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Latest News in Cairns

See below for the latest and breaking news in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland.

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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.

Ancient coral samples show Great Barrier Reef could recover - Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:15:46 +1100

The Great Barrier Reef has teetered on the edge of extinction in the past and recovered, a new study into its history reveals, but scientist say there are new threats.

Cairns constable pleads guilty to high-range drink driving - Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:54:05 +1100

A Cairns police constable has been fined and convicted after being caught driving at more than three times the legal limit.

Busy firefighters issue warning after six flood rescues in north Queensland - Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:59:05 +1100

Residents and visitors to far north Queensland are being urged to stay out of floodwaters following six swift water rescues in the past few days.

New Year meme - Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:25:12 +1100

A physiotherapist's top 5 tips for staying injury-free in new year - Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:25:12 +1100

With New Year's resolutions fresh in their minds, people everywhere hit the gym and pound the pavements, but physiotherapists say the key to getting fit is staying injury-free.

Mum charged over baby's manslaughter in 21-year-old case - Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:14:13 +1100

A 43-year-old Cairns woman accused of the death of her newborn baby more than 20 years ago is granted bail.

Nepalese villagers embrace running for earthquake recovery - Sun, 08 Jan 2017 11:08:00 +1100

The urge to run is an instinctive reaction in an earthquake, but Cairns-based Nepalese expatriate Som Tamang has taken that one step further by creating a charity event to raise money for victims of the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

Men face court over possession of rifle, silencer and drugs - Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:36:01 +1100

Two men face a string of charges after police find drugs, jewellery, cash and a gun which posed "a great threat to the community" in a car.

Light tropical fruit season means money in the bank for Aussie farmers - Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:33:48 +1100

Light supplies of tropical fruit mean good prices for Australian farmers this summer.

Sixth Queenslander in a week diagnosed with meningococcal disease - Fri, 06 Jan 2017 08:23:57 +1100

Queensland Health confirms a sixth case of meningococcal disease detected in the space of a week, this time in Toowoomba.

Body found in search for far north Queensland good Samaritan - Thu, 05 Jan 2017 12:35:57 +1100

The body of a 60-year-old man who was washed off a bridge in far north Queensland while trying to warn motorists of rising waters is found.

Man swept away in floodwaters near Atherton - Wed, 04 Jan 2017 20:02:30 +1100

Hopes are fading for a man last seen being swept away under a rail bridge by floodwaters north of Atherton in far north Queensland.

Man's body may have lain in Cairns Botanic Gardens for days - Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:44:15 +1100

A man could have been dead for several days inside the Cairns Botanic Gardens before an "associate" discovered his body behind a large disused water tank, police in far north Queensland say.

Cairns paramedic allegedly kicked in back, spat on while treating patient - Tue, 03 Jan 2017 15:48:37 +1100

Two people appear in court charged with assault after a paramedic is allegedly kicked in the back and spat on in far north Queensland, the latest in a spate of attacks on emergency service personnel working over the New Year period.

A 3-metre python swallows a wallaby in far north Queensland - Tue, 03 Jan 2017 09:43:33 +1100
A 3-metre scrub python has made a meal out of a wallaby in far north Queensland on New Year's Day — the second such event recorded in the area in recent weeks.

Python makes meal of wallaby in horse paddock near Cairns - Mon, 02 Jan 2017 18:51:17 +1100

A 3-metre scrub python makes a meal out of a wallaby in far north Queensland on New Year's Day, just weeks after another python did likewise on a golf course a short distance away.

Man charged over death of woman hit by car - Mon, 02 Jan 2017 08:13:09 +1100

A man is charged with dangerous driving offences after he allegedly hit and killed a 64-year-old woman known to him in far north Queensland early on New Year's Day.

Woman killed in hit-and-run after argument with man - Sun, 01 Jan 2017 12:46:31 +1100

A woman dies after being hit by a car following a verbal altercation with a man in Cairns overnight.

Man bitten by taipan in lounge room dies six days on - Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:11:39 +1100

A Queensland man, 77, dies in hospital nearly a week after being bitten between the toes by a coastal taipan, one of the world's deadliest snakes, as he tried to hit it with a shovel.

Drought gives fodder for junior writer's book dream - Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:30:15 +1100

Half a lifetime lived in drought is providing fodder for this young Queensland writer.

Man in critical condition after taipan bite in far north Queensland home - Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:27:47 +1100

A 77-year-old man fights for life after being bitten by a taipan snake in between his toes in his home north of Cairns in far north Queensland.

