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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.

Denis George, pearl cultivator - Mon, 25 May 2015 15:37:18

College of Physicians calls for end to mandatory detention of asylum seekers - Mon, 25 May 2015 15:15:56

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians calls for an end to the mandatory detention of asylum seekers, saying it is damaging people's health.

Business chamber urges fast-tracking of proposed Cairns resort casino - Mon, 25 May 2015 10:37:19

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland says the approval process must be sped up for a multi-billion-dollar project in Cairns in the state's far north.

Great Barrier Reef likely to avoid 'in danger' listing by Unesco: scientists - Sun, 24 May 2015 12:55:12

Queensland's leading researchers on the Great Barrier Reef predict the area will not be listed as "in danger" by the United Nations body Unesco, although it does face serious threats.

Cost of registering a vehicle in Queensland set to rise again - Sat, 23 May 2015 09:33:15

Queensland, already the most expensive place in Australia to own a car, will raise vehicle registration fees again on July 1, with the State Opposition accusing the Government of treating motorists as cash cows.

Man who fired spear gun at policeman jailed with immediate parole - Fri, 22 May 2015 13:28:37

A far north Queensland man has been sentenced to three years' jail, with immediate parole, over an attack on a police officer in December 2013.

'Ice' forum hears fears Cape York Indigenous drug use going undetected - Fri, 22 May 2015 12:20:36

An Aboriginal health service says the drug 'ice' has the potential to have worse effects than foetal alcohol syndrome in Indigenous communities.

Professor Peter Ridd has challenged the system of scientific peer review in relation to claims made about the health of the Great Barrier Reef - Fri, 22 May 2015 11:34:30
Quality assurance is a concept farmers well understand... it's become a part of doing business at just about every point of the food supply chain. But what about the science upon which many decisions and policies which affect farmers are made? According to Professor Peter Ridd from James Cook University, many scientific claims are made about the health of the Great Barrier Reef and the current system of peer review is not applying the level of 'antagonistic rigour' required to ensure they are based on accurate data. Professor Ridd says there are many consequences, including for the environment, when exaggerated claims are made and subsequently proven to be wrong.

Academic claims scientific peer review system failing the Great Barrier Reef - Fri, 22 May 2015 11:28:22

Audiences in far north Queensland have been told scientific claims made about the health of the Great Barrier Reef are not subjected to the same level of "antagonistic rigour" as those made in the private sector.

Cook MP Billy Gordon admits mistakes in maiden speech to Queensland Parliament - Thu, 21 May 2015 13:12:50

Embattled member for Cook Billy Gordon delivers his maiden speech to Queensland Parliament, saying his life "does not make for the typical member".

New air service promises to boost far north Qld economy - Thu, 21 May 2015 12:33:13

The CEO of Cairns Airport says new flights between the Philippines and New Zealand will inject tens of millions of dollars into the far north Queensland's region's economy annually.

CCC won't won't take action against Cook Shire Council - Thu, 21 May 2015 12:20:38

The Crime and Corruption Commission says it will not pursue criminal charges against the Cook Shire Council in far north Queensland.

Doug Phillips say he won't speculate on the future of the Tully grower locked down with Panama TR4 - Wed, 20 May 2015 16:37:41
As Biosecurity Queensland's sets about reviewing its testing procedures after discovering a false positive result for Panama disease, there are many questions still to be answered about the way forward for the banana industry. The Australian Banana Growers' Council says it's too early to speculate on what the lifting of quarantine measures on a Mareeba farm might mean for the Tully grower whose farm is infected with tropical race 4. But ABGC chairman Doug Phillips says the position on compensation for growers has not changed.

Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne says compensation for banana growers will be resolved soon - Wed, 20 May 2015 16:37:41
Queensland's Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne says he was blindsided by the revelation a key diagnostic test for Panama disease is unreliable. Mr Byrne says he's confident his biosecurity officers acted appropriately. He is now looking to finalise compensation arrangements for growers directly affected.

House where eight children were killed to be demolished - Wed, 20 May 2015 14:16:13

A far north Queensland house where eight children were killed last December has been approved to be demolished in a fortnight to make way for a memorial.

