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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.

Most Great Barrier Reef coral now dead north of Port Douglas, scientists say - Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:43:00 +1100

Eighty to 100 per cent of coral reefs surrounding Lizard Island off far north Queensland are now dead as a result of coral bleaching, scientists say.

Metallica Minerals chief executive Simon Slesarewich says it is an exciting time for new bauxite miners in Cape York - Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:09:31 +1100
A successful shipment of bauxite using a barge loading facility at Weipa has been a cause of excitement in the far northern mining town. Green Coast Resources is the first company, not aligned with Rio Tinto or Comalco, to export bauxite from Cape York Peninsula for fifty years. The maiden voyage is a milestone that's been celebrated by developmental company, Metallica Minerals, which plans to use the Hey Point facility to send bauxite from its nearby Urquart project next year. Metallica Minerals CEO Simon Slesarewich says there's capacity to export 1.6 million tonnes of bauxite annually from the new mine.

Atherton Tableland grower David Nix reflects on the best potato prices since 1956 - Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:17:02 +1100
David Nix is one of 27 farmers still growing potatoes on the Atherton Tableland, inland of Cairns. He says growers now are fetching the best prices paid for spuds in 60 years as a result of the failed autumn harvest in southern growing regions. But the change in fortune came too late for many who have already left the industry - and yields for those who stayed have been well down after a mild winter.

Flooding pain prompts price gain for spud growers - Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:17:02 +1100

Widespread flooding in Australia's potato growing regions has prompted record prices for far north Queensland growers.

Dancing against domestic violence - Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:19:39 +1100

Exchanging culture - Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:19:39 +1100

High tea - Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:19:39 +1100

High tea and AFL: An unlikely pair makes a stand against domestic violence - Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:19:39 +1100

Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men have taken a stand against domestic and family violence by hosting a unique social gathering.

Dyral Lui - Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:19:39 +1100

Dr Karen Joyce - Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:30:04 +1100

Female drone pilots push for more women employed in science and technology - Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:30:04 +1100

Scientist, lecturer and drone pilot, Dr Karen Joyce is on a mission to attract more women to the fields of science and technology.

Hendra virus vaccine for horses 'shouldn't be compulsory in Queensland' - Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:05:57 +1100

Vaccinating horses against Hendra virus should not be made compulsory, despite the deaths of 77 horses and four people since 1994, a Queensland parliamentary committee finds.

Banana farm buyout to proceed after negative TR4 test - Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:34:18 +1100

The Australian banana industry heaves a collective sigh of relief after negative Panama TR4 test.

Australian Banana Growers' Council president Doug Phillips says the industry buyout of the locked-down Tully farm will now proceed - Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:34:18 +1100
Biosecurity Queensland has confirmed samples taken from banana plants on a Tully property in late September have conclusively tested negative. It's a positive development for the Robson family, whose infected banana farm was to have been bought back by the Australian Banana Growers' Council. The sale had been conditional on it being the only known case of Panama and now looks set to go ahead.

Governments must spend more to save Barrier Reef, green groups and farmers say - Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:27:03 +1100

Funding for Great Barrier Reef protection is inadequate and this is reflected in the latest poor assessment of reef health, which could prompt UNESCO to declare the World Heritage Area as being in danger, conservationists say.

Fall in Queensland jobless rate sign of improving economy, says Treasurer - Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:28:33 +1100

The Queensland Treasurer says a slight drop in unemployment shows the Government's economic plan is working, but the Opposition says it is just a sign people are giving up the hunt for work.

Benjamin Farkas - Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:46:00 +1100

Virtual reality the latest tool attracting international students to Queensland - Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:46:00 +1100

Virtual reality tours of Queensland's far north are being offered to international students in a bid to entice them to study in the region.

Drivers in Queensland to get fine notices via email or text from police - Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:45:06 +1100

Drivers in Queensland could be issued with infringement notices via email or text message with new e-ticketing technology being used from today.

Queensland education groups back Government delay on assessment overhaul - Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:21:48 +1100

Queensland education advocates are backing the State Government's decision to postpone an overhaul of the senior school assessment system, a move that has been condemned by the LNP.

Marine debris could be death sentence for baby dolphin: expert - Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:40:23 +1100

A baby dolphin spotted with marine debris wrapped tightly around its neck could die if it is not removed, experts warn, as authorities issue fresh warnings about the danger of rubbish to wildlife.

