities: inquest - Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:00:09 +1100

One in five people killed in a quad bike accident in Australia is a child, and many parents are not taking safety warnings seriously, a Brisbane inquest hears.

Body found in esky in far north Queensland - Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:07:37 +1100

A body is found in an esky in bushland south of Cairns, but police are not yet revealing the victim's identity.

Doug Phillips says growers have been surprised by a slowing of banana production - Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:28:52 +1100
Many banana growers in far north Queensland have reported a slowing in the growth of their plants, with fewer bunches maturing. It hasn't affected supply levels just yet, with weekly output still reaching the high level of 600,000 cartons. But Doug Phillips from the Australian Banana Growers Council says the lower-than-usual spring production has been unexpected, and it's still not clear how long the effects of the slow down are likely to last.

No spring flush as banana plants feel effects of cold winter - Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:28:52 +1100

Consumers may find bananas a little more expensive in the coming weeks as the colder than expected winter affects production in far north Queensland.

Inquest begins into patient deaths at far north Qld hospitals - Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:48:10 +1100

An inquest into the deaths of three patients in far north Queensland hospitals is expected to hear evidence from 12 doctors and nurses.

Cairns Airport security incident sparks lengthy delays for passengers - Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:20:23 +1100

The operator of the Cairns Airport says flight delays after a security incident could not be avoided.

Third generation Warren Jonsson on the family farm at Tumoulin, on the Atherton Tableland, in far north Queensland - Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:33:45 +1100

Far North Queensland producer Warren Jonsson says China is the future, but Austrade could do more to help - Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:33:45 +1100
Warren Jonsson is a third generation beef and vegetable producer on the Atherton Tableland, who says there's no doubt the region's proximity to Asia - and China, more specifically - presents huge opportunities to increase horticultural exports. However, he says there are still many barriers, and he's calling on government agencies such as Austrade to do more to help.

Many hurdles to jump on China FTA: northern producers - Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:33:45 +1100

As industries come to terms with the detail of the new trade deal with China, many individual farmers are understandably asking what does it all mean for them?

Isolated station families call for more support to educate children - Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:32:05 +1100

Station families in Australia's isolated communities are being split-up to cope with the pressures of distance education.

Ravenshoe woman accused of stealing taxi - Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:30:52 +1100

A 26-year-old Ravenshoe woman who allegedly stole a taxi is due to appear in a far north Queensland court today.

68yo cyclist dies in crash near Mareeba Airport - Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:29:51 +1100

Police are investigating the death of a 68-year-old cyclist from Mareeba in far north Queensland yesterday morning.

Cairns Hospital probes cause of power outage - Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:56:29 +1100

The Cairns Hospital is investigating the cause of a power blackout in two wings yesterday.

Greg Beashel says no reasonable explanation has been offered as to why Aussie sugar appears to be expendable - Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:09:34 +1100
The boss of industry marketing body, Queensland Sugar Limited, says despite putting a united front, the sugar industry has been overlooked for a third time in a decade in free trade negotiations. Greg Beashel says the China FTA represents another 'lost opportunity' and market access continues to be a major hurdle for the industry going forward.

Mission Beach wallaby cull triggers legal stoush - Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:23:19 +1100

A wildlife protection group will face off with the State Government in court today over a wallaby cull in far north Queensland.

Demand for Australian seafood will grow due to China FTA - Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:16:43 +1100