Inquest to be held into death of 5yo boy at Mount Isa Hospital - Wed, 20 May 2015 11:59:41

An inquest is expected to be held next month in Cairns, in far north Queensland, for a five-year-old boy who died in the Mount Isa Hospital in 2012.

Meth lab clean-ups in public housing cost Queenslanders $600k - Wed, 20 May 2015 11:09:30

Cleaning up meth labs set up in public housing costs the Queensland Government more than $600,000 over three years.

Billy Gordon votes with Opposition in bid to restore Queensland's wait-time guarantee policy - Wed, 20 May 2015 07:47:41

Former Labor MP-turned independent Billy Gordon votes with the Opposition for LNP's first win in Queensland's hung Parliament.

Poisoning claims aired at Senate wind turbines hearing - Tue, 19 May 2015 10:33:06

A Senate committee hearing on wind turbines has heard claims of poisoning on the site of a proposed wind farm in far north Queensland.

Cairns Derby Dolls - Mon, 18 May 2015 13:56:46

Grazier Peter Henry says there are 'no winners' after a dispute with his neighbour ended up in the Supreme Court - Mon, 18 May 2015 13:15:24
A fence at the centre of a bitter dispute between two rural neighbours, south of Georgetown, has finally been taken down by a mining lease holder 18 months after he was initially ordered to do so. But for the owners of nearby Flat Creek Station, whose access along a gazetted road was blocked, a Supreme Court ruling against the miner has been a hollow victory. Read more

Flat Creek fence furore ends after Supreme Court ruling - Mon, 18 May 2015 13:15:24

A Queensland grazier says the removal of a fence by a mining company after a Supreme Court ruling can't undo damage already done to his property and business.

Bryan Cifuentes now holds one of three top-ranking positions within Queensland's new emergency services structure - Mon, 18 May 2015 13:02:46

Senate committee visits Cairns to probe wind turbine impacts - Mon, 18 May 2015 09:30:59

A Senate committee examining the impacts of wind turbines is in Cairns, in far north Queensland, today, for a public hearing.

Thousands turn out to raise money for the RSPCA - Sun, 17 May 2015 12:29:26

Thousands of Queensland dogs are out in force with their owners to give a leg up to their four-legged friends who are doing it rough.

Appeal verdict reserved for man who dissolved wife's body in wheelie bin acid bath - Fri, 15 May 2015 16:17:18

The Queensland Court of Appeal reserves its decision regarding a Cairns man convicted of murdering his wife and dissolving her body in acid.

Marc Darveniza and three of his sons at home in South Johnstone, near Innisfail, in far north Queensland - Fri, 15 May 2015 15:16:18

'Minions' enlisted to boost to banana sales - Fri, 15 May 2015 15:16:18

The Australian banana industry has enlisted the help of some cute, little critters to win the hearts and minds of consumers - Fri, 15 May 2015 15:16:18
Australian Bananas marketing executive David Chenu say a marketing campaign will be launched in supermarkets next month based on the popular success of the animated 'Minion' characters from the Despicable Me movies. While it may have left some banana growers scratching their heads as to what a 'Minion' actually is, banana grower and father-of-five Marc Darveniza believes it can only help to reinforce the positive message of making healthy, fresh-food choices when shopping for children.

Australian Bananas enlist 'Minions' to boost banana sales - Fri, 15 May 2015 15:16:18

Banana industry's marketing arm to use popular children's cartoon characters in a bid to lift banana sales.

Wife killer who dissolved body in acid set to challenge murder conviction - Fri, 15 May 2015 12:22:23

The case of a 72-year-old far north Queensland man jailed for dissolving his wife's body in a wheelie bin of acid is due to go before a Brisbane court today.

Picking pumpkins in a paddock near Mareeba - Thu, 14 May 2015 15:32:47

Pumpkin pickers in a paddock near Mareeba in far north Queensland - Thu, 14 May 2015 15:32:47

Far north Queensland grower Dennis Howe has lashed out at the government's decision to slug backpackers - Thu, 14 May 2015 15:32:47
Working holiday makers don't vote, but they do pay tax. But a measure announced in the federal budget to scrap the existing, tax-free threshold has incensed Dennis Howe, who says he needs backpackers to harvest his crops. More importantly, Mr Howe says, small towns and businesses across rural Australia need them, too.

Backpacker tax grab hurts rural towns - Thu, 14 May 2015 15:32:47

Across Australia's horticultural food bowls, concern is mounting that changes in the federal budget will make it harder to find pickers.

Cairns council urges rethink on Trinity Inlet dredging opposition - Thu, 14 May 2015 12:30:24

Cairns Mayor Bob Manning wants the Queensland Government to reconsider its decision not to support the dredging of Trinity Inlet in Cairns, in the state's far north.

High Court rules native title not extinguished by WWII military orders - Wed, 13 May 2015 12:52:45

The High Court rules a World War Two military order over land in Queensland's Atherton Tablelands did not extinguish native title for the Indigenous people of the area.

Gilberto Risa - Wed, 13 May 2015 12:50:26

No more Barrier Reef jobs to go this year says GBRMPA - Wed, 13 May 2015 11:56:43

The Government body in charge of protecting the Great Barrier Reef says it will not be cutting any more jobs this year.

Asian honey bee swarm destroyed after nest discovered in Brisbane shipment - Wed, 13 May 2015 09:16:39

A swarm of Asian honey bees carrying the destructive varroa mite is destroyed by quarantine officials in Brisbane after a nest was discovered in a shipment of cables from Malaysia.

Queensland a budget loser on key services, State Treasurer says - Wed, 13 May 2015 07:44:52

Queensland suffers cuts to health and education funding in the federal budget, and stands to lose more down the track, according to State Treasurer Curtis Pitt.

Vietnamese lychees on their way to Australia - Tue, 12 May 2015 12:35:59

Twelve years after it first applied, Vietnam can now export fresh lychees to Australia.

Far north Qld hoping for share of federal budget funding - Tue, 12 May 2015 12:05:30

The Cairns Chamber of Commerce in far north Queensland says it is hoping to see funding for the sealing of the Hann Highway, inland of Cairns, in tonight's federal budget.

Celebrated bird illustrator William Cooper dies at home in Queensland - Tue, 12 May 2015 08:21:01

Renowned wildlife illustrator William T. Cooper, once described as the best ornithological illustrator alive by Sir David Attenborough, dies at his home in far north Queensland.

Sir Richard Branson under fire over Great Barrier Reef blog post - Mon, 11 May 2015 20:11:45

Billionaire businessman Sir Richard Branson backs away from his call for the United Nations' World Heritage Committee to list the Great Barrier Reef as being in danger.

There's a very good reason why farmers are also volunteer firefighters, as Charlie McKillop discovered at a Primary Producers Brigade summit in Cairns - Mon, 11 May 2015 18:27:03
They have no yellow trucks or fire station, but there's no doubting the commitment and experience of the volunteers who form the primary producer brigades across Queensland. A summit in Cairns has brought together many of those so-called 'cane brigades' to talk about the challenges they face protecting their own farms and many others from the threat of fire.

Sugar cane farmers Ray and Rosemary Vicarioli at home near Mt Bartle Frere, in far north Queensland - Mon, 11 May 2015 18:27:03

Acting deputy commissioner Bryan Cifuentes is well aware of the challenge of rural fire volunteering is asking fewer hands to do more to protect the community - Mon, 11 May 2015 18:27:03
It's been a tumultuous time for rural fire volunteers in Queensland after two reviews and a major restructure of emergency services, an unpopular levy and ongoing struggle of recruiting and retaining volunteers. But there could be more positive than negative to come from recent changes, according to Queensland's acting deputy commissioner for emergency services volunteers Bryan Cifuentes.

The volunteer 'cane brigade' protects cane crops and community - Mon, 11 May 2015 18:27:03

An endless, green carpet of cane crops cut against a backdrop of tropical mountain ranges may be an iconic image of Queensland's sugar growing districts.

Government outlines travel costs to lobby for Barrier Reef - Mon, 11 May 2015 14:43:41

Government ministers and bureaucrats spend more than $100,000 visiting and lobbying almost all of the World Heritage Committee to convince them not to declare the Great Barrier Reef in danger.