Voluntary contributions have been secured from the wild catch, aquaculture, post harvest and retail sectors to fund the next two years of forming Seafood Industry Australia. - Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:18:27 +1100

Veronica Papacosta says momentum to form a peak seafood body has reached a 'tipping point' and it will definitely happen - Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:18:27 +1100
It's been described as a 'generational opportunity' to bring together the at times fractured fishing industry, from the catching, marketing and retail sectors. The federal government put up the initial funding to establish a Seafood Industry Australia, but now it's the industry's turn to put its money where its mouth is. The chair of the implementation group, Veronica Papacosta, has gone state to state to garner support and says nearly half a million dollars has already been pledged.

David Carter from Austral Fisheries says it's a 'generational' opportunity to unite all sectors of the industry - Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:18:27 +1100
Australia's at times, fractured fishing industry has long recognised it needs a clearer, united voice to government and consumers. Austral Fisheries chief executive officer David Carter said with the federal government putting up half a million dollars, it presented the seafood industry with a 'generational opportunity' to unite all sectors.

Queensland Seafood Marketers Association's Marshall Betzel is supporting the push for a national peak body. - Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:18:27 +1100
The Queensland's Seafood Marketers' Association was another of the 52 organisations and individual businesses to pledge financial support. President Marshall Betzel said the post-harvest sector had as much at stake in fisheries management policy as the fishing sector had in the way in which product was marketed and sold to consumers.

United body for Australian seafood industry - Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:18:27 +1100

With $400,000 dollars already pledged and 52 days left to go in the campaign, Seafood Industry Australia looks set to become a reality.

Water skiers and support crews - Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:16:06 +1100

World record water-skiers celebrate decades of glory - Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:16:06 +1100

They may not hold the official title anymore, but Cairns water-skiers who set a world record 30 years ago still believe they are at the top of their game.

1986 world record attempt - Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:16:06 +1100

Neville Fry - Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:16:06 +1100

Louis Underwood - Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:16:06 +1100

Midnight snack - Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:05:37 +1100

Opportunistic snakes - Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:05:37 +1100

Metallic starling - Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:05:37 +1100

Starling colony - Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:05:37 +1100

Annual starling migration creates biodiversity hotspots on Queensland's Cape York - Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:05:37 +1100

Researchers document inter-species behaviour during one of the world's densest animal aggregations in far north Queensland.

Offshore Queensland Basin mapped to unlock reef's secrets - Sat, 15 Oct 2016 11:54:32 +1100

Scientists from the CSIRO are using cutting-edge technology to map the seafloor of the Queensland Basin to understand how the Great Barrier Reef responded to past climate change events.

International coral reef management and leadership - Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:13:07 +1100
International coral reef management and leadership program at the reef.

Woman dead, man injured in alleged stabbing; police say couple 'were home alone' - Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:28:39 +1100

A woman dies and a man is seriously injured in an alleged stabbing at a Woree home in far north Queensland.

Community spirit - Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:48:29 +1100

Tickets and figurines - Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:48:29 +1100

Wrestling fan's dream comes true after thieves steal child's beloved figurines - Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:48:29 +1100

A young Down syndrome wrestling fan learns there are more good people in the world than bad.

Jesse Fullerton - Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:48:29 +1100

Austrex chief financial operator James Leftwich says exporters need to be flexible to adapt to challenges at the supply and demand side of the industry - Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:11:34 +1100
There's no doubt the Cape York Live Export Group hopes the milestone shipment will be a precursor for the resurrection of the live trade out of Weipa. But Austrex chief financial operating officer James Leftwich admits he won't make money on this particular shipment, but says it's an investment in the future as exporters feel the pinch of a tightening of supply of cattle across northern Australia.

Most Queensland councils will fail to maintain basic infrastructure, report reveals - Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:05:17 +1100

A damning Queensland Audit Office report finds the majority of the state's local governments will soon be unable to maintain roads, water, pipes and sewerage.

Domestic violence orders in Queensland boosted, protective powers increased - Wed, 12 Oct 2016 07:39:34 +1100

Domestic violence orders will apply for a minimum of five years, and Queensland Government and community groups can share information about violent offenders under new laws passed overnight.

Man faces 26 attempted murder charges over car driven into funeral crowd - Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:40:54 +1100

A 55-year-old man is charged with 26 counts of attempted murder for allegedly deliberately driving a four-wheel drive into a house in far north Queensland where a funeral was underway.

Messages of support - Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:04:04 +1100

Josie Ajak - Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:04:04 +1100

Cafe racism causes a stir on social media - Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:04:04 +1100

Social media users condemn the actions of a customer who refused service from a Cairns cafe worker because of the colour of the worker's skin.