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.

'Real chance' spoil dumping plan for reef 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.

Qld Govt now backing Cape York bauxite proponent Glencore - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:49:14

The Queensland Government says it is hoping to reach an agreement within the next two months with a mining company wanting to develop a rich bauxite deposit on Cape York.

Liam is one of 65 children who attended the Daradgee writers' camp - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:04:27

It only takes a small idea to write a beautiful book, as Charlie McKillop discovers at school camp - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:04:27
Working with Australian children's authors Elizabeth Honey and Alison Lester, 65 primary school students spent one week at a special writers' and illustrators' camp. It's clear the mentors have left an indelible mark on their young charges as they speak to the ABC about their experience at Daradgee Environmental Education Centre in far north Queensland.

Children capture essence of farming at writers' camp - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:04:27

Children in far north Queensland have been challenged to consider what it would be like to be a farmer - and then write and illustrate their own book about it.

Lies don't make accused a killer, defence barrister says - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:25:57

A defence barrister has told a Cairns court his client was a liar and a blowhard who big-noted himself, but he was no killer.

Sky-high robots detecting weeds - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:25:29

Researchers say surveillance robots that can detect weeds and pest insects could be crucial to the development of agriculture in northern Australia.

Autonomous helicopters are being used to detect weeds in remote areas. - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:25:29

CSIRO's Gary Fitt on a successful trial of surveillance robots - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:25:29
CSIRO biosecurity flagship science director Dr Gary Fitt says autonomous helicopters are helping to find pests and weeds that could threaten Australia's native plant and animal populations. Read more.

Coroner recommends council 'refine' safety measures after road worker death - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:26:30

The Cairns Regional Council says it will take on board recommendations from the inquest into the death of one of its workers.

Slain woman's husband wins latest round of court fight - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:26:30

A man at the centre of a double murder mystery in far north Queensland has had another win against the Queensland Government.

New company 'ready to go' in Cape York bauxite bid - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:13:12

A company has been formed to develop a $580 million bauxite project on Cape York.

Slain couple 'angry' over panel van restoration - Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:07:24

The man accused of murdering a Mount Isa couple has told a court they were angry at him for not restoring their panel van quickly enough.

Water park expected to benefit from recreation precinct work - Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:03:38

A Cairns regional councillor has flagged an expansion of a water slide park south of the city as part of a sport and recreation precinct.

Entsch maintains calls for medicinal marijuana trials - Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:25:40

A far north Queensland politician has renewed calls for the Federal Government to allow legal trials of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Qld ambulance fleet tracking system goes public - Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:58:37

A system that tracks the number of ambulances on the road at any one time in Queensland has been made public.

Cairns council plays catch-up with rubbish collection - Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:50:20

Some households in the Cairns region still have not had their rubbish collected, after vehicle safety inspections last week.

Hotel makes bid to remove bat trees - Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:43:26

Cairns Regional Council will this week vote on an application to remove 11 trees from outside the city's Novotel Oasis Resort which provide a flying fox roost.

Cyclists saddle up to raise money for sick kids - Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:23:51

A group of 19 cyclists are en route to Cairns, after departing Airlie Beach this morning, to raise money for sick children.

Napranum Aboriginal community turns disadvantage around - Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:06:54

The Queensland Aboriginal community of Napranum near Weipa on western Cape York is charting its own path to tackle disadvantage, with remarkable results.

Northern Australia tourism needs new 'international airports' - Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:01:13

Tourism experts say more international airports and lower arrival fees for tourists are the ticket to bringing more visitors to northern Australia.

Cairns police seize Taser disguised as mobile phone - Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:51:19

Cairns police say they are concerned about the growing number of illegal Tasers.

A customer advisory explains how under peel chill during winter can affects the colour and lustre of the banana, but not the taste - Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:49:17

Banana grower Paul Lankester and wholesaler Doug Rylance are urging shoppers not to judge a banana by its cover - Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:49:17
Every year around this time bananas get what can best be described as the winter blues... it's actually a 'winter greying' which affects the colour and lustre of the banana - but not the taste - as growers and retailers are keen to let consumers know.

'Grey' bananas get the winter blues too - Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:49:17

Shoppers are being urged not to be concerned if their bananas appear a little greyer than usual.

No-one to be charged with helping prison escapees - Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:09:28

Far north Queensland police have ruled out charging anyone with aiding and abetting two prison escapees who were recaptured yesterday.

Witness 'turned up TV' during alleged double murder - Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:08:01

A key witness in the double murder trial of Queensland mechanic Brandon Peter MacGowan ordered a pizza and turned up the volume on his video game to drown out screams coming from next door, the Supreme Court has heard.

Gulf policeman to be sworn in as newest Carpentaria council member - Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:28:28

The newest member of the Carpentaria Shire Council says his current work as a police officer has prepared him well for his seat at the council's table.

Crime-linked skate park to stay open until new facility built - Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:23:25

The Cairns Regional Council says a skate park set for demolition because of local crime problems will remain open until a new one is built.

Douglas Shire to gauge need for tougher croc removal scheme - Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:18:06

A far north Queensland mayor says calls for a tougher crocodile removal scheme in the Port Douglas area will be discussed at a community information session this afternoon.

Rubbish collections stop after truck fleet grounded - Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:02:32

Rubbish collection services have been halted in many parts of the country after Australia's largest waste management firm grounded its entire fleet.