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.

Qld police target illegal use of disabled parking bays - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:50:42

Queensland police are cracking down on people who use disabled parking illegally.

Police aim to keep streets clean for Cairns G20 meeting - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:04:08

About 700 extra police are arriving in Cairns as the far north Queensland city prepares to host the G20 finance ministers meeting this weekend.

QFF CEO speaks about how farmers are working to improve water quality on the Great Barrier Reef - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:46:32
Farmers along Queensland's east coast will need to halve their fertiliser run-off in the next 5 years to meet the water quality targets set for the Great Barrier Reef. Queensland Farmers' Federation chief executive Dan Galligan says agricultural producers are well-aware of their responsibilities and have been working hard over the past 10 years to reduce fertiliser and sediment run-off.

Farmers up to the challenge to improve reef water quality - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:46:32

Farmers along Queensland's east coast will need to halve their fertiliser runoff in the next five years to meet the water quality targets set for the Great Barrier Reef.

More than 70pc of young Queenslanders are sunburnt each year - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:39:07

New figures reveal more than 50 per cent of adults in Queensland are getting burnt every year, the Cancer Council says.

Man accused of shooting at car, hitting neighbour - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:40:50

A Cairns man was allegedly under the influence of alcohol or drugs when he shot into a car and hit his next-door neighbour, police have said.

New 35-year sustainability plan for Great Barrier Reef - Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:43:39

A new 35-year plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef, which satisfies a UN requirement, has been released for comment.

Manunda Hawks president says ban 'does not fit crime' - Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:29:32

A Cairns AFL club at the centre of a controversial ban says it has been buoyed by the support it is receiving from other teams.

Pair charged over sports club arson - Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:26:37

Police have charged a boy and a man with arson over an incident at a sports club in Brinsmead last Sunday afternoon.

100,000 properties in Qld at high risk for bushfires - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:35:12

Almost 100,000 properties across Queensland have been identified as high risk for bushfires, with emergency services urging people to prepare for the season ahead.

Katter questions Qld Govt's dredge spoil plans - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:34:40

The Member for Kennedy says the Queensland Government should not be offering waterfront land to a foreign company to dump dredge spoil.

Operator for new Cairns homeless facility to be named soon - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:21:52

The state Member for Cairns says a decision on who will run a new 22-bed facility for homeless people in the CBD, will be made in the coming weeks.

Cairns home invasion: police arrest stabbed man - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:47:25

Police in far north Queensland say a man has been stabbed during a home invasion in Cairns overnight.

Truckies targeted in bikie drugs crackdown - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:24:55

Police say they are concerned parts of the trucking industry are involved in moving drugs around regional Queensland for outlaw motorcycle gangs.

New laws limit how some stakeholders fight mining applications - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:17:54

New laws introduced in Queensland will change how anti-mining groups and landholders can object to mining projects.

Sailor to be extradited to NT over manslaughter charge - Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:05:06

A Cairns sailor will be extradited from Queensland over the alleged manslaughter of a man in Darwin.

More younger Queenslanders smoking, but overall numbers declining - Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:25:03

The number of cigarette smokers aged between 25 and 34 rises dramatically in Queensland.

Police seize stolen goods in Mooroobool raids - Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:35:06

Police have seized more than $200,000 worth of goods stolen from homes across Cairns in the state's far north.

Experts probe Manoora house blaze - Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:01:24

Fire investigators will today return to the scene of a blaze which extensively damaged a house in the Cairns suburb of Manoora yesterday afternoon.

'Vicious and unrelenting' rape by 'evil little man' - Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:55:34

A 31-year-old man has been jailed for 13 years over what a judge in Cairns in far north Queensland described as a "vicious and unrelenting" rape and the worst he had dealt with.

Computer modelling used to simulate Cairns dengue spread - Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:43:16

A computer science professor says he has developed a virtual model of Cairns that could help in the fight against dengue fever.

Two men die in separate far north Qld road crashes - Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:39:25

Far north Queensland police are investigating two fatal crashes during the weekend.

Australian nurse volunteers to go into Ebola zone - Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:20:28

What drives a nurse to leave the security of her community to travel into Ebola's hot spot to treat the sick and dying?

Registered nurse heading to Sierra Leone - Sat, 06 Sep 2014 12:16:52

Sugar lobby group and politicians welcome a Senate inquiry into the sugar marketing battle splitting millers and growers - Fri, 05 Sep 2014 11:44:17
Qld Canegrowers chairman Paul Schembri and Qld National party Senator Barry O'Sullivan discuss inquiry into sugar marketing. The announcement is welcome for most cane growers anxious about the future of the single desk marketer, Queensland Sugar Limited, as foreign owned millers sever ties and plan to sell sugar "in house".

