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.

Shorten pledges $500 million for Great Barrier Reef - Mon, 30 May 2016 12:04:43
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten pledges $500 million for the Great Barrier Reef over five years if Labor is elected.

Gordonvale resident tests positive to Zika virus - Mon, 30 May 2016 11:55:14

Queensland Health workers have been deployed to Gordonvale, south of Cairns in far north Queensland, after a resident tested positive to the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Iranian tourist drowns near Cairns - Mon, 30 May 2016 10:58:17

Police say an Iranian tourist who drowned south of Cairns, in far north Queensland, may have suffered a heart attack.

Scientists say Great Barrier Reef bleaching 'as bad as we've ever seen' - Mon, 30 May 2016 09:38:43
Dr John Pandolfi from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, explains the latest report on bleaching, which has found 50 per-cent of the northern parts of the Great Barrier Reef are dying.

Celebrating on the streets - Mon, 30 May 2016 09:21:49

Flying above the pack: Portia Eden jumps to world number one - Mon, 30 May 2016 09:21:49

Australia's Portia Eden has become the world's best female BMX rider in her age group.

Woman feared dead in croc attack in far north Queensland - Mon, 30 May 2016 07:16:20

Rescue teams search for a woman who was taken by a crocodile while swimming at a beach in the Daintree National Park last night.

35pc of coral killed by bleaching in parts of Great Barrier Reef - Mon, 30 May 2016 06:08:56

Extensive surveys reveal bleaching has killed 35 per cent of coral in the central and northern parts of the Great Barrier Reef, as Bill Shorten prepares to announce nearly $400 million to protect it.

Barack Obama and family invited to visit Great Barrier Reef - Sun, 29 May 2016 17:21:01

The US President, who ruffled political feathers with his comments regarding the Great Barrier Reef during the G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane two years ago, is invited to holiday at the reef once he retires.

Pearson's Aurukun program part of problem, educator Chris Sarra says - Sun, 29 May 2016 10:40:38

A controversial education program being run by Noel Pearson at three Aboriginal communities in Queensland's Cape York region is part of the problem in Aurukun, Indigenous educator Dr Chris Sarra says.

Queensland Government has no record of Pearson's Aurukun letter - Sat, 28 May 2016 15:01:24

The Palaszczuk Government appears to have lost a letter from Indigenous leader Noel Pearson that raised policing concerns in the community of Aurukun last September, Opposition spokesman Scott Emerson says.

Policing review needed in Aurukun, Pearson says - Sat, 28 May 2016 10:53:46

A visit by Queensland politicians in Aurukun is "baffling" and a "knee-jerk reaction", Indigenous leader Noel Pearson says, as he defends the reputation of his primary school in the Cape York community.

Queensland Government could take control of troubled Aurukun school - Fri, 27 May 2016 17:18:49

A new principal and two new teachers will be flown into Aurukun as the Queensland Government considers taking control of the school in the troubled Indigenous community.

Thursday Island Hospital's history-making nurses - Fri, 27 May 2016 13:50:04
Thursday Island's Indigenous nursing staff explain their history making day and the road that brought them to where they are today.

Fears Cairns dengue case locally acquired - Fri, 27 May 2016 12:05:35

Health authorities are concerned there may be unreported dengue fever cases in the Cairns region in far north Queensland.

New plan to tackle sexually transmitted diseases in north Qld - Fri, 27 May 2016 11:43:33

The State Government has committed $15.7 million to tackle high rates of sexually transmitted diseases across north Queensland, including the north-west.

Deputy Premier cleared of intimidating Queensland independent MP - Fri, 27 May 2016 10:38:18

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad is cleared of allegations that she bullied and abused former Labor MP and now independent Rob Pyne.

Aurukun a 'failed social experiment', federal MP Warren Entsch says - Fri, 27 May 2016 09:53:14

Aurukun is a "failed social experiment", far north Queensland MP Warren Entsch says, after the Cape York town's school closes for the second time in two weeks and its teachers are removed over safety concerns.

Thursday Island's Indigenous nursing staff - Fri, 27 May 2016 08:34:44

Indigenous nurses run Thursday Island Hospital ward for first time - Fri, 27 May 2016 08:34:44

A group of Indigenous nurses at Thursday Island Hospital make history, becoming the first-ever all-Indigenous team to run the hospital's general ward.

Aurukun is 'the Afghanistan of teaching', Pearson says - Thu, 26 May 2016 21:40:52

The troubled community of Aurukun has been likened to Afghanistan by Cape York Indigenous leader Noel Pearson, who says he does not believe teachers wanted to flee recent unrest.

Marine debris litters Cape York's remote beaches - Thu, 26 May 2016 10:49:37

Some of Queensland's most remote beaches are being inundated with rubbish, most of it plastic.

