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.

Cairns states case for port expansion - Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:51:37

Business leaders in Cairns have told a state parliamentary committee the far north Queensland city should be exempt from a new bill that limits port expansion.

Missing British national found safe and well on Queensland's Cape York - Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:24:54

Authorities find a 63-year-old British national safe and well on Queensland's Cape York after a search helicopter spots directions written into a sandbank.

Search continues for missing bushwalker on Cape York - Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:45:29

Authorities in far north Queensland will resume the search today for a British man missing on Cape York.

Cyclone could form near Solomon Islands this week - Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:30:12

Queensland forecasters monitoring a low near the Solomon Islands that could form into a tropical cyclone later this week say it is unlikely to threaten the state.

Closing cassowary rehabilitation centre may threaten species' survival: experts - Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:47:59

The closure of a cassowary rehabilitation centre in far north Queensland could threaten efforts to protect the endangered bird, conservationists say.

Centenarians come together in Brisbane for high tea - Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:49:52

Age is but a number for seven women who met in Brisbane today for high tea with the 100+ Club.

Andy Prendergast does not want the government to repeat mistakes of the past in managing Gulf water allocation - Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:14:35
With the Queensland Government poised to release its Gulf water plan next month, northern prawn fishers are worried the quest to develop northern Australia will come at the expense of one of Australia's most valuable and sustainable fisheries. Andy Prendergast from Austral Fisheries says if the government needs an example of how not to proceed with resource allocation, it should look no further than his own fishery where over-allocation led to its near-collapse in the mid-1980s.

Northern prawn fleet manager Andrew Prendergast at the wheel of the FV Comac Endeavour in Trinity Inlet, Cairns - Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:14:35

Prawn fishers warn against Gulf river over-allocation - Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:14:35

Trawler operators are calling on the federal and Queensland governments not to repeat "mistakes of the past" by increasing water allocation from major inland Gulf of Carpentaria river systems.

Teachers help find new spider species in far north Queensland - Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:53:40

A team of scientists, teachers and Indigenous rangers discover new species of spider on Cape York.

Mondrian UK takes major stake in Australian horticulture giant Costa - Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:24:49

Horticulture company Costa has raised $551 million in its listing on the share market.

Police probe Cairns hit-run - Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:44:23

Police are investigating a hit-and-run incident in Cairns, in far north Queensland, overnight.

Two police officers suspended in north Queensland accused of using excessive force - Sat, 25 Jul 2015 12:02:51

Two Queensland police officers have been stood down from official duties over accusations they used excessive force on the job and failed to treat a member of the public with dignity and respect.

Far north Queensland couple convicted of murdering gold prospector - Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:47:41

A Cape York couple are convicted of murdering a gold prospector who disappeared on their property three years ago.

Insurer advocates stronger cyclone zone building codes - Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:48:58

Insurance company Suncorp is calling on the state and federal governments to fund a program to retrofit older homes in north Queensland to better protect them against cyclones.

Coastal tourists' drones creating 'risk to air safety' - Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:39:22

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority says tourists flying drones in coastal areas are creating a hazard for regional airports.

Inquest to probe coral trout fisherman's death - Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:21:16

A coroner will examine the death of a coral trout fisherman on a north Queensland reef at in inquest in Cairns, in far north Queensland, today.

Cane growers and millers discuss the mixed results around Queensland for the crush - Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:02:39
Canegrowers chairman Paul Schembri says overall the Queensland crop is likely to be lower than first forecast, despite record-breaking crushes in parts of Queensland.

Tully Sugar's farm manager Geoff Finlayson says he hasn't planted a stick of cane for 10 weeks because it's been too wet - Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:02:39
Tully Sugar's farm manager Geoffrey Finlayson oversees about 150,000 tons of cane and while not optimistic about the immediate forecast, believes the district is still faring pretty well despite a wet start to the crushing season. The COFCO-owned sugar mill has managed to process 418,000 tons of an estimated record crop of 2.4 million tons, for an average sugar content of 11.84 units.

Wilmar's cane supply manager Steve Postma could not be happier with production rates in the Burdekin - Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:02:39
Conditions in Australia's largest cane growing district are about as good as it gets. The Burdekin's four sugar mills have already churned through one quarter of its 8.27 million tonne crop and recently notched up 419,000 tonnes in a week - one of the top 10 weekly production figures achieved since expansion in the mid 1990s.

Wet harvest and yellow canopy thwarts cane crop - Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:02:39

A combination of unseasonal wet weather and the mysterious yellow canopy syndrome mean Queensland's cane crush is now unlikely to realise the 33 million tonnes forecast.

Cairns urged to find new bulk water supply - Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:27:57

The project director of far north Queensland's proposed Aquis Casino and Resort says Cairns needs to start looking for a new bulk water supply now.

Man jailed over Cairns Airport cannabis - Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:57:56

A South Australian man has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years' jail after being caught at the Cairns Airport, in far north Queensland, with more than 10 kilograms of cannabis.

Alleged fake nurse charged with more than 100 offences including assault - Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:59:03

Police lay dozens of new charges against a Northern Territory man who allegedly posed as a nurse at a clinic in Queensland's Cape York earlier this year.

Asbestos scare brings down curtain on Cairns theatre - Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:05:41

The Cairns Regional Council says it hopes to reopen the local Civic Theatre in about a month after closing it over asbestos concerns.

