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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.

New Tablelands council to part ways with CEO - Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:29:05

The Tablelands Mayor has confirmed he asked the far north Queensland council's CEO to resign.

Innisfail woman jailed for trafficking 'ice' - Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:23:11

A pregnant far north Queensland woman has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years' jail for drug trafficking.

Tour operator refuses to take senators to Barrier Reef, fears bad publicity for tourism - Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:46:17

A tour operator in Cairns says he refused to take Greens senators to view coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef because negative publicity is detrimental to the local industry.

Nest builder - Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:15:52

Syphilis cases rise among Queensland's Indigenous youth and gay men - Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:24:56

The sharp increase in syphilis cases seen in Queensland in 2015 has continued its trend, with Indigenous youth over-represented in infection statistics, Queensland Health says.

Cairns councillor fights for fluoridation - Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:31:29

Cairns councillor Richie Bates says he is hopeful of convincing his colleagues to reintroduce fluoride into the city's water supplies.

Olympic beach volleyball qualifier to be held in Cairns - Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:32:30

Cairns has won its bid to host the AVC Beach Volleyball Continental Cup final, a direct qualifying event for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Man's body surfaces in Lake Eacham 18 months after disappearance - Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:45:07

Police confirm a body recovered from a far north Queensland lake last week is that of missing man Maurice Shutter.

Eliminate Dengue Mozzie Box - Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:16:57
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia bacteria are introduced to the wild population via Mozzie Boxes.

Eliminate dengue map - Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:16:57
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes carrying Wolbachia bacteria are introduced to the wild population via Mozzie Boxes.

Dengue mosquito trial shows signs of success - Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:16:57

Eliminate Dengue's Townsville trial is showing strong signs of success in the fight against mosquito-borne viruses like dengue and Zika.

Cruise liners to dock in Cairns - Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:53:00

A cruise liner company says it will begin docking at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal after new simulator exercises showed Trinity Inlet can be safely traversed.

Cultural awareness bridges the gap for Indigenous Australians - Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:48:20

Police liaison officers might not carry guns or have the same powers as serving police officers, but their role in keeping the greater community safe is equally important.

Kathy Lowah, police liaison officer - Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:48:20

The Reef and Rainforest Research Centre is working with farmers to overcome the 'disconnect' with the scientists and policy makers on the Great Barrier Reef - Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:47:01

Sheriden Morris says she understands frustration of farmers at the lack of data available on water quality - Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:47:01
Reef and Rainforest Research Centre managing-director Sheriden Morris is leading a $32 million federally-funded project with the Tropical Water Quality Hub. She said despite hundreds of millions of dollars being invested by government and individual farmers to reduce run-off to the Great Barrier Reef, benchmarking water quality improvements relied on limited, end-of-catchment monitoring and modelling assumptions.

Farming groups welcome reef funds but better water quality data still needed - Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:47:01

More accurate data is needed to overcome the 'disconnect' between farmers and scientists on Great Barrier Reef water quality.

Matt West from Australian Prawn Farmers says it's an exciting time to be involved in aquaculture - Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:23:58
Matt West from the Australian Prawn Farmers Association says it's an exciting time to be involved in the aquaculture industry. But with governments under increasing pressure to reduce the impact of agricultural activities on the Great Barrier Reef, he says there are still no guarantees about when and where new farms would be approved.

Queensland minister Leanne Donaldson says government is ready to 'facilitate' aquaculture expansion - Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:23:58
Ms Donaldson defended the delay in responding to the Aquaculture Regulation in Queensland report and said the new policy statement paved the way for a larger aquaculture industry in the state. It embraced many of the key elements put forward 18 months ago by the Queensland Competition Authority, including creating of aquaculture development areas, assessable codes outlining the regulatory conditions for each area, and more certainty about the future price and availability of environmental offsets.

Queensland aquaculture strategy finally released - Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:23:58

A long-awaited strategy to promote the growth of Queensland aquaculture is welcome but overdue, says industry.

Four missing boys found safe in far north Queensland - Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:34:46

Four boys reported missing from Cairns are found safe in Edmonton in far north Queensland.

Stuart Dempster - Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:24:41

Child abduction agencies a necessity, former customer says - Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:24:41

A far north Queensland man who engaged a child abduction agency believes parents are being forced to use such organisations because of government inaction.

