Latest News in Cairns

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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.

Fears Brisbane father and sons stranded in outback Qld - Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:06:19 +1100

A Brisbane man and his two sons who have been missing for several days after leaving on a driving holiday to Cairns may be stranded in outback Queensland, police say.

Cairns community spokesperson asks for space to grieve - Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:58:05 +1100
Yodie Batzke, a representative of the Indigenous community, asks for consideration and mindfulness over the Cairns deaths, saying cultural protocols need to be followed.

Acting Premier Tim Nicholls visits street of Cairns tragedy - Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:49:33 +1100
Tim Nicholls says the investigation into the stabbing deaths of eight children in Cairns is in its very early stages. He says the Government will continue to support the community and will be in contact with Torres Strait officials.

Cairns Mayor says community saddened, needs to come together - Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:45:51 +1100
Bob Manning says the Cairns community needs a lot of love and should come together to support the friends and family of the children killed on Friday.

Cairns memorial grows as community grieves for eight lives lost - Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:08:41 +1100

Cairns residents continue to leave dozens of flowers and gifts at a makeshift shrine outside the home where eight children were found dead.

School friends of murdered children leave tributes; police examine knives - Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:52:15 +1100
Members of the Cairns community are coming to terms with the murder of eight children laying tributes of flowers, stuffed toys and Christmas presents at the scene in Manoora.

The mother of seven of the children killed in Cairns yesterday has been arrested for murder. - Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:59:14 +1100
Inspector Bruno Asnicar from Queensland police says the 37-year-old mother of seven of the children killed in Cairns yesterday, has been arrested for murder.

Mother arrested for murder after eight children found dead - Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:09:21 +1100

Mersane Warria, the 37-year-old mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a Cairns home yesterday, is arrested for murder. Police say charges will be laid when it is "appropriate and everything has been completed".

No sign of Brisbane man, sons missing on road trip to Cairns - Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:37:13 +1100

Police are increasingly concerned about a Brisbane man and his two sons who have been missing for several days.

What Christmas looks like in Queensland - Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:26:50 +1100

From the bustling shops of Brisbane to surfing Santas on the Gold Coast and mangoes bursting from trees in the tropics, Queensland is a colourful place to be at Christmas time.

As it happened: Eight children found dead after Cairns stabbings - Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:56:22 +1100

Eight children from the same family have been found dead in a house in the Cairns suburb of Manoora. It is believed some of the victims, aged between 18 months and 15 years, were stabbed. The 34-year-old mother of seven of the children is helping police with their enquiries after being taken to hospital with chest and neck injuries.

Cairns stunned after eight children from one family found dead - Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:32:24 +1100

Residents of far north Queensland are in shock after the bodies of eight children from the same family were found in a suburban Cairns home. It is believed some of the victims, aged between 18 months and 15 years, were stabbed. The 34-year-old mother of seven of the children is assisting police after being taken to hospital with chest and neck injuries.

Aquis Resort proponent won't give start date - Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:22:29 +1100

The CEO of the proposed Aquis Resort in Cairns has refused to nominate a starting date for construction of the project, despite it clearing environmental assessments.

Cairns health service defends doctors suspension amid ebola scare - Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:08:40 +1100

The CEO of the Cairns and Hinterland Health Service has defended a decision to suspend two doctors who publicly expressed concerns about the way a suspected ebola case was handled.

Named after Matthew Flinders cat, Trim lives a pretty charmed existence on board a mackerel boat - Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:20:01 +1100

Unloading wild-caught mackerel in the port of Cairns - Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:20:01 +1100

Bruce and Juanita Davey on board the FV Wild Card - Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:20:01 +1100

Mackerel boat to set sail into uncharted Gulf tourism market - Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:20:01 +1100

After 40 years at sea, Bruce Davey still loves doing what he's doing and who he's doing it with.

Bruce and Juanita Davey hope taking tourists to the 'last frontier' will secure their fishing future - Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:20:01 +1100
The 22-metre fishing vessel, FV Wild Card, is about to undergo a major transformation as the business diversifies into tourism to capture the luxury, cruise boat market from 2016. It's the biggest project for Bruce and Juanita Davey since they built the mackerel boat to go fishing in the Gulf of Carpentaria two decades ago.

Cairns dive instructor dies snorkelling at Cod Hole - Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:23:57 +1100

Workplace Health and Safety is investigating the death of a dive instructor on the Great Barrier Reef.

Cairns casino, resort development gets environmental nod - Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:43:09 +1100

An $8 billion casino and resort development in far north Queensland has had its environment impact statement approved by the State Government.

Candlelight vigil for Queensland shark attack victim - Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:12:26 +1100

Hundreds of people attend a candlelight vigil in far north Queensland to remember shark attack victim Daniel Smith, who was killed while spear fishing in Port Douglas.

Brisbane man and two sons go missing on driving holiday - Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:06:34 +1100

A Brisbane man and his two sons who failed to arrive as scheduled in Cairns in far north Queensland are the subject of a police search.

Far north Queensland mourns shark attack victim - Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:48:53 +1100

There is an outpouring of grief in a close-knit far north Queensland tourist town for teenage shark attack Daniel Smith, who friends say died what he loved doing.

Yarrabah man's charges upgraded to murder after woman dies - Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:47:24 +1100

A 37-year-old man is due to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court today, charged with murder.

