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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.

James Walker is the Department of Agriculture's northern director of plant programs, pictured here at the insect archive in Cairns - Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:03:22 +1100

Keeping exotic fruit fly out makes good dollars and cents - Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:03:22 +1100

A cost-benefit analysis has shown the amount spent on detecting and eradicating fruit fly and other exotic pests in the Torres Strait Islands is worth every cent.

Regional Australia Institute urges Commonwealth to rethink disaster funding distribution - Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:30:17 +1100

The Regional Australia Institute says there needs to be a stronger case to support the Federal Government reducing its funding for disaster reconstruction.

Ex-Cape York mayor jailed for trafficking cannabis - Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:10:43 +1100

A former Cape York mayor who pleaded guilty to trafficking cannabis while he was in office, will serve at least 10 months in jail.

Indigenous runners overcome challenges to run New York Marathon - Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:02:49 +1100

Nine Indigenous runners head to New York Marathon tomorrow after overcoming huge personal and physical challenges to take part.

Tourists cancel Cairns, Gold Coast trips over ebola scares - Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:22:28 +1100

The Federal Government has revealed recent ebola scares have come at a cost to the Queensland tourism industry.

Granite Gorge Nature Park tourist drowning: Coroner recommends reopening investigation - Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:20:21 +1100

Queensland's work safety watchdog says it is still considering a coroner's recommendations after an inquest into a 2011 drowning in the far north.

Former public servant jailed for stealing $340k - Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:39:17 +1100

A woman was motivated by "naked greed" when she used her position to steal more than $340,000 from taxpayers, a judge has told a court in far north Queensland.

Independent MP Bob Katter says the government failed its duty of care to cattle producers - Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:45:04 +1100
The Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, is supporting the class action for compensation for losses incurred after the temporary ban on cattle exports to Indonesia, which he expects will involve many Queensland cattle producers and others working in service industries. Mr Katter says the Commonwealth will have a clear case to answer in the federal court.

Townsville trucking operator Liz Schmidt says thousands of transport workers will never be compensated for the export ban - Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:45:04 +1100
Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association president Liz Schmidt is still weighing up whether she'll join a class action against the Commonwealth seeking compensation for losses incurred as a result of the decision to ban cattle exports to Indonesia in 2011. She estimates her trucking operation's spent nearly $1.5 million on contractors since cattle boats returned in November, which she says is an indication of the significant impact of the export ban.

Cattle class action reignites export ban fury - Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:45:04 +1100

The Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, says the previous government failed its 'duty of care' and has a clear case to answer in a compensation lawsuit launched by cattle producers affected by the 2011 ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia.

Rockhampton truckie dies in Cape York crash - Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:49:26 +1100

A 29-year-old man has been killed after the semi-trailer he was driving rolled over on a remote stretch of road in far north Queensland.

Great Barrier Reef plan 'too focused on short-term issues' - Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:38:03 +1100

Australia's leading scientific organisation warns the Queensland and Federal governments' draft plan to save the Great Barrier Reef will not stop its decline or even maintain its current diminished state.

Green tree frog pulls off great snake escape - Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:08:03 +1100

A green tree frog has pulled off a great snake escape in far north Queensland, with a zoologist saying the amphibian was regurgitated alive.

St Theresa's assistant principal Amanda Walker says Celeste is no ordinary cow - Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:05:45 +1100
Celeste' the Astro Cow is the creation of students of St Theresa's primary school children in the far north Queensland town of Ravenshoe. Assistant principal Amanda Walker describes the life-sized fibreglass cow which recently caught the eye of judges in the Dairy Australia 'Picasso Cow' competition.

Celeste the Astro Cow is the Queensland finalist in Dairy Australia's popular 'Picasso Cow' competition - Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:05:45 +1100

Celeste the Astro cow turns heads - Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:05:45 +1100

Celeste the Astro Cow is no garden-variety cow.

Beach stinger nets to return - Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:17:58 +1100

Stinger nets will return to north Queensland beaches next week.

