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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.

Queensland MP quits social media, blaming 'media, political trolls' - Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:55:56

A far north Queensland MP says he is quitting social media, blaming the media, political trolls and apparatchiks for his decision.

Political turmoil surrounding Billy Gordon unprecedented: expert - Tue, 28 Apr 2015 07:35:04

The turmoil surrounding embattled far north Queensland MP Billy Gordon is "unprecedented'' in Queensland political history, a political expert says.

Cost of living cheaper in Qld for ex-NT band Dr Elephant - Tue, 28 Apr 2015 07:22:37

Members of popular Darwin band Dr Elephant decide to leave the Northern Territory together and move their families away from the least affordable housing market in the country.

Residents vow to fight Tablelands' wind farm approval - Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:11:49

Far north Queensland residents opposed to a wind farm approved on the Atherton Tablelands say they are seeking legal action to stop the development.

Banana production resumes on locked down Mareeba farm - Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:51:59

If there is any doubt in banana grower Mark Reppel's mind about his ability to produce fruit safely after being infected with Panama Tropical Race 4, he is not showing it.

Police probe needed into leaking of documents that identified children: Billy Gordon - Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:21:35

Embattled Queensland MP Billy Gordon demands a police probe into the leaking of confidential federal documents that identify his children, vowing that Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg must "account for his actions".

Late tries see Raiders storm past Rabbitohs to win 30-22 in Cairns - Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:27:24

The Canberra Raiders have stormed home to beat the South Sydney Rabbitohs 30-22 in Cairns.

Iosia Soliola of the Raiders is tackled - Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:09:23
Canberra Raiders player Iosia Soliolais tackled by South Sydney Rabbitohs' Greg Inglis and Thomas Burgess during their Round 8 game at Barlow Park in Cairns, Sunday, April 26, 2015.

Queensland Premier sorry Cook MP's ex feels let down - Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:37:42

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is sorry the former partner of Cook MP Billy Gordon feels let down by her response to domestic violence allegations.

Gill nets blamed after dead crocs found in Cape York - Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:37:38

A far north Queensland tour guide says net fishing should be banned on the Wenlock River in Cape York following the deaths of several large crocodiles.

Palaszczuk must release Gordon email trail: Opposition - Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:02:07

The Queensland Opposition urges Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to release the email trail relating to her handling of allegations relating to Member for Cook Billy Gordon.

Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne says banana biosecurity response 'timely' - Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:29:00
The discovery of the deadly soil disease, Panama Tropical Race 4, and a separate plant pest outbreak on a watermelon farm at Charters Towers, has created what some in the horticulture industry are describing as a 'perfect storm'. Queensland's Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne says biosecurity resources are adequate and agencies have responded to threats in a 'timely' way. Read more.

Australia's first Indigenous RSL club set up in far north Queensland - Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:21:12

A far north Queensland Aboriginal community becomes the first in Australia to establish its own Returned Services League club.

Domestic violence claims against Billy Gordon not for political gain: former partner - Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:49:35

The former partner of Queensland MP Billy Gordon denies the domestic violence allegations she made against him were for political gain.

Four people arrested over Cairns police chase - Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:45:00

Four people have been arrested after a police chase in Cairns, in far north Queensland.

The LNP's Deb Frecklington says locked down banana growers have waited long enough for a protocol - Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:12:56
Queensland's opposition agriculture spokeswoman Deb Frecklington says biosecurity authorities have had nine weeks since the Panama outbreak and it's now time for the Minister to act to get farmers back into production.

Banana protocol continues to elude infected farms - Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:12:56

Authorities have been criticised over delays in allowing far north Queensland banana growers stricken with a deadly soil disease to begin harvesting and selling their fruit.

Reef authority meets councils to discuss Reef 2050 plan - Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:23:59

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority says it is hoping to support local councils to improve water quality and prevent crown of thorns starfish outbreaks.

Port Hinchinbrook's dugong statue stolen again - Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:09:38

Port Hinchinbrook's massive dugong statue, weighing 700 kilograms, is stolen for a second time in a well-planned heist, leaving Queensland police and locals puzzled.

Police hunt teens over bottlo hold-up, police car ramming - Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:35:52

Far north Queensland police are looking for four teenagers who stole a car, rammed a police vehicle and held up a liquor store south of Cairns.

Embattled Queensland MP Billy Gordon says he will be an 'effective' member of Parliament - Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:49:01

The state member for Cook says he will "become a really effective member" of Parliament despite being absent from his electorate office for most of the past month.

Government dumps plan to dredge Cairns inlet - Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:45:42

The State Government dumps a proposal to dredge Trinity Inlet in Cairns in far north Queensland, with Treasurer Curtis Pitt saying it had not stacked up financially or environmentally.

Man remanded in custody over alleged Cairns murder - Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:41:33

A 49-year-old man is remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with murder following a fatal stabbing in a Cairns unit on Friday.

Man stabbed to death in Cairns apartment - Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:08:00

A man dies after being stabbed in the chest at an apartment complex in Cairns in far north Queensland.