Claudia Brumme-Smith says Townsville Port has capacity and capability to ramp up to meet China demand for cattle exports - Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:53:18
Recent upgrades to port access and cattle loading pens have industry leaders talking up Townsville's capacity and capability to send cattle by boat to China. But as as Claudia Brumme-Smith explains, there's still work to be done to ensure animal welfare standards are met at the destination.

Inquest to probe Barrier Reef snorkelling death - Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:43:53

An inquest into a UK grandfather's death on the Great Barrier Reef has been tentatively set down for September.

Man to front court accused of Cairns murder - Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:26:16

A 27-year-old man is due to appear in a far north Queensland court today, charged with murdering a man in Cairns' inner suburbs on Saturday night.

Man accused of having loaded gun at shopping centre - Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:02:56

A 38-year-old man is due to appear in a far north Queensland court after police allegedly discovered a loaded gun in his bag at a Cairns shopping centre.

Wilmar tells growers it won't price sugar beyond 2017 - Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:01:02

Australia's largest sugar producer, Wilmar, has signalled to growers it will no longer forward-price sugar supplied to its mills beyond the next season for those who've not already signed up.

Cane harvester in action in the Barron Delta, north of Cairns - Wed, 15 Jul 2015 19:55:54

Laurence di Bella explains why sugar cane loves the cold, as do cane growers after a difficult start to the harvest - Wed, 15 Jul 2015 19:55:54
A cold, dry airmass that's caused temperatures to drop across Queensland have offered some cold comfort (quite literally) to what has been a horror start to the crushing season in some far northern sugar districts. Laurence di Bella is manager of the Herbert Cane Productivity Services, where sugar cane content has been perilously low in the early stages of the crush. He says the cold change should make a big difference to the crop.

Growers are irrigating to protect their tree crops from frost in the state's far north - Wed, 15 Jul 2015 10:41:37

Qld budget draws mixed regional response - Wed, 15 Jul 2015 10:19:26

There has been a mixed reaction to the 2015 state budget in Queensland's regional areas.

Business and community budget wish list - Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:36:43

Queensland industry, councils and community groups lay out their top wishes for the Queensland budget ahead of its delivering this afternoon by Treasurer Curtis Pitt.

South Korean man to front court again over airport scare - Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:19:58

A South Korean man who allegedly doused himself in petrol and threatened to set himself alight at the Cairns Airport on Friday afternoon is due to face court again today.

Suns leave the field after losing to the Bulldogs - Sat, 11 Jul 2015 19:37:25
The Suns walk from the field after losing the round 15 AFL match against the Bulldogs on July 11, 2015 in Cairns, Australia.

Bulldogs run over the top of fading Suns - Sat, 11 Jul 2015 19:11:28

The Western Bulldogs came from 37 points down in the third quarter to beat the Gold Coast Suns by 22 points in a thrilling encounter in Cairns.

Cairns Airport cleared after man doused himself with petrol - Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:03:41

A man is arrested for his own protection after dousing himself with petrol and threatening to set himself alight at the Cairns Airport.

ACCC rejects freight firm takeover proposal - Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:38:49

A Cairns-based freight company says it is considering its options after Australia's consumer watchdog blocked its proposed takeover of Toll Marine.

A swag of ribbons and prizes was won by Sarah Mohammed and Michael Donald at the Innisfail Show prime cattle exhibit - Fri, 10 Jul 2015 10:26:41

Bennell misses again for Suns - Thu, 09 Jul 2015 19:02:46

Troubled Gold Coast star Harley Bennell will miss a second match after being caught up in the drugs scandal that has rocked the Suns.

Vet says unvaccinated horses are being treated differently - Thu, 09 Jul 2015 14:59:10

A mid north coat New South Wales vet says Hendra vaccinations for horses are dropping, with the revaccination rate at his clinic falling to just 60 per cent.

Cairns council proposes lifting building heights - Thu, 09 Jul 2015 10:38:52

The Cairns Regional Council says its proposal to lift building restriction heights in the CBD and Cairns North will stimulate new development in the far north Queensland city.

Young people say it's not only love, but also money, driving their desire to pursue careers in agriculture - Thu, 09 Jul 2015 09:07:02
Youngsters who want agriculture to be their future not just because they love it, but also because they want to make money. Participants in a 'Youth in Sustainable Agriculture' camp in far north Queensland talk to the ABC's Charlie McKillop about their hopes for the future.

Man whose car caused Ravenshoe explosion 'heartbroken' when told of tragedy - Wed, 08 Jul 2015 19:08:29

The son of the ute driver who crashed into the Ravenshoe cafe in far north Queensland says his father was "heartbroken" when they discussed the tragedy with him for the first time.

Youth in Sustainable Ag camp Brayden and Jessie.jpg - Wed, 08 Jul 2015 16:16:00

Youth in Sustainable Agriculture participants at the Mareeba saleyards in far north Queensland - Wed, 08 Jul 2015 16:16:00

A 'Youth in Sustainable Agriculture' camp has helped youngsters focus on their future - Wed, 08 Jul 2015 16:16:00
Northern Gulf Natural Resource Management's Erica Blumson was with the participants when they visited the Mareeba cattle saleyards to learn more about the commercial end of cattle production. It was part of a four-day 'Youth in Sustainable Agriculture' program made possible by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal - a partnership between philanthropy, governments and business.

Youngsters eye sustainable agriculture careers - Wed, 08 Jul 2015 16:16:00

Rural camp shows youngsters that agriculture is not just a labour of love, but a profitable pathway for the future.