Foreign insurers allowed into north Qld market in bid to lower premiums - Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:10:51 +1100

The Federal Government says it may allow foreign insurance companies into more regional Queensland markets to help drive down premiums.

Disaster management funding tipped to dominate LGAQ forum - Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:47:15 +1100

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) says proposed changes to disaster management funding will be the major issue dominating its annual conference in north Queensland this week.

No guarantee on length of Aquis resort probity inquiry - Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:35:21 +1100

Queensland's Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming says his office will try to finalise its probity inquiry into the proposed Aquis resort in a month but it may take longer.

Man to front court accused of stabbing woman at Kowanyama - Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:32:02 +1100

A man is due to appear in a Cairns court today after he allegedly stabbed a 56-year-old woman in the chest in a remote Cape York community.

Man charged with attempted murder over brutal stabbing - Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:11:38 +1100

Police have charged a 54-year-old man over a stabbing in Cape York in far north Queensland.

Travel to the frontline of one of Australia's most challenging and unique biosecurity spaces - Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:05:42 +1100
After visiting Australia's northernmost territory and traversing three quarantine zones from Boigu Island to the tip of Cape York Peninsula, Barnaby Joyce's first trip into the Torres Strait proved an insightful journey into a region where the threat of a pest or disease incursion is constant.

Cairns man jailed for 10 years for torturing girlfriend - Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:52:11 +1100

A Cairns man has been jailed for 10 years for torturing his former girlfriend in what the judge described as the most exceptional case of violence he has seen.

Kenny Bedford talks of the challenges for the Torres Strait tropical rock lobster fishery - Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:23:59 +1100
A High Court ruling earlier this year confirmed traditional inhabitants have commercial rights to access fisheries resources, but it's still not clear how it'll affect the 12 existing non-indigenous commercial operators who continue to work the crayfish industry. The Torres Strait Regional Authority's Kenny Bedford says with crayfish worth $35 million annually to the local economy, it's important to get the balance right.

Lucrative lobster fishery faces uncertain future - Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:23:59 +1100

The Torres Strait tropical rock lobster may be the region's most lucrative fishery, but it's no closer to finalising a management plan.

Scientists look for new discoveries during Reef Blitz - Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:55:12 +1100

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation says it hopes a new species is discovered when scientists and school children gather in north Queensland to collect data about the world-heritage area.

Police seek clues to find missing Cairns man - Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:44:06 +1100

Police are appealing for help to find a Cairns man who has been missing for several days.

MP Rob Katter keen for quick removal of Mornington Island asbestos - Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:42:25 +1100

A north-west Queensland MP says the State Government needs to do everything it can to quickly remove an asbestos-riddled building from a remote Indigenous community.

Asbestos fears to spark removal of derelict Mornington Island hospital - Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:43:50 +1100

An abandoned hospital building, in a Gulf Indigenous community where children once played, is to be removed due to asbestos concerns.

Judge airs support for legalising medical marijuana - Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:55:59 +1100

A District Court judge in Cairns says legalising marijuana for medical use would be a "good thing".

Douglas Shire begins water bans amid push for new Port Douglas reservoir - Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:53:41 +1100

The Douglas Shire Council is seeking $8 million of Queensland Government funding to increase its water supply.

Mike Barry says MSF's already been selling sugar effectively outside of the single desk arrangements - Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:09:39 +1100
MSF Sugar has already been marketing its own sugar since 2006 - a point made in its submission to the federal senate inquiry - but concedes in future its growers won't be able to exercise the choice they've had up until now about how their economic interest sugar is sold. CEO Mike Barry says that's because millers, not growers, take on all of the risk once the cane is delivered and sugar is processed.

Wilmar's David Burgess argues against re-regulation - Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:37:02 +1100
Australia's largest sugar miller, Wilmar, remains resolute in its bid to market its entire sugar production from 2017. In its submission to the senate inquiry into sugar marketing, Wilmar says re-regulation of the industry would be a retrograde step. "We are still of the belief that Wilmar can affect a better outcome for its growers and for itself through marketing 100 percent of its sugar," says the company's David Burgess.

