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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.

Scientists study seaweed solution to reef threat - Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:35:41

Queensland researchers say seaweed could be used to improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

Adrenaline-seeking trio look to lure far north Qld tourists - Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:38:12

Three far north Queensland adventurers will be the face of a new campaign designed to attract visitors to the region.

Fears long-term cyclone forecasts scaring away tourists - Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:30:25

A far north Queensland businessman says long-term cyclone forecasts are doing more harm than good for the tourism industry.

Resources council's ad campaign disputes industry impact on Barrier Reef - Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:46:50

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is launching a new advertising campaign about the Great Barrier Reef that counteracts what it calls 'scaremongering' by environmental groups.

New method kills more than 250,000 crown-of-thorns starfish on Great Barrier Reef - Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:49:38

A new eradication method has helped to remove more than 250,000 crown-of-thorns starfish from the Great Barrier Reef off Queensland in the past two years.

Cyclone Ita fallout fails to deter north Qld Easter holiday-makers - Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:07:30

A peak Queensland tourism group says there were strong visitor numbers in the state's north over the Easter holidays, as the clean-up after Tropical Cyclone Ita continues.

Brisbane-Cairns rail line reopens after Cyclone Ita repairs - Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:35:02

Queensland Rail says the line between Brisbane and Cairns has reopened after floodwaters damaged large sections of track during Cyclone Ita in the state's far north.

Man charged with murder after Cairns woman found stabbed to death - Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:10:11

A man has appeared in the Cairns Magistrates Court in far north Queensland charged with murdering a woman in the city's southern suburbs.

Woman stabbed to death in far north Qld - Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:37:05

A 27-year-old woman has been found dead with stab wounds at a home in Woree in southern Cairns.

Coroner urges watch house training changes after death in custody - Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:00:34

A coroner who investigated a drug-related death in custody in Cairns has recommended changes to the way the city's watch house officers are trained.

Local Radio coverage of Tropical Cyclone Ita. - Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:25:04
How ABC Local Radio covered Tropical Cyclone Ita.

'Pump' helps keep heart patient alive during chopper flight - Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:41:25

Specialists at Cairns Hospital have become the first to use a high-tech piece of equipment to keep a heart attack victim alive while aboard a rescue helicopter.

Far North Queensland tropical flower growers have formed a partnership with the Sydney Royal Easter Show - Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:07:03

Tropical growers talk about their flowers taking centre stage at the Royal Easter Show - Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:07:03
As the first of an anticipated one million visitors flow through the gates of the Sydney Royal Easter Show this year, there'll be a little piece of tropical paradise to greet them. The Royal Agricultural Show Society of New South Wales has enlisted a group of tropical flower growers in far north Queensland to add a splash of colour to the main pavilion.

Tropical blooms wow crowds at Royal Easter Show - Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:07:03

As a million visitors flow through the gates of the Sydney Royal Easter Show this year, there's a little piece of tropical paradise to greet them.

Queensland rail network under repair after Cyclone Ita - Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:20:39

Queensland Rail says there is significant damage in the state's north after Cyclone Ita, with parts of the east coast network likely to stay closed until at least Sunday.

Government outlines emergency funding available for cyclone-hit residents - Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:08:30

State and federal MPs and Queensland's disaster recovery coordinator have outlined emergency funding available for residents of communities ravaged by Tropical Cyclone Ita in the state's north.

Queensland Government offers aid package for cyclone-hit farmers - Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:05:39

,Queensland primary producers hit by Tropical Cyclone Ita will now be able to apply for disaster recovery funding.

Banana grower Peter Inderbitzen - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:58:45
Phil Staley speaks with grower Peter Inderbitzen from Lakeland, north-west of Cairns.

Banana grower Cameron Mackay - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:58:45
Charlie McKillop speaks with banana grower Cameron Mackay about the priority of getting bananas to market.

RDAQ casts doubt over expanded role for nurses - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:52:34

The Rural Doctors Association of Queensland (RDAQ) says getting nurses to perform more procedures may not help smaller country practices.

Aboriginal elders lament rise in youth suicides - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:24:03

Aboriginal elders in northern Australia say a loss of cultural identity is one of the main reasons for rising Indigenous youth suicide rates.

The suicide rate of young Indigenous people in the north of Australia has been rising for the past 20 years and is now claimed to be the highest in the world.

Cyclone Ita's damage to sugar cane to cost millions - Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:50:03

Sugar cane growers in far north Queensland say about 90 per cent of crops in the region have been wiped out by now ex-Tropical Cyclone Ita.

Lizard Island resort escapes major damage from Cyclone Ita - Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:42:07

Operators of the Lizard Island tourist resort off far north Queensland say it appears to have been spared any serious damage from Tropical Cyclone Ita.

Rail line closed after Cyclone Ita - Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:37:30

Queensland Rail says it is likely the train line between Rockhampton, in the state's central region, and Cairns, in the far north, will be closed for another couple of days as repair crews assess unconfirmed reports of damage after Tropical Cyclone Ita.

Hope Vale shelter rated to withstand 'category five' cyclone - Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:07:00

Hope Vale Mayor Greg McLean has backtracked over his earlier claim the far north Queensland town's emergency shelter was only built to withstand a category three cyclone.

Cyclone-hit communities face more trauma during cleanup, says Red Cross - Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:33:00
Kevin Keeffe from the Australian Red Cross says communities hit by Cyclone Ita face a potentially traumatic period of returning home and cleaning up.

Cyclone warning lifted from FNQ but flooding remains - Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:02:00
Rob Webb from the Bureau of Meteorology says Cyclone Ita has moved off the coast but there are still major flood warnings along the coast.