Pinata Farms operations manager Stephen Scurr - Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:54:30 +1100

Ripe for the picking, another Mareeba Gold pineapple grown and marketed by Pinata Farms - Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:54:30 +1100

Fresh, pineapple almost ready to be picked in Mareeba, in far north Queensland - Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:54:30 +1100

Stephen Scurr in the pineapple patch at Mareeba - Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:54:30 +1100

Stephen Scurr takes Charlie McKillop from the packing shed to the pineapple patch on Pinata Farms' Mareeba plantation - Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:54:30 +1100
Growing and picking pineapples is a vital part of the marketing mix for one of Australia's largest family farming operations, Pinata Farms. Pinata Farms grow strawberries in south-east Queensland, mangoes in the Northern Territory and Queensland and now it's pineapple footprint is also expanding from Queensland into the Territory. But it's Mareeba that is home and namesake to the highly recognisable 'Mareeba Gold' pineapple variety, due in part to the near perfect growing conditions in far north Queensland. But that's in a normal season, and as operations manager Stephen Scurr told Charlie McKillop, this season has been anything but normal.

Pearson to lodge complaint over Cape York Academy audit release - Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:37:57 +1100

Indigenous leader Noel Pearson will lodge a complaint with Queensland's corruption watchdog over the release of a financial and administrative audit of his Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy, saying there has been a "misuse of the reports".

QSL's Greg Beashel says negotiations with Wilmar are continuing, but the deal with Tully Sugar is a major step forward - Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:02:52 +1100
Queensland Sugar Limited says its deal with Tully Sugar is a significant breakthrough as the industry moves to a new paradigm next season. The on-supply agreement will allow Tully growers to market raw sugar through QSL... and QSL gets a greater share of the Australia's $1.6 billion sugar pool. But there's still one piece of the sugar pie missing? Australia's largest sugar producer Wilmar is yet to reach an agreement. QSL chief executive Greg Beashel told Craig Zonca negotiations are continuing, but the deal with Tully is a major step forward.

Sugar breakthrough heralds new era of marketing choice in Tully - Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:48:40 +1100

A new collective cane supply agreement for Tully is welcomed as a new era of sugar marketing choice.

'Magical' Shelburne Bay returned to traditional owners after 20-year fight - Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:29:05 +1100

One of Queensland's longest-running land disputes is resolved, with more than 118,000 hectares of land handed back to traditional owners at Cape York.

Rare whale spotted in Barrier Reef Marine Park for first time - Thu, 15 Dec 2016 07:15:06 +1100

Sightings of an extremely rare omura whale, which was only identified as a species in 2003, are making waves among experts and tour operators inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Latest reef snorkelling death sparks call for regulation rethink - Wed, 14 Dec 2016 12:41:34 +1100

Reef tourism operators concede that regulations may need a "tweak" following the latest death of a tourist on the Great Barrier Reef.

Project site - Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:16:18 +1100

Alan Zappala - Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:16:18 +1100

Preparing and planting - Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:16:18 +1100

Girl power - Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:16:18 +1100

Revegetated creek - Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:16:18 +1100

Steward of the land: A farmer's mission to protect the environment - Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:16:18 +1100

There is a perception that farming and environmental preservation rarely go hand in hand, but one far north Queensland farmer is looking to change that.

Annabelle walking Charlie - Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:34:46 +1100

Beryl and Charlie - Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:34:46 +1100

Clare walking Billy - Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:34:46 +1100

Barney and Rae - Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:34:46 +1100

Billy the dog - Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:34:46 +1100

Graham walking Barney - Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:34:46 +1100

George and Billy - Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:34:46 +1100

Barney the dog - Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:34:46 +1100

Charlie tuckered out - Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:34:46 +1100

Meet the volunteers caring for senior citizens' dogs - Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:34:46 +1100

Imagine not being able to give your beloved pet what it needs: not being able to walk him as much as you would like, or pick him up to give him a bath.

Quarantine stepped up as white spot outbreak found in wild prawns - Tue, 13 Dec 2016 07:14:46 +1100

Eight prawn farms on the Logan River, south of Brisbane, are on heightened alert as Australia's first white spot disease outbreak deepens.

Queensland Government to spend $1b budget windfall on regional jobs - Mon, 12 Dec 2016 19:00:09 +1100

The Queensland Opposition dismisses the Government's plan to spend a $1 billion budget windfall on regional jobs, urging Treasurer Curtis Pitt to instead use the extra revenue to pay down debt.