Major infrastructure like roads and water recommended for Northern Australia - Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:03:41

The Federal Parliamentary Committee looking at Northern Australia has recommended major infrastructure development, including roads, dams and weirs.

MP rejects City Centre Alive pedestrian safety fears - Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:47:14

The Member for Cairns says he has reviewed safety at a new city centre intersection after concerns about pedestrian safety.

TAFE Qld board visits Cairns to discuss training priorities - Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:42:50

TAFE Queensland says it believes it is doing a good job of meeting the far northern region's training demands but says it is keen for more feedback.

Fact file: How healthy is the Great Barrier Reef? - Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:54:41

The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia's best-loved natural attractions. Its health has been the subject of much debate, with concerns over industrial and mining developments, dredging, fishing, climate change and pollution.

With UNESCO considering listing the world heritage site as in danger, ABC Fact Check takes a look at the threats to the reef and what is being done to protect it.

Union fears JCU restructure to oust workers - Wed, 03 Sep 2014 11:04:26

The National Tertiary Education Union says it fears there will be more job losses at James Cook University (JCU) as the institution continues with its restructure.

'Real chance' reef spoil dumping plan could be scrapped - Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:34:05

Dredge spoils from a north Queensland port expansion will be dumped on land instead of inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park under a proposal set to go before the Federal Government.

RATCH still committed to Mount Emerald Wind Farm despite RET fears - Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:00:22

The developer of the Mount Emerald Wind Farm project in far north Queensland says it could be closed out of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme if the Federal Government adopts proposed cutbacks.

Thieves use oxy torch to fleece ATM - Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:18:09

Police are looking for two men who used an oxy torch to rob an ATM in far north Queensland.

Herberton historical mines filled in over 'safety' fears - Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:37:37

The Natural Resources Minister has defended a decision to fill in historical tin mines at Herberton on the Atherton Tableland.

Man to front court accused of six-week crime spree - Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:33:40

A 35-year-old man has been charged with more than 50 offences after an alleged six-week crime spree in far north Queensland and parts of the state's south-east.

Travellers offered lower fares or more services - Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:14:30

The Queensland Government wants people to vote on how $30 million will be spent on public transport.

Qld campaign aims to free up hospital emergency departments - Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:55:46

Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg says more than $160 million would be saved if people did not burden hospital emergency departments with minor ailments.

Woman jailed for bid to import $10m of drugs into Cairns - Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:22:05

A 38-year-old Canadian woman who pleaded guilty to importing drugs worth up to $10 million into Australia has been jailed for 11 years.

Cairns mechanic jailed for 30 years for double murder - Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:46:13

A Cairns mechanic has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years for murdering a couple in a row over a van.

A Supreme Court jury in Cairns, far north Queensland, took just over two hours to find Brandon Peter MacGowan, 43, guilty of the July 2012 killings.

Jurors heard Scott Maitland and Cindy Masonwells flew to Cairns to pick up a panel van they had paid MacGowan $14,000 to restore, but he had failed to do so.

MacGowan shot Mr Maitland in the back of the head and stabbed Ms Masonwells over the long-running dispute, the court heard.

Rare 'painted turtles' found in Qld's Cape York region - Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:56:10

A species of turtle native to the tip of Queensland's Cape York, the Jardine River turtle, has been officially sighted for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Laws allow home ownership in Indigenous communities - Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:35:07

People living in Queensland's Indigenous communities now have the option of private home and land ownership under new freehold laws.

Best of Cairns on show at festival - Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:14:51

The Cairns Festival officially begins tomorrow, with a grand parade and fireworks the highlight of day one.

Young writers have been inspired by a week-long school camp in far north Queensland - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:49:14

Students were inspired by their own experiences, as well as interviews with local farmers - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:49:14

Young authors inspired by farmers to write and illustrate their own books - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:49:14
From little ideas, big books grow.

Young writers get a little bit of help with refining their work - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:43:18

Students worked in groups and one-on-one with their mentors to complete their books - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:41:00

Jacob Gegg at the Daradgee writers' and illustrators' camp - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:41:00

Cairns double murder trial jurors begin deliberations - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:19:17

Jurors in the trial of a Cairns mechanic accused of murdering a couple over a car have been sent home after their first day of deliberations.

Douglas Shire spending 'thousands' on housing dangerous dogs - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:56:33

The Douglas Shire Council Mayor says the council is spending tens of thousands of dollars accommodating dangerous dogs each year.