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.

Allegations against Cook MP referred to Police Commissioner - Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:07:32 +1100

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk asks Police Commissioner Ian Stewart to investigate allegations against one of her MPs.

Reef worries spark fresh calls for dredging ban - Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:23:17 +1100

An environmental group has renewed its calls to ban dredging, after a report about its impacts on the Great Barrier Reef.

Cairns council to trial free airport public bus - Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:45:48 +1100

A Cairns regional councillor in far north Queensland is urging residents to make use of a free public bus service to the airport or risk losing it after a three-month trial.

Dumping dredge spoil on land may still threaten Great Barrier Reef: report - Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:38:24 +1100

An independent report into the effects of dredging warns on-land disposal of spoil could still threaten the Great Barrier Reef.

MP backs campaign to ease far north Qld insurance premiums - Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:12:32 +1100

A far north Queensland federal MP says he supports moves to set up a new insurance company, offering cover for natural disasters like cyclones.

Cook Shire seeks more Cyclone Nathan disaster aid - Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:55:48 +1100

The Cook Shire Council in far north Queensland says it is working to help restore access to remote communities impacted by Tropical Cyclone Nathan last week.

Push to create new catastrophe cover insurer for far north Qld - Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:39:09 +1100

The Cairns Chamber of Commerce in far north Queensland is spearheading a push to establish a not-for-profit insurance company that would provide cover for catastrophes like cyclones.

Skytrans banner to fly again across far north Queensland - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:45:07 +1100

West Wing Aviation to take over the air operator's certificate of Skytrans in far north Queensland and resume flights under that company's banner before the end of March.

Queensland Reconstruction Authority to remain under proposed laws - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:45:28 +1100

New laws will be introduced to make the Queensland Reconstruction Authority permanent as communities recover after Cyclone Marcia.

Terrain NRM Group CEO Mike Berwick says more investment is needed to protect the Great Barrier Reef - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:32:44 +1100
Terrain NRM Group CEO Mike Berwick says more investment is needed to protect the Great Barrier Reef. The Federal Government has just released its Reef 2050 plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef. It is a $2 billion plan, but Mr Berwick says that won't be enough to meet the targets set. Read story.

Reef 2050 targets can't be achieved, group says - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:32:44 +1100

Natural resource management group says new targets for t Barrier Reef water quality are admirable, but cannot be achieved within the timeframe.

Historic Queensland sugar shipments set sail for Japan - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:28:13 +1100

A new chapter in the history of Queensland sugar is being written at the Cairns wharf, with two historic sugar shipments leaving the port destined for Japan.

MSF's Paul Heaney explains why the Australian Brand One sugar is now allowed into Japan. - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:28:13 +1100
Paul Heaney from MSF explains the significance of the Brand One raw sugar shipment to Japan.

The Shunwu is being loaded with sugar in cairns today. - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:28:13 +1100

Hamilton Island CEO backs Reef 2050 Plan - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:58:20 +1100

A north Queensland tourism body says criticism of the 'Reef 2050 Plan' is unwarranted.

Green groups say 2050 Barrier Reef plan fails to address climate change - Sun, 22 Mar 2015 12:33:54 +1100

Conservation groups unite in their criticism of the Reef 2050 plan designed to protect and save the Great Barrier Reef, labelling it a wishlist that contains no action on climate change.

Rise in Qld rural child drownings prompts call for greater safety focus - Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:41:52 +1100

Nine children have drowned on rural Queensland properties since last December and a lack of water safety programs is contributing to the increase in deaths, the drowning awareness group Hannah's Foundation says.

Power restored in Cape York towns as Cyclone Nathan heads for NT - Sat, 21 Mar 2015 09:41:19 +1100

Extra emergency crews are beginning their exodus from Cooktown in far north Queensland as life returns to normal following the passing of Tropical Cyclone Nathan.

Government releases Great Barrier Reef 2050 sustainability plan - Sat, 21 Mar 2015 00:03:30 +1100

The Federal and Queensland Governments release the final version of the long-term plan for the Great Barrier Reef, ahead of the World Heritage Committee's decision on whether to place the reef on the "in danger" list.

Pauline Sherlock March 2015 - Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:55:01 +1100

Rainy skies near Cooktown. - Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:59:25 +1100

Cattle stations spared, but banana farm 'devastated' by Cyclone Nathan - Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:59:25 +1100

Cattle stations in far north Queensland may have been spared significant damage from Cyclone Nathan, but at least one commercial banana farm has suffered significant crop losses.

Residents dodge bullet as TC Nathan crosses north Queensland coast - Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:50:20 +1100

Cooktown residents breathe a sigh of relief after Tropical Cyclone Nathan crosses the far north Queensland coast and is downgraded to a category three system.

As it happened: Cyclone Nathan lashes Queensland coast - Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:46:35 +1100

Tropical Cyclone Nathan is downgraded to a category three system after making landfall between Cape Flattery and Cape Melville in far north Queensland.

Skytrans' creditors approve asset sales, debt recovery - Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:52:46 +1100

Creditors for a far north Queensland airline which shut its doors in January have agreed to allow the administrators to proceed with selling assets and recovering debts.