Beautiful, fresh seafood ready for sale in a Cairns retail outlet - Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:54:58

The QSIA's Karen Collard says the supply of fresh Queensland seafood won't be affected by Ita - Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:54:58
The Queensland Seafood Industry Association's Karen Collard says the supply of fresh seafood is unlikely to be affected by tropical cyclone Ita, particularly if flooding to the northern road network eases today.

Seafood survives as Ita blows over - Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:54:58

Seafood lovers have been reassured there will be no shortage of fresh fish and prawns on the market in the lead-up to the peak Easter trading period.

Major flooding as Ita hugs north Queensland coast - Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:03:10

Tropical Cyclone Ita could continue to affect residents in north Queensland until mid-week, according to the weather bureau.

The category one system moved over Townsville late this morning, bringing strong winds and heavy rain, and residents along the coast are facing flooding and power outages.

The Bureau of Meteorology says gales of up to 110 kilometres an hour are likely between Innisfail and Mackay until this evening, and a cyclone warning remains current for coastal areas from Townsville to Yeppoon.

Ergon Energy crews are working busily to restore power to about 16,000 people across the region, with some Cooktown businesses getting electricity last night.

The system is expected to continue its march south before heading offshore this evening north of Yeppoon.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is visiting cyclone-affected areas of Cooktown and Hope Vale today.

SES worker stands in front of flooded road - Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:07:05

Cyclone Ita: In the words of residents - Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:40:08

Residents in the path of Cyclone Ita tell us how they fared in the aftermath of the storm.

Several rescued from floodwaters in cyclone-hit far north Qld - Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:32:13

Authorities have rescued several people from flooded roads as Cyclone Ita continues to hit far north Queensland.

Storm surge threat eases in Cairns - Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:20:02

The weather bureau says a storm surge threat in Cairns in far north Queensland is easing, but strong gusts from Cyclone Ita continue to whip the city.

Ita made landfall over Cape Flattery, north of Cooktown, around 10pm last night as a category-four system.

Forecaster Doug Fraser says while the system is weakening, it is still dumping big rain to the south.

Cyclone Ita: Qld Premier details damage to Hope Vale, Cooktown - Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:40:00
Campbell Newman says while damage in Cooktown is widespread from Cyclone Ita, information about the Hope Vale region is harder to access.

Cyclone Ita: Residents assess damage in far north Queensland - Sat, 12 Apr 2014 06:32:31

Emergency crews in far north Queensland are assessing the damage from Tropical Cyclone Ita.

Joe O'Brien reports from Cairns - Sat, 12 Apr 2014 06:21:00
Cyclone Ita has been downgraded, but is still threatening Cooktown with strong winds.

As it happened: Warnings over flooding as Tropical Cyclone Ita hits Cairns - Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:58:34

The danger from Tropical Cyclone Ita continues in far north Queensland this evening, as the category one storm hits Cairns and surrounding areas.

The cyclone made landfall at Cape Flattery last night as a category four storm, tearing roofs off at least three buildings, but weakened as it travelled inland.

Wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour and torrential rain are lashing the region from Port Douglas to Cairns, with Queensland Premier Campbell Newman warning of significant flooding in coastal communities.

Authorities say hundreds of milimetres of rain are expected to fall overnight, and flood warnings have been issued for several rivers.

Up to 8,500 homes in the region are still without power and earlier emergency services had to rescue two adults and three children from a flooded road south of Cooktown.

Look back at how the day unfolded.

Tourists stuck in Cairns as Cyclone Ita approaches - Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:16:00
Tourists in Cairns enjoyed the last of the calm weather before retreating indoors for Cyclone Ita.

Storm surge risk eases for Cairns residents - Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:54:18

Updated advice from the weather bureau suggests a greatly reduced risk of storm tide surge for residents in the far north Queensland city of Cairns.

Cyclone Ita weakens to category two storm - Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:57:58

Tropical Cyclone Ita has been downgraded to a category two storm after making landfall in far north Queensland.

The system began crossing the coast as a category four storm near Cape Flattery, north of Cooktown, about 9:00pm (AEST) Friday but began to weaken as it moved inland.

The cyclone could bring destructive wind gusts up to 150 kilometres per hour between Cape Melville and Cape Tribulation this morning.

Ita will bring power cuts, flash floods: Newman - Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:24:00
Premier Campbell Newman says Cyclone Ita could see power outages in remote communities for up to four weeks.

Museum staff work to protect Cooktown treasures from cyclone - Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:01:26

Staff at the James Cook Museum in Cooktown in far north Queensland have finished preparations to protect its treasures from destructive Cyclone Ita, due to make landfall tonight.

Move cattle to higher ground - Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:19:30
Cattleman Graham Elmes says cattle must fend for themselves in cyclones, but move them to higher ground if possible.

Cyclone testing measures impact of strong winds on suburban buildings - Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:09:00
Cyclone testing in far north Queensland will measure the impact of strong winds on houses in the area, allowing authorities to upgrade building regulations to best prepare for future cyclones.

Cyclone Ita more compact than Yasi, says weather specialist - Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:35:00
ABC weather specialist Graham Creed says Cyclone Ita is a very compact tropical cyclone which will mean damage is less widespread than in Cyclone Yasi.

Campbell Newman gives Cyclone Ita update from Cairns - Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:56:00
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman holds a press conference on Cyclone Ita in Cairns.

ABC's Matt Wordsworth in Cairns - Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:39:00
ABC's Matt Wordsworth reports on Cyclone Ita from Cairns.