Tidal waste - Thu, 26 May 2016 10:49:37

Chopper survey - Thu, 26 May 2016 10:49:37

Aurukun troublemakers controlling Government 'like puppeteers' - Thu, 26 May 2016 07:44:12

A group of troublemaking Aurukun teens are controlling the Queensland Government like "puppeteers", depriving high-achieving children of schooling for weeks, a group of mothers in the Indigenous community says.

Freshwater State School students (PM for a day) - Wed, 25 May 2016 12:26:37

Fisherman's death sparks call for maritime safety authority review - Wed, 25 May 2016 11:44:00

A coroner has recommended the nation's maritime safety authority review its systems after the death of a far north Queensland fisherman.

Slow progress on water quality improvements for Barrier Reef: report - Wed, 25 May 2016 11:23:00

Water quality management in Great Barrier Reef catchments is plagued by "poor communication" along with confused and ineffective policies, a new report finds.

Jim Gray - Wed, 25 May 2016 11:03:24

What would you change if you were PM for a day? - Wed, 25 May 2016 11:03:24

While some have voted dozens of times and others never at all, everybody has a view on what they would do if they were PM for a day.

Winning the social media battle during an election - Wed, 25 May 2016 10:54:45

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has more than twice as many Facebook likes as Opposition leader Bill Shorten, but does that mean he is more popular overall?

Cairns man charged with child porn offences - Tue, 24 May 2016 10:35:31

A 30-year-old man is due to appear in a far north Queensland court charged with child exploitation offences.

NQWLS and supporters - Mon, 23 May 2016 10:51:42

North Queensland Women's Legal Service NQWLS at Cowboys match - Mon, 23 May 2016 10:51:42

Women's support groups tackle domestic violence with help from NRL - Mon, 23 May 2016 10:51:42

Community groups from Mackay to Mt Isa make a stand against domestic violence at the Cowboys versus Broncos NRL match.

Aurukun school to open despite principal's carjacking ordeal - Mon, 23 May 2016 08:16:10

Aurukun teachers vote to stay in the far north Queensland Indigenous community, despite the school's principal being the victim of a carjacking for the second time in two weeks.

Record-breaking May rain, flood warnings in far north Queensland - Sun, 22 May 2016 15:20:22

Far north Queensland is being drenched with torrential rain, smashing the record for the wettest May day in Cooktown and Weipa, and delivering the wettest May day in Cairns in 96 years.

Vegetation clearing legislation brings mixed responses - Fri, 20 May 2016 13:21:52

Farmers and environmental groups present conflicting views at tree clearing hearings throughout Queensland this week.

Mixed responses tree clearing legislation in Queensland - Fri, 20 May 2016 13:21:52
AgForce General President Grant Maudsly, Director of Reef Recovery with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Authority Leigh Gray, Acting Coordinator from the North Queensland conservation Council Maree Dibella, Wayne Smith, the manger with Burdekin branch of Canegrowers Queensland, Grazier Noelene Ferguson and Farmer Jeff Cox give their views on land clearing legislation.

Torres Strait councillor jailed over $316K fraud - Fri, 20 May 2016 11:31:26

A prominent Torres Strait councillor in far north Queensland will serve six months in jail for fraud after failing to pay back more than $316,000 to the Commonwealth.

Ferris Gump: feeling good while running across Australia - Fri, 20 May 2016 11:24:03

Australia's real-life answer to Forrest Gump is aiming to be the first person to run across Australia solo without a support vehicle.

Ferris Gump - Fri, 20 May 2016 11:24:03

Lonely roads - Fri, 20 May 2016 11:19:04

Cassowary poo reveals secrets to species survival - Thu, 19 May 2016 13:55:35

Cassowaries can be as dangerous as they are elusive, but that has not stopped researchers getting as close to them as possible.

Close-up with cassowaries - Thu, 19 May 2016 13:55:35

Cassowary poo reveals secrets to researchers - Thu, 19 May 2016 13:55:35

Men charged over alleged boat escape plot appear in court - Thu, 19 May 2016 11:26:47

Five men alleged to have planned to travel to Syria to fight with the so-called Islamic State are remanded in custody during a hearing before Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Cape York school reopens at Aurukun after teachers evacuated - Thu, 19 May 2016 10:06:48

Classes resume at the Cape York Academy campus in Aurukun, north of Cairns, 10 days after the school's teachers were evacuated due to safety concerns.

Men charged over alleged boat escape plot arrive in Melbourne - Thu, 19 May 2016 06:04:33

Five men who allegedly planned to travel by boat to Indonesia so they could join Islamic State in Syria arrive in Melbourne after being extradited from Cairns under tight security.

Five teachers refuse to return to evacuated Aurukun school over safety fears - Wed, 18 May 2016 13:41:05

Five teachers will not return when a Cape York primary school at Aurukun reopens after its evacuation last week over safety fears, Education Queensland says.