Biosecurity Queensland's Malcolm Letts says FarmCleanse is safe to use, but more research is needed - Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:20:47

Queensland negotiates protocols to allow Panama-infected farms to sell bananas - Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:20:47

Biosecurity Queensland says it is very close to finalising an interim protocol to allow the sale of bananas from farms infected with Panama Tropical Race 4.

Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne defends net-free fishing zone proposal. - Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:14:25
Queensland Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne has released a written statement in defence of the Government's policy of introducing three net-free fishing zones. Commercial fishers Mark Ahern and David Caracciolo say he is cherrypicking data without breaking it down to get a more accurate picture. Mackay Recreational Fishers Alliance president Lance Murray welcomed the Minister's statement. Read story.

Fisheries Minister defends net-free-fishing zones - Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:14:25

Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne has defended the government's policy to introduce three net-free zones and criticised opponents for making 'wild accusations' about the impact it will have on the seafood industry.

Harriet David - Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:46:55

Qld Environment Minister flags possible croc numbers survey - Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:13:43

The Queensland Environment Minister says a crocodile population survey could be on the cards as part of potential changes to management plans.

Meet the man who opted out of Australia - Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:33:58

Former television journalist Jeremy Geia, who last year renounced his Australian citizenship, says the tens of thousands of Australians living in the Cairns region in far north Queensland should have the option of joining the Yidindji nation.

Another hand of beautiful Lady Finger bananas comes down the line - Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:24:58

Croc that bit golfer won't become a wallet: Minister - Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:12:08

The saltwater crocodile responsible for an attack on an elderly golfer in far north Queensland this week will not be turned into a wallet, Queensland's Environment Minister Steven Miles says.

Cairns man dies after being hit by car on Cape York - Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:24:14

A 45-year-old Cairns man has died after he was struck by a car on Cape York in far north Queensland.

Golfer bitten by crocodile on course owned by Clive Palmer - Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:15:01

A man is bitten on the leg by a crocodile at the Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course at Port Douglas in Queensland's far north.

Couple get suspended sentence after elderly woman freezes to death in shipping container - Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:44:05

A Queensland couple is given two-year suspended sentences for causing the death of an elderly woman by making her sleep in a shipping container in freezing conditions in Tasmania.

Michael Fomenko aka 'Tarzan' - Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:46:31

North Qld mayors demand disaster funding answers - Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:25:34

A group of north Queensland mayors is demanding the Federal Government reveal its position on a proposed overhaul of disaster funding arrangements.

Johnstone River Trust's Sam Pagano fears the consequences of a proliferation in the use of farm chemicals - Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:56:00
Serious concerns have been raised about the chemical that's been front and centre of the banana industry's biosecurity response. Farm Cleanse is one of the products recommended by government agencies to be used by growers as a decontaminate in the wash-down of all vehicles and machinery. And that has Innisfail locals like Sam Pagano very worried about the possible implications for the environment and the community.

Marty Cunningham is accusing government officials of ignoring environmental risks in the wake of Panama TR4 - Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:56:00
Commercial fisherman Martin Cunningham believes many banana growers may be oblivious to the highly toxic nature of the chemical they've been directed by biosecurity agencies to use to stop the spread of Panama disease. Mr Cunningham is accusing government agencies of ignoring serious environmental ramifications of the current biosecurity response.

Biosecurity Queensland's Malcolm Letts says Farm Cleanse safe to use - Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:56:00
Queensland's acting chief biosecurity officer Malcolm Letts says Farm Cleanse is one of number of products being recommended for use by farmers. He admits research is still underway to establish its efficacy in killing the deadly fungal spores associated with TR4, but says advice from the Department of Environment show the risks of using it are very low.

Authorities accused of ignoring environmental risks in banana biosecurity response - Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:43:36

As the banana industry faces its biggest ever biosecurity threat, there are concerns about the chemical that banana growers have been directed to use to decontaminate vehicles and farm machinery.

Man accidentally emails dirt-digging offer to intended MP target - Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:20:35

Cairns MP Rob Pyne laughs off an email he received from a man offering to investigate his past convictions which was meant for former Queensland MP Gavin King.

Analysis: is the global banana industry in a self-made crisis? - Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:54:39

The international banana industry only has itself to blame for its vulnerability to panama disease, and faces annihilation if the fungus continues to spread, according to an expert on global banana production.

Howes' banana packing shed at the 'home farm' at Walkamin - Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:37:55

Banana plant in the Northern Territory infected with Panama tropical race 4 - Thu, 09 Apr 2015 23:55:40

Qld MP wants demolition of home where eight kids died fast-tracked - Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:00:24

A Cairns MP is calling on the Queensland Attorney-General to help fast-track the demolition of the Manoora house where eight children were killed last year.

Queensland's chief biosecurity officer Dr Jim Thompson confirms another far north Queensland banana farm has been locked down - Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:24:07
Authorities have confirmed a positive test of Panama tropical race 4 on a second commercial property at Mareeba, about 180 kilometres from the Tully farm locked down five weeks ago. Read more

Another far north Queensland banana farm locked down - Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:24:07

Another case of the soil disease deadly to banana plants, Panama Tropical Race 4, has been found on a far north Queensland banana farm.

Qld calls for more Commonwealth help to deal with banana disease threat - Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:24:07

The Queensland Agriculture Minister is calling for more Commonwealth help in response to the threat of Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4).