Post-mortem to be done on body found in Tablelands lake - Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:40:04

Police say a post-mortem examination will be carried out today to determine if a body found in a far north Queensland lake is that of a man missing since December 2014.

Reef water quality projects will be fully funded: Hunt - Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:29:10

An extra $50 million will be spent on new projects to improve water quality on the Great Barrier Reef, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt says.

Senator Anne Ruston says the review of marine reserves won't be finalised before the federal election - Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:01:46
Assistant federal minister for agriculture Anne Ruston admitted the independent review had taken longer than expected. Senator Ruston says the delay would mean continuing uncertainty for commercial fishers and other stakeholders whose livelihoods potentially could be affected by the implementation of the marine protected areas, particularly the Coral Sea.

No election promise on marine parks, Fisheries Minister says - Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:01:46

Federal Government confirms final maps for Australia's marine reserves, including the world's largest marine park in the Coral Sea, won't be released before the election.

Body found in Atherton Tablelands lake - Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:11:28

Police in far north Queensland have spent the night guarding a popular swimming spot, after a body was found in the water.

Sarah Miller during INTERFET operations in East Timor - Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:36:13

Female veteran saddened by questions of service - Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:36:13

At 19 Sarah Miller was deployed to war in East Timor; her military service changed her life forever but her experiences at home have been equally challenging.

'Do not knock': Door-to-door traders banned from remote Indigenous community - Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:10:13

Wujal Wujal, three hours north of Cairns in Queensland, has been plagued by unscrupulous door-to door traders and is set to become the nation's first "do not knock" town.

Queensland Nickel creditors meet for liquidation vote - Fri, 22 Apr 2016 07:40:18

Creditors of Clive Palmer's Queensland Nickel are today preparing to vote on whether to continue operating under administration, return the company to the original management structure, or liquidate.

Boxed mud crabs - Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:24:09

Candling a mud crab - Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:24:09

Grading mud crabs with sound - Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:24:09

Mud crabs under spotlight as researchers trial new grading methods - Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:24:09

James Cook University and government researchers are trialling new technologies to improve the way mud crabs are graded for sale.

Rural Reporter: Captain Copland a compass master - Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:04:28
Captain Bruce Copland is a master mariner. Now in his 80s he still works as a certified compass adjustor in the port of Cairns in far north Queensland. Read more

Environment ministers hold 'heated' phone hook-up on climate change, Great Barrier Reef concerns - Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:46:01

In a heated late-night phone conference with state and territory environment ministers, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt delivers a vigorous defence of the Government's climate change policies.

Greg Hunt sets up urgent phone conference about Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching - Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:07:28

The federal Environment Minister invites his Queensland counterpart to take part in a urgent phone conference about coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef.

Deep sea snapper caught by line in the Coral Sea - Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:31:53

Marty Cunningham is one of few operators developing a deep sea line fishery in the Coral Sea - Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:31:53

Marty Cunningham says he's not opposed to marine parks but locking out commercial fishers will open the door to illegal fishers - Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:31:53
Martin Cunningham collects sea cucumbers from some of Australia's most remote and strictly-regulated reefs, and has also been developing a deep sea line fishery in the Coral Sea more than 600 nautical miles offshore. He says locking out commercial fishers from marine parks is playing into the hands of increasingly sophisticated illegal fishing operations.

Coral Sea fisher sounds alarm as illegal fishers target marine parks - Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:31:53

There are concerns expanding marine parks without increased surveillance could play into the hands of illegal fishers.

Steve Guazzo says growers are getting closer to signing a supply agreement with Wilmar - Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:41:42
Canegrowers Herbert River chairman Steve Guazzo says canegrowers are positive after meeting with Wilmar for the first time since new laws provided growers with the ability to choose a marketing entity. Read story.

Wilmar tells growers it needs more time to bed down new sugar marketing arrangements - Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:41:42

Cane grower representatives told it could be June before they have a cane supply agreement for the 2017 season.

Repeat domestic violence offender jailed for four years - Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:31:25

A far north Queensland judge has jailed a man, describing him as one of the worst repeat domestic violence offenders he has seen.

Palm grubs (Mojojoi) - Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:02:44

Handmade canoes - Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:02:44

Playing in the jungle garden - Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:02:44

Inside the maloca - Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:02:44