Wilmar's David Burgess says reregulation would be a step backwards - Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:37:02 +1100
Australia's largest sugar miller, Wilmar, remains resolute in its bid to market its entire sugar production from 2017. In its submission to the senate inquiry into sugar marketing, Wilmar says re-regulation of the industry would be a retrograde step. "We are still of the belief that Wilmar can affect a better outcome for its growers and for itself through marketing 100 percent of its sugar," says the company's David Burgess.

Australia's largest sugar miller argues against reregulation - Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:37:02 +1100

Australia's largest sugar miller, Wilmar, remains resolute in its bid to market its entire sugar production from 2017.

More delays for long-awaited Torres Strait seawalls - Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:08:49 +1100

A Torres Strait mayor says administrative hurdles have contributed to further delays in building long-awaited seawalls.

Education union wins court stoush over James Cook University redundancy payments - Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:06:37 +1100

The Federal Court has ruled James Cook University has been calculating some redundancy payments incorrectly.

Rising education costs 'crippling' remote communities - Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:00:15 +1100

An education lobby group says families are being driven away from small towns because government support is not keeping pace with the rising costs of boarding school.

The Mareeba-Dimbulah irrigation area's Joe Moro says it's the cost of water that ultimately will scotch plans for a new dam - Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:45:15 +1100
Economic and civic leaders may believe the Nullinga Dam proposal will be a catalyst for expansion of industry and agriculture, particularly on the Atherton Tableland, but so far the response from Mareeba-Dimbulah irrigators is lukewarm.

Nullinga Dam named as project for possible feasibility study funding - Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:54:23 +1100

A far north Queensland mayor says he is "delighted" a potential dam on the Atherton Tablelands is back on the national agenda.

Cairns police officer dragged by car - Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:51:58 +1100

A far north Queensland police officer has been treated for a shoulder injury after being dragged by a car which then hit a pole during a routine traffic stop in Cairns.

Queensland schools 'will lose billions in federal revenue' - Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:22:41 +1100

Queensland schools are set to take a $4 billion hit to their revenues over the next decade due to cuts announced in the federal budget in May, according to the state's education department.

Education Queensland's analysis, obtained by the ABC in a Right to Information request, revealed Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek was advised that over the 10 years from 2014, state schools would be $1.66 billion worse off.

Non-government schools fared worse, with cuts totalling $2.284 billion.

The revenue reduction formed part of $80 billion in savings announced by the Federal Government in the areas of health and education.

Howard Smith is angry Coles won't support the industry-backed pasture-fed certification assurance scheme - Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:58:37 +1100
Less than one week after launching its new grassfed beef brand, supermarket giant Coles has come under fire for undermining the beef industry's guarantee its pasture-fed certified meat is not assisted by grain or growth promotants.

Cattlemen angry Coles beef brand won't meet industry pasture-fed standard - Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:58:37 +1100

The Coles supermarket chain has been accused of undermining the integrity of the Australian beef industry's pasture-fed certification system after deciding to introduce its own standard.

Experts probe cause of Mooroobool grassfire - Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:35:45 +1100

Fire authorities are continuing to investigate the cause of a large grassfire that threatened homes at Mooroobool in Cairns over the weekend.

Eight charged over Qld drug and firearm ring - Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:16:05 +1100

An organised crime syndicate allegedly importing large amounts of a key drug precursor into Australia and attempting to export firearms to Papua New Guinea has been disbanded, police say.

Cairns only remaining unbeaten NBL team - Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:44:59 +1100

Cairns Taipans are the only remaining unbeaten NBL team after two competition rounds.

Skytrans laments loss of subsidised air routes - Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:32:23 +1100

A regional airliner says it is disappointed to have lost three subsidised air routes in regional Queensland.