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Latest ABC Cairns & Tropical North Queensland News

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Bushman and adventurer Owen Davies has trekked solo through the most remote parts of Australia, but reckons it was nothing compared to the challenge of opening his own coffee shop - Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:00:52
It's been at least 40 years since the the old butcher shop in Dimbulah had a customer at its counter and now the dilapidated old building has been brought back to life as a coffee shop by a man you might consider an unlikely candidate. Owen Davies has spent much of his life working and walking across some of the most remote county in Australia with his pack of goats and two dingoes... and now he's set his sights on a new challenge. Read more

Outback adventurer Owen Davies in his new business at Dimbulah - Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:00:52

Outback adventurer and author Owen Davies - Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:00:52

Bushman to barista: Outback adventurer embarks on an 'unlikely' new venture - Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:00:52

From the solitude of the bush, to outback entrepreneur, Owen Davies' life has taken some interesting turns.

Leon Collins admits he does not see his neighbours anymore since Panama tropical race 4 struck in the Tully Valley - Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:07:34
It's been almost six months since the Tully Valley was forced into the glare of national attention when the first case of panama tropical race 4 was discovered there. Last week a second case was confirmed by biosecurity authorities. Leon Collins has been growing bananas in the valley since 1984 and said life's changed significantly since panama struck next door. Read more

A row of banana plants on a far north Queensland plantation is marked ready for harvesting - Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:07:34

Panama TR4 tests farming friendships forged over a lifetime - Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:07:34

Banana growers in north Queensland's Tully say they don't see their neighbours as much since Panama came to town.

Body of missing 3yo found in river in far north Queensland - Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:18:35

A candlelight vigil will be held for the family of a three-year-old boy who drowned in the Johnstone River in Innisfail in far north Queensland.

Kristy Sparrow says many rural and regional families remain sceptical of the claims the NBN will be a panacea for internet problems - Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:34:26
Kristy Sparrow lives near Alpha in central Queensland and administers the Facebook page, Better Internet for Rural, Regional and Remote Australia. Despite recent assurances by the federal communications minister Malcolm Turnbull, she doesn't believe a long-term satellite service through the National Broadband Network (NBN) will fix the disadvantage in terms of accessing health and education because internet services are inadequate.

Brittany Pearce from Telpara Hills cattle stud in far north Queensland - Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:38:52

Brittany Pearce says there is no guarantee the National Broadband Network (NBN) is going to fix her internet problems - Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:38:52
Federal Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull may consider bringing first-class internet services to remote areas by 2020 his top priority, but many business owners and families are fed up with the frustration of not having basic internet coverage - and it's not only remote areas. The Pearce family runs a cattle stud on the Atherton Tableland, only 100 kilometres from Cairns. Brittany Pearce says doing business online is a nightmare.

Minister's NBN promises fail to placate internet anger in the bush - Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:38:52

Regional Queenslanders sceptical of claims by Federal Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, that a long-term satellite service will solve their internet woes.

PM blamed for Torres Strait motel getting 'stiffed' $53,000 - Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:18:54

A far north Queensland motel says it has been left out of pocket by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet over a last-minute cancellation, and the owner blames Tony Abbott.

Etheridge Shire mayor Will Attwood says delays to the tendering process has caused 'angst' because it created a perception it is not an equal playing field for potential irrigators - Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:47:39
Etheridge Shire mayor Will Attwood has welcomed the release of an additional 467,000 megalitres from the Gilbert River catchment and believes it will help to deliver prosperity to his shire. But in contrast to the Flinders catchment, potential irrigators will not be able to tender for the water until such time as the proponent of a major cropping and grazing operation is complete. iFed has already signalled it wants to build water storage to hold 550,000 megalitres for its project, which is more than the total amount of the increased allocation announced by the Queensland government.

621 sharks killed off Queensland coast - Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:25:38

More than 600 sharks are killed off Queensland's coast in the past financial year as part of the state's shark control program.

Seafood industry leader Karen Collard says net bans will hurt working families and is not the answer to sharing Queensland's fishing resources - Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:34:41
It's been a point of controversy since the incoming Labor fisheries minister signalled his intention to introduce 'net free' zones on Queensland's east coast. Now Bill Byrne's made up his mind and says his government will compensate 50 commercial fishers who will be displaced as a result of his net ban. But it's the Minister's failure to consult with fishermen prior to the decision being made that's infuriated the peak seafood body's leader, Karen Collard.

Fishing industry warns net bans will affect fresh seafood supply - Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:34:41

About 50 commercial fishermen must decide whether to accept compensation or voluntarily leave Queensland's inshore net fishery after a decision to push ahead with net bans.

Asian tiger mosquito detected in far north Qld - Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:49:40

An aggressive, disease-carrying species of mosquito that is regarded as a threat to public health is detected at the Port of Cairns in far north Queensland.

The northern prawn fishery has set a target of reducing bycatch by 30 per cent in three years - Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:39:06

Austral Fisheries' David Carter explains why reducing bycatch is an issue the northern prawn fishery must confront - Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:39:06
Austral Fisheries chief executive officer David Carter - who's 10 trawlers make up about one-quarter of effort in the $100 million northern prawn fishery - believes the indiscriminate nature of prawn fishing continues to be an impediment to the industry's environmental credentials. His company is looking to its crews and skippers to help overcome the perennial challenge of how to catch prawns, while minimising the impact on other non-target species.

Brad Allen is trialling a new bycatch reduction device he designed while trawling on the FV Gnarloo - Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:39:06
Northern prawn trawl operators are looking to their crews and skippers to help to reduce bycatch. Brad Allen on board the F.V Gnarloo is considered one of a new breed of skippers not afraid to try new ideas to improve the environmental credentials of the industry he's been involved in for 20 years.