Underwater robot to help in Lake Eacham missing man search - Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:46:17 +1100

Water police from New South Wales and Brisbane with join authorities in far north Queensland today to resume the search for a missing man.

Vigil to be held for Qld teenage shark attack victim - Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:23:09 +1100

A candlelight vigil will be held for a teenager who was killed by a shark while spear fishing in waters off far north Queensland.

New cane varieties top sugar research priority list - Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:26:14 +1100

Sugar Research Australia has nominated developing new cane varieties as its top priority.

SRA's Neil Fisher outlines top four 'barnacles' his organisation must knock off - Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:26:14 +1100
Sugar Research Australia has nominated developing new cane varieties as its top priority, just ahead of tackling the mysterious cane disorder, yellow canopy syndrome.

Scientists move closer to creating dengue vaccine - Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:08:47 +1100

Scientists say the have made a large step towards developing an effective vaccine for dengue fever.

MP Gavin King outlines plan for more liveable Cairns - Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:24:11 +1100

The Member for Cairns says he wants to attract more young people to far north Queensland by promoting the region's lifestyle benefits.

Shark kills teenager off Port Douglas in far north Queensland - Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:18:16 +1100

Queensland teenager Daniel Smith dies after being bitten on his arm and leg by a shark off Port Douglas in the state's far north. He had just completed year 12 in Mossman.

Man to front court accused of bashing woman at Yarrabah - Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:57:00 +1100

Police have charged a far north Queensland man over a serious assault in an Aboriginal community south of Cairns.

Mareeba council claims success in moving Bicentennial Lake bats - Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:55:54 +1100

The Mareeba Shire Council will continue to monitor a 300,000-strong flying fox colony it has relocated.

Man dies after 5m fall at Edmonton self-storage business - Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:58:43 +1100

Queensland's work safety regulator is investigating a fatal fall at a Cairns business.

Greens want submissions on Great Barrier Reef sustainability plan released - Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:44:47 +1100

There are growing concerns that the Federal Government has not yet publicly released the submissions for its 35-year draft plan for the Great Barrier Reef.

Cairns council pleads for Qld Govt to hasten Aquis development approvals process - Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:56:38 +1100

The Cairns Regional Council says it wants the Queensland Government to work more closely with the proponents of the proposed $8 billion Aquis development, to speed up the approvals process.

Cairns State High School seeks $1.5m for sports centre's first stage - Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:55:29 +1100

Cairns State High School says a proposed $3 million high-performance sports complex at the school would benefit the wider community.

Figures show rise in regional Qld house sales - Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:52:07 +1100

The number of homes being sold in regional Queensland is on the rise but prices in some centres have fallen.

Computer glitch hits Queensland hospital services statewide - Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:53:48 +1100

Technical experts resolve a major computer glitch that caused chaos to hospital and health technical systems across Queensland.

Truckie to face trial next year over fatal tilt train crash - Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:36:15 +1100

A 68-year-old man charged over the deaths of two train drivers will go on trial next year.

Scathing report on project to replace the Sunlander train - Tue, 09 Dec 2014 14:17:16 +1100

Queensland Rail staff withheld the full cost of replacing the Sunlander train service and had fanciful hopes of it becoming a success, the state's Auditor-General finds.

Far north Qld hospital deaths: Coroner blames 'culture of apathy' - Tue, 09 Dec 2014 12:22:09 +1100

A far north Queensland coroner has blamed a "culture of apathy'' among doctors and nurses for the deaths of three patients in far north Queensland hospitals.

Tropical Water Quality Hub to allow Great Barrier Reef studies - Tue, 09 Dec 2014 11:34:48 +1100

A Queensland researcher says Federal Government funding will enable studies into water quality in the Great Barrier Reef.

Campaign underway to scare away Mareeba bats - Mon, 08 Dec 2014 11:43:51 +1100

The Mareeba Shire Council in far north Queensland has begun an operation to disperse 300,000 flying foxes from the area.

Storms bring roof damage, fallen trees but Brisbane spared worst - Mon, 08 Dec 2014 10:18:29 +1100

High winds, rain and lightning in south-east Queensland damage roofs and bring down trees, but Brisbane is spared serious damage less than a fortnight after being battered by a supercell storm.

Melbourne United keep NBL form going with win over Townsville - Sun, 07 Dec 2014 22:25:04 +1100

Melbourne United have won their sixth NBL game in a row, beating Townsville 83-79.

Dean Sgroi says canegrowers will react cautiously until more detail is known about the federal government's intentions - Fri, 05 Dec 2014 17:15:53 +1100
Canegrowers are looking forward to hearing more detail about the new sugar taskforce when Barnaby Joyce visits the Burdekin on Wednesday.

QSL's Greg Beashel says a Code of Conduct could break the sugar deadlock - Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:25:42 +1100
Queensland Sugar Limited CEO Greg Beashel says the additional scrutiny of a federal sugar taskforce can only be a good thing for an industry still reeling from the seismic shift of three milling companies, controlling more than three-quarters of export raw sugar, declaring they'll go it alone.

New federal taskforce to tackle sugar miller 'monopoly' - Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:25:42 +1100

The boss of Queensland Sugar Limited hopes a new federal taskforce will deliver a solution to the current deadlock between growers and millers about the way Australia's $1.7 billion worth of sugar exports is sold.