Lakeland banana farmer Peter Inderbitzen is preparing for tropical cyclone Nathan - Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:00:35 +1100
It's only been one week since Panama tropical race four was confirmed on a locked down farm in the Tully Valley.

Flattened banana plants at Lakeland, south of Cooktown, after tropical cyclone Ita in April 2014 - Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:00:35 +1100

Peter Inderbitzen from Swiss Farms at Lakeland, 200 kilometres north of Cairns - Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:00:35 +1100

Steve Lizzio says banana growers have bounced back from cyclones and must now fight Panama TR4 - Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:00:35 +1100
Steve Lizzio's family farm is Liverpool River Bananas, at Silkwood, about 20 kilometres from the quarantined farm in the Tully Valley. He's been through and bounced back from two of the worst cyclones to hit far north Queensland - Larry and Yasi - but knows the banana industry faces an even bigger challenge managing the threat of TR4.

Banana growers battle biosecurity risk and tropical cyclone Nathan - Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:00:35 +1100

Far north Queensland banana farmers are bracing for the unprecedented challenge of a possible cyclone as they confront industry's most serious biosecurity outbreak.

Category five TC Nathan 'cannot be ruled out', weather bureau says - Thu, 19 Mar 2015 07:12:44 +1100

A category five Tropical Cyclone Nathan "cannot be ruled out" the Bureau of Meteorology says, as favourable conditions could lead to more periods of rapid intensification prior to landfall.

Cairns drug dealer jailed for five years - Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:32:29 +1100

A far north Queensland man who pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine, MDMA and steroids has been sentenced to five years in jail.

Cyclone Nathan strengthens into category three storm - Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:25:26 +1100

Tropical Cyclone Nathan has been upgraded to a category three storm and is expected to make landfall as a category four system on Friday.

Coote to make long-awaited NRL return - Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:53:54 +1100

Lachlan Coote will play his first NRL match in over 18 months in North Queensland's crucial encounter with Brisbane.

The Lankester family operates the largest fruit packing facility on the Atherton Tableland - Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:09:07 +1100

The avocado industry's experiencing an unprecedented level of new plantings - Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:09:07 +1100

Avocado trees at Tolga are believed to be the oldest commercial trees on the Atherton Tableland - Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:09:07 +1100

Paul Lankester talks to ABC Rural in his orchard, where he's planting 22,000 new avocado trees - Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:09:07 +1100
Growth in the Australian avocado industry shows no sign of slowing, driven by increased consumption and strong prices. It's a success story that's buoyed the hopes of far north Queensland growers such as Paul Lankester, who's planning to plant 22,000 new trees in the next two years and doesn't see the demand slowing.

Increased avocado consumption and strong prices boost tree plantings - Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:09:07 +1100

A steady increase in avocado consumption over the past six years, along with strong prices, is continuing to drive unprecedented growth in the industry.

Banana growers are being told to regard every movement on and off their farms as a potential biosecurity threat - Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:40:03 +1100

Cyclone Nathan forecast to hit far north Queensland coast - Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:21:12 +1100

Tropical Cyclone Nathan could impact the far north Queensland coast as a category three system, according to the Bureau of Meteorology's latest forecast.

Experts fight Queensland's rising HIV infection rate from two directions - Mon, 16 Mar 2015 20:33:04 +1100

Sexual health experts are hoping a two-pronged approach to HIV will help turn the tide on Queensland's rising rate of infections.

Ex-NRL star Carl Webb charged in Cairns after late-night rampage - Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:20:23 +1100

Former NRL player Carl Webb has been charged with four offences after allegedly trying to force his way into houses in a Cairns street.

Banana growers are seeking information about the most effective way to decontaminate vehicles moving on their properties - Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:22:26 +1100

Water sitting between banana interrows on a farm in the Tully Valley - Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:22:26 +1100

Agricultural supplier John Bletsas says the entire industry is grappling with the logistics of Panama TR4 - Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:15:48 +1100
John Bletsas from Soils First NQ, like hundreds of small businesses on the Cassowary Coast, is involved in supplying and transporting goods and services to banana farms across far north Queensland. Not surprisingly, his phone has been ringing hot as the industry comes to terms with the risk posed by Panama TR4.

John Bletsas from Soils First NQ - Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:15:48 +1100

Heidi Quagliata talks about the reality of living with Panama TR4 on her family's locked down banana farm - Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:19:44 +1100
The family whose farm has become the first Queensland banana farm to be infected with the deadly Panama tropical race four faces an uncertain future, as surveillance continues to determine where it came from and possible where it's already spread.

Panama "nightmare that won't go away" says Tully banana farmer - Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:19:44 +1100

For Heidi Quagliata and her family, the spectre of Panama tropical race four is a nightmare from which they will never wake up.

Tropical Cyclone Nathan could return to Queensland coast - Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:39:55 +1100

Tropical Cyclone Nathan intensifies in the Coral Sea and the weather bureau warns the storm system could yet return to menace the Queensland coast later this week.