Northern prawn trawl fleet battles to reduce bycatch - Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:39:06

One of Australia's most valuable commonwealth fisheries is offering its prawn trawler crews cash incentives to reduce the take of non-target species, or bycatch.

Rural succession planning facilitator Tim Lane says it is a crucial process that not enough farming families are doing - Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:19:39
Tim Lane is a property valuer and a rural secession planning facilitator and says only around ten per cent of farm businesses are involved in actively deciding what the future will hold. Read more

Succession planning a positive step for farm families - Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:19:39

Not enough farming families are planning for their future says succession planning specialist.

Rural Fire Service warns of heightened fire risk - Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:57:47

The Rural Fire Service says it is on alert for heightened fire conditions across much of Queensland.

Report reveals Barrier Reef permits oversight - Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:47:50

A Queensland Senator is calling for a review of some permits issued for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park after they were found to have been issued without proper scrutiny.

Cairns theatre set to reopen after asbestos scare - Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:53:25

The Cairns Regional Council says asbestos remediation works at the local Civic Theatre are nearly finished and it will reopen in three weeks.

Concrete wall to be built on Cairns Esplanade to seal off asbestos - Thu, 13 Aug 2015 11:54:26

The Cairns Regional Council will spend up to $400,000 to seal off asbestos-ridden fibro sheeting exposed by erosion on the Cairns foreshore.

Christophe Sepot on waterskis - Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:50:04
Christophe Sepot on waterskis

Cairns apartment block evacuated amid structural safety fears - Tue, 11 Aug 2015 13:19:16

Emergency services say they are confident there are no safety issues with an apartment block on the Cairns Esplanade in far north Queensland.

Petition seeks priority ports status for Cairns, Mourilyan - Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:31:35

Pressure is mounting on the State Government to allow further development at two far north Queensland ports.

Scientists meet for Barrier Reef protection talks - Tue, 11 Aug 2015 11:09:26

Some of Australia's leading scientists have come together for the first time to discuss the future protection of the Great Barrier Reef.

Man rescued after fall onto rock ledge near Cairns - Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:36:33

Emergency services have carried out a daring rescue operation in far north Queensland overnight, after a man fell more than 50 metres onto a rock ledge.

Net-free zones will cost jobs: commercial fishermen - Sun, 09 Aug 2015 10:26:16

A bitter dispute has broken out between Queensland's commercial and recreational fishers over the Government's plan to introduce net-free zones.

A car ready for the Variety Bash - Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:23:04
A car ready for the Variety Bash

Queensland police find 2yo taken from Cairns home - Fri, 07 Aug 2015 05:43:47

Police arrest a 33-year-old man over an alleged child abduction in Cairns yesterday afternoon.

Queensland police looking for 2yo boy suspected abducted in Cairns - Thu, 06 Aug 2015 18:20:46

Police in far north Queensland issue a child abduction alert for a two-year-old boy.

The tropical rock lobster fishery is worth $35 million to the Torres Strait economy - Thu, 06 Aug 2015 14:23:39

A management plan for the lucrative Torres Strait tropical rock lobster fishery may soon be a reality, according to Senator Richard Colbeck - Thu, 06 Aug 2015 14:23:39
The $35 million tropical rock lobster is the Torres Strait region's most lucrative fishery. Sharing the resource fairly between traditional inhabitants and non traditional fishers has been a matter of debate for many years, but at a meeting in Thursday Island this week the Protected Zone Joint Authority committed to implementing a management plan by March 2016. Federal Senator Richard Colbeck spoke to the ABC's Charlie McKillop about the proposed quota system, the aspiration of 100% ownership of the fishery by traditional inhabitants and the reduced number of illegal fishing vessels being apprehended in the Torres Strait.

Quota plan imminent for Torres Strait's lucrative lobsters - Thu, 06 Aug 2015 14:23:39

A management plan for the $35 million tropical rock lobster fishery in the Torres Strait is one step closer to being a reality.

Cairns family flees burning house - Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:21:07

A far north Queensland family has had a lucky escape from a house fire overnight.

Call to review permit conditions for proposed far north wind farm - Wed, 05 Aug 2015 11:37:33

The State Government is under pressure to review the permit conditions for Queensland's largest proposed wind farm, in the state's far north, after the release of a Senate committee report on the industry.

15 to front court after Taskforce Maxima raids in far north Qld - Wed, 05 Aug 2015 10:17:06

Far north Queensland police say they are continuing to interrupt the activities of criminal motorcycle gangs in the region.

Mungalli Creek supplier Glen Drury says biodynamic farming is stress free for him and his dairy herd - Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:38:46
With the ongoing uncertainty about milk pricing and supply contracts, many of the state's dairy farmers are feeling the pinch. But for a small handful of biodynamic milk producers on the Atherton Tableland, such as Glen Drury, the future's looking pretty good.

Indigenous man who renounced citizenship fronts court on driving charges - Tue, 04 Aug 2015 11:37:42

A far north Queensland Aboriginal man, who has renounced his citizenship in protest against a lack of Indigenous representation in the Australian Constitution, has spent another night behind bars.

Police plead for clues in missing mum cold case - Tue, 04 Aug 2015 10:40:38

Police are using Missing Persons Week to appeal for information about the disappearance of the mother of a newborn baby in far north Queensland

Mungalli Creek Dairy credits its success to a team effort - Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:22:22

Dairy farmer Glen Drury making compost on his farm, Glen View, on the Atherton Tableland - Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:22:22

Third generation dairy farmer Kathryn Drury from Malanda, far north Queensland - Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:22:22

Rob Watson, and wife Michelle with the Delicious Magazine produce award for Mungalli Creek's full cream milk - Tue, 04 Aug 2015 07:22:22