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Cape Alumina drops $1.2b Cape York mining project - Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:10:10 +1100 Cape Alumina has officially announced it has abandoned its $1.2 billion Pisolite Hills mining project in far north Queensland's Cape York region but will push ahead with its nearby Bauxite Hills project.
Cape Alumina drops $1.2b Cape York mining project - Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:10:10 +1100
Cape Alumina has officially announced it has abandoned its $1.2 billion Pisolite Hills mining project in far north Queensland's Cape York region but will push ahead with its nearby Bauxite Hills project.
Accused killer put murdered wife's phone in previous spouse's ashes - Fri, 06 Dec 2013 13:58:31 +1100
The trial of a Cairns man accused of murdering his wife has heard he hid her mobile phone inside an urn containing his former deceased wife's ashes.
More strikes threatened over prison cell delays says MP - Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:37:50 +1100
The Member for Darymple says staff at Lotus Glen prison on the Tablelands are threatening further strike action over a delay in opening new cells.
Man to front court over Cairns stabbing - Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:31:58 +1100
A man will face court this morning over a stabbing in Cairns.
The AWU says there is no excuse for not filling entry-level jobs at Tully Sugar mill with locals - Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:30:39 +1100
The Australian Workers Union has slammed a move by a far northern sugar mill to employ unskilled foreign workers. AWU district secretary Peter Gunsberger says the Tully Sugar mill's proposal to extend the contracts of working holiday visa holders beyond their two year expiry is unacceptable and a slap in the face to the local community.
Tully Mill's Alick Osborne says the AWU is overreacting to a seasonal labour proposal - Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:30:39 +1100
The Chinese-owned Tully Sugar is battling on all fronts over protracted cane supply negotiations with growers and now unions taking aim over a plan to extend the entitlements of seasonal employees on working holiday visas. CEO Alick Osborne has defended the proposal, but says it won't be proceeding after the AWU's hostile reaction. Read the full story here.
Tully Sugar mill is looking to the future after crushing its third largest crop on record - Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:30:39 +1100
Union fights plan to extend sugar mill backpackers - Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:30:39 +1100
The Australian Workers Union has slammed a move by a far north Queensland sugar mill to employ unskilled foreign workers.
Boyfriend jailed over Mornington Island beating death - Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:12:14 +1100
A man has been jailed after pleading guilty to the 2010 manslaughter of his girlfriend on Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Torres Strait Mayor keen to make seawalls start - Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:06:26 +1100
The Mayor of the Torres Strait Island Regional Council says he will investigate how to start building long-awaited seawalls with available funds.
Murder trial sees videos of accused Cairns man speaking of 'missing' wife - Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:49:03 +1100
The trial of a man accused of murdering his wife and dissolving her body in acid in far north Queensland has been shown a video in which he denies doing so.
Cairns residents air Aquis mega resort fears - Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:19:00 +1100
Hundreds of Cairns residents have attended a community forum over concerns about the proposed Aquis mega resort in far north Queensland.
Mistress testifies at murder trial of Cairns man - Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:16:30 +1100
The mistress of a man accused of murdering his wife and dissolving her body in acid has given evidence at his trial in Cairns in far north Queensland.
Klaus Andres, 70, has pleaded guilty to interfering with the corpse of his 42-year-old Chinese wife Li Ping Cao by dissolving it in acid.
But he has pleaded not guilty to her murder in October 2011.
Far north speed limits under review - Wed, 04 Dec 2013 13:20:09 +1100
Eleven far north Queensland thoroughfares are among 100 sites the Queensland Government has listed for a review of speeds limits.
Crisafulli won't intervene over council transfer numbers - Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:08:37 +1100
The transfer manager for the new Douglas Shire Council says expressions of interest from Cairns Regional Council staff for 19 positions are still being considered.
Forum to hear mega resort 'cons' - Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:07:24 +1100
The organisers of a forum about the Aquis mega resort in Cairns say they oppose the project in its current form.
Cape bauxite miner to meet Seeney over mining ban - Tue, 03 Dec 2013 10:32:32 +1100
Resource company Cape Alumina, which stopped work on a major bauxite mine on far north Queensland's Cape York, will meet Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney about the impact of new environmental restrictions proposed for the region.
Cairns woman's teeth found in drain, murder trial told - Tue, 03 Dec 2013 09:32:09 +1100
The murder trial of a man who has admitted dissolving his wife's body in acid in Cairns in far north Queensland has heard some of her teeth were found in a drain outside their home.
Blooming corpse flower attracts attention in far north Qld - Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:21:48 +1100
In the pantheon of truly terrible garden smells, fertiliser springs to mind more readily than the scent of a flower.
The big, old verandah at the Prestwood homestead with its beautiful windows still intact - Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:28:52 +1100
Joe Vasta, Chris Condon and Joe Galeano talk cane varieties and other priorities at last week's regional forum in Tully - Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:08:04 +1100
Sugar Research Australia has been given a very clear message from growers about how they want the future research and development program to be driven. For most it's about getting new and improved varieties into the paddock, but there's plenty of other hot issues on the sugar research agenda.
Tully cane growers met to discuss research priorities as the new body, Sugar Research Australia, starts to take shape - Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:08:04 +1100
Growers put sugar research wish list - Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:08:04 +1100
The new body responsible for sugar research and development in Australia has been given a clear message about how cane growers want the future program to be driven.
Scientists freeze coral sperm to help save Barrier Reef - Mon, 02 Dec 2013 13:11:31 +1100
Researchers on the Great Barrier Reef are creating a coral sperm bank to help protect the coral from extinction.
