Latest News in Cairns

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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.

Young writers have been inspired by a week-long school camp in far north Queensland - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:49:14

Students were inspired by their own experiences, as well as interviews with local farmers - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:49:14

Young authors inspired by farmers to write and illustrate their own books - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:49:14
From little ideas, big books grow.

Young writers get a little bit of help with refining their work - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:43:18

Students worked in groups and one-on-one with their mentors to complete their books - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:41:00

Jacob Gegg at the Daradgee writers' and illustrators' camp - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:41:00

Cairns double murder trial jurors begin deliberations - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:19:17

Jurors in the trial of a Cairns mechanic accused of murdering a couple over a car have been sent home after their first day of deliberations.

Douglas Shire spending 'thousands' on housing dangerous dogs - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:56:33

The Douglas Shire Council Mayor says the council is spending tens of thousands of dollars accommodating dangerous dogs each year.

Qld Govt now backing Cape York bauxite proponent Glencore - Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:49:14

The Queensland Government says it is hoping to reach an agreement within the next two months with a mining company wanting to develop a rich bauxite deposit on Cape York.

Liam is one of 65 children who attended the Daradgee writers' camp - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:04:27

It only takes a small idea to write a beautiful book, as Charlie McKillop discovers at school camp - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:04:27
Working with Australian children's authors Elizabeth Honey and Alison Lester, 65 primary school students spent one week at a special writers' and illustrators' camp. It's clear the mentors have left an indelible mark on their young charges as they speak to the ABC about their experience at Daradgee Environmental Education Centre in far north Queensland.

Children capture essence of farming at writers' camp - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:04:27

Children in far north Queensland have been challenged to consider what it would be like to be a farmer - and then write and illustrate their own book about it.

Lies don't make accused a killer, defence barrister says - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:25:57

A defence barrister has told a Cairns court his client was a liar and a blowhard who big-noted himself, but he was no killer.

Sky-high robots detecting weeds - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:25:29

Researchers say surveillance robots that can detect weeds and pest insects could be crucial to the development of agriculture in northern Australia.

Autonomous helicopters are being used to detect weeds in remote areas. - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:25:29

CSIRO's Gary Fitt on a successful trial of surveillance robots - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:25:29
CSIRO biosecurity flagship science director Dr Gary Fitt says autonomous helicopters are helping to find pests and weeds that could threaten Australia's native plant and animal populations. Read more.

Coroner recommends council 'refine' safety measures after road worker death - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:26:30

The Cairns Regional Council says it will take on board recommendations from the inquest into the death of one of its workers.

Slain woman's husband wins latest round of court fight - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:26:30

A man at the centre of a double murder mystery in far north Queensland has had another win against the Queensland Government.

New company 'ready to go' in Cape York bauxite bid - Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:13:12

A company has been formed to develop a $580 million bauxite project on Cape York.

Slain couple 'angry' over panel van restoration - Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:07:24

The man accused of murdering a Mount Isa couple has told a court they were angry at him for not restoring their panel van quickly enough.

Water park expected to benefit from recreation precinct work - Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:03:38

A Cairns regional councillor has flagged an expansion of a water slide park south of the city as part of a sport and recreation precinct.

Entsch maintains calls for medicinal marijuana trials - Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:25:40

A far north Queensland politician has renewed calls for the Federal Government to allow legal trials of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Qld ambulance fleet tracking system goes public - Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:58:37

A system that tracks the number of ambulances on the road at any one time in Queensland has been made public.

Cairns council plays catch-up with rubbish collection - Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:50:20

Some households in the Cairns region still have not had their rubbish collected, after vehicle safety inspections last week.

Hotel makes bid to remove bat trees - Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:43:26

Cairns Regional Council will this week vote on an application to remove 11 trees from outside the city's Novotel Oasis Resort which provide a flying fox roost.

Cyclists saddle up to raise money for sick kids - Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:23:51

A group of 19 cyclists are en route to Cairns, after departing Airlie Beach this morning, to raise money for sick children.

Napranum Aboriginal community turns disadvantage around - Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:06:54

The Queensland Aboriginal community of Napranum near Weipa on western Cape York is charting its own path to tackle disadvantage, with remarkable results.

Northern Australia tourism needs new 'international airports' - Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:01:13

Tourism experts say more international airports and lower arrival fees for tourists are the ticket to bringing more visitors to northern Australia.

Cairns police seize Taser disguised as mobile phone - Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:51:19

Cairns police say they are concerned about the growing number of illegal Tasers.

A customer advisory explains how under peel chill during winter can affects the colour and lustre of the banana, but not the taste - Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:49:17

Banana grower Paul Lankester and wholesaler Doug Rylance are urging shoppers not to judge a banana by its cover - Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:49:17
Every year around this time bananas get what can best be described as the winter blues... it's actually a 'winter greying' which affects the colour and lustre of the banana - but not the taste - as growers and retailers are keen to let consumers know.

'Grey' bananas get the winter blues too - Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:49:17

Shoppers are being urged not to be concerned if their bananas appear a little greyer than usual.

No-one to be charged with helping prison escapees - Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:09:28

Far north Queensland police have ruled out charging anyone with aiding and abetting two prison escapees who were recaptured yesterday.

Witness 'turned up TV' during alleged double murder - Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:08:01

A key witness in the double murder trial of Queensland mechanic Brandon Peter MacGowan ordered a pizza and turned up the volume on his video game to drown out screams coming from next door, the Supreme Court has heard.

Gulf policeman to be sworn in as newest Carpentaria council member - Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:28:28

The newest member of the Carpentaria Shire Council says his current work as a police officer has prepared him well for his seat at the council's table.

Crime-linked skate park to stay open until new facility built - Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:23:25

The Cairns Regional Council says a skate park set for demolition because of local crime problems will remain open until a new one is built.

Douglas Shire to gauge need for tougher croc removal scheme - Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:18:06

A far north Queensland mayor says calls for a tougher crocodile removal scheme in the Port Douglas area will be discussed at a community information session this afternoon.

Rubbish collections stop after truck fleet grounded - Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:02:32

Rubbish collection services have been halted in many parts of the country after Australia's largest waste management firm grounded its entire fleet.

Commodities analyst Tom McNeill says sugar prices have 'crumbled' since May. - Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:40:00
A global oversupply of sugar has sent prices tumbling over the past few months according to commodity analyst Tom McNeill. The sugar price has fallen from $475 per tonne in March to be now under the $400 mark.

Nothing sweet about the current sugar price - Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:40:00

A global oversupply of sugar has sent prices tumbling over the past few months.

Storm clouds gather on the horizon on Abingdon Downs Station, north of Georgetown in far north Queensland - Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:14:53

Agforce's Howard Smith says MLA is on notice to bring about 'cultural' change - Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:14:53
It's clear Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) managing director Richard Norton still has his work cut out convincing the industry its peak marketing and research agency is acting on deep-seated concerns about the way grassfed beef producers' levies are being spent. The budget cuts he announced yesterday have been described by Agforce cattle board president Howard Smith as a 'good start' but he says the MLA needs to go much further.

Northern graziers welcome 'good start' to MLA reforms - Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:14:53

The jury may still be out, but northern graziers say they like what they're hearing from their marketing and research agency, Meat and Livestock Australia about its reform agenda.

Delay over as patients move into Cairns Hospital's new wing - Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:14:32

Patients are finally being moved into the newest wing of the Cairns Hospital, three months after it was initially set to open.

Top End calls for road upgrades to stop annual - Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:32:00
Crucial roads in northern Queensland remain unsealed, vulnerable to flooding, or with no alternative routes.

Food to Asia: northern Australian farmers reflect on their future - Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:00:22

The term 'Asia's food bowl' has become a cliche when discussing farming in northern Australia.

Renewed push to seal inland north Queensland highway - Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:56:45

The Federal Government's determination to develop northern Australia has raised hopes for improving the condition of a major inland route through Queensland.

Spoil dumping will further deteriorate Barrier Reef, former official says - Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:26:50

Australian authorities are failing to protect the country's greatest natural icon, the Great Barrier Reef, by approving the dumping of dredge spoil inside the marine park, a former government official says.

Drew Watson hopes rain delays to the sugar harvest are short-lived - Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:33:54
As farmers across most of Queensland pray for rain this weekend, wet weather has forced a halt to the North Queensland sugar harvest. In Mossman, Queensland's most far northern mill, it's been about as challenging season that's already on track for a late finish in December.

Ravenshoe youth group in far north Queensland - Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:04:22