Scientists freeze coral sperm to help save Barrier Reef - Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:01:57 +1100
Researchers on the Great Barrier Reef off Queensland are freezing coral sperm to stop some of the animal species from becoming extinct.
Atherton Tablelands quake 'like surface explosion' - Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:41:46 +1100
Atherton Tablelands' residents say the sound of an earthquake which struck the region last night was like a thunderclap.
Cost blowout for Kowanyama airstrip fix - Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:33:31 +1100
The Mayor of a Cape York Aboriginal community says an airstrip damaged during Cyclone Oswald in January has been more expensive to repair than initial estimates.
Murder trial begins for husband accused of dissolving wife's body in acid - Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:57:45 +1100
A 70-year-old man in far north Queensland has pleaded guilty this morning to interfering with his wife's corpse but not guilty of her murder.
Reunion to remember landmark Daintree blockade - Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:53:11 +1100
A reunion in far north Queensland tomorrow will mark the 30th anniversary of the Daintree blockade.
Corrective services to open new Lotus Glen prison cells - Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:51:50 +1100
Queensland Corrective Services says it is preparing to open new prison cells at Lotus Glen Correctional Centre in Mareeba.
Comment sought on draft Cape York water management plan - Fri, 29 Nov 2013 08:46:32 +1100
The Queensland Government has released a draft plan for managing and allocating water on Cape York in the state's far north.
Thieves cook a meal, take a nap in Cairns house - Fri, 29 Nov 2013 08:42:18 +1100
Police in far north Queensland are searching for clues after thieves broke into a Cairns home and cooked themselves a meal and took a nap.
Qld man to face Sydney court over 1992 sexual assault - Fri, 29 Nov 2013 08:34:36 +1100
A man will face a Sydney court today charged over a sexual assault more than 20 years ago.
Pair rescued from sinking fishing boat - Fri, 29 Nov 2013 08:24:49 +1100
Two men have been rescued after their boat sunk off the far north Queensland coast last night.
Study finds rising sea temperature puts heat on fish numbers - Thu, 28 Nov 2013 14:41:02 +1100
Queensland researchers have discovered, like humans, reef fish become lethargic in warmer conditions.
Brian Hard from Wattle Hills Station says many residents are unaware of the potential for gas exploration - Thu, 28 Nov 2013 13:25:43 +1100
Wattle Hills Station is a privately-owned environmental reserve and the site of a major fire exclusion research project on Cape York Peninsula. Brian Hard has been involved in protecting the "fragile" country, which abuts the Pascoe River, since 1985 and has voiced concern about the potential consequences of gas exploration and development in the region. Read the full story here.
Concerns over potential Cape York gas development - Thu, 28 Nov 2013 13:25:43 +1100
Cape York may have been declared off-limits to a future bauxite mine but the Queensland government says the door is still open for new gas development.
Drought-hit Gulf landholders hope ex-cyclone delivers soaking - Thu, 28 Nov 2013 08:33:00 +1100
Graziers in parts of Queensland's drought-stricken Gulf region are hoping for a decent drenching from an ex-tropical cyclone.
Lotus Glen Prison staff strike over cell overcrowding - Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:41:16 +1100
Queensland's Industrial Relations Commission is yet to make a ruling after prison officers walked off the job in the state's far north this morning.
Mills shut up shop in Indian sugar protest - Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:15:30 +1100
Indian milling companies involved in an escalating price dispute with their growers have found a novel way to register their protest against government interference in price setting.
Analyst Tom McNeill explains how an ongoing conflict between Indian sugar millers and growers has escalated recently - Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:15:30 +1100
Green Pool Commodities senior analyst Tom McNeill says Indian mills are protesting against government interference in cane price setting by refusing to start crushing.
Shipwrecks expedition sets sights on finding WWII fighter plane - Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:22:48 +1100
The group involved in an expedition to find two shipwrecks off the far north Queensland coast has turned its attention to finding a downed World War II aircraft.
Petrol sniffing fears fuel calls for bigger Opal storage - Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:12:24 +1100
The mayor of a Cape York Aboriginal community is concerned there may be a resurgence of petrol sniffing if it does not receive Queensland Government help to prepare for the wet season.
Traditional owners take back seven Cape York national parks - Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:50:54 +1100
The Queensland Government has transferred seven national parks in the state's far north Cape York region back into Aboriginal ownership.
Queensland man charged over 1992 Sydney sex assault - Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:04:52 +1100
A Queensland man has been charged over the sexual assault of a woman in Sydney more than 20 years ago.
The 44-year-old allegedly asked the victim for a glass of water at her Penrith home in 1992 before returning to sexually assault and rob her.
The NSW Sex Crimes Squad identified him after reviewing the DNA evidence in the case, and he was arrested in Cairns yesterday.
A new bridge towers over the Laura River in Cape York Peninsula, 300 kilometres north of Cairns - Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:19:43 +1100
Bill Raymond is rejoicing over early rain on the Peninsula, even though it's highlighted the shortcomings of a new bridge - Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:19:43 +1100
Cape York grazier Bill Raymond is angry a new bridge across the Laura River has not improved access for 15,000 Peninsula residents during the wet season. But after pumping water to his drought-affected herd for months, Mr Raymond says he'll still take the early rain, any day. He's still not sure it will be enough to turn around the dire financial predicament facing northern cattlemen still reeling from the loss of live exports to Indonesia. He says he's watching nervously to see how the Australian government manages the diplomatic row with Indonesia in the wake of leaked intelligence. Read the full story here.
Cape York welcomes early wet, pity about the bridge - Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:19:43 +1100
The early arrival of the wet season has been welcomed by residents in Cape York Peninsula, even though it's cut the main road access.
Green tree frog spits out beetle